Coronet Peak Ski Resort

Coronet Peak New Zealand
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Coronet Peak Ski Field
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A Popular Queenstown Ski Field
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Queenstown Ski Resort - Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak Skiing and Snowboard Terrain
Day Lodge
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The Ice Bar
Big Wide Groomers
Very Child Friendly
Fast Groomed Runs
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Coronet Peak Ski Resort

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Coronet Peak NZ – Ski Resort Review

Coronet Peak is the most popular ski resort on the South Island of New Zealand, in part due to its proximity to Queenstown. This Queenstown ski field is pretty good for beginners, but intermediates will want to put on their coronet and act like a king or queen! There are lots of blue trails, the fall line is perfect, and considering the high quality grooming, the Powderhounds have given Coronet Peak a “best skiing in New Zealand” award for the intermediate terrain.

Coronet Peak Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Coronet Peak is an excellent mountain for beginners and intermediates, yet with 30% of the trails rated as black, Coronet Peak also has a little fun for advanced riders. In addition to the black trails there are various off-piste runs around the fringes of the resort and a few chutes. And if you love moguls you’ll be spoiled for choice. Pack the Glucosamine and Ibuprofen, because the cartilage in your knees may need it!

Like many other New Zealand ski resorts, the Peak is not particularly large at only 280 hectares and 481 metres of vertical drop, yet the capacity of the resort is amazing. With a very efficient lift infrastructure, the resort copes with the multitudes incredibly well and there are no lift queues. The only downside of crowds at any ski resort is that powderhounds might miss out on fresh tracks, but with only 2 metres of annual snowfall at Coronet Peak, the chances of fighting over freshies are slim.

The minimal snowfall is not an issue for most punters. Thankfully this Queenstown ski resort can operate on a very small base because there are only grassy tussocks under the snow. Combined with quality grooming and very extensive snow making, the snow cover is generally fine.

The terrain is treeless, so the ski field and the snow are exposed to the elements. The lack of trees can pose problems with visibility on poor weather days, but thankfully the weather at Coronet Peak is relatively stable compared to ski resorts further north such as Mt Hutt aka Mt Shut.

Where is Coronet Peak Ski Field?

Coronet Peak is located on the outskirts on Queenstown, 18 kilometres to the northeast of the centre of town, and 7 kilometres west of Arrowtown. From Queenstown it is an easy 20 minute drive to Coronet Peak on a fully sealed road. This is a major drawcard for Coronet Peak because this is an incredibly rare attribute for a ski resort on the South Island of NZ!

If you don’t want to drive, there are regular shuttles to Coronet Peak from various locations around Queenstown.

Coronet Peak Accommodation

Coronet Peak has limited on-mountain accommodation located at the base of the lifts in a small club lodge with dormitory style accommodation. Most people stay in Queenstown which provides the flexibility to ski at other resorts or partake in other famous Queenstown activities.

Queenstown accommodation options are prolific and range from 5-star resort hotels to inexpensive motels, and there’s also a huge range of Queenstown backpackers.


Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding offers paragliding or hang-gliding, or both if you’re super keen. Otherwise if you want a rest from skiing, or the weather is not to your liking, you certainly won’t be bored. See our Queenstown activities for more information on activities and things to do around the region.

More Reasons to Head to This Queenstown Ski Field

Coronet Peak is a great ski resort for families and those who like to ride the groomers. The multi-million dollar investment into infrastructure has improved the Coronet Peak experience, and with great day lodge facilities and an efficient lift system, it’s not surprising that everyone flocks there.

Also impressive are the spectacular views from the resort across Lake Wakatipu, Lake Hayes, and The Remarkables.

If you can’t get enough of Coronet Peak during daylight hours, you can also go night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights. has given the following "best ski resort in New Zealand" awards to Coronet Peak for the:
  • intermediate terrain
  • lift infrastructure
Coronet Peak is on the Mountain Collective Pass.
Tours That May Include Coronet Peak

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

South Island Snow Safari
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing | 6 Resorts
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
This 7 day adventure is ideal for the young at heart who want to pack in as much skiing or snowboarding and fun as possible into a single week. You will visit up to 6 of NZ's great ski areas with professional hosts who will get you to the best skiing/snowboarding in each of the locations.
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USD 1,169
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 10% discount on 18th Aug tour. Was NZ$1,799pp Now NZ$1,619pp
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Heli Skiing Tours

Harris Mountains Queenstown Wanaka
Packages from 4 to 10 runs
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are visiting Queenstown or Wanaka don't miss the opportunity to experience some of New Zealand's best heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski. Packages are either 3, 4 or 7 runs with the options to purchase additional runs on the day.
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USD 692
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Alpine Heliski Freeride Days
From 1 run including lunch
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Free Ride days are suitable for all ability levels as you control the pace and number of runs you wish to do. You choose a weekend/date you wish to book & Alpine Heli will run the day on whichever has the best conditions. Ideal for photo/film shoots, skiers/boarders wanting max heli runs or for those just wanting .....
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USD 276
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