New Zealand is a great destination for skiing and snowboarding with its long season, variety of activities on and off the slopes and powdery peaks.  It offers visitors from the Northern Hemisphere the opportunity to enjoy a winter during summer holidays, while visitors from this side of the globe have the opportunity to explore the unspoilt beauty of Southern Alps.

To help you with your holiday plans we have included some information for those travelling from overseas to help you plan the next skiing or snowboarding visit to New Zealand.

Visa requirements

Depending on your nationality you might be required to apply for a visitor visa. Very often you will only be required to complete an online application, but to ensure your plans run smoothly it is best to check on the New Zealand Immigration website requirements for your passport.


Many international airlines fly directly to Christchurch and Queenstown airports, bringing you even closer to our beautiful winter playground. The list of operators is constantly expanding, with many code-share flights available.

It’s always worth checking Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Emirates and Jetstar current offers, or checking with your travel agent for option would be best for you.

Getting around – domestic transport

Travelling around New Zealand is an adventure in itself, with beautiful scenery and exciting activities awaiting.

The quickest way to get around is by plane, with many domestic airports across North and South Island. Both Air New Zealand and Jetstar offer regular and frequent national flights.

If you prefer travelling at a slower pace – trains, shuttles and buses are widely available and can fit it with both shorter and longer itineraries.

The size and beauty of New Zealand lends itself to unforgettable driving routes and roads not to be missed. If you’re driving around the country during winter, make sure to stay up to day with driving and road conditions.


From fun hostels to luxury lodges – New Zealand offers excellent accommodation options to suit your needs. Depending on the size of your group, length of your holiday and your itinerary, you will be able to find suitable place. Hotels, motels, B&B’s, private homes & apartments and holiday parks are here to choose from. You can even stay in remote lodges, often close by or within the mountain resorts, surrounded by the natural beauty of the location.