Skiing in the South Island of New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island is an ideal destination if you enjoy skiing on holiday and you would be amongst many if you travelled around the resorts in a motorhome. There are three main areas for skiing in the South Island with access to some of the country’s best runs. Here we discuss the top three ski destinations in New Zealand’s South Island.

Coronet Peak in Queenstown has a variety of ski runs suitable for skiers of all levels. The area is usually open from early June until the beginning of October with a variety of amenities including lodge facilities for relaxing and a retail shop, ensuring your family are looked after.

The resort, the most popular in New Zealand, is 25 miles from Queenstown and is easily accessible from most places. Come here to enjoy great hospitality and equipment rentals. The holiday park, Fiordland Great Views, is minutes from the town, convenient for you to hire a motorhome and keep close to the action.

Another ski field in the Queenstown area is The Remarkables; offering runs mainly for intermediate skiers, there are runs available for both beginners and experts. The area is open from June until October and offers equipment rental and repair facilities, cafes, a shop and ski shuttles, transporting skiers from the city. This resort is also close to Fiordland, but further from Queensland – about 45 minutes. Everything you look for on a ski holiday is available here.

Situated near Canterbury is Mt Hutt Methven, a ski resort suitable for everyone but more particularly for the intermediate skier. The resort has a new children’s crèche and there are many ski lessons available. There are terrain courses for beginners and snow making machines which enable the resort to stay open, weather permitting, from June until October.

The resort is situated in the Southern Alps, approximately an hour away from Mt Hutt village and Christchurch. There are three holiday parks nearby where you can take your motorhome, namely Kelcey’s Bush Farmyard Holiday Park, Pudding Hill Lodge and Rekaia River Holiday Park. Hiring a motorhome will allow you to visit these and other ski destinations with ease for a fairly inexpensive holiday.