When it comes to skiing in Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand and Australia enjoy a healthy rivalry. There are numerous ski resorts in these two countries where people visit throughout the year. These places offer not only exceptional skiing experience but also a stunning scenic beauty. If Perisher is the biggest ski area in Australia (1245 hectares of terrain), New Zealand has Ruapehu's Whakapapa resort in Northern Island (550 hectares). If AUS has the longest run (5.9-kilometre trail of Thredbo), NZ has the most vertical descent in Mount Ruapehu (Turoa side of 722 metres). So, whether you go to Australia or New Zealand, you can expect a fantastic experience. Here’s a list of things that you can expect when you are travelling in this part of the world. Let’s have a look.
Several OptionsAustralia and New Zealand have around 30 to 40 good ski resorts. So, when you are looking for a particular resort, you have all the reasons to get confused. Few places are great for powder skiing, few have the best lifts, few have more snow, while few are off-piste. Many commercial ski fields offer exceptional nightlife while some places are value for money.
Quality SkiingThese ski resorts offer high-quality skiing. From excellent high points to rolling trails, the ski fields of Australia and New Zealand always has something that excites the experienced skiers and riders. Apart from the seasoned campaigners, these places also have sufficient space for the beginners and first timers so that their confidence can improve. If you do your research properly, there are many cost effective ways to ski in this part of the world.
FacilitiesWhether you visit The Remarkables, Cardrona, Treble Cone and Mt Hutt in New Zealand or Perisher, Falls Creek, Hotham and Thredbo in Australia, all these places offer basic and advanced level facilities to its visitors. These places have a medical centre, licensed cafes, accessory shop, snowboard and ski rentals, and snow sports school. Many places have childcare while some other provides ski lessons.
Scenic BeautyThe snowy mountains of Australia and New Zealand offer not only a high-quality skiing experience but also a stunning scenic beauty. Whether it is Cardrona, The Remarkables, and Treble Cone in NZ or Perisher, Falls Creek and Thredbo in AUS, all these places have their beauty and are different from each other.
AccessibilityMost of the ski fields of Australia and New Zealand have easy accessibility so that the visitors face minimum challenges to reach that place. For example, Mt. Hotham is around 4.5 hours drive from Melbourne and 8 hours drive from Sydney. Mt. Buller is just 3-hour drive from Melbourne. In New Zealand, Mt. Hutt - voted as the best ski resort of the country for four consecutive years – is around 30 minutes from Methven town while 90 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.