A list of 25 North Island and South Island ski fields on maps for easy access and with links to official New Zealand ski field websites.


There are 25 ski and snowboard areas in New Zealand, 18 of which are commercially operated ski fields. The rest are mainly run by nonprofit ski clubs.





Of the commercial ski areas, only a few offer onsite accommodation, which means that for most of them, nearby towns and resorts provide bed and après ski entertainment.



Whakapapa – on the northeastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu on the North Island of New Zealand – is New Zealand’s largest and busiest ski area.



Turoa – on the opposite side of Mount Ruapehu – gets plenty of dry snow from July to September and has the biggest vertical drop of any ski resort in Australasia.



Snow Farm – accessible from the Cardrona Valley between Wanaka and Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand – is New Zealand’s only commercial cross-country ski area.



For the approximate opening times of New Zealand ski fields, please refer to the When do New Zealand ski fields open? section further in this article. Also keep in mind that opening dates of ski fields depend on weather and snow conditions, so the dates are not set in stone.




New Zealand ski fields North Island maps



Below you’ll find a list of New Zealand ski fields on the North Island of New Zealand.



Click on the name of one of the ski fields to go to the website of that ski field and get more information about that ski field or click on the map link in brackets to see where the ski field is located on a map in Google Maps.



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New Zealand ski fields South Island maps



Below you’ll find a list of New Zealand ski fields on the South Island of New Zealand.



Click on the name of one of the ski fields to go to the website of that ski field and get more information about that ski field or click on the map link in brackets to see where the ski field is located on a map in Google Maps.



When do New Zealand ski fields open?



Depending on the location and ski resort in New Zealand, you can ski or snowboard from early June to late October.



Ski fields on the South Island tend to open before ski fields on the North Island.


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South Island ski fields generally open early June and close early October, while North Island slopes are open from late June to mid October.



Ski fields on the South Island also tend to be less crowded than ski fields on the North Island of New Zealand, although this does not apply to holiday periods.



When deciding when is the best time to visit New Zealand for skiing, you may also want to take the July school holidays period into consideration, because ski fields tend to get very busy then. Resorts like Coronet Peak and Cardrona in the Southern Lakes area Queenstown and Wanaka) on the South Island of New Zealand can get very busy.



Mt. Hutt near Methven and about 1.5 hours from Christchurch in Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand is usually the first ski field in New Zealand to open its slopes but not always. Coronet Peak tends to beat it sometimes.



You can find all of the ski areas in New Zealand listed in the lists of New Zealand ski fields and click on any ski field to visit its web site.



The table below lists the approximate times when (commercial) New Zealand ski fields open.


Ski FieldOpen
WhakapapaMid June to late October
TuroaEarly July to mid October
RainbowLate June to late September
Mt. LyfordMid June to late September
Hanmer SpringsEarly July to early September
Temple BasinLate June to late September
CraigieburnLate June to late September
PortersLate June to late September
Mt. OlympusEarly July to early October
Mt. HuttEarly June to late October
Mt. DobsonEarly July to early October
RoundhillLate June to mid September
OhauEarly July to early October
Treble ConeLate June to early October
CardronaMid June to mid October
Snow FarmLate June to late September
Snow Park (above Cardrona)Early June to early October
Coronet PeakMid June to early October
The RemarkablesEarly June to early October


Opening times generally depend on snow conditions, which are difficult to predict and which only mother nature has control over. So while you could contact the respective ski fields through their web sites to ask for exact opening times, please remember that they depend on the weather.



New Zealand ski field opening dates in 2019



The table below lists 2019 opening dates for New Zealand ski fields that have already announced ski field opening dates. This list was last updated on June 14, 2019.



For the most up to date opening dates, please visit the official ski fields websites, which you can find via the lists of New Zealand ski fields.



MetService also keeps track of the open and closed statuses of ski fields and provides weather forecasts for 23 ski fields.


Ski FieldOpen
WhakapapaJune 22
TuroaJune 28
TukinoJuly 6
Rainbow
Mt. LyfordJune 18
Hanmer SpringsJuly 6
Temple Basin
CraigieburnJuly 6
Broken RiverJune 21
Mt. CheesemanJuly 6
PortersJune 21
Mt. OlympusJuly 7
Mt. HuttJune 7
Mt. DobsonJuly 5
RoundhillJune 29
OhauJune 29
Treble ConeJune 27
CardronaJune 1
Snow FarmJune 21
Coronet PeakJune 15
The RemarkablesJune 8

New Zealand ski fields closing dates in previous years



The table below lists the 2017, 2018, and 2019 closing dates for New Zealand ski fields.



Note that closing dates of ski fields depend on the weather and may vary from year to year but usually fall in either August, September, or October.



Please be cautious when using the dates listed below for planning your future ski holiday and to get an idea of the date until when you can ski in New Zealand.



Judging from the dates listed below, the latest I would plan a ski holiday in 2020 is for early September and before the school holidays, which generally start at the end of September.


Ski FieldClosed in 2017Closed in 2018Closed in 2019
WhakapapaNov 7Oct 28Oct 28
TuroaOct 23Nov 1Oct 28
TukinoSep 28Oct 8Oct 6
RainbowSep 26Oct 7Sep 29
Mt. LyfordSep 25Sep 23Sep 22
HanmerSep 5Sep 10Sep 15
Temple B.Sep 24Sep 24Sep 30
CraigieburnOct 8Sep 24Sep 25
CheesemanOct 1Sep 16Sep 22
PortersOct 8Oct 3Oct 6
Mt. OlympusOct 7Oct 6Oct 11
Mt. HuttOct 27Oct 23Oct 13
Mt. DobsonSep 29Sep 24Sep 28
RoundhillSep 19Sep 16Sep 13
OhauOct 8Oct 7Oct 6
Treble ConeOct 4Sep 23Sep 22
CardronaNov 8Oct 20Oct 20
Snow FarmSep 25Sep 23Sep 20
Coronet P.Oct 16Oct 7Oct 6
RemarkablesOct 8Oct 14Oct 13
 

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