Ski season in New Zealand runs from early June to late October depending on where you are and how early the snow comes! New Zealand enjoys fairly regular snow falls across its ski fields every year, however there are always times when the snowfall is not as high as usual – many of the slopes deploy snow canons in order to top up the snow levels so you can always hit the slopes in the winter months here in New Zealand.

New Zealand Ski Field Opening and Closing Dates 2019

Ski Field Region Opening Date Closing Date
Cardrona Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 1 June Sunday 20 October
Coronet Peak Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 15 June Sunday 6 October
The Remarkables Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 8 June Sunday 6 October
Treble Cone Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 29 June Sunday 22 September
Mt Hutt Mt Hutt Friday 7 June Sunday 13 October
Methven Mt Hutt Friday 7 June Sunday 13 October
Ohau Aoraki/Mt Cook Saturday 22 June Sunday 22 September
Mt Dobson Aoraki/Mt Cook Saturday 22 June Sunday 22 September
Roundhill Aoraki/Mt Cook Saturday 22 June Sunday 22 September
Porters Selwyn Saturday 6 July Sunday 6 October
Mt Cheeseman Selwyn Saturday 6 July Sunday 6 October
Temple Basin Selwyn Saturday 6 July Sunday 6 October
Mt Olympus Selwyn Saturday 6 July Saturday 5 October
Broken River Selwyn Saturday 6 July Sunday 6 October
Craigieburn Selwyn Saturday 6 July Sunday 6 October
Turoa Mt Ruapehu Saturday 29 June Monday 28 October
Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu Saturday 22 June Monday 28 October
Happy Valley Mt Ruapehu Saturday 1 June Sunday 13 October
Tukino Mt Ruapehu Saturday 6 July Sunday 22 September

*Please note, all dates listed above are subject to change and are based on snow conditions

Skiing in New Zealand

As you can see, our ski season here in New Zealand runs all the way from early June to the end of October, weather permitting and there are so many options for those who love to get out and ski or snowboard during the winter months.

View from top of the Remarkbles Mountain, Queenstown, New Zealand
View from top of the Remarkbles Mountain, Queenstown, New Zealand

The majority of the ski fields here in New Zealand are within a 2-3 hour drive of the nearest major airport which makes them extremely accessible. Queenstown is widely regarded as one of the best places to ski in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Up in the North Island, Mt Ruapehu is home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas at Whakapapa and Turoa.

Save money and ski with GO Rentals this winter

GO Rentals is delighted to have teamed up with Mt Hutt and Cardrona this winter to bring some pretty awesome deals to everyone who rents their car with GO. At Cardrona, simply show your car keys and receive a 10% discount on all lift passes – it’s as easy as rent, ski, save.

At Mt Hutt, anyone who rents a car from our Christchurch branch will be eligible for a daily draw where we will give away a ski pass to Mt Hutt every day from 26 June to 22 September – perfect for those who are planning some skiing in the Canterbury region this winter.

Check out our Ski Deals page for more info about both of these deals.

Your ultimate guide to skiing in New Zealand

If you have got the bug for skiing and you want to discover more about some of these awesome ski fields right here in New Zealand, make sure you check out the link to your Ski Guide below where you will find awesome tips on where to ski, where to eat, where to stay and where to find the best après ski!

New Zealand Ski Guide

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