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New Zealand Season - Where to go

post #1 of 4
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Hey guys,
I'm looking at a season in NZ next summer, I was wondering where people thought the best resort was and which company to go with? 
I've checked out quite a few, they all seem to be going to different resorts - I wanted to know where's the best for snow and price wise.

If any of you guys have been or can recommend anything that'd be great!:)

post #2 of 4

A broad overview:

http://www.firsttracksonline.com/2006/12/31/kia-ora-new-zealand/

 

There are lots of areas, none of them massive in size by North American standards, so it makes little sense to confine yourself to one.

post #3 of 4

I have been to New Zealand twice in the South Island. I havent skied all the Club fields, or the North Island.

I had a great time in Queenstown and Wanaka.  I would split my time between Queentown and Wanaka.

 

Queenstown: Ski at "Cornet Peak", and "The Remarkables"

Wanaka: "Treble Cone" and Cardrona"

 

•All these resorts have at least one high speed chair

•Treble Cone is #1..........nice terrain, has some good steeps

•Cardona has two high speeds, and has super fun "" terrain, intermediate

•You can hit all these one resorts from base area if you are willing to drive, or take the bus shuttle

•Harris Helicopter Skiing is quite good, easy to get to,  if you have the money to heli a day I would

•take a day trip to the Fiords, and not ski that day

•Scenery is stunning, people are great, 

•Queenstown is " Party Central", tons of nice bars

post #4 of 4

I agree with the Southern Lakes District (Queenstown/Wanaka) as a key location.  But if I were in NZ for an entire season I would allocate some of that time to the Canterbury region (Mt. Hutt, Porters', club fields).  And maybe a week on North Island as well.

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