The ski season in New Zealand typically runs from early June to late October and after two years of uncertainty for many of our snowfields across both the North and South Islands, there is genuine hope and belief that this could be the first uninterrupted ski season since 2019. With this in mind, we have trawled the sites of all the major ski fields across New Zealand and provided the opening and closing dates for each of those fields below. Please note: these are all subject to change based on snow conditions at the time and you should check with individual resorts in the lead up to any planned trip to ensure the ski field has had sufficient snow to open by the time you are planning your trip.

Here are the provisional ski field opening dates and closing dates for 2022:

New Zealand Ski Field Opening and Closing Dates 2022

Ski Field Region Opening Date Closing Date
Cardrona Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 11 June Sunday 16 October
Coronet Peak Queenstown/Wanaka Friday 17 June Sunday 25 September
The Remarkables Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 18 June Sunday 16 October
Treble Cone Queenstown/Wanaka Saturday 25 June Sunday 25 September
Mt Hutt Mt Hutt Friday 10 June Sunday 16 October
Methven Mt Hutt Friday 10 June Sunday 16 October
Ohau Aoraki/Mt Cook Saturday 2 July Sunday 9 October
Mt Dobson Aoraki/Mt Cook Saturday 2 July Monday 26 September
Roundhill Aoraki/Mt Cook Friday 1 July Sunday 18 September
Porters Selwyn Saturday 25 June Sunday 9 October
Mt Cheeseman Selwyn Saturday 9 July Sunday 9 October
Temple Basin Selwyn Saturday 9 July Sunday 9 October
Mt Olympus Selwyn Saturday 9 July Sunday 9 October
Broken River Selwyn Saturday 9 July Sunday 9 October
Craigieburn Selwyn Saturday 23 July Sunday 2 October
Turoa Mt Ruapehu Saturday 9 July Monday 24 October
Whakapapa Mt Ruapehu Friday 8 July Monday 24 October
Happy Valley Mt Ruapehu Thursday 23 June Sunday 2 October
Tukino Mt Ruapehu Saturday 2 July  Monday 24 October

*Please note, all dates listed above are subject to change and are based on snow conditions. The closing dates are also largely provisional at this stage. 

Skiing in New Zealand

As you can see, 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 the top of the Remarkables 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

Through our exclusive GO Play programme, you can save money on your skiing holiday this year when you rent your car with GO Rentals. We have discounts with a huge range of ski providers, including discounts on equipment hire, accommodation and more.

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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Updated: 19 May 2022