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Queenstown NZ: the iconic Earnslaw
Queenstown New Zealand
Queenstown ski resort, Coronet Peak
A Queenstown ski holiday offers so much more than just skiing
Queenstown is adventure activity central!
There are so many great Queenstown restaurants
Queenstown sits alongside Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu Queenstown New Zealand
The Queenstown bar scene is impressive
The lake and The Remarkables
Queenstown New Zealand
Bungy jumping is a quintessential Queenstown activity
Queenstown is a beautiful place
Fergburger is an iconic tourist activity
Views from the Mi-Pad Hotel rooftop terrace
Queenstown winery tour
A pizza from The Cow in Queenstown is a must do
Queenstown NZ: adventure activity Mecca
Queenstown sits alongside Lake Wakatipu
Queenstown nightlife is impressive

Ski Queenstown

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Queenstown New Zealand

Queenstown NZ is party and adventure activity central, and as an added bonus, the Queenstown skiing and snowboarding is also great! There are a few Queenstown ski resorts as well as the option of heli skiing in Queenstown.

Queenstown is located within a spectacular lakeside and alpine setting. The views are second to none, and you will never tire of looking at The Remarkables soaring above Lake Wakatipu. Photography buffs will have a field-day in Queenstown! Whilst the vistas are serene, the culture of Queenstown New Zealand is anything but tranquil. Queenstown is abuzz with festivity, and the size of the town has exploded to rapidly accommodate the increasing population of tourists. Queenstown is an adventure activity mecca, and the hype associated with this can get a little crazy.

Queenstown Skiing

Queenstown ski resorts/areas include:

And to a lesser degree but within reach for a day-trip:

The skiing at Coronet Peak, Cardrona and The Remarkables is not necessarily suited to powder hounds because the snowfall is quite low compared to New Zealand ski resorts further north. On the plus side, Queenstown skiing is great for fair weather skiers, and because the weather is much more stable, the Queenstown ski resorts rarely close (unlike Mt Hutt aka Mt Shut!).

You can readily sample all of the Queenstown ski areas during your trip, but if you want to narrow down your options, check out our best Queenstown ski resorts awards.

Heli Skiing Queenstown

If you want the ultimate powder hound experience, there are a few Queenstown heli skiing operations. You can check out our reviews of Harris Mountains Heli SkiSouthern Lakes Heli Skiing; and Alpine Heliski. The helicopter ride up in the spectacular Southern Alps is amazing, and then you also get to ski or board down the virgin snow. Bliss!

Travel to Queenstown NZ

Queenstown is located in the Otago region in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. Getting to Queenstown is relatively easy as it has its own international airport located only 10 minutes from the town centre, and direct trans-Tasman flights to Queenstown are readily available.

It’s possible to travel around and get to the Queenstown ski fields using shuttle buses, but many prefer to hire a car to provide more flexibility. See our Queenstown travel page for more information.

Queenstown Accommodation

Queenstown accommodation options are prolific and range from 5-star resort hotels to a variety of Queenstown backpackers. Queenstown also has inexpensive motels, lodges, and bed and breakfasts. When you’re spoilt for choice, at least you know you’ll be able to find a place that satisfies all your needs. See the Queenstown accommodation page for more information.

Queenstown Activities

If snowboarding and skiing in Queenstown is not enough for you, the town is also known as the “adventure capital of the world”. You’ll be overwhelmed by the choice of off-slope Queenstown activities, and if the Queenstown snow conditions are not great at the ski resorts you will never ever be bored. Tourist pursuits include winery tours, scenic flights, or trips to Milford Sound. However Queenstown is most famous for its adrenaline-raising activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting, and jet boating. The only problem is that many of the adventure activities are a bit pricey, so you could blow your entire holiday budget in one day. Skiing in Queenstown seems like a relatively cheap endeavour in comparison.

The Queenstown shopping is also fabulous, so ladies (and gents) make sure those credit cards have a healthy limit!

Queenstown Nightlife and Dining

Queenstown isn’t just abuzz during the day. Après ski drinks turn into a very vibrant nightlife that continues on well into the evening. There are hundreds of Queenstown restaurants and bars, and with a melting pot of international tourists in Queenstown, there’s always something interesting happening.

Why Ski Queenstown NZ?

Everyone who has visited Queenstown would agree that it is a very special place for a holiday. It's a great base for skiing and snowboarding, adventure and other tourist activities, partying, shopping and enjoying the majestic views. This town has it all! 
Queenstown Ski/Snowboard Tours

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Haka Ultimate Heli Tour
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Skiing / Boarding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
This world-class 7 day adventure takes in the best of the South Island’s heli riding and skiing: Methven, Mt Cook, Wanaka and Queenstown. Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime!
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AUD 6,121
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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.
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AUD 1,016
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Ski The Tasman - Classic 2 Run Day
2 massive runs of 8 - 10 km each!
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A Ski the Tasman odyssey should definitely be on your bucket list! The inimitable opportunity to go plane skiing on a glacier with two million years of history is an activity not to be missed. This is without doubt one of the most incredible experiences you will ever have!!!
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AUD 1,104
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Alpine Heliski Day Heli Packages
Packages from 3 to 10 Runs Ex Queenstown
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Alpine Heliski offers day heli skiing packages from Queenstown suited to all abilities. Standard packages are 3 to 10 runs; you choose a package to suit your budget & ability. All packages include guiding, safety equipment, gourmet lunch, transfers from your hotel in Queenstown & the time of your life!
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AUD 904
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