It’s time to ski downunder

Did you know you can go skiing in Australia and New Zealand? Well we’re guessing you knew about the Kiwi part where they have awesome slopes, but there are ski resorts in Australia too. And the ski season is underway with some good falls already! So where can you go? Read on…


Where’s the action?

* Thredbo, Perisher Ski Resort, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snowfields in New South Wales
This is the highest snow country in Australia with the oldest and largest resorts and skifields. Most are within a 6 hour drive from Sydney or about 2 hours from Canberra.

* Mount Buller, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, Mount Baw Baw and Mount Buffalo in Victoria.
Melbourne is just 3 hours to Mt Buller and about 2 hours from Baw Baw.

* Skiing in the ACT takes place in the Brindabella Ranges, Bimberi Nature Reserve, Mount Franklin and Mount Gingera.
The ACT isn’t big so everywhere is close!

* Ben Lomond and Mount Mawson in Tasmania.
Mount Mawson is about 1.5 hours drive from Hobart. Ben Lomond is 70 minutes from Launceston.

Where to stay?

We don’t have a hostel right in the ski fields but you can stay in Canberra, Sydney (slopes 6 hours) or Melbourne (slopes 2-3 hours) and arrange tours/transport from there. Similarly you can stay in Hobart (1.5 hours) or Launceston (70 minutes) to access the Tassie slopes.

There’s also SkiCity in Cheltenham, Melbourne that has three ski slopes where you can train all year round skiing or snowboarding! A Sydney version will be opening soon.

Conditions and snow cams

Check it all out here –

Southern Alps from the air. Pic: Joanne Lane,


There are many ski fields in New Zealand thanks to an enormous band of mountains running through the country. Most ski fields are on the south island but you can find some on the north island as well.

Where’s the action?

South Island
Queenstown: Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are two regions within a few kilometres of Queenstown making for perfect access from our many hostels in town.
Wanaka: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, Snow Park, Snow Farm all within an easy distance of town
Otago: Invincible Snowfields (heliskiing and snowcat skiing only, 1 hour from Queenstown near Glenorchy).
Canterbury: Mount Lyford (private ski resort, 146km from Christchurch, 60km from Kaikoura), Mount Potts (helskiing and snowcatting 2 hours from Christchurch), Mount Hutt (one hour from Christchurch), Mount Dobson (2 hours from Christchurch, 3 hours from Queenstown and Dunedin), Ohau (4 hours south of Christchurch, 3hours north of Dunedin), Porters Ski Area (1 hour from Christchurch)
Roundhill (3 hours from Christchurch/Queenstown), Tasman Glacier (Mt Cook, heliskiing, glacier skiing)
Nelson Lakes: Rainbow (1.5 hours from Nelson, 1.5 hours Picton).

North Island
Mount Ruapehu (1.25 hours from Taupo, 2 hours from Rotorua, 4 hours Auckland, 4-5 hours Wellington).

Where to stay?

We have accommodation near all these fields. Here are some links:
South Island: Queenstown | Christchurch | Wanaka | Springfield (50km west of Christchurch) | Picton
North Island: Auckland | Taupo| Rotorua | Wellington

What’s On?

The Queenstown Winter Festival starts in just a few days from 22 June – 1 July, 2012.

Book your ski tour

We have some awesome deals for heli skiing and snow flights with VIP Backpackers. Here are some of our packages. Click here for more!

Harris Mountain Heli-Ski 3, 4 or 7 Run Day
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Ever been heli-skiing? It`s the ultimate snow experience for a skier or boarder. Interested? Then let us take you into the heart of the Southern Alps – a world above and beyond all others…


The Remarkables
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Let The Helicopter Line show you why the views are best from above! Breathtaking helicopter flights expose the dramatic views and stunning beauty of Lake Wakatipu, the Queenstown region, the Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Skippers Canyon, The Southern Alps and beyond venture into Milford Sound and be captivated by the lush rugged National Park. Snow landings a specialty.



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