New Zealand

My favourite in NZ
My favourite in NZ

Mt. Ruapehu

Pros: It's wide long bowls are bigger than probably most Australian slopes.

Cons: Not as close to international airports such as Christchurch/Mt Hutt, or Queenstown.

Pretty basic, but crowd free ski field
Pretty basic, but crowd free ski field

Mount Dobson

Pros: Decent road, crowd free and a reasonable variety of runs

Cons: A bit run down

Great small family friendly and learner ski field
Great small family friendly and learner ski field

Round Hill

Pros: Fantastic views especially from the Schnapps Hut, generaly good snow and conditions

Cons: Main T-Bar & learner slope can get very crowded, limited options for more advanced skiiers if the rope tow isn't running

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Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

“ Craigieburn is the classic club field (run by club members on a non-profit basis). It has rope tows which to the uninitiated can be hard work but once mastered whisk you up the hill, plus you can get off pretty much when you like. The terrain is a good skiers dream, chutes, faces and steeps, but don't come here to ski trees, like 99% of skiing in New Zealand it is all above the tree line...” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews
Temple Basin

Temple Basin

“ Many people describe the experience of Temple Basin as lift accessed backcountry, and that really does sum it up. It is a 2 hour drive from Christchurch and a 40-60 minute hike to the lodges and lifts once you drop your gear at the goods lift. The hike puts a lot of people off and Temple is all the better for it. In general I find that the more inaccessible a ski area is the better the vibe...” --kiwiski

100% Positive Reviews
Round Hill

Round Hill

“ One of the best places to learn to ski or board in NZ and the rope tow is great for advanced/expert skiers and offers huge vertical and spectacular views.   The beginners area and T-bar offer immaculately groomed gentle slopes ideal for those finding their feet on snow. There is a pretty well maintained terrain park on the T-Bar as well but the features are not that big as it is...” --kiwiski

100% Positive Reviews
Fox Peak Ski Area

Fox Peak Ski Area

“ Fox Peak is a hidden gem and often forgotten about club field in New Zealand. It is a little hard to get to but well worth the drive, 4WD with a little clearance is the best way to go. Once there three rope tows offer access to all kinds of cool stuff. A few times I was there I'd have winter snow in South Bowl and then spring like conditions on the sunny aspects of North Bowl.   The...” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews
Mount Hutt

Mount Hutt

“ Mount Hutt is pretty much your generic New Zealand commercial ski area. It is usually able to open earlier than the club fields due to its snowmaking facilities. There are two fixed grip chairlifts plus one detachable six pack to get you straight to the top of the mountain.   Compared with international resorts it is very expensive for what you get. There is a bar and cafe for those...” --kiwiski

50% Positive Reviews
Mt. Ruapehu

Mt. Ruapehu

“Auckland is about 12 hours flight from Los Angeles. Ruapehu is about 4 hours drive from Auckland but there's so much to see and do on the way, allow a few days to take in the sights. NZ is the "world in your pocket: the north is "Tahiti" and parts are like Scotland (including Architecture) and the south end is like the Norwegian fjords. If you've seen Lord of the Rings, you've seen parts of the...” --veteran

100% Positive Reviews
Broken River Ski Area, Canterbury, New Zealand

Broken River Ski Area, Canterbury, New Zealand

“ Broken River is called BR affectionately by club members and is a great place to check out the club skiing scene in NZ. It's located right next to Craigieburn and you can ski between the two with a little hiking. BR is not quite so steep though and even has a groomer, one of the few at a clubfield. Don't expect too many groomed slopes though so pe prepared for any kind of conditions. If you...” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews
Mount Dobson

Mount Dobson

“If other ski fields close by are considered a bit busy or too tame, most turn to Dobson.  It's never been crowded when we have been and I don't think I have ever queued long to get on a lift.  There is a decent number and variety of runs, although it can be a bit icy, especially on the learners slope and first thing in the morning.  It's a pretty high field so sometimes that is...” --fstopnz

50% Positive Reviews
Porter Heights

Porter Heights

“ Porters is a fun ski area for anyone. They have big plans to expand terrain and lift infrastructure. Its low elevation and sunny aspect means snow is sometimes limited though. If you don't mind riding T-bars then you can get in some long laps and test yourself on the thigh burner that is Big Mama. Overall worth a visit. ” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews
Treble Cone, New Zealand

Treble Cone, New Zealand

“ At $99 nzd for a pass TC is pretty expensive, people joke that TC stands for 'two chairs' which is all it has. It does make up for this with the terrain it offers though, which is some of the best in NZ for sure. It is limited on beginner runs with most of them just being cat tracks. It has been a while since I skied there so not sure on terrain parks sorry. ” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews