Sure, it’s not Coronet Peak, but the slope at Snow Planet in Silverdale (just a little north of the North Shore) is heaps of fun. This is New Zealand’s only indoor ski resort. Take the kids there for a couple of hours during the school holidays or in the weekend, and let them loose to exhaust themselves. If you’re a beginner, it’s a great place to gain your ski legs, and you can get a lesson thrown into the hire package. It can also be helpful for the more experienced skier who needs to hone their skills or get a little ski-fit before hitting the real slopes. Snowboarding is popular at Snow Planet, and it’s a safe and easy place to learn to ride. You can even try out your jumps. Snow Planet is open every day, from 10am – 10pm (from 9am on weekends, school and public holidays). Take the Silverdale off ramp from SH1, turn left and then left again at Small Road. All the ski gear is available for hire – check out the prices here.
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