How to get the bus to Coronet Peak Ski Field from Queenstown

Date: 18th April 2018

Coronet Peak opened in 1947 as New Zealand’s first commercial ski field and has led the way ever since. Pioneering night skiing in New Zealand and New Zealand’s longest ski day with First Tracks.

Coronet Peak is only 25 minutes from central Queenstown (yep, that’s quicker than you can get a burger downtown).

We send one bus to the Coronet Peak every day, with 25 different pick-up locations within Central Queenstown, no extra charges. With our furthest pick up being the Aspen Hotel in Fernhill at 8:05am, Our pick up locations are either in front of the hotel/hostel receptions or at a bus stop near the accommodation.

Our bus will get you to the Ski field before 9 am for when the lifts have opened. To book and to check your exact pick-up time and location from your accommodation please refer to our Ski Bus Transport Page or call our shop on: 03 4425958, which is open from 7:00am – 9pm every day.

For all of our pickups, it is important to be there 10 minutes before the pick-up time, as in order to get to and down from the Coronet Peak on time our bus does not wait for long.

It’s important to bring the right gear with you as you head up the mountain, here’s a brief list to get you started :

  • Sunblock
  • Snacks and drinks – always stay hydrated up the mountain
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  •  Helmet
  •  Gloves
  •  Masks in case it’s too cold
  • and of course your skis or snowboard

Within the Coronet Peak base, there is a café with hot food and drink. We always advise bringing some snacks and water to keep you hydrated and full of energy throughout the day.

You can rent Skis and Snowboard gear on the mountain if you wish, however it is more expensive to do so on the mountain instead of in town. If you are looking to hire out Skis or Snowboard we offer hires at very competitive rates. Also, as an added bonus you can leave the skis/snowboards in our shop, and we will put them on the bus for you for the next day. Hassle-free.

Our bus will leave the Coronet Peak area before returning for pick up. Therefore, it is really important to make sure you have all your belongings off the bus before leaving. If you have belongings to store, there are lockers you can rent from within the ski base. If you are comfortable, many guests leave their backpacks on the floor outside the main building. This is normally safe, but just make sure you are not blocking any exits or causing any hazards.

After your adrenaline-filled day out on the slopes, you’ll be wanting to head back to town. Our bus leaves the Coronet ski field at 4 pm when the ski lifts have closed. If you decide to come back down early or stay for the night skiing, you can catch NZSKI shuttle.

Please always let our driver or our shop (phone: 03 4425958) know that you are coming down early or late. Otherwise, we might send a rescue team looking for you if you do not appear for the bus.