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Best family ski resort in
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Situated between Queenstown and Wanaka, Cardrona has slopes for all levels, from first-timers to professional athletes, and the entire family will be catered for. Ski Kindy offers kids aged two to five the opportunity to play in the snow and learn to ski while Kidsí Snow Sports Club teaches children from five to 14 to ski and snowboard. Cardrona added the first gondola-type lift in New Zealand two years ago and this year is opening up new terrain in advance of a new chairlift in 2020.


2Treble Cone


With its beautiful basins providing incredible ski and snowboard terrain, Treble Cone is a snowy paradise that will have you whooping with joy. TC has expanded and improved its terrain for beginners, and there is a terrain park just for kids. A free mountain shuttle runs from the base up to the top and there is also a free return service from Wanaka for lift passholders. Group lessons have been capped at five so everyone learns more quickly.


3Mt Ruapehu


New Zealandís North Island has a big player in the ski scene: Mt Ruapehu. With not one but two great resorts on the sides of this creamy volcano, you can have twice as much fun. Whakapapa is the bigger resort and its Happy Valley area is absolutely world-class. In huge news for New Zealand, Whakapapa is opening a 10-person gondola in June, and it even has leather seats. Donít miss skiing at Tūroa; it has the highest lifted point in New Zealand.


4Coronet Peak


A 20-minute drive from Queenstown will bring you to Coronet Peak, an oasis for beginners with 280 hectares of terrain unobstructed by trees and clear views of the lake below. An automated snowmaking system and a grassy natural landscape beneath the snow gives Coronet Peak one of the longest and most reliable ski seasons around. Three cafes and restaurants at the bottom of the T-bar are perfect for a relaxing break from the slopes, while Skiwiland gives children from 3 months to 5 years a crash course on ski technique. Eight lifts transport guests seamlessly to the 32 trails available on the ski fields, as well as to the breathtaking lookout offered by the 1,649-metre mountain peak.


5The Remarkables


Considered the most photogenic of the South Islandís mountain ranges, The Remarkables offers 220 hectares of terrain atop a famously picturesque peak. Though small, The Remarkables includes three bowls well-suited to different skiing abilities, while off-piste terrain is perfect for more advanced skiers. Each bowl is surprisingly sheltered, while still offering stunning views of the serene Lake Wakatipu below. Six-seater lifts and three magic carpet conveyors make terrain easily accessible, while 3 quad chairs service the mountainís popular black runs. Off the slopes, the day lodge is well-serviced and Queenstown is just a 35-minute drive away. Along with Coronet Peak, The Remarkables is part of the Mountain Collective Pass.

Expert picks

Best for beginners


1. Cardrona

2. Coronet Peak

3. Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa)

Best for advanced families


1. Treble Cone

2. Mt Hutt

3. The Remarkables

Best village


1. Queenstown

2. Wanaka

3. Methven

Best freestyle resort


1. Cardrona

2. The Remarkables

3. Mt Ruapehu

Readers' picks

Readers' Choice Awards


1. Cardrona

2. Coronet Peak

3. The Remarkables

4. Mt Hutt

5. Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa)

See the winners for:


New Zealand





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