7 May 2020 | Written by Lydia Twohill

Ski resorts near Auckland

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Embark on a ski holiday of a lifetime – all within driving distance from Auckland! From perfecting (or learning) your chosen snow sport at Auckland’s indoor Snow Planet, to discovering postcard perfect views at every ski turn on Mt Ruapehu in Ohakune… You’ll be guaranteed to get some fun in the snow at either of these excellent ski resorts!


1. Snow Planet – Auckland

snow planet ski resort near auckland
Photo credit: Snow Planet

If you’re wanting to get to the snow and can’t wait for the mountain, then Snow Planet is the place to go! Over 8,000 square metres of snow await you for snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing and plenty of games. One of the best features of this top Auckland attraction is that it’s located in Silverdale, so no matter where you are based in Auckland you won’t be too far from hitting the snow. If you’ve never skied before why not sign up to some lessons at Snow Planet and finesse your skills before taking your alpine pursuits outdoors. There are also a multitude of after-school and school holiday programmes for the kids to get amongst.

Teenageres and young adults will be thrilled to find this ski resort near Auckland is also open late nights! The terrain park frequently changes to ensure there’s no shortage of new challenges for everyone who’s game.

Once everyone is sufficiently worn out (spectators included), relax by the fireplace in the comfy restaurant and watch others tackle the snowy slopes. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Snow Planet and the proximity to central Auckland makes it hard to pass up!


2. Mt Ruapehu – Ohakune

ski resorts near auckland city
Photo credit: Fraser Clements

For those sold on an unforgettable mountain experience, look no further than Mt Ruapehu. Perfect for a weekend trip, Mt Ruapehu is the closest ski field to Acukland and makes for an epic getaway. Load up the car and head down to a holiday home in Ohakune to set yourself up for a weekend of skiing and boarding. A landscape of winding rivers, golden tussock and dramatic mountain backdrops await.

Mt Ruapehu is the North Island’s highest mountain and is the only skiable active volcano in New Zealand. The mountain offers two ski areas – Whakapapa and Turoa, which boast incredible views, some of the country’s longest ski runs as well as state of the art lifts to make your experience seamless. Intermediate and expert level riders will enjoy the half pipes and challenging terrain of Whakapapa’s old lava flows, while beginners are sure to have an awesome time sliding down the country’s best learner slopes in Happy Valley. Recharge your batteries and warm up at New Zealand’s highest cafe at Knoll Ridge for some tasty treats!


With two fantastic options to get amongst the snow at ski resorts near Auckland, you’re set to have a wonderful time.


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