Roundhill Ski Area

Roundhill Ski Area

Roundhill Ski Area boasts views of Aoraki Mount Cook towering above the Southern Alps and the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo sparkling below.

The field is just 32km from the Tekapo township – enjoy a scenic 24km drive along the eastern side of Lake Tekapo before the 8km ski field access road, which is wide and gradual and leads to slopeside parking.

Roundhill’s diverse terrain mix provides awesome skiing and riding for all levels – smooth, wide, undulating trails for beginners and intermediates, with snowfall boosted by snowmaking facilities, as well as plenty of advanced terrain for the adventurous. Roundhill boasts Australasia’s highest vertical (783m!) for the experts. The terrain park features boxes, rails and jumps for most ability levels. 

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Roundhill also has a snow sports school with lessons available for any age and ability, along with a huge range of rental equipment available on the mountain. This family-owned ski area offers Kiwi hospitality at its best, with the famous Fairlie pies available in their licensed café, or for light refreshments you can head to The von Brown, which is towards the top of the main T-bar. Park on the slopes, bring your deckchairs and BBQ and enjoy the sun!

Quick Facts

  • Where 32km from Tekapo, 75km from Fairlie, 91km from Twizel
  • Ski & board Gentle slopes and large beginners’ area for families, 783m vertical (Australasia's highest) for experts
  • Season Early July – mid September 
  • Access road 8km easy gravel road, carry chains, shuttles available
  • Ratings Beginner 20%, intermediate 45%, advanced 35%


  • Highest point 2,133m
  • Vertical 783m 
  • Skiable area 550ha
  • Lifts 2 x T-bars, Heritage Express rope tow, beginners’ platter and 2 x beginners’ rope tows
  • Lift passes $99 adults, $48 kids, discounts for seniors
  • On-field ski/board hire Yes
  • Tuition Yes
  • Package deals First timers
  • On-mountain accommodation No


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