1. Treble Cone
Treble Cone Resort is the largest ski resort in New Zealand, with 4 huge basins and the longest vertical rise in New Zealand. Check out the deals on offer to save money on your ski pass in Treble Cone. Treble Cone also has a childcare centre and kids sessions, which are really handy for young families playing in the powder!
Fly to: Queenstown or Wanaka Airport
Cardrona is one of the busiest and most well-known ski resorts in New Zealand for good reason. They cater to a variety of different abilities, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro or if a family member may have only skied once before. It’s really easy to pick up cheap accommodation in Arrowtown, the closest town to the resort, especially if you’re looking for a hotel that offers a family room. If you’ve rented a car, you can also take a day out in Queenstown to explore the après ski socials.
Fly to: Queenstown Airport
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3. Mount Hutt
Mount Hutt is much further north than the aforementioned ski resorts on this list, which makes it great if you’re from Christchurch, Nelson or Greymouth. If not, you can easily fly into Ashburton or mix it up with a ski break in Christchurch too. Not only can you get discounts on early bird lift passes in Mount Hutt, but if your children are under 10, they ski for free! That includes free accommodation, free meals and free ski lessons (when accompanied by an adult). How’s that for budget friendly?
Fly to: Christchurch Airport
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4. Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa is perfect for young children – Happy Valley is one of the best ski fields for beginners in New Zealand. It’s a ski field set away from the more advanced slopes, so the kids won’t have to deal with other snow bunnies zooming past them on their first lesson. The slopes are gentle, easy, and there are plenty of family friendly resorts in the area.
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If you live in Christchurch, you’re lucky to have this handy little ski resort only an hour’s drive from home. This already makes transport a breeze if you’re on a budget, as it’s so easy to rent a car in Christchurch and drive up. If you’re based outside of Christchurch, it’s easy (and cheap) to catch a domestic flight into Christchurch and make your way up to Porters. It’s also only an hour or so’s drive from Mount Hutt, so you can tick two resorts off your list!
Fly to: Christchurch
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