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Ski Season 2022

The NZ ski season is here, check below for all the details you need when renting a car this winter.

The New Zealand ski season is underway, check out below for some key details for the winter season.

2022 Ski Resort Winter Opening Dates

Mt Ruapehu (North Island) 

  • Whakapapa - June 3rd for Happy Valley, full mountain open on July 8th, closed October 24th
  • Turoa - July 9th to October 24th

Cardrona Alpine Resort (South Island) - June 11th to October 16th

Treble Cone (South Island) - June 25th to September 25th

The Remarkables (South Island) - June 18th to October 16th

Coronet Peak (South Island) - June 16th to September 25th

Mt Hutt (South Island) - June 10th to October 16th

Opening details on the smaller Club Ski Fields can be found here. 


Ski Racks

Ski Racks are only available on selected Ezi vehicles and only from selected South Island branches, these include:

  • Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD (from Christchurch Airport)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD and Toyota RAV4 AWD (from Queenstown Airport)

Winter Driving

Driving in New Zealand in winter can be challenging, so we recommend you always check the latest weather road conditions and read the Winter Driving Guide. To see how the latest snow conditions before heading up the mountain, always check the latest New Zealand ski field snow reports. 


Snow Chains

Snow Chains can be an absolute essential when traveling around the South Island of New Zealand during the winter months. The mountain roads can be affected by snowfall, so it’s best to always carry chains and know how to use them.  Snow chains are available from all our South Island branches (Blenheim, Christchurch City and Airport, Dunedin, Greymouth, Hokitika, Invercargill, Nelson and Queenstown). The snow chains are available to rent across all our fleet excluding the Lexus UX 300e.

Many of the NZ ski fields have unsealed or steep, snow-covered access roads so our range of 4-wheel drives, SUVs and utes are ideal for these conditions. Recommended vehicles are our Toyota RAV4 AWD, Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD, Nissan X-TRAIL 4WD and our Mitsubishi Triton 4WD Utes, however you can rent and use snow chains on all our Ezi Car Rental vehicles.

Watch this short video from Ezi which shows you how to fit them.

The Backyard Travel Family  

This article was originally published on backyardtravelfamily.com and was written by Jen. Jen is a super organiser when it comes to travel. Having travelled extensively in Europe and Africa, has lived in London and the USA and holidayed in many parts of Asia, she is not a newbie to the travel space. Jen has three young children, 5 and under and travels around New Zealand with them.

Photos courtesy of The Backyard Travel Family.

Very impressed. Hired 2018 Corolla for 4 days at extremely good rate. Car had features like "Cruise" that I don't expect in a budget hire and was in great shape. Airport service was excellent. Will use again.

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