Check in with a local

We’re partnering with Air New Zealand this winter to bring you the best local tips and tricks for skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand. Check back here throughout winter to discover our fun video edits from the land of the long white cloud. Each week we’ll add more #checkinwithalocal content to keep you laughing, sighing and exclaiming as we show you New Zealand’s best skiing and snowboarding gems through the eyes of locals.


One of the best ski days of my life last Saturday. Soho Basin in New Zealand won't be a secret much longer... You're welcome. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

Five must eat moments in Queenstown NZ for ski down days. If you're heading across the ditch to ski or snowboard do not leave QT without inhaling these. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal #sugarandawe

Best. Day. Ever. That one time on a glacier... Did you know you can take a fixed wing plane through the glorious Mt Cook Aoraki national park to the Tasman Glacier then ski back down? It's perfect for intermediate skiers too. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd

ICYMI these Kiwi kids just schooled us Aussies on Sweet As... Hilarious!! You'll need their tips if you're heading to NZ to ski/board this season. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

There's a busker in the ski resort town of Queenstown in New Zealand who tears at the heart strings with the strings of his piano he found in a dump. This is AJ from Evolving Rhythms. Turn up the volume and enjoy. You're welcome. #bestillmybeatingovaries #checkinwithalocal Air New Zealand

Is this the most Kiwi heli ski experience ever? A lake, a sheep farm, a helicopter and a boat... Southern Lakes Heliski Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

That one time we went heli skiing on a blue bird powder day at Aoraki Mt Cook in New Zealand. Sorry not sorry. Turn up the volume...and watch out for the sheep. Skier Tori Beattie Footage by me Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal Mount Cook Heliski

Chairlift local guide at Treble Cone Ski Area with NZ Olympian and FWT skier, Janina Kuzma! If you're heading to Lake Wanaka you'll want this. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

This is no ordinary ski bus. You'll find this one parked in the Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ car park. Now you can wax more than your skis.... Thank me later. #skiinspaout

Heli angels. See what I did there. Head to Southern Lakes Heliski with your Air NZ boarding pass before September 30 and your friend gets 50% off. Nice one. #checkinwithalocal Air New Zealand Skiers:Anna Smoothy and Victoria Beattie

Aussies being totally schooled by Kiwi kids. If you're heading to New Zealand to ski or snowboard then you need this. Hilarious!! Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal #sweetas

If you're in Queenstown in August then you'll want to do this. I did it yesterday and am still smiling! #clicquotatthesnow Veuve Clicquot Queenstown NZ

I've been filming with the coolest skiwi kids all week in Queenstown for some content I'm doing supported by Air New Zealand This little posse of 9 year old gals sum up the strength and softness of the South Island. Trust me, facing their Haka was powerful, I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to face the All Blacks Haka! #checkinwithalocal #behindthescenes #airnewzealand #kiwigirlpower #turnupthevolume #offcuts

When you ski in New Zealand you have to drive. But with views like this I wasn't complaining. BTW Facebook removed this video last week after thousands of views. Not sure why, there was no notification that it had even been removed. But pretty sure I'm not driving naked, bullying old ladies or inciting violence. So I'm reposting. Just because. #checkinwithalocal

So I did this a couple of weeks ago... A Winter Drive Day at Highlands - Experience the Exceptional in Cromwell near Queenstown where I channelled my inner revhead on roads that mimiced ice. Made me more confident driving to the ski fields in NZ. Worth doing if you're over this way. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

The lovely Liz Carlson from Young Adventuress is a social media guru. The 'adopted Kiwi' lives in Wanaka and has over 250 000 travel obsessed in her social community. We asked the mountain obsessed travel blogger for her top tips on taking Instagram goodness in New Zealand, so you can too. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

Channeled my inner Mark Weber at Highlands - Experience the Exceptional this week near Queenstown. Was filming winter driving tips for Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal and my driver, revhead V8 NZ Super Ute champion, Andrew Waite, and I snuck off for a cheeky hot lap during a filming break...#morefoolme If you want to learn to drive on ice and handle winter conditions these guys have a half day driving experience open to the public throughout winter and sooo worth a side trip from Queenstown, they even have a $4million Aston Martin super car. Oh, and the whole race track set up, super cars, hot laps, drive days and more have been founded by Darrell Lea and VIP Pet Food Aussie entrepreneur, Tony Quinn. #behindthescenes #needahaircut #andamakeupartist

Photos can't do New Zealand justice half the time. So we asked professional photographer and instagrammer, Kahli April Photography, for her tips on capturing those all encompassing Kiwi vistas to make your social media pop and your friends salivate with envy.... Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

A guide to Wanaka and Treble Cone. This is the first of our new Chairlift Local series. Where we ride the chairlift with a local icon to get their guide to where to go and what to do in their home town. First up, we hit up Treble Cone Ski Area at Lake Wanaka with Mr Sam Smoothy himself. He of the Freeride World Tour fame and THAT cray cray winning run at Andorra. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal

Camilla Rutherford Photography knows how to take a good photo in New Zealand. The award winning winter photographer lives on a farm near Wanaka and shoots with the world's best athletes in ski destinations around the globe. We asked her for tips for budding photogs wanting to WOW with their photos when skiing in NZ. Air New Zealand #checkinwithalocal


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