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The Best Ski Fields in Queenstown That is a Must-try to Unleash Your True Skier - 5 best places to ski in New Zealand!

Queenstown is recognised as an adventure hub, offering everything from high-octane activities like skiing to relaxing pleasures. We've compiled a list of the greatest ski fields worth visiting with the aid of local experts.



Cardrona is noted for its spectacular panoramic vistas and ample land spread across 3 bowls. Cardrona seems to be the only mountain in New Zealand with green runs over the top of the mountains, with vast open beginner's routes. Since it does not receive as much snowfall as other areas, the snow that does fall is sheltered by a south-facing slope, allowing it to remain longer. Crowds are inescapable due to the location midway between Wanaka and Queenstown; yet, even on a crowded day, you will find the environment to be pleasant and calm - something the "skiwi" culture here has undoubtedly mastered!


Treble Cone

Treble Cone receives the most snowfall of any New Zealand ski field. There's something for everyone, with 45 per cent of the trails classified for intermediate level skiers and then another 45 per cent for experienced skiers. While the beginning terrain is restricted, the great news is that Treble Cone offers free Magic Carpet access and reduced Platter Lift passes. Treble Cone is close to Wanaka, which offers a wide range of hotels, eateries, shopping, cafes and services and would be a wonderful complement to any South Island ski trip. And if you're looking for accommodation close to the ski fields, you can check out Lakefront apartments in Queenstown the likes of Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort.



The Remarkables may have a small variety of terrain at little about 550 acres, but the vistas are spectacular. The Remarkables is a fantastic alternative for families with novices who wants to get used to their skis under them, with 3 magic carpets right at the base here and excellent progressive terrain. At the same time, skilled skiers who are prepared to trek will find plenty of great runs. So there should be plenty to satisfy almost all of the skiers in your group. The main drawback is that there isn't ski-in/ski-out lodging, forcing you to stay nearby Queenstown. This isn't too much of a bad deal, given that The Remarkables is only 30 minutes away from Queenstown. This place is well-known for its family-friendly offerings at some of the most photographed mountains here in New Zealand.


Coronet Peak

The spectacular views from the Coronet Peak right across Lake Wakatipu are breathtaking, and intermediates will love the variety of terrain available. Besides, it's one of the most popular places on the South Island. Natural snowfall is intermittent in this area, although it is supplemented by the country's most comprehensive snowmaking system. And, as an added treat, there's also night skiing for the adventure enthusiast under the lights on Fridays and Saturdays! What makes Coronet Peak unique is that it offers on-mountain lodging, which is uncommon in New Zealand. Otherwise, Queenstown is a fantastic leisure destination, with lots of places to stay, dine, and buy!


Soho Basin

Soho Basin is yet another ski field in New Zealand, which is just an hour's drive away from Queenstown. This best-kept surprise here in New Zealand is this untouched playground in which you will be able to enjoy an exceptional alpine snow experience similar to heli-skiing but more laidback and sociable. Soho invites skiers as well as snowboarders to a one-of-a-kind snow experience involving 1000+ acres of snowcat access and unrivalled alpine cuisine and wine.