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By Julian Apse

New Zealand Ski Holidays

Take a winter holiday in New Zealand and experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world!

The New Zealand ski season typically runs from early June until mid-October, depending on snow and weather conditions. The 2015 season ran from the 13th of June until the 11th of October. That was a 120 day season!

In 2015 the ski season is due to kick off with Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt scheduled to open on 13th June. Check out the table below for all the planned opening and closing dates for the 2015 season. Of course this information is subject to snow and weather conditions.

Family Skiing and Snowboarding

Packing up the family for a ski holiday in New Zealand hasn't been easier. New Zealand ski areas and resort towns cater for the whole family, whether there are beginners, intermediate or advanced skiers and riders in the family.

Family Ski Holiday in New Zealand is Easy

  • There is no hassle as you can fly directly into Christchurch or Queenstown and easily access the nearby ski areas and resort towns.
  • The ski areas have learners' slopes, facilities and lessons for kids. Kids ski programmes offer fun tuition for children of all ages.
  • This season, Mt Hutt and Porters are offering some amazing kids ski FREE programmes.
  • It is also easy to enjoy a day off the slopes and explore some of the fascinating activities and attractions in and around the winter resort towns.

Snow Fun for Families

Each ski area offers lessons and has a variety of terrain for all levels, so everyone can enjoy their days on the slopes. Here is a run-down of some of the key facilities for children:

Mt Hutt

It doesn't get any better at Mt Hutt than kids skiing for free! Yes that is right, for children 10 and under, when accompanied by a paying adult, there is free lift access (and also accommodation, meals and activities in Methven!). If your kids are older or you're seeking specific tuition then Skiwiland Early Learning Centre and Kea Club are the places to go.


Nearby to Mt Hutt, Porters also offer great family skiing and their own Kids Ski Free at Porters programme for kids under 12 with a qualifying adult lift ticket purchase. Kids under seven are ALWAYS free.

The Remarkables

Join 'Spike' and 'Shred' at Skiwiland Early Learning Centre which accommodates the little ones; from 3 months up. Older kids move onto the Kea Club.

Coronet Peak

Experienced staff guide kids through activities and ski experiences throughout the day. Check out the Kruiser Squad holiday programme, through the July holidays.


The Nursery and Kindy caters for children from 3 months to four years. For the older children over five years - there are great options for both group and private lessons, day programmes and even academy level activities.

Treble Cone

The fully supervised 'Kitty Cat Club' looks after kids from 3-5 years. For older kids, join TC Cat on the snow with a full or half day Group Lesson.


In the Mackenzie region Roundhill is well known for its gentle slopes and family atmosphere. Children have plenty of mountain to explore at Mt Dobson. Keen to go exploring? Well the Mountain Goats program at Ohau is perfect.