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New Zealand Snow fans get ready, The Remarkables and Mt. Hutt are OPEN! With Coronet Peak, Treble Cone and Cardrona busily grooming to open on June 16th.

After a bumper snowfall in Otago and Canterbury over the last couple of weeks, the Remarkables is already reporting a snow base of 95cm’s at the top of the mountain.

BOOM! The early gift from the snow gods meant that the Remarkables kicked off the 2018 South Island season a couple of days early.

Just in time for the Queen’s birthday long weekend.

Oh yes, indeed ma’am.


Mt Hutt in Canterbury near Christchurch, also pushed off for the 2018 winter season with all lifts running on opening day for the first time in more than 20 years.

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“With the best opening snow base in years (35-70cm’s) and a sunny day with light breezes, we couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the 2018 winter season,”

Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager, James McKenzie

This year has already seen a series of good early falls and cold temperatures with Coronet Peak also reporting a 40cm base at the bottom and 80cm at the top of the mountain to build on for the winter.

And with more snow forecast in the coming weeks, it’s already shaping up to be an epic season for the South Island ski mecca.

Coronet Peak also now has 211 snow guns, virtually covering the entire mountain to keep the trails topped up through the season which can run until mid-October if conditions hold.

Night skiing will also return from the 23rd of June for Coronet Peak meaning even more value on your lift ticket and some fun times for all thanks to mulled wines, tubing, DJ’s and wood-fired pizzas.


Night Skiing at Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt. Hutt have all become Aussie favourites with terrain and facilities to suit everyone from first timers to seasoned, expert skiers and snowboarders.

2018 sees new cafes and restaurants in the Remarkables award winning three storey AU$20 million base building along with their legendary ‘drop in’ Ice Bar up on the mountain at the Curvey Basin Junction.

Both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are easily accessible from aprés hotspot Queenstown, being just a 30 minute and 40-minute drive respectively. Chains are mandatory for 2WD vehicles and always check for road condition updates.



Air New Zealand flies daily from Australia direct to Christchurch and Queenstown with multiple services and domestic connections to Queenstown via Auckland or Christchurch.

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