Unlike Europe and the United States, New Zealand's ski resorts offer limited on-site accommodation. But all the major resort towns—most notably Queenstown, Wanaka, and around Mount Ruapehu—have options that range from five-star hotels and self-catering apartments to bunked hostels. If you’ve saved up a few New Zealand dollars, spoil yourself at the Chateau Tongariro at the foot of Mount Ruapehu. A previous winner of New Zealand's leading ski resort award, the Chateau features roaring fireplaces and grand chandeliers. In the South Island, top marks go to Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz and Peppers Beacon Queenstown.
By Guy Needham, AFAR Local Expert
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