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Skiing in Queenstown | Our guide to transport, lift passes and accommodation

Everything you need to know before hitting the slopes in Queenstown.

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Queenstown offers world-class ski fields and a playground for adrenaline junkies who enjoy the rush of extreme sports. Both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are less than an hour’s drive from the town centre.

Ski hire and transportation options are easily accessible from town and can be arranged when you’re ready to hit the slopes.

Here’s what you need to know for a powder-filled trip.

Resort information and trail maps

Coronet Peak

  • Number of chair lifts: 8
  • Ski season dates: End-June 2020 to end-September 2020
  • Snow report: Check the daily Snow Report for a detailed and accurate look at recent snowfalls and conditions
  • Trail breakdown: 25% of the trails are for beginners, 45% are for intermediates and 30% are for advanced skiers
  • Number of terrain parks: 2
  • Longest run: 2.4km
  • Skiable terrain: 280 hectares

The Remarkables

  • Number of chair lifts: 4
  • Ski season dates: 4 July 2020 to mid-October 2020. Open daily, however this may be reduced to weekends only after 20 July
  • Snow report: Check the daily Snow Report for a detailed and accurate look at recent snowfalls and conditions
  • Trail breakdown: 30% of the trails are for beginners, 40% are for intermediates and 30% are for advanced skiers
  • Number of terrain parks: 3
  • Longest run: 1.5km
  • Skiable terrain: 220 hectares

Lift passes

You can purchase a lift pass that gives you lift access at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. If you purchase a pass online, it can be used on any day during the winter season. Lift passes purchased for more than one day can be used on consecutive days (ideal if you’re visiting for a short period of time) or on chosen days throughout the winter season. The more days you purchase lift access for, the more you save. Children five years old and younger are free and don’t require a lift pass.

Pass typeFull-day lift pass
Child (6–17 years)$62.10
Adult$116.10
Senior (65+)$62.10

Ski schools at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables

These lessons and programs are available at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

ProgramWho can participate?What is involved?
Mini Kea (only valid at The Remarkables)Kids aged between 4 and 5Young skiers will split their time between skiing, playing indoors and outside in the snow. The program includes a lift pass, lesson and rental equipment.
Kea ClubKids aged between 5 and 17A program designed for kids/teenagers to improve their skills and make new friends on the slopes. Skiers/boarders will be separated into the starter or progression group based on their confidence and skill level. The program includes a lift pass, lesson and rental equipment.
Group LessonsSkiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levelsGroup lessons encouraging participants to increase their confidence and ability level with help from qualified instructors. Participants will receive assistance from staff to be assigned into an appropriate group depending on skill level and the individuals’ goals.
Private Ski and Snowboarding LessonSkiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levelsSkiers and boarders can choose what they want to get out of their private lesson. Ideal for people who want to learn the basics, regain skills or break out of old habits with the guidance of a highly trained coach.
The Family Learner PackageFamily of up to 6 peopleA great bonding experience for families who are hitting the slopes for the first time. You’ll get the chance to explore the mountains and develop your skills and confidence with your family supporting you in the background.

Queenstown accommodation

Neither resort offers on-site accommodation, so your best bet when on a ski trip to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables is to stay in Queenstown. Here, you’ll also have access to all the apres ski bars, dining and other popular South Island activities when you’re looking to give achy legs a rest.

Hilton Queenstown

Hilton Queenstown from HotelsCombined

If luxury accommodation is a must for your trip to Queenstown, Hilton has got you covered with top-notch accommodation, boasting 5-star amenities and views that everyone will enjoy.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, outdoor fireplace, terrace, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre
  • Address: 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
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    Scenic Suites

    Scenic Suites from HotelsCombined

    With spacious superior rooms and large suites with a separate living room and kitchen facilities available, Scenic Suites is a great accommodation option for families and groups.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, bar, restaurant, currency exchange and a spa and wellness centre
  • Address: 27 Stanley Street, Queenstown
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    Sofitel Queenstown

    Sofitel Queenstown from HotelsCombined

    If you're looking for exceptional service, Sofitel Queenstown is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. Whether you're looking for a place to relax or a place to retreat after a session on the slopes, Sofitel has everything you need to feel rejuvenated and pampered.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, bar, restaurant, fitness centre, spa bath and pillow menu
  • Address: 8 Duke Street, Queenstown
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    Turner Heights Townhouses

    Turner Heights Townhouses from HotelsCombined

    With Queenstown Gardens, Lake Wakatipu and Skyline Gondola Restaurant just a short walk away, you'll find your way around town in no time. Coronet Peak is just a 20-minute drive away, too!

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, BBQ facilities and hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Address: 14 Turner Street, Queenstown
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    St James Apartments

    St James Apartments from HotelsCombined

    Start your day at the cafe 30m away from your doorstep before heading out to explore the beautiful surroundings of Queenstown. St James Apartments is an ideal place to stay if you want to be close to the airport as it's just a 15-minute car ride away.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, free parking and garden
  • Address: 5 Coronation Drive, Queenstown
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    Pinewood Houses and Apartments

    Pinewood Houses and Apartments from HotelsCombined

    Conveniently located near the centre of town and Queenstown Gondolas, you'll have everything you need in close proximity. That means less time making your way around and more time for exploring the town and nearby slopes.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, outdoor furniture, BBQ facilities, a library and hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Address: 48 Hamilton Road, Queenstown,
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    Base Queenstown

    Base Queenstown from HotelsCombined

    Surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars, Base Queenstown is a centrally located hostel offering comfortable dormitory rooms and breathtaking alpine and lake views.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, live entertainment, bar, restaurant and shared kitchen
  • Address: 49 Shotover Street, Queenstown
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    YHA Queenstown Central

    YHA Queenstown Central from HotelsCombined

    For travellers on a budget who plan to spend time on the slopes, YHA Queenstown is just a 20-minute drive from The Remarkables and is a great place to stay if you're keen to make new friends.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, BBQ facilities, outdoor furniture and a shared lounge area
  • Address: 88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown
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    Accommodation closer to Coronet Peak

    There is no on-mountain accommodation at Coronet Peak. Most people who plan to ski Coronet Peak stay in Queenstown or Arrowtown. Here are some close options.

    Coronet Luxury

    Coronet Luxury from HotelsCombined

    A luxury home for travellers with the view of Coronet Peak. It is under 15-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, BBQ facilities
  • Address: 34 Mountain View Road, Queenstown
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    Mountainview Cottage

    Mountainview Cottage from HotelsCombined

    Mountainview Cottage has easy access to Coronet Peak, Arrowtown and Frankton.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, snow sports, swimming pool
  • Address: 20 Mountain View Road, Queenstown
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    HD Mountain Villa

    HD Mountain Villa from HotelsCombined

    A 15-minute drive from Queenstown International Airport, this villa offers a luxurious 5-star facilities.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, snow sports and ski lockers
  • Address:206 Dalefield Rd, Queenstown
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    Accomomdation closer to The Remarkables

    There is no on-mountain accommodation at The Remarkables. Most people who plan to ski it stay in Queenstown. Here are some of the closest options.

    360o Views Jackspoint

    360o Views Jackspoint from HotelsCombined

    For travellers looking for a place with other outdoor activities, 360o Views Jackspoint is the place to be. It has fishing and hiking activities.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, self laundry, playground, jacuzzi
  • Address: 10 McKellar Drive, South Island
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    Cute Shotover Country Flat

    Cute Shotover Country Flat from HotelsCombined

    Nearby Frankton and Queenstown , the property provides a comfortable apartment, equipped to fit the requirements of any traveller.

  • Features:Free Wi-Fi, parking, laundry
  • Address: 28B Myles Way, Lake Hayes
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    Shotover Country Cottages

    Shotover Country Cottages from HotelsCombined

    Ideally close to Queenstown International Airport, which is a 10-minute drive away. Shotover Country Cottages has varieties of facilities to ensure guests have comfortable stay.

  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, sun deck, BBQ facilities
  • Address: 5 Keble Lane Shotover Country, Queenstown
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    Transport to Queenstown’s ski resorts

    The ski resorts in the area aren’t right in Queenstown, but staying in town will give you the best access to facilities like accommodation and dining.

    • Coronet Peak: 25 minutes’ drive, 16km from Queenstown
    • The Remarkables: 45 minutes’ drive, 24km from Queenstown

    Getting to to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables from Queenstown

    From Queenstown, Coronet Peak is the closest ski field. You can drive there yourself (only 16km away) or you can use the Coronet Peak ski bus from downtown Queenstown.

    The Remarkables are a 40-minute journey from downtown Queenstown. You can drive yourself, or take the scenic route by bus from town. Prices start at $25 for a return ticket, which runs from the Queenstown Snow Centre located on Duke Street, to all of the bus stops on the way to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

    Alternatively, you can pre-book your seat to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables, departing from Queenstown accommodation providers to guarantee you get a seat and make it to the mountain at a designated time. This is particularly useful if you have a skiing or snowboarding lesson planned and need to get there on time.

    Equipment hire in Queenstown

    You can hire rental equipment from Coronet Peak and The Remarkables including ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and overnight storage lockers. Hiring equipment is ideal if you don’t want to use up your baggage allowance with your ski gear or you’re not a seasonal skier/boarder. You can insure your rental equipment for $3 per item per day, too.

    For hassle-free ski hire in Queenstown, check out these retailers for great quality equipment, fantastic service and prices that won’t hurt your wallet.

    • Snow Rental Queenstown: Ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories for hire. Book your ski hire online early and enjoy discounts up to 30%. Swap between skis and boards at no extra charge. You can also opt to have days off during your hire period. 39 Camp St, Queenstown 9300
    • One Stop Snow Shop: Ski and snowboards, winter clothing, helmets and other accessories available for hire. One Stop Snow Shop also provides package deals that include a lift pass, lessons and transport. Book online to save 20%. Station Building Duke St, Queenstown
    • Browns Ski Shop: Browns Ski Shop has brand new boards and skis with every season and washed quality clothing. Equipment insurance is included in the price and it also provides delivery and pick-up to most major hotels in Queenstown. 4 Brecon St, Queenstown

    Importance of travel insurance

    It is smart to take out ski travel insurance as a precaution on your ski/snowboarding trip. If you have an accident while skiing or snowboarding, your belongings are stolen or you become ill on the trip, ski insurance may cover you.


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