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Winter 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. 

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. 

Ski Racks

Ski Racks are only available on selected Moto vehicles and only from our South Island branches at Christchurch and Queenstown, these include:

  • Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD

Snow Chains

Snow Chains can be an absolute essential when traveling in 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 only available from our South Island branches at Queenstown and Christchurch.

Many of the NZ ski fields have unsealed or steep, snow-covered access roads so we recommend you can rent and use snow chains on all our Moto Car Rental vehicles.

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