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With more mountains than Switzerland and more than 25 scenic ski areas, together with cheap lift prices, New Zealand is increasingly becoming a ski destination.
Day lift passes for adults range from about $40-$75, and most of the commercial fields have ski schools. All ski equipment can be rented at the ski areas, ski hire ranging from $29-$37 and snowboard hire from $35-$50. Besides commercial fields listed, there are a number of club ski areas around the country that are open to visitors.
Nordic skiing is popular in the South Island. One such area can be found near Wanaka. Growing numbers of mountains are being opened up for ski-planes and heliskiing. The Tasman Glacier, for instance, has 13km of deep powder, as well as stunning views.