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Best Ski Fields in Queenstown and Wanaka

Queenstown and Wanaka's best ski fields are world-class, and well worth considering for your next luxury ski holiday

By Walk into Luxury

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There’s no denying that Queenstown and Wanaka on New Zealand's South Island are a great base for a luxury ski holiday. The range of ski fields will suit any level, and the alpine views are breathtaking. Pair this with a luxury lodge or private villa and you have the makings of a great ski trip. Here is our round-up of the best New Zealand ski fields and why we love them.

THE REMARKABLES - for the breaktaking views of Lake Wakatipu

Only a 40-minute drive from Queenstown, The Remarkables ski resort is known for its pristine snow, friendly kiwi hospitality and some of the most dramatic alpine views in the world! Catering for beginners through to more adventurous skiers, the Remarkables has a large learner’s area, piste trails, freeride terrai and everything in between. The Remarkables modern facilities include cafes, restaurants, and ice bars; equipment hire and some of the best ski terrain in New Zealand. Did we mention the views?

Visit the Remarkables with private ski concierge service as part of our ultimate 5 day Queenstown Ski & Wine Journey staying at Eichardt's Private Hotel.

CORONET PEAK – For Queenstown Night Skiing

Is night skiing on your bucket list? The Remarkables' sister mountain, Coronet Peak is the home of night skiing in New Zealand. Amazing sunsets, rollercoaster terrain and the option to explore the slopes after dark make this one of the best ski fields in the Queenstown and Wanaka region. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, Coronet Peak is the closest ski field to Queenstown and is known as the local's ski field. Suited to all ages and abilities, and with New Zealand’s longest ski days, what's not to love about Queenstown's Coronet Peak.

CARDRONA ALPINE RESORT - For its world-class alpine terrain close to Wanaka

Located close to Wanaka, and about 1 hour's drive from Queenstown, Cardrona Alpine Resort has the longest scheduled snow season in New Zealand. Enjoy world-class skiing with lots of wide-open trails spread over three basins. The top facilities here including a gondola chair lift, 8 different cafés & restaurants, on-mountain accommodation, equipment rental, and ski and snowboard lessons. The Snow Kindy and ski programs for older children make it an ideal family ski destination.

Getting to Cardrona from Queenstown is easy with our private ski chauffeur and concierge service. We'll bring your skis and lift passes to your accommodation, and will take care of getting you safely to and from the mountain. We even throw in apres ski drinks. Learn more about our Cardrona luxury ski experience.

SOHO BASIN - For the Ultimate Private Ski Experience

As the ultimate private ski experience, Soho Basin is arguably “New Zealand’s best-kept secret”. This exclusive private ski resort between Queenstown and Wanaka offers a unique backcountry experience minus the crowds. Booked for private groups of up to 12 guests, the pristine slopes in this untouched winter playground provide sensational views and you will feel as if you have the mountain to yourself... because you will. You're transported up the mountain in style in the comfortable 12-seater airconditioned snowcats and when its time for lunch, dine on three special course with wines prepared by Amisfield. This really is the best luxury ski experience near Queenstown. Please enquire for a bespoke private package for your group.

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