Considered a premier skiing destination, New Zealand comes alive in winter with glistening lakes, flourishing forestry and stunning scenery. With a variety of snow covered mountains offering prime skiing conditions for beginners, it’s no wonder New Zealand has become a popular spot for families. Take the kids on an overseas adventure and enjoy a family skiing holiday in New Zealand.
Here are our top five family friendly ski fields in New Zealand.
Only forty five minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables are a stunning mountain range on the South Island, offering an array of fantastic ski slopes. With many wide, gentle runs, the Remarkables are considered the perfect place for beginners to learn the art of skiing. Kids will love the Ozone Snow Tubing Park and experienced skiers won’t miss out on all the fun with plenty of adrenaline pumping terrain. The Remarkable’s snow school carefully caters for families with supervised child care and dedicated instructors to ensure everyone can enjoy a day out on the slopes.
Also on New Zealand’s South Island is Cadrona Peak, the largest ski area accessible from Queenstown. Known for its consistently good weather and ideal skiing conditions, families can venture to Cardona for a fun filled day in the snow. The slopes of Cadrona are ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers with three main valleys to ski through. Little ones can spend time at Cadrona’s Nursery and Kindergarten with supervised activities and learning. There’s also an array of cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
While most of New Zealand’s skiing is enjoyed on the South Island, Mt Ruapehu is the country’s only skiable volcano and is situated in the middle of the North Island. A lift pass will give you access to two ski areas, Turoa and Whakapapa. Experienced skiers will enjoy Turoa with its more advanced runs and terrain park. Whakapapa, on the other hand, is perfect for kids with a dedicated beginner’s area called Happy Valley. There’s a supervised child care program with snow based activities for the little ones and kids aged three to five years can learn how to ski at the kid’s snow school.
Mt Hutt is one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island. Perfect for all ages, Mt Hutt has a wide variety of runs including a large beginner area with dedicated learning facilities. Little ones can spend time at the Early Learning Centre and Kea Club offers exciting school holiday programs.
The closest ski area to Christchurch, Porters is easily accessible and has fantastic beginner slopes for kids or first time skiers. Kids will love the beginner’s area where they can ride on the magic carpet rather than trying to battle their way back up the hill. There is no childcare available at Porters but there is a snow school which offers special lessons for kids aged 4 to 6 years old.