AT PLAY IN THE KIWI POWDER
New Zealand’s southern ski slopes are open and it’s shaping up to be another huge season. Paul Anderson, chief executive of Queenstown mountains Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, says Aussies can’t get enough of Kiwi powder.
“We’re just seeing it go from strength to strength,” he says. “Australia is a massive market for us, particularly in Queenstown but also in Canterbury.
“The airline capacity is just continuing to grow each year. This year we’ve got a record 62 transTasman flights arriving direct into Queenstown at the peak of winter, and there has also been a huge amount of capacity added into Christchurch, particularly with Emirates flying its A380 into Christchurch daily.”
The final touches of a $45 million expansion to The Remarkables and revamped restaurants at Coronet Peak are just two of the bonuses for those headed to New Zealand, and Anderson says even though it’s not ski-in, ski-out, the rest of the attractions on offer make Queenstown a diverse ski holiday destination.