Skiing in New Zealand versus skiing in Australia

We know wading into an Australia Vs New Zealand debate can be dangerous territory however we often discuss this with teachers weighing up their options. We also talk to many teachers during and after their school trips about their experiences and comparisons so have built up a picture of the two different locations and the benefits / compromises with each.

We feel that the product and reliability of snow give New Zealand the upper hand, coupled with exchange rate benefits and travel time. We list our main reasons for considering New Zealand below and leave it open to you to make your decision and look forward to hearing from you with any comments / questions.


  • Only 3.5 hours away on a direct flight from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne to Queenstown or Christchurch. 
  • Well positioned, modern and clean accommodation on or off snow for a third of the cost of Australian snow accommodation. 
  • Activity packages including jet boating, cultural dinner shows, the famous Queentown luge and more. 
  • Ongoing investment in resort facilities, including impressive hire facilities, new and faster lifts and modern base building facilities. 
  • Increase your buying power with the favourable New Zealand exchange rate. 
  • Stay in a resort town with all the conveniences of main city areas, including reasonably priced restaurants, supermarkets and café’s. 
  • Lift passes are considerably cheaper in New Zealand than at Australian resorts. 
  • Snow conditions, particularly in the July school holidays, are more consistent in New Zealand and while snowmaking is also used at Kiwi resorts, it is not the sole source of early season snow. 
  • New Zealand is renowned for high quality instructors, professional snowsports schools and reasonable school group lesson rates at Porters Ski Area, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt.

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