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    Look, bottom line first. If you are someone who likes to shred, you are going to want to plan a trip to New Zealand, like ASAP.

    Looking for ADVENTURE?

    No problem. Just go, see for yourself the giant volcanic mountains among numerous glacial snowfields and you would think you were in Alaska. The natural geographic shape of the country lends to colder weather overall the further south one travels, excellent for picking just the right spot from a variety of mountains and resorts. The winter season in New Zealand runs from June to September; it can sometimes continue on into October, although August is considered the best month for winter activities; June and July are considered good months. There’s a wealth of winter recreation ares in New Zealand; if you’re planning a summer vacation, here’s your guide to some of the major snowboarding venues.

    It’s not difficult to find snowboarding adventure in a place like New Zealand.


    By staying in Lake Wanaka[/url], you’ll have easy access to some of New Zealand’s most popular ski parks.Situated in the Otago region, Wanaka is known for its stunning views, breath-taking mountain ranges, rainforests, glaciers and waterfalls. It has been voted one of the best ski towns in the world and it’s famed for excellent snowboarding/ski facilities. Wanaka offers five main ski areas including the Treble Cone ski area and the Cardrona Alpine resort, which welcomes families, and it’s suitable for beginners.When you’re not snowboarding, there are plenty of other activities to indulge including the Wanaka Pool and the local climbing centre.

    Cardrona Valley

    Cardrona Valley’s ski facilities are considered world-class. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, Cardrona Valley[/url] offers a relaxed environment and vast terrains along with some spectacular views. The Valley is a driveable distance from both Lake Wanaka and Queenstown, so you’ll find car hire a good option for travelling between the two resorts. If you have family, there are child care facilities, and a ski and snowboard school especially designed for children.

    Coronet Peak

    If you’re staying in Queenstown, travelling to The Coronet Peak ski field takes approximately 20 minutes, while The Remarkables is a 35 minute drive away. Coronet Peak offers two mountains for the snowboarder. Coronet Peak is the resort of choice for many competitors in the competitive winter sports world, and The Remarkables are known for their striking mountain ranges and advanced slopes – you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to go off piste. Snowboarding lessons are available for those looking to improve their skills.If you’ve got an About New Zealand rental car, you’ll find directions for driving to Coronet Peak here and directions for travelling to The Remarkables here.


    Canterbury and Christchurch are equally as good for a snowboarding tour. Situated in Canterbury, Methven lies in the shadow of Mountain Hutt. Blue skies, the local Alps and the family friendly appeal are all part of what makes Methven attractive to the snowboarder. It’s also known for its lively nightlife; when visitors have finished snowboarding for the day, there is plenty to occupy their time.With its stunning mountain views, the Porters ski area is located an hour away from Methven, so car rental is essential here. The family friendly resort offers 600 hectares of terrain purely for skiing and vertical drops of more than 600 metres.


    The MacKenzie region provides exceptional facilities for the snowboarder. Suitable for beginners to advanced, Mackenzie is known for its picturesque scenery, and there are a number of major ski areas to explore including Roundhill, Mt Dobson and Ohau.

    Craigieburn Ski Field

    Located in the Southern alps of Christchurch, there’s more than 700 hectares for snowboarders; the field is known for its steep chutes and beautiful views; it’s not recommend for beginners, although snowboarding lessons are offered for $20. Craigieburn is easily accessible by car.

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