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Snowboarding in New Zealand

No matter whether you are a novice in this sports or a keen rider, New Zealand boasts slopes and steeps for all levels

Best time: mid-June–September


New Zealand's landscape together with winter weather create ideal snowboarding conditions for all levels. Adrenaline produced by a wonderful ride down the steep slopes and truly breathtaking views of spotless snowfields will surely become your life-long experience. Most int​ernationally renowned snowboarding resorts are located in the South Island. Coronet Peak in Queenstown and Ohau that lies between Oueenstown and Christchurch are known to be the most popular ski areas. Although the majority of rocky snowfields are found in the South Island, the North Island has also something to offer. It is noted for its skiable volcano at Mt Ruapehu.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit New Zealand for snowboarding?

For perfect conditions, visit New Zealand for snowboarding between June and September. During this period, most winter resorts and ski areas are open, with fresh snow available, making it the ideal time for snowboard enthusiasts. Due to peak demand, booking early ensures availability. Show more

Where can I find beginner-friendly snowboarding slopes in New Zealand?

Those learning to snowboard in New Zealand can find beginner-friendly slopes at resorts like Cardrona Alpine, Snow Farm NZ, and Whakapapa Ski Area. These resorts accommodate novice snowboarders with rentals and lessons to gain experience skiing the slopes. Show more

What are some must-visit snowboarding resorts in the South Island?

Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Mount Hutt are some of the must-visit resorts when snowboarding in New Zealand. Treble Cone boasts beautiful views of Lake Wanaka while The Remarkables is great for any skill level. Additionally, Coronet Peak and Mount Hutt offer an array of activities suitable for families and friends. Show more

When is the peak season for snowboarding in New Zealand?

Peak season for snowboarding in New Zealand is generally between July and August. This time provides the most snowfall, and winter resorts are frequented by many ski or snowboard enthusiasts. Periodically, keep a lookout for 'Ice Weeks,' as this the snow may turn to ice, and many resorts will temporarily close. Show more

Are there any other winter sports activities available in New Zealand besides snowboarding?

Aside from snowboarding, winter sports activities like skiing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and heli-skiing are available in New Zealand. Heli-skiing offers thrill-seekers the opportunity to ski or snowboard down untouched snow safely. Alternatively, snowmobile tours are available for those looking for adventure and thrills. Show more

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