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Queenstown and Wanaka Snow Areas, New Zealand

Updated 23 June, 2006

New Zealand Snow Areas.

Kia Ora

The 5 snow fields in the Southern Lakes area around Queenstown and Lake Wanaka offer the most diverse range of snow activities in New Zealand. Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing or do it all in the backcountry by helicopter. Coronet Peak, Cardrona, The Remarkables, Waiorau Snow Farm and Treble Cone are all within 2 hours drive of each other.

The ski season goes from June to October although this varies a bit from place to place. Mt Hutt is nearly always the first open and often the last closed. All of the skiing is done up in the mountains which means that after skiing you can come down and have a game of golf or go for a jet boat ride!

About two hours drive from Christchurch are Mt Hutt and the Craigeburn Range area with Mt Hutt, Porters Heights, Craigeburn and Temple Basin.

If you have plenty of time to explore New Zealand it is probably worth skiing one of the three snow fields on our very own live volcano Mt Ruapehu, in the North Island. Whakapapa is without doubt the best ski field in New Zealand on its day ( that will stir up a bees nest!).

Snow Areas
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables
Treble Cone
Waiorau Snow Farm
Snow Cams
Coronet Cam
Remarkables Cam
Cardrona Cam
AJ Hackett Bungy Cam

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Snow Area Summary - southern fields

  Treble Cone Cardrona Remarkables Coronet Peak Snow Park Snow Farm
Summit 2 100 m 2 059 m 2 324m 1 650 m    
Highest Lift 1 860 m 2 059 m 1 935m 1 640 m    
Vertical drop 660 m 390 m 357 m 420 m    
Average Snow 5.5 m 2.6m 3.1 m 2.1 m    
Snowmaking 25 guns none 5 guns 116 guns    
Terrain area 550 ha 350 ha 220 ha 280 ha    
Beginner 15% 20% 30% 20%    
Intermediate 45% 60% 40% 45%    
Advanced 40% 20% 30% 35%    
Snowboard pipe, terrain park 4 pipes, 1 BX terrain park,snow tubing 2 pipes, terrain park    
Adult Day Pass NZ$89 NZ$74 NZ$79 NZ$84 NZ$66 NZ$30
from Wanaka 22 km 34 km
35 minutes
from Queenstown 90kms
90 minutes
57 kms
60 minutes
45 minutes
25 minutes
60 minutes
60 minutes

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Radio Snow Reports - June to October only

Resort Radio
6.45am, 7.20am, 8.20am
Radio Wanaka
6.35am, 7.15am, 8.15am
Q92 The Breeze
92, 92.8FM
6.50am, 7.10am, 8.10am, 11.30am
The Station
  on the hour 8am to midday
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