SKIING NEW ZEALAND - Resort questions

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1. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Y'all,

I am a Swiss/Canadian Ski Instructor who is interested in working in New Zealand come July 2008. I think I have become quite spoiled and am used to living at some great mountains with awesome towns or small cities at the base. Doing some general interneto search stuff, it seems most of the resorts on the Islands are at least 1/2 hour away from any town or city. I guess people prefer to live on or near the ocean. Does anyone have any advice as to where the best mountain is, with the coolest people and where there is work. Any and all help is much appreciated.

Thanks for the help in advace.


2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yes, I believe you are correct. I understand that there is almost no ski-in/ski-out accomodation in New Zealand and that you must travel to the snow fields from a nearby town.

If this is true, then it's a waste on money and precious ski time.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Lol ok ski buffs, here's the deal with skiing in NZ, from a NZer!! We like to think of skiing/snow sport, as a whole experience, a chance to get away from everyday life and really appreciate the scenery and sport. For us, skiing and travelling go hand in hand, and hey, surely a 1/2hr drive to the slopes isnt that much?!?! Moscowmetr, you might like to try the 3 ski fields in the Queenstown/Wanaka area of the South Island when you look for work. They're busy during the season, get some good snow, and its a great part of the country to live in

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

And here's the deal with spending the skiing season in the Queenstown area from a traveller's point of view.
Fair enough the cities are small but from what I understand from your post you would like to work there. Only the coolest people from all over the world gather here and in Wanaka and make it the total winter hotspot .
I remember fun times and as hey_monkee says the ocean is only a 1,5 hours drive away. Apart from that you have some other stunning sights closeby. Check NZ ski for job offers and if you need info on accomodation let me know.


5. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Big Up Kiwis!

Thanks for the info! I just got a call from someone in London who says I have been approved for a NZ travel work visa...only 95 quid. Good bless the brotherhood of the colonies.
No biggie to travel 1/2 hour up the mountain, Ive taken 45 minute buses in the city to get the the office before...errrrr
Im thinking the Wanaka place maybe the best bet so far. Definetly would like to get into the surf on the off daze too though. How cold is the water in August? Thanks for the link Steff. Any idea what they pay? Just wondering if itll be enough to get me to Euroland for their winter 08/09. I dont think I have planned this far out in my life. Hey Monkee, So you're saying its all day trippers up there? No weekenders since there is nowhere to sleep on the snowfields? Ill have to bring my Igloo making skills with me.

Thanks Again!

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