New Zealand may not be the first destination that springs to mind when one thinks of holidays in the snow, carving down the slopes, and catching a snow tan but, much to many people's surprise, there is a great ski scene. The Southern Alps are a range of mountains 342 miles (550 km) long, and the ski season runs from mid-June to October. There's plenty of snow fun to be had for all levels of ability. Beginners and children should head straight for resorts like Roundhill in the Mackenzie area on the South Island, Tukino on Mount Ruapehu on the North Island, or North Canterbury's Mount Lyford for beginner and intermediate-friendly slopes.
Head to Queenstown to marvel at the Remarkables' three sunny bowls and enjoy the north-facing sunny slopes for a great day on the slopes, while Coronet Peak is where the locals head for a good time. Wanaka, a lakeside town that serves four world-class ski and snowboard resorts is also worth a visit, or for some of the longest and most exhilarating runs in New Zealand, take a trip to Treble Cone where non-stop fun and adventure abounds, while experienced skiers will love the heli-ski option to play on the remote slopes and glaciers that most never get to see.