Cardrona - best family ski resort in NZ
Cardrona - best family ski resort in NZ
Coronet Peak - most popular ski resort in NZ
Coronet Peak - most popular ski resort in NZ
Craigieburn - rated # 3 best ski area for Powderhounds
Craigieburn - rated # 3 best ski area for Powderhounds
The Remarkables - great for families and those that like terrain parks
The Remarkables - great for families and those that like terrain parks
Treble Cone - #1 rated best overall ski area in NZ
Treble Cone - #1 rated best overall ski area in NZ
Whakapapa - #1 overall ski area on the North Island
Whakapapa - #1 overall ski area on the North Island
Mt Hutt - rated #3 overall ski area in NZ
Mt Hutt - rated #3 overall ski area in NZ
Porters - a popular family ski area
Porters - a popular family ski area
Ohau - a great family ski area and some good Powderhound terrain
Ohau - a great family ski area and some good Powderhound terrain
Round Hill - exceptional family value and uncrowded
Round Hill - exceptional family value and uncrowded
Mt Dobson - very affordable family friendly ski area
Mt Dobson - very affordable family friendly ski area
Mt Cheeseman - a family friendly and very inexpensive ski area
Mt Cheeseman - a family friendly and very inexpensive ski area
Broken River - #1 rated ski area for Powderhounds
Broken River - #1 rated ski area for Powderhounds
Mt Olympus - an amazing off-piste ski area
Mt Olympus - an amazing off-piste ski area
Snow Park - the #1 terrain park ski area in NZ
Snow Park - the #1 terrain park ski area in NZ
My Lyford - rated #2 ski area for Powderhounds
My Lyford - rated #2 ski area for Powderhounds
Hanmer Springs - scores for best uncrowded slopes
Hanmer Springs - scores for best uncrowded slopes
Fox Peak - on the wild & rustic side
Fox Peak - on the wild & rustic side
Turoa - the # 2 rated ski area on the north island
Turoa - the # 2 rated ski area on the north island
Temple Basin - rates for some of the best snow in NZ
Temple Basin - rates for some of the best snow in NZ

Best Ski Resorts

Powderhounds Awards for the Best NZ Ski ResortsThe Powderhounds awards for the "Best Skiing in New Zealand" provide information on what we view as the best NZ ski resorts and ski towns. Here are some of our favourites regarding the skiing and snowboarding, nightlife, and tours in New Zealand.

Top Rated Resorts for Powder Hounds
Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity+ lack of people riding off-piste
     


Best Overall Resorts
Based on infrastructure, terrain, family friendliness, snow & cost
     

Other Best NZ Skiing / Snowboarding (Powderhounds Awards)
Best overall terrain: Treble Cone, Craigieburn, Mt Hutt
Best beginner ski resort: Cardrona, Mt Dobson
Best intermediate terrain: Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak
Best steeps: Craigieburn , Treble Cone, Mt Olympus
Best off-piste: Craigieburn Ski Area
Best backcountry: Craigieburn, Broken River
Best uncrowded slopes: Mt Lyford, Roundhill, Hanmer Springs
Best family resort: Cardrona, Whakapapa
Best lift infrastructure: Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak
Best terrain park: Snowpark, The Remarkables
Best powder: Craigieburn, Broken River , Mt Olympus
Easy on the hip pocket: Mt Dobson, Roundhill

Best New Zealand Heli Skiing
Top heli skiing: Harris Mountains Heliski

Nightlife
Best après: Queenstown / Wanaka
Best nightlife: Queenstown
Best selection of restaurants: Queenstown

Shopping
Best ski/snowboard equipment and clothing: Queenstown
Best clothes shopping: Queenstown
Best souvenir shopping: Queenstown

Tours & Adventure Activities
Best sightseeing tour: Milford Sound Tour
Best adventure activity: Shotover Jet, Queenstown

For more information on ski resorts and ski towns of NZ that rate well on various factors, see the Powderhounds New Zealand ski resorts ratings. Examples of some of the categories are beginners terrain, intermediate terrain, steeps, powder, lunchtime freshies, lift infrastructure, uncrowded lift lines and slopes, restaurants, apres and much more.

For more info on the NZ heli ski operations, see our best New Zealand heli skiing page. 

Best Skiing in New Zealand – Readers' Reviews These awards for the "best ski resorts in New Zealand" are based on readers' reviews. Come and have your say on the best skiing in New Zealand by reviewing and rating a ski area or a heli skiing operation. Navigate to the New Zealand ski resort or heli ski company you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

Best overall ski field/resort 1: Mt Olympus, Turoa
Best ski resort for powderhounds 2: Temple Basin, Mt Olympus
Best snow: Temple Basin, Craigieburn
Most uncrowded: Mt Dobson, Hanmer Springs
Best lifts: Coronet Peak, Mt Olympus
Piste trails: Turoa, Cardrona
Off-piste: Mt Olympus, Craigieburn Ski Field
Child friendly: Cardrona, Roundhill
Value for money: Craigieburn, Ohau
Nightlife: Turoa, Mt Olympus

Best Heli Skiing New Zealand: Methven Heliski

NB only ski fields/heli skiing with a minimum of 2 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort/heliski with more reviews is selected as the best.
1 The best ski field/heli skiing is based on an average of the other above factors.
2 The best ski resort for powderhounds is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.