Turn up the heat on your romance in even the chilliest temperatures with a skiing or snowboarding getaway. Breathtaking scenery, fresh powder, uncrowded slopes and great food – New Zealand’s resorts have everything you’ll need for winter fun.
Night Skiing at Coronet Peak
It’ll be your best-ever dinner by candlelight – night skiing under the lights at fabulous Coronet Peak, pausing inbetween runs to eat pizza on the deck next to a blazing brazier. Ski the Park after Dark freestyle trail, with boxes, rails and airbags. Only 25 minutes from Queenstown, Coronet Peak offers night skiing till 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays till mid-September.
Learn to ski or snowboard on Cardrona
Enjoy great views and ever greater powder from New Zealand’s highest snowfield. “Cardie’, as the locals call it, is the perfect place for couples to learn to ski or snowboard because of its excellent beginners’ slopes, plentiful snow and friendly, welcoming atmosphere. If you’re more experienced, you’ll enjoy Cardie’s extensive terrain park facilities. Spring skiing or boarding can get hot, so if you’ve overdressed for the conditions consider following the old tradition of leaving your bra on the famous Cardrona Bra Fence.
Adrenaline-pumping action at Whakapapa
If you and your date are adrenaline junkies, try Whakapapa for the thrill of playing on an active volcano. New Zealand’s largest ski field is forged out of volcanic rock that has created an incredible choice of bumps, chutes, drops and bowls. On the northern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa has 24 black and diamond runs, a back country area, and more than 30 groomed trails for intermediate skiers and boarders.
Late-season skiing in Turoa
Too busy at work to take your date for a weekend in the snow? Try Turoa, on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu – its winter season is the longest in the country, stretching to the end of October. Turoa has Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift, the Highnoon Express.
Off-piste at Treble Cone
Deep in the heart of the Southern Alps, Treble Cone is a winter wilderness of exceptional back country terrain. The South Island’s largest ski area has gullies, wide faces and undulating runs spread over two large basins. Treble Cone launched its 2015 season with three new intermediate groomed trails and the country’s most scenic alfresco cafe, at the top of Home Basin. Downhill skiing isn’t your only option – other adventure activities you and your date could try in the Lake Wanaka area include downhill skiing, ski touring, Nordic skiing, snow-shoeing and dog-sledding. Mush!