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National Skifield Information:  New Zealand ski & snowboarding season will be from June to October 2018 * The Remarkables (Queenstown) is closed, Coronet Peak (Queenstown) is closed, Mt Hutt (Christchurch) is closed, Cardrona (Wanaka) is open, Treble Cone (Wanaka) is open, Whakapapa (National Park) is closed & Turoa (Ohakune) is closed
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From Auckland
 

Auckland City and HarbourAuckland is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population approaching 1.4 million. Increasingly cosmopolitan, Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world and has seen many people of Asian ethnicity move there in the last two decades.

The Auckland region is an antipasto of environments laid out on a huge platter to make one amazing city, boasting three harbours, two mountain ranges, 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands making one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

Auckland is popularly known as the "City of Sails" because the harbour is often dotted with hundreds of yachts and has more per capita than any other city in the world. Auckland is where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands.

Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, you are now beginning to get the picture of Auckland.

Many national treasures are displayed at the Auckland Art Gallery, while many other significant cultural artefacts reside at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the National Maritime Museum, or the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Exotic creatures can be observed at the Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. Movies and rock concerts (notably, the "Big Day Out") are also well patronised.

Close to Auckland are beautiful beaches, forests, surf and seclusion.  With the sheltered Waitemata Harbour at its doorstep, Auckland sees many nautical events, and there are also a large number of sailing clubs in Auckland, as well as Westhaven Marina, the largest of the Southern Hemisphere. 

Beyond the harbour are the many islands of the gulf, most accessible on a day tour and some offering overnight accommodation.


Auckland is serviced by regular bus services to and from other North Island destinations and combined bus and ferry travel to and from Auckland and Christchurch.

Auckland is serviced with domestic flights within New Zealand and international flights from Australia, Asia, Japan, Middle East, Canada, USA and Europe.

 
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From National Park

 
 

Mt Ruapehu & Tongariro National Park National Park is a small village on the central plateau of the North Island of New Zealand and Located 100kms southwest of Taupo and 150kms northeast from Wanganui and is the highest urban township in New Zealand at 825metres. As the name suggests, it borders the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's first national park created in 1887. To the West is the Whanganui National Park. The village has great views of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings films) and Mt Ruapehu.

National Park village services accommodation needs of the Tongariro National Park area and is sited next to the North Island Main Trunk railway line between Auckland and Wellington and 45 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo. It is 20 minutes drive to the country's biggest skifields - Whakapapa and 50 minutes drive to Turoa on the slopes of the active volcano - Mount Ruapehu one of the three volcancoes located on the North Island's central volcanic plateau.

Whakapapa village located on the lower slopes of Mt Ruapehu, is the departure point for regular shuttle bus services to the Whakapapa skifield. Located 15 minutes by road from National Park village, Whakapapa village has the famous Bayview Chateau Tongariro and Skotel resort hotels.

Close to National village Park is the Okapata Caves and the Traverse 42 - a popular mountain bike trail. There are many excellent trout fishing spots and 4WD bike trails. 

In the summer national Park village is a popular base for Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks for hiking, biking and kayaking. National Park Village. Transport leaves daily (weather permitting) for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - known as the best one day alpine trek in New Zealand.

National Park is serviced by regular bus services to and from other North Island destinations.

The nearest airport for domestic and international air services to and from National Park is Auckland and Wellington.

 
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From Ohakune
 
 

Ohakune town centreOhakune is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located at the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, close to the south western slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu.

Located 125kms southwest of Taupo and 100kms northeast from Wanganui, Ohakune is the gateway to the Ruapehu skifields and the southern end of Tongariro National Park.

Formally a railway and timber town, Ohakune is the centre is for a wide range of activities ranging from 4WD, trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, trout fishing, historical finds to name a few of the many activities that are available from Ohakune.

Being a ski base for Turoa Skifield, Ohakune is the hosts of 'The Ohakune Mountain' Mardi Gras is also a major event held each year. It is one of the premier ski parties of the season and is a celebration of winter and the ski season. Ohakune comes alive with this street party as musicians, stalls and rides are set up for the flood of people.

It has been running for several years and has had numbers steadily increase, with 2012's event featuring major New Zealand musicians such as band Midnight Youth and DJ General Lee.

Ohakune is an essential part of Fallout Festival an annual event that focuses on bringing creative elements into the community to celebrate the snow season.

Ohakune is serviced by regular bus services to and from other North Island destinations.

The nearest airport for domestic and international air services to and from Ohakune is Auckland and Wellington.

 
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From Wellington

 
 

Wellington City and HarbourWellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand. The urban area is situated on the south western tip of the country's North Island, and lies between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. Surrounded by steep hills giving views of a spectacular harbour, a rugged coastline combined with the often rough waters of the Cook Strait and variable winds interrupted by brilliant, beautiful calm days, the Wellington region forms the setting for New Zealand's cosmopolitan capital city, the geographical, cultural and political centre of New Zealand.

Named after the Duke of Wellington, who was interested in colonial development, and settled by the notorious New Zealand Company, Wellington was always planned as the nation's capital, though Auckland held this distinction until 1865.

Wellington is the geographical and political centre of New Zealand, this beautiful harbour capital combines city sophistication with the intimacy of a compact village. Jam-packed with national treasures, artistic flair, gastronomic delights, shopping sensations and scenic beauty. The city boasts many fine museums, libraries, art galleries, and theatres, and parks in a greenbelt around the central city, as well as dining, shopping and entertainment and nightlife in the Courtenay Place area. New Zealand's only working cable car provides panoramic views.

Due to the surrounding hills and the harbour, Wellington central business district  is compact, where all major attractions, bars and restaurants are within walking distance with each other. Discover the nation's identity in the Capital, where heritage treasures like Parliament Buildings, the National Archives and Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) a offer you a unique insight into the stories of our country or experience heritage of a more natural kind throughout a region blessed with an astonishing variety of natural wonders. Wellington is home to the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Museum, Colonial Cottage, the New Zealand Cricket Museum, the Cable Car Museum, Old Saint Paul's and the Wellington Law school (largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere) and the Wellington City Art Gallery.

Wellington has become home to a range of high-profile events and cultural celebrations, including the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival, biennial Wellington Jazz Festival, biennial Capital E National Arts Festival for Children and major events such as World of Wearable Art, Cuba Street Carnival, New Zealand Fringe Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival (also hosted in Auckland), Summer City, Vodafone Homegrown, Beervana Crafted Beer Festival and numerous film festivals.

Wellington is also known as 'Wellywood'. The name - a conflation of Wellington and Hollywood -  a reference to the film production business established in the city by The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and King Kong director Peter Jackson, who's business operates a number of film-related facilities in the Wellington suburb of Miramar.

 
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From Christchurch

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Whakapapa
Turoa
Treble Cone
Cardrona
Coronet Peak
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From Christchurch
 

Christchurch City from the Port Hills with the Southern Alps in the distanceChristchurch is New Zealand's second largest city and the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the second-largest urban area. It is one third the way down the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula and surrounded by the Cashmere Hills, Christchurch is the gateway to the dynamic Canterbury region.

Dubbed the Garden City, Christchurch enjoys a reputation as the most English of New Zealand's cities thanks to its many gracious parks and buildings, and the tree-lined Avon River.

At the centre of the city is Cathedral Square, where the Anglican cathedral, Christ Church is located and surround the square is the "four avenues" of Christchurch (Bealey Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Moorhouse Avenue and Deans Avenue is considered the central business district of the city. The central city also has a number of residential areas, including Inner City East, Inner City West, Avon Loop, Moa Neighbourhood & Victoria.

Cathedral Square is a popular destination and hosts attractions such as the speakers' corner made famous by the Wizard of New Zealand. The central city includes the pedestrianised Cashel Street as Christchurch's urban mall. At one end of the mall stands the Bridge Of Remembrance; at the other end the old location of the amphitheatre known as the Hack Circle. Christchurch has extensive beaches within a short drive from the city centre.

The Cultural Precinct provides a backdrop to a vibrant scene of ever-changing arts, cultural, and heritage attractions within an area of less than one square kilometre. The majority of the activities are free and a printable map is provided. Punting on the river is a favourite pastime during summer, with punts for hire at the old Antigua boatshed and in the central city. The city has a lively café and cultural scene and is home to the country's largest community arts centre.

The city's many festivals include the Summer Times Festival, which incorporates the Festival of Romance and the International Buskers Festival, the Christchurch Winter Festival in August and Showtime Canterbury in November.

Beyond Christchurch is the the beautiful French influenced town of Akaroa located on Banks Peninsula. The port town of Lyttleton can be reach either by the Lyttleton tunnel or over the scenic port Hills.

1.5 hours drive from Christchurch is the Mt Hutt skifield and the beautiful Southern Alps. 

Christchurch is serviced by regular bus services to and from other South Island destinations including Aoraki/Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain and combined bus and ferry travel to and from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington.

Christchurch is serviced with domestic flights within New Zealand and international flights from Australia, Asia and Japan.

 
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Wanaka

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Turoa
Coronet Peak
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From Wanaka
  Wanaka  
   

Lake Wanaka and Aspiring National ParkWanaka is a town in the Central Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand  140kms north west of Queenstown.

It is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, adjacent to the outflow of the lake to the Clutha River. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park.

The views of the Southern Alps across the gleaming water of Lake Wanaka are unparalled. Wanaka is also the gateway for the Mt Aspiring National Park.

Wanaka is primarily a resort town but has both summer and winter seasons and is based around the many outdoor opportunities.

Wanaka, with its beautiful lake and mountain views, has become a popular tourist resort, loved by many for being less commercialised than Queenstown. Wanaka boasts a growing number of excellent restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife.

Other attractions in the town include Puzzling World and the Paradiso Cinema. The Puzzling World contains a 3d maze, optical illusions and a leaning tower. The Paradiso is a classic old cinema, with seating consisting of old couches and a car. There are a number of wineries in the area.

A great day excursion can be had walking up neighbouring Roys Peak, from which stunning views can be seen of Wanaka and the surrounding area, including Mount Aspiring.  Wanaka is know  for the famous New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum, War Birds over Wanaka show and trout hatchery.

During the winter, Wanaka offers  the broadest range of snow activity choices of any town in New Zealand. These include Treble Cone, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Park and Snow Farm, some of New Zealand's premier commercial ski fields. Wanaka is the main accommodation provider for these resorts and so is very busy in high season (July-September).

Wanaka is serviced by regular bus services to and from other South Island destinations including Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier and Mt Aoraki/Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain.

The nearest airport for domestic and international air services to and from Wanaka is Queenstown.

 
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The Remarkables

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Queenstown

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Whakapapa
Turoa
Mt Hutt
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Cardrona

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From Queenstown
  Queenstown  
   

Queenstown and Lake WakatipuQueenstown is an international resort town in central Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin lake formed by glacial processes that is shaped like a staggered lightning bolt and has spectacular views of nearby mountains.

Queenstown has more than just breathtaking scenery and a diverse range of attractions, it's the people visitors find enchanting.

Queenstown enjoys four distinct and captivating seasons.
Summer burns hot under blue skies before cool autumn mornings bring fire to the hills, trees change to vivid reds and gentle golds.

Crisp, clear days and miles of snow covered mountains, make winter a time for snow enthusiasts, before nature bursts into colourful life in spring.

As a resort town, Queenstown is a centre for adventure tourism. Skiing, jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, tramping and fly fishing are all strong promotional themes.

Bungy Jump from the world's first commercial bungy site, swoop and soar in your own controllable "rocket", white water raft or surf, jet boat down canyons, tandem hanglide or parapente...it simply doesn't stop! Long walks, four wheel drive treks, or lunch on a majestic steamboat, you choose, it's your holiday.

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ueenstown is a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain skifields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone).

Queenstown hosts the Queenstown Winter Festival (24 June 2016 to 3 July 2016) - a ten day extravaganza of Queenstown's unique culture and community with street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, comedy, family fun, and plenty of Mountain Mayhem. Queenstown will be a-buzz with around 45,000 people celebrating the arrival of winter in true Queenstown style.

Locally, Queenstown has a reputation as one of New Zealand's wine and cuisine centres featuring excellent restaurants and bars and  lies close to the centre of a small wine producing region, reputed to be the world's southernmost. Pinot noir produced in this area fetches premium prices.

Queenstown is serviced by regular bus services to and from other South Island destinations including Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier and Mt Aoraki/Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain.

Queenstown is serviced with domestic flights within New Zealand and international flights from Australia.

 
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