New Zealand Resort Review

New Zealand is the Southern Hemisphere’s snowboard capitol. Each year, snowboarders from around the world descend on this part of the world to take in some epic backcountry, world class resorts, world leading terrain parks and the chilled lifestyle that is NZ.

Here is a summary of some of most popular resorts of New Zealand.


Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is the South Island’s most popular ski area – and with good reason. Diverse terrain, fantastic views, close proximity to Queenstown and a cosmopolitan atmosphere create a superb winter experience for every level of snow sport enthusiast.

The terrain is varied and the facilities on the mountain more than adequate. It’s easy to get to, being only 25 minutes from Queenstown along mostly sealed roads, which makes it about the easiest ski resort to access anywhere in New Zealand.

Coronet Peak has 280 skiable hectares accessed by a six-seat express chair, an express quad, a double chair, a t-bar, magic carpet and beginner tow. Extensive, state-of-the-art snowmaking ensures a long season while stunning views of lake and mountain are visually spectacular.

Distance from Queenstown: 18kms (25 minutes)

Snowlife opinion: We loved it! Coronet peak is a great resort with a few very cool runs, not to mention the length of them! They seem to just go on forever. Great for beginners to advanced snowboarders and skiers.

The Remarkables

High in The Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown, The Remarkables Ski Area offers a true alpine experience in three sunny bowls where 220 skiable hectares of terrain spreads across 700 hectares of reserve. Three quad chairs, one magic carpet, and one beginner tow offer access to the trails and parks.

A major positive of The Remarkables Ski Area is it suits a broad range of abilities and tastes, so individuals, families, and groups can be catered for.

Distance from Queenstown: 28kms (45 minutes)

Snowlife opinion: Remarkables is a nice resort. Great for skiers, although being a snowboarder myself I found it a little boring. A nice and easy Rail Park and a few nice kickers but the runs are shorter and a little tiresome. For the advanced rider there is some good terrain to scout out and a little hiking will be well worth the effort.
Treble Cone

Spread over three large basins there are trails to suit all ages and skill levels. From the purpose-built learner area with a Magic Carpet Lift, to comfortable, groomed green and blue runs, through challenging black runs and secret powder stashes; Treble Cone has great terrain for all levels of ability.

Treble Cone offers more intermediate and advanced terrain than any other South island ski area with off-piste powder skiing and boarding unrivaled.

Distance from Queenstown: 89kms (2 hours)

Snowlife opinion: Unfortunately time did not allow us to visit this resort so we cannot offer a first hand account. What we can tell you is how devastated we were that we missed out on the opportunity! We will just have to go back next year!


This great resort features rolling terrain, spread across three bowls, is easy going, and makes you feel like a superman! Some more experienced skiers and boarders may be left wanting more challenge by days end. Due to its higher altitude than most, the snow is considerably colder and drier making for great snow to ski or board on.

One thing Cardrona does super well is its terrain parks. I had a ball on these and the reason is simple, well shaped features that span an entire run. Sick of walking parks cause they are too short. Well there will be no walking here. Ride the entire park and then ride the chair all the way back up, easily the longest park I’ve riden. And if you need some more terrain, then Snow Park is across the road. Paradise for freestyle riders.

Distance from Queenstown: 58kms (65 minutes)

Snowlife opinion: Loved it to pieces. Great resort with some really nice long runs. Built for skiers and boarders who love a bit of terrain. A big feature of this place is the sweet terrain park.

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