Snow-based Activities and Adventures

Snow-based Activities and Adventures

Our snow-based adventures and activities cater to everyone and include everything you ever thought possible in more places you had ever imagined

Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski and Board tour packages guided around the South Island ski fields


Snow-based sunrise, sunset, full moon, stargazing and cosmic experiences

Guide and Instructor Training

Get knowledge, skills and experience becoming an NZOIA Alpine instructor

Snow-based Activities and Adventures

Every June to October, snow transforms New Zealand’s landscapes into a winter wonderland.

Make the most of the winter season with fun alpine activities.

With snow-capped mountain peaks around the country, and clear, crisp days, providing stunning backdrops and choices of winter sports that are in abundance.

Temperatures range from 1 – 16 degrees celsius (34 – 61F). The further south you go, the colder it gets.

Skiing and snow boarding are particularly popular in Queenstown and Tongariro National Park. Winter is the time of year when New Zealanders make the most of their winter sports and mountain regions.


There’s much more to snow than just skiing, explore other snow and winter activities in New Zealand.

SNM has Snow Experiences That Aren’t Just Skiing or Snowboarding. Whether you’re tired of cramming your feet into ski boots, attempting to conquer the magic carpet on your snowboard, or you’re looking for a new kind of winter adventure – Social Nature Movement has you sorted.

Discover the top winter destinations and activities for your next winter holiday. From stargazing to hot tubs to cosy bell tents and moody landscapes, winter brings plenty of things to do in New Zealand. Many popular hiking tracks are ideal in winter and SNM speciliases in hiking to hotpools.

Between June and July, the Matariki festival is held throughout New Zealand. Matariki has always been an important time in the Māori calendar – strongly connected to the seasons, Matariki is a celebration of the upcoming year. With SNM, you can embrace the clear winter skies and sleep in a glamping bell tent surrounded by beauty.


Find things to do this winter and explore winter destinations.

Winter is a great time to explore natural hot pools around the New Zealand. Not very well known and less touristy, let SNM take you on a winter hike to warm hotpools!

Or, for those looking to hit the slopes this winter, visit North Island’s top skiing destination, Ruapehu, showcasing both thrilling slopes and epic views of Tongariro National Park.

Explore other-worldly scenery down the wild, West Coast or marvel at the majestic fiords in Fiordland.

Travelling to New Zealand during the winter months will expose you to an incredible assortment of activities. From sporty attractions to chilled-out destinations and cool events, there’s something for everyone. Here are the very best things to do during the winter season.


Skiing and snowboarding

New Zealand has a well-deserved international reputation for awesome skiing and snowboarding. Ski fields cater for all levels, and you often have a choice of several fields within a short drive of each other.

Snow & Ski Holidays to New Zealand

The snow conditions in New Zealand are some of the finest in the world. Having operated for a number of years, our New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Tours have become more and more popular! You can ski all the top ski and snowboard fields in the South Island of New Zealand, including Mount Hutt, Ohau, Treble Cone, Cardrona, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables on our New Zealand Snow Tour. Whilst in the North Island you can ski or snowboard at Turoa and Whakapapa Ski Areas in Tongariro National Park.

Our New Zealand ski and snowboard snow holiday is right for all capabilities, from the complete novice right through to the hardened powder hound. Work out your requirements and choose your package to suit! On our free day you can take part in some incredible optional activities such as bungy jumping, sky-diving, white-water rafting and lots more, or just keep on skiing!

If you want something different to skiing on the large ski resorts of Queenstown, Mt Hutt or Wanaka, then why not try exploring the back country with Ski Touring, Alpine Nordic Skiing or Snow Shoeing. There is a wide range of trips suitable everyone from the expert skier to the non-skier. You too van discover the New Zealand back country wilderness in all its beauty. Make your own tracks in new snow, whilst exploring remote ski areas on a ski touring or snow shoeing expedition. Breathe in the clear alpine air away from the pollution of the city!


Sledding, tobogganing and snowshoeing

Take the kids out sledding at Whakapapa’s Happy Valley Snow Park or try tobogganing down the slopes of Mount Hutt, Cardrona, Coronet Peak or The Remarkables.

Snowshoeing is simply walking in the snow. Snowshoes are slim-lined and more technical, enabling you to easily walk across snow without sinking into it. Suitable for all skill and fitness levels, snowshoeing is a fantastic option if you want to explore parts of the mountain not accessible for skiing or boarding and a guided tour would be your best bet for getting the most out of your snowshoeing experience. Try taking on snowshoeing at the Tukino Skifield.


New Zealand Snow Packages

Don’t ski the same resort day in and day out, let us take you on a multi-day adventure of some of New Zealand’s best ski fields, and enjoy the maximum in fun and convenience with our Social Nature Movement New Zealand winter packages!

New Zealand has a booming snow industry and those “in the know” have been skiing and snowboarding here for years! We operate a range of ski package holiday tours and whatever level of experience you’re at, we’ll help you make the most of all of NZ’s best ski fields across the South Island.

SNM offers a variety of winter packages for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re keen to learn how to ski or snowboard for the first time, or an advanced powderhound, we have a New Zealand snow tour just for you – we even have a heli-ski tour!

If you’re a beginner and new to the snow, no problem! Have a look at the Snow Safari tour and you’ll see that we can easily organise a learn-to-ski package for you. You’ll be shredding like a seasoned snow pro in no time – or, at least you’ll be able to confidently ski by the end of the tour! Browse our snow tours today and see what New Zealand ski deals we have on offer!


Take a Powder-hunting roady

Epic views at every turn, alpine peaks and spectacular lakes beside resort towns, filled with world famous Kiwi hospitality – New Zealand is an amazing destination for a winter ski/snowboarding adventure tour.

New Zealand has always been a popular tourist destination because of its diverse landscape, glacial as well as volcanic islands, geothermal parks, friendly people, elegant architecture, and mouth watering cuisine. A country which is synonymous with perfection needs an absolute guide to be explored at its best. Therefore, here’s an elaborate travel guide that will help you in planning your next vacation in New Zealand in winter.

Snow-based Credentials

SNM are NZOIA qualified guides and members.

Promoting excellence in outdoor instruction and guiding through qualifications for professionals since 1987.

SNM are Federated Mountain Club members.

The Voice of New Zealand’s Outdoors People. Founded in 1931, representing 96 clubs, 21,784 members and 300,000 people that regularly recreate in our backcountry.