31 best things to do in the central North Island
Dominated by the enormous Lake Taupō and a trio of volcanoes including Mount Ruapehu, the Central Plateau is sporting a plethora of natural ...
Stylish and cosmopolitan, Coronet Peak is the South Island’s most accessible mountain resort, located just an easy 20-minute drive from Queenstown.
The mountain features rollercoaster groomers, hidden off-piste gullies for experts and fantastic natural lips for those seeking air. There are consistent snow conditions, with Mother Nature given a helping hand by the largest snow-making operation in the Southern Hemisphere, so it’s a dependable spot for a getaway booked months in advance.
The base building is a great place to hang out, with world-class facilities including extensive childcare services, a top-notch on-mountain restaurant, excellent café, an Italian pizzeria, tubing park and a well-equipped snow shop. Look down the mountain, and you might be entertained by paragliders putting on a show – Coronet Peak is one of the top launching spots in New Zealand.
Coronet is also one of New Zealand’s best night skiing destinations, with floodlights on and sounds pumping from 4pm every Wednesday and Saturday night. It runs a Skin to Summit Series for aspiring backcountry skiers to get some practice, and a mid-winter Christmas party every July.