When do New Zealand ski fields open?

When do New Zealand ski fields open?

Learn from when to when the ski season runs for New Zealand ski fields, so when they are open for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, etc.

Depending on the location and ski resort in New Zealand, you can ski or snowboard from early June to late October.

Ski fields on the South Island tend to open before ski fields on the North Island.

South Island ski fields generally open early June and close early October, while North Island slopes are open from late June to mid-October.

Ski fields on the South Island also tend to be less crowded than ski fields on the North Island of New Zealand, although this does not apply to holiday periods.

When deciding when is the best time to visit New Zealand for skiing, you may also want to take the July school holidays period into consideration, because ski fields tend to get very busy then. Resorts like Coronet Peak and Cardrona in the Southern Lakes area (Queenstown and Wanaka) on the South Island of New Zealand can get very busy.

Mt. Hutt near Methven in Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand is usually the first ski field in New Zealand to open its slopes but not always. Coronet Peak tends to beat it sometimes.

You can find all of the ski areas in New Zealand listed on the New Zealand ski fields map and click on any ski field on the map to visit its web site.

The table below lists the approximate times when (commercial) New Zealand ski fields open.

Ski Field Open
Whakapapa Mid-June to mid-October
Turoa Mid-June to mid-October
Rainbow Mid-July to mid-October
Mt. Lyford Early June to mid-October
Hanmer Springs Early June to late October
Temple Basin Late June to mid-October
Craigieburn Late June to late October
Porter Heights Early July to late September
Mt. Olympus Early July to mid-October
Mt. Hutt Early June to late October
Mt. Dobson Early July to mid-October
Roundhill Late June to early October
Ohau Early July to mid-October
Treble Cone Late June to early October
Cardrona Mid-June to early October
Snow Farm Mid-June to late September
Snow Park (above Cardrona) Early June to early October
Coronet Peak Early June to mid-October
The Remarkables Late June to early October

Opening times generally depend on snow conditions, which are difficult to predict and which only mother nature has control over. So while you could contact the respective ski fields through their web sites to ask for exact opening times, please remember that they are dependent on the weather.

New Zealand ski field opening dates in 2017

The table below lists 2017 opening dates for New Zealand ski fields that have already announced ski field opening dates. This list was updated on June 8, 2017.

For the most up to date opening dates, please visit the official ski fields websites, which you can find via the New Zealand ski fields map.

MetService also keeps track of the open and closed statuses of ski fields and provides weather forecasts for 23 ski fields.

Ski Field Open
Whakapapa Open (July 1)
Turoa July 1
Tukino July 1
Rainbow July 8
Mt. Lyford June 22
Hanmer Springs
Temple Basin
Craigieburn July 8
Mt. Cheeseman July 8
Porter Heights June 23
Mt. Olympus July 8
Mt. Hutt June 9
Mt. Dobson July 7
Roundhill July 1
Ohau July 1
Treble Cone June 22
Cardrona June 10
Snow Farm June 24
Coronet Peak June 17
The Remarkables June 10

New Zealand ski fields closing dates in previous years

The table below lists the 2015 and 2016 closing dates for New Zealand ski fields. Note that closing dates of ski fields depend on the weather and may vary from year to year but usually fall in either AugustSeptember, or October.

Please be cautious when using the dates listed below for planning your future ski holiday and to get an idea of the date until when you can ski in New Zealand. Judging from the dates listed below, the latest I would plan a ski holiday in 2017 is for early September.

Ski Field Closed in 2015 Closed in 2016 Closed in 2017
Whakapapa October 3 October 9 November 7
Turoa October 9 October 9 October 23
Tukino October 9 September 28 September 28
Rainbow October 5 September 25 September 26
Mt. Lyford September 12 September 13 September 25
Hanmer Springs August 10 Did not open in 2016 September 5
Temple Basin October 3 September 18 September 24
Craigieburn September 28 September 19 October 8
Mt. Cheeseman September 20 September 16 October 1
Porter Heights September 27 October 1 October 8
Mt. Olympus October 2 September 18 October 7
Mt. Hutt October 4 October 10 October 27
Mt. Dobson September 26 September 17 September 29
Roundhill September 3 September 11 September 19
Ohau September 26 October 2 October 8
Treble Cone September 19 October 7 October 4
Cardrona October 25 October 9 November 8
Snow Farm September 19 September 26 September 25
Coronet Peak September 20 October 2 October 16
The Remarkables September 20 October 2 October 8

This article falls under Travel Guide.

Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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