Coronet Peak Ski Resort

Coronet Peak New Zealand
Coronet Peak NZ is very family friendly
Night skiing at Coronet Peak
View from the Coronet Peak Ski Resort
A very good beginners' area
A well organised base area
Some great mellow slopes for beginners
The large day lodge at Coronet Peak NZ
Perfect intermediate terrain
Coronet Peak shuttles from Queenstown
Twilight skiing at Coronet Peak is unique
Views from the top
Coronet Peak Ski Resort
Coronet Peak Ski Field Near Queenstown
The closest Queenstown ski resort
Coronet Peak Ski Resort
The best Queenstown ski resort for intermediate terrain
Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding
Limited terrain park features
Coronet Peak NZ

Coronet Peak Ski Resort

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Coronet Peak NZ – Ski Resort Review

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

Pros and Cons of Coronet Peak New Zealand

  • The Coronet Peak Ski Field is ideal for intermediates who love to cruise or zoom on groomers.
  • Whilst there are only a few chair lifts at Coronet Peak New Zealand, they are super speedy and provide great lifting capacity.
  • NZSki continues to invest mega dollars into ongoing improvements to the ski field and facilities.
  • Also impressive are the spectacular views from the resort across Lake Wakatipu, Lake Hayes, and The Remarkables.
  • The access road is sealed, which is very rare for a New Zealand ski field. It is also the closest Queenstown ski resort to the downtown area.
  • Its proximity to the vibrant Queenstown with its abundant activities and restaurants and bars is a huge plus.
  • Coronet Peak NZ doesn’t receive much natural snowfall and has relatively low elevation, and relies on hundreds of snow guns to provide much of the cover.
  • Off-piste opportunities are often very limited due to inadequate base, and terrain for expert riders is negligible.
  • Queenstown holiday makers flock to Coronet Peak, and whilst the lift infrastructure copes well with the crowds, the groomed runs can often feel congested.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • The weather is much finer at Coronet Peak than NZ ski resorts further north, and is subject to fewer closures.

Coronet Peak Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Like many other New Zealand ski resorts, the Peak is not particularly large at only 280 hectares and 462 metres of vertical drop (1,187 – 1,649m). Most of the terrain is serviced by 2 high speed 6-seater chair lifts and an express quad chair. A T-bar and 4 surface conveyor lifts make up the rest of the fleet.

Coronet Peak Ski Resort is an excellent mountain for beginners and intermediates, and there are various groomed trails of varying pitch, including some relatively steep runs. Coronet Peak also has a little fun for advanced riders, pending adequate snow cover. In addition to the official 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!

If you can’t get enough of the Coronet Peak Ski Field during daylight hours, you can also go night skiing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights during July and August.

Coronet Peak Snow & Weather

The average annual snowfall at Coronet Peak is a measly 2 metres, so the chances of fighting over freshies are not high.

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, a good aspect, lots of fences for snow farming, and very extensive snow making, the Coronet Peak snow cover on the trails is generally fine.

The terrain is treeless, so the ski field and the snow are exposed to the elements. A lack of trees usually poses problems with visibility on poor weather days, but thankfully there are lots of yellow snow guns to guide the way, and weather at Coronet Peak is relatively stable compared to ski resorts further north such as Mt Hutt aka Mt Shut.

Where is Coronet Peak New Zealand?

Coronet Peak is located on the outskirts of Queenstown, 16 kilometres to the northeast of the centre of town, and 21 kilometres west of Arrowtown. From Queenstown it is an easy 20 minute drive to Coronet Peak on a fully sealed road. If you don’t want to drive, there are regular shuttles to Coronet Peak from various locations around Queenstown. See the bus to Coronet Peak page for more information.

The Remarkables is another Queenstown ski resort, and Cardrona Ski Resort is also close by.

Coronet Peak Accommodation

On-mountain accommodation at Coronet Peak New Zealand consists of the small Joel Lodge which is located a little down from the slopes. It offers basic dormitory style accommodation run by the Otago Ski Club.

Most people stay in Queenstown which provides the flexibility to ski at other resorts and partake in other famous Queenstown activities.

Queenstown accommodation options are prolific and range from deluxe hotels to inexpensive motels, and there’s also a huge range of Queenstown backpackers. If you don’t need to stay in the busy CBD of Queenstown, Arthur’s Point is very close to the Coronet Peak access road.


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.
Tours That May Include Coronet Peak

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

South Island Snow Odyssey
11 Nights | 11 Days Riding at 10 Areas
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Take an odyssey of the South Island to the best New Zealand ski fields ranging from big commercial ski resorts to club field gems with barely any crowds. No need to worry about driving or organising anything as your host looks after all the logistics.
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AUD 3,060
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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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AUD 1,854
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Heli Skiing Tours

Harris Mountains Heliski Queenstown Wanaka
Packages from 4 to 10 runs
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Don't miss the opportunity to experience New Zealand's best heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski. Heli ski Queenstown and Wanaka heli ski packages are either 3, 4, 7 or 10 runs with the option to purchase additional runs on the day. Includes Queenstown or Wanaka accommodation pick-up/drop-off. Share
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AUD 1,016
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 Mega Discounts: $300 off 4 runs, $400 off 7 runs, $500 off 10 runs. Book by July 31.
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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AUD 394
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Harris Mountains Heliski Private Charters
Fully customisable
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Private heli skiing charters offer the ultimate in flexibility and freedom to explore the vast heli skiing terrain, set your own pace, and ski or snowboard as much as you want, and wherever conditions permit. Get together your own group of up to 4 (single load) or 5-10 (double load).
Price p/p Per person price based on a group of 8 with 2 hours of helicopter flight time.
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AUD 1,275
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