Family Ski Holidays

If you are looking for something above and beyond for your next family escape, then one of our New Zealand Family ski holidays could be just what you are after! It goes without saying that NZ has a plethora of fantastic world class ski fields for you all to enjoy. Many of them also offer handy kids club options to look after and help your little ones develop their downhill skills. That means you can hit the slopes (alone for a change) and savour the peace and serenity of the landscape and work on your skills at the same time!

But when it comes to off the snow entertainment, it is hard to go past a country that offers a crazy array of extra experiences for your family to enjoy. So on top of only being a short flight away, you can also have a blast doing some jet boating, luging, nature cruises, cultural experiences, quad biking, thermal pool relaxation and so the list goes on. To help you work out if NZ is going to be the right place for your next family ski holiday, here is a bit of extra information that we hope you find useful!

Things to consider for a family ski holiday

Season Dates for each Ski Field

These dates are a guide to when the fields will open. Mother nature will ultimately decide if the season is a bit longer.

Coronet Peak – Open Date: 17 June ~ Close Date: 01 October
The Remarkables – Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date: 08 October
Mt Hutt – Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date: 08 October
Treble Cone – Open Date: 22 June ~ Close Date: 01 October
Cardrona – Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date: 15 October
Turoa – Open Date: 10 July ~ Close Date: 23 October
Whakapapa – Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date: 23 October

School Holiday Dates

If your kids are in school and you don’t want to deviate from the allotted holiday periods then here are some date ranges for you to consider:

NZ, SA and TAS School Holiday Dates 2017
Winter School Holidays: 08 July – 23 July
Spring School Holidays: 29 Sept – 16 Oct

Queensland Dates 2017
Winter School Holidays: 24 June – 09 July
Spring School Holidays: 18 Sept – 02 October

NSW, VIC, WA, & ACT School Holiday Dates 2017
Winter School Holidays: 01 July – 16 July
Spring School Holidays: 25 Sept – 06 Oct

Other Key Dates
Winter Festival: 22 June – 25 Jun
Winter Games NZ: 25 Aug – 10 Sept

How old is a child?

The applicable age for child freebie offers varies a little from ski field to ski field. Youth prices will usually apply for older children. Below is an indication of the age breakdowns at each ski field:

Mt Ruapehu – Turoa
Child Age: 4 years & under
Youth Age: 5 ~ 18 years

Mt Ruapehu – Whakapapa
Child Age: 4 years & under
Youth Age: 5 ~ 18 years

Mt Hutt
Child Age: 10 years & under
Youth Age: 11 ~ 17 years
Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 10 years & under.

Roundhill
Child Age: 12 years & under
Youth Age: 13 ~ 18 years
Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under.

Treble Cone
Child Age: 6 ~ 17 years
Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under ($5 card & admin fee applies).

Cardrona
Child Age: 6 ~ 17 years
Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under ($5 card & admin fee applies).

Coronet Peak
Child Age: 5 years & under
Youth Age: 6 ~ 17 years
Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under.

The Remarkables
Child Age: 5 years & under
Youth Age: 6 ~ 17 years
Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under.

How close is accommodation to the Ski Field?

Turoa – Mt Ruapehu
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Ohakune
Driving Time: 20 mins
Comments: Ohakune isn’t a huge town but it does have a few two bedroom options. Getting accommodation on weekends can be difficult though.

Whakapapa – Mt Ruapehu
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: National Park
Driving Time: 20 mins
Comments: Multi room accommodation can be obtained only 10 mins drive at Whakapapa Village. Accommodation on weekends can be difficult to find as well!

Mt Hutt
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Methven
Driving Time: 35 mins
Comments: Methven is a small town but it does have a good mix of two bedroom accommodation options from lower budget to 4 star.

Roundhill
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Lake Tekapo
Driving Time: 35 mins
Comments: Lake Tekapo is a small town/village so there are limited two bedroom options available. Most options will be a couple of hundred dollars per night or more!

Treble Cone
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Wanaka
Driving Time: 30 mins
Comments: Wanaka is a bit smaller than Queenstown but still has quite decent supply of two bedroom options from lower budget to 4 star+. Book early to avoid missing out in peak periods like school holidays.

Cardrona
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Wanaka
Driving Time: 35 mins
Comments: Queenstown is only 50 mins drive via Crown Range Road but it can get a bit hairy in snowy weather!

Coronet Peak
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Queenstown
Driving Time: 20 mins
Comments: Queenstown has heaps of two bedroom options but it still does book out, especially in school holiday periods!

The Remarkables
Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Queenstown
Driving Time: 35 mins
Comments: Queenstown has heaps of two bedroom options but it still does book out, especially in school holiday periods!

What are my options for off-the-snow entertainment?

Turoa (Mt Ruapehu)
Closest Town: Ohakune
Slightly larger than other towns in the area, Ohakune has a few off snow options. Mountain biking, horse trekking, walks, indoor rock climbing, rafting, fishing, scenic flights, museums and golf are close by for down time.

Whakapapa (Mt Ruapehu)
Closest Town: National Park / Whakapapa Village
Whakapapa Village – if you stay at the Chateau it has pool, movie theatre and small golf course to help occupy down time.
National Park is a small village also with limited off the snow activity. Walks, Rafting, quad biking and an indoor climbing wall are available.

Mt Hutt
Closest Town: Methven
Methven itself has limited off snow options. Mountain biking, jet boating, fishing, golf, scenic flights and Lord of the Rings tours are some options. Christchurch is only an hour away providing a few additional sightseeing options for those prepared to drive.

Roundhill
Closest Town: Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo is a small village but it still offers world class hot pools, star gazing, ice skating, tubing, golf and golf cross (rugby crossed with golf), horse treks, walks, lake cruises and scenic flights.

Treble Cone
Closest Town: Wanaka
For its size Wanaka has a nice little mix of off snow activities. Puzzling World, museums, a unique cinema, golf, mini golf, walks, jetboating, biking, Frisbee golf, fishing, lake cruises and even a lavender farm.

Cardrona
Closest Town: Wanaka(view Treble Cone) / Queenstown(view Coronet Peak & The Remarkables)

Coronet Peak & The Remarkables
Closest Town: Queenstown
Queenstown is the adventure capital of NZ so off the snow options are everywhere. Options range from sedate to hard to handle! It is also a great gateway to Fiordland, home to Milford & Doubtful Sounds. These are ideal family nature experiences but they are long days! 6:00 am to 6:00 pm sort of days!

Kids Clubs & Programs – Queenstown & Mt Hutt (South Island)

Queenstown & Mt Hutt ski fields offer several options of Kids Clubs & Programs.


Mini Kids – Skiwiland*

Ski Fields: Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt
Ages: 3 months – 1 year

Operates Daily (no skiing). Mini Kids provides safe and fun activity based child care on the mountain, including play time in the snow with qualified childcare teachers. Lunch is NOT provided to please advise that they need to pack lunch.


Kiwi Kids – Skiwiland*

Ski Fields: Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt
Ages: 2 – 5 years

Operates Daily (no skiing). Kiwi Kids provides safe and fun activity based child care on the mountain, including play time in the snow with qualified childcare teachers, no skiing is involved. Lunch is provided on request so please advise NZSKI to add it when you book.


Skiwi Kids – Skiwiland*

Ski Fields: Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt
Ages: 3 – 5 years

Operates Daily (ski lesson + child care). Skiwi Kids provides a ski lesson in a small group in addition to lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities. The lesson includes ski and boot rental and the full day option includes lunch at all mountains. Spaces in Skiwiland are strictly limited so booking in advance with the Snowsports School is essential.


Mini Kea – Skiwiland*

Ski Fields: The Remarkables
Ages: 4 – 5 years

Mini Kea includes lift pass, lesson and ski hire and the all-day program includes lunch providing awesome value for your children. Participating in the Mini Kea is an excellent way for children to improve their skills, make new friends and have a great day on the mountain allowing Mum and Dad to get out on the snow. Only available at The Remarkables, you can bring your children in to our secure area from 9:00 am. They will be supervised by our staff who will also assist the kids in preparing to go on snow. The program runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Package includes morning and afternoon lessons and lunch, and it is open to all ability levels.


Kea Club – Skiwiland*

Ski Fields: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt
Ages: 5 – 15 years (skiing) / 8 – 15 years (snowboarding)

Is NZSKI’s childrens Snowsports School, operating daily with full day activities only (no part day options). Children will ski and snowboard with other children of similar ability in a fun, safe and supporting group environment. Kea Club ski is for children aged 5-15 years. Kea Club snowboard is restricted to children 8 – 15 years.

Full mountain lift pass, equipment hire and lunch included. Clothing hire can be added at additional cost.


Mountain Holiday Program – Skiwiland*

Ski Fields: Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt
Ages: 5 – 15 years (skiing) / 8 – 15 years (snowboarding)

The Mountain Holiday Program is a date specific multi-day school holiday program with an emphasis on fun and learning. Suitable for all ability levels, including beginners and kids who want to try skiing off‐piste or learn new tricks in the terrain park. This program runs over five consecutive days at Coronet Peak or three consecutive days at Mt Hutt.

Package includes full mountain lift access, recreational equipment hire, two lessons (2 hr 30 min each) daily and supervised lunch with the instructor. Start time 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.


* Must be booked with NZSKI.

Kids Clubs & Programs – Wanaka (South Island)

Wanaka ski fields offer several options of Kids Clubs & Programs.


Kitty Cat Private Lessons – Cat Club Lessons

Ski Fields: Treble Cone
Ages: 2 – 4 years

2 hour one on one Private lessons including skis boots and helmet.


Kids Group Lessons – Cat Club Lessons

Ski Fields: Treble Cone
Ages: 4 – 17 years (skiing) / 6 – 17 years (snowboard)

Group Lessons at Treble Cone are all about kids having fun while learning to ski or snowboard in a safe environment. Designed for first time skiers right through to expert skiers and snowboarders, kids groups are sorted by age and ability.

Beginner lessons are capped at 5 per class, all other group lessons capped at 8 students per class. Full day programme includes lunch and runs from 10:20 am to 3:30 pm. Half day programmes run twice a day: 10:20 am to 12:30 pm & 1:20 pm to 3:30 pm. Please note: You will need to add equipment rental and lift passes to the lessons if required for children aged 4 – 17 years.


School Holiday Camps** – Cat Club Lessons

Ski Fields: Treble Cone
Ages: 6 – 17 years

Running over the July and September School Holidays, Treble Cone offers freeride and race specific camps catering to kids 6 – 17 y/o, skiing at a level 5+ (strong intermediate). Groups will be split via level (and age as group sizes permit) and teamed up with a Team TC coach for a week of fun, progression and camaraderie.


Cardrona Nursery

Ski Fields: Cardrona
Ages: 3 months – 1 year

Fully licensed Early Childhood Centre with full day care from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm daily. Morning tea & afternoon tea are included, nursery does not include lunch. Lift pass is complimentary.


Ski Kindy

Ski Fields: Cardrona
Ages: 2 – 5 years

Fully licensed Early Childhood Centre with full day care from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm daily. Options included with or without ski lessons. Ski lessons only (no snowboard), private or group options. Includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. Rental equipment is included for the duration of the lesson & lift pass is complimentary.


Kids Club

Ski Fields: Cardrona
Ages: 5 – 14 years

Kids Club is open from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm daily & offers either half day or full day options. Choose from either half day with no lunch, half day including lunch or full day options which always include lunch. Half day can be either a morning session (starting at 8:30 am) or afternoon session (starting at 1:00 pm).

Kids Club full day package includes full day lift pass, rental equipment, 2 x 2hr group lessons & Kids Club.


4 Days Camp – Skiwees

Ski Fields: Cardrona
Ages: 5 – 14 years (skiing) / 7 – 14 years (snowboard)

Programme operates Monday to Thursday every week of the season. Drop off at the Skiwees Club from 8:30 am  daily, pick up at 4:00 pm. Children are grouped by age & ability with same instructor & group for entire programme. 5 hours on snow lesson instruction each day. Lunch & snacks included in the Skiwees Club. Children presented with certificate, neck gater & photo at end of programme. Treasure hunt & parade on last day. Equipment fitting by dedicated staff located inside Skiwees Club.


** Must be booked directly with Treble Cone ski field.

Kids Clubs & Programs – Mt Ruapehu (North Island)

Mt Ruapehu ski fields offer several options of Kids Clubs & Programs.


Yeti Cubs – Yeti Childcare***

Ski Fields: Turoa
Ages: 2 – 5 years

Open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm through season. Childcare only, predominantly indoors with some snow play time. Lunch options available.


Yeti Skiwee & Skiwee Plus – Yeti Childcare***

Ski Fields: Turoa
Ages: 3 – 5 years

Open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm through season. Childcare plus snow lessons, predominantly indoors plus two 1 hr introduction to snow lessons (or two 1hr intermediate lessons on Skiwee Plus). Includes rental skis. Lunch options available.


Turoa Holiday Crew***

Ski Fields: Turoa
Ages: 4 – 15 years (skiing) / 8 – 15 years (snowboarding)

Spend an amazing five days upgrading your skills with the Turoa Holiday Crew. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you’re already a seasoned professional, there is something for you. Even when the mountain isn’t playing ball and is closed, Turoa Holiday Crew still offer “indoor activities” to keep everyone enthused and pumped for when it’s time to hit snow again. These activities change depending on numbers, downtown weather and will last for 3 hours on any closed day.

Full and half day options for beginners through experts. Consistency of instructor over the week, personalised feedback. Access to race courses & lift line priority.


Kids Holiday Programme

Ski Fields: Whakapapa
Ages: 4 – 15 years (skiing) / 8 – 15 years (snowboarding)

What better way to spend five days of the school holidays than having an amazing adventure up on the mountain at Whakapapa Ski Area! This is the perfect option if you’re planning on being here for the full week with groups for beginners right up to intermediate and advanced skiers.

Learn new skills with experienced kids’ instructors, meet new friends and have an awesome time on the snow. Enjoy the benefits of being with the same group and same instructor throughout the programme. All Snowsports Centre Programmes also enjoy lift line priority. They offer the options of either two hours or four hours of instruction per day.


*** All Yeti and Holiday Crew options must be booked directly with Turoa ski field.

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Family Ski Holiday Packages