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Traverse ski and snowboard runs for all skill levels at Coronet Peak, a 691-acre (280-hectare) ski field to the northeast of Queenstown. Take on moguls and off-piste areas, then recharge at one of the many cafés and restaurants that serve hot food and drinks throughout the day.
Coronet Peak has long been recognized as one of New Zealand’s premier locations for winter sports. The resort features high-speed lifts, snow-making facilities and an excellent visitor center, complete with equipment rental and a shop.
First-timers will love the beginner area at Coronet Peak. This is completely detached from the more advanced slopes, meaning that fast-moving skiers slaloming through the field are not an issue. Try the short Magic Carpet runs before you hop on the chairlift to have a go at the Big Easy.
Intermediates are extremely well catered for with 45 percent of the runs at Coronet Peak graded blue. Be sure to check out the M1, one of the less challenging but most enjoyable runs. From here, take the T-bar and quad chairlifts up the mountain to explore more than 10 different black-graded runs. These generally get more challenging the higher you go and incorporate some mogul sections. The treeless landscape means that experienced riders can safely drop off the sides of the on-piste slopes to carve through untouched powder and steep bowl sections.
When it’s time for a break, make your way back down to the horseshoe-shaped base village. Relax in the large seating area and take your pick from the village’s dining options, ranging from fast-food cafés to formal restaurants serving modern New Zealand cuisine.
Coronet Peak is located 20 minutes northeast of Queenstown. Equipment rental is well priced and lessons run daily for skiers of all abilities. There is a crèche for younger children. The season at Coronet Peak runs from the start of June through October. Check online for exact dates and snow forecasts.
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Speargrass Flat apartment building is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Crown Range and Millbrook Resort Golf Course, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Arrowtown Golf Course and Skippers Canyon are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Arrowtown, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Crown Range and within 3 mi (5 km) of Millbrook Resort Golf Course and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. St Patrick's Catholic Church & Mary MacKillop's Cottage and Lakes District Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Dalefield, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Onsen Hot Pools, Crown Range, and Skippers Canyon. Shotover Jet and Millbrook Resort Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Dalefield, this lodge is close to Onsen Hot Pools, Coronet Peak Ski Area, and Shotover Jet. Area attractions also include Skippers Canyon and Queenstown Event Centre.
Situated in Speargrass Flat, this bed & breakfast is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Crown Range and within 6 mi (10 km) of Queenstown Event Centre and Alpine Aqualand. Amisfield Winery and Amisfield are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Arrowtown hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Millbrook Resort Golf Course and Crown Range. Lakes District Museum and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in the mountains, this luxury vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Crown Range, Queenstown Event Centre, and Alpine Aqualand. Amisfield Winery and Amisfield are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Arrowtown apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Crown Range and Arrowtown Chinese Settlement. Millbrook Resort Golf Course and Lakes District Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).