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Snowboarding in New Zealand

The best ski fields for snowboarding in New Zealand are:

  • Treble Cone
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Mt Hutt
  • Coronet Peak
  • The Remarkables

Snowboarding in New Zealand is rightly popular. New Zealand boasts some of the best southern hemisphere snow, so powderhounds gravitate to the country’s many world-class ski fields.

Here’s why these five resorts are the best snowboarding destinations in the country.

snowboarding in Queenstown, New Zealand

The top 5 resorts for snowboarding in New Zealand

Treble Cone Ski Field

With a huge annual snowfall and expansive terrain, Treble Cone is a haven for snowboarders. In addition, Treble Cone is famous for its off-piste runs and advanced terrain.

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the perfect snowboarding destination for families and beginners. Situated conveniently between Queenstown and Wanaka, Cardrona Alpine Resort boasts wide-open runs and some of the country’s most reliable snow. However, more experienced riders may wish to divide their time between Cardrona Alpine Resort and the nearby ski fields.

Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt Ski Field has a wide range of terrain, so it’s suited for snowboarders of all levels. Moreover, advanced snowboarders can tackle off-piste lines. With cheaper lift passes and smaller crowds than New Zealand’s other major ski fields, Mt Hutt is a great option for families.

Coronet Peak Ski Field

A haven for intermediate snowboarders, Coronet Peak is the perfect choice for practicing your skills and progressing. In addition, experts will find plenty of terrain to keep them occupied, with well-groomed black runs making up 30% of the ski field.

snowboarding in New Zealand

The Remarkables Ski Field

Easily accessible from Queenstown, The Remarkables is a great destination for beginners. Moreover, the ski field allows access to numerous off-piste runs depending on daily conditions. Some of these are lift-accessed, while others require a hike. Perched in the iconic Remarkables Range, the Remarkables ski area is a favorite with visitors.

Treble Cone, the best destination for snowboarding in New Zealand

Planning a snowboarding getaway in New Zealand

When choosing your snowboarding destination, factor in your skill level, what time of year you plan to visit, and what else you want out of your experience. To get started, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Where is the best snow in New Zealand?

Wanaka’s Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most reliable snow cover of any New Zealand ski field, so it has the longest season of any ski field in the country. Therefore, if you hope to travel at the margins of the winter season–June or October–Cardrona Alpine Resort is a safe choice.

Treble Cone is less reliable, but it makes up for it with a high annual snowfall of over 5 meters. Consequently, you’re most likely to hit a great powder day at Treble Cone.

With flexible passes valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, you can pick and choose the best days at each.

Queenstown’s two ski fields are also fairly reliable for snow. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are in different mountain ranges and at different elevations, so they are subject to different weather systems. As a result, one might be icy while the other is soft, or one might be closed while the other remains open.

Mt Hutt Ski Field also receives a large average annual snowfall of 4 meters. However, adverse weather can close this ski field, and the Mt Hutt pass is not valid at any nearby ski fields in case you can’t reach the slopes for the day.

coronet peak ski field queenstown, one of the top queenstown ski resorts

When can you snowboard in New Zealand?

  • Most New Zealand ski fields open in June
  • Most New Zealand ski fields close in September or October

Ski field opening dates vary from year to year and are subject to adequate snowfall.

Typically, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the first ski field to open and the last to close. In some years it opens in early June; however, in other years it opens near the end of the month.

snowboarding treble cone ski field wanaka skiing nz ski

How much does it cost to go snowboarding in New Zealand?

The cost of a snowboarding package typically includes:

  • Lift passes
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation (rental car or mountain coach transport)

You also have the option to add:

  • Equipment and clothing rentals
  • Lessons
  • Childcare or kids’ club packages

Browse our range of skiing and snowboarding packages to get an idea of the typical cost of a snowboarding trip to New Zealand.

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