Top New Zealand skiing resorts

If you are craving a bit of action on the slopes but can't find the time to go this winter, why not head to New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere winter? There are some fantastic New Zealand skiing resorts and destinations, many within close proximity to international airports and major cities.

New Zealand skiing options are plentiful, but here is our pick of the best resorts and destinations...

Broken River Ski Resort: Located just one and a half hours from Christchurch and boasts a highest point of 1820 metres. The front slopes are quite small and perfect for beginners, while the back slopes offer some great terrain for the more advanced skiers and snow boarders. The ski area is the largest in New Zealand and provides many challenging slopes and runs.

Cardona Alpine Resort: Just an hour’s drive from Queenstown. This is a great resort for intermediate skiers, but there's also a few runs for beginner and advanced level. Facilities are superb and so is the after-ski social activity!

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area: Located in the centre of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and perfect for the advanced skier. Views are spectacular and you'll not find the runs overly busy.

Mount Cheeseman: The second closest resort to Christchurch and a firm family favourite. Prices are reasonable and slopes are groomed daily. But you snowboarders needed worry - there's still plenty of natural terrain with humps, bumps and jumps!

Manganui Ski Area: Great if you're travelling with a mixed ability group. There are perfect slopes for learners and beginners, while 65% are for advanced skiers. Located on the North Island close to Stratford.

When to go to New Zealand for skiing holidays

Most of New Zealand's ski areas open in mid-June and close at the beginning of October. June is one of the cheaper months to travel, and there some enticing offers available to early birds. In July the powder is still fresh and heavy, creating perfect conditions for many resorts. Ski season is in full swing in August and visitors can enjoy some of New Zealand's best après-ski entertainment. Ski conditions can be variable in September, but there are less crowds and cheaper packages.

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