Best Ski Resorts in New Zealand

Best Skiing in New Zealand - Overall: Treble Cone
2nd Best Ski Resort NZ Overall - Cardrona
Best Skiing in NZ Award: Mt Hutt
Broken River - Top NZ Ski Resort for Powder Hounds
Mt Lyford: Best Skiing in New Zealand Award for Powder Hounds
Craigieburn: Award for Top NZ Ski Field for Powder Hounds
Cardrona: one of the best overall ski resorts in NZ
Ohau: a great NZ ski field for powder hounds
Mt Dobson Ski Field New Zealand
The Canterbury club fields are great for chasing powder
The Remarkables Ski Field Queenstown
Nutcracker to heaven - Roundhill
Mt Ruapehu has good intermediate terrain
Skiing in New Zealand - Porters
Mt Cheeseman NZ: easy on the hip pocket
Mt Olympus New Zealand
Roundhill - easy on the hip pocket
Treble Cone Ski Resort NZ
Coronet Peak Night Skiing
Best Skiing in New Zealand Award Overall - Mt Hutt

Best Ski Resorts in New Zealand

Powderhounds Awards for the Best NZ Ski Resorts

The 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 New Zealand skiing and snowboarding and the ski towns.

Top Rated NZ Ski Fields for Powder Hounds

Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity+ lack of people riding off-piste


Other top NZ ski fields for powder hounds include Ohau and Mt Olympus.

Best NZ Ski Resorts Overall

Based on infrastructure, terrain, family friendliness, snow & cost


Other best skiing in New Zealand overall awards go to Ohau, Mt Olympus and Craigieburn.

Other Best NZ Skiing / Snowboarding (Powderhounds Awards)

Snow

Other

Best Heli Skiing in New Zealand

Nightlife

Snow Raspberries

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, expert terrain, 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 New Zealand Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in New Zealand" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com. Come and have your say on the top New Zealand ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the New Zealand ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only New Zealand ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best. 1 The top overall New Zealand ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors. 2 The best New Zealand powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
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