nice work dude.
Im sure you will enjoy it down here. Last year we had a great season and fingers crossed we are in for more of the same.
Ok here goes.You would want to spend some time in Queenstown. As mentioned Cardrona, coronet peak etc are good mountains and i think Coronet
offers night time boarding if you are that way inclined aswell. I prefer Cadrona, better snow imo
There are a variety of hotels/hostels in Queenstown but i always found it pricier than elsewhere. You can get a hostel for NZD$25ish = US$15
per night which is about the cheapest. Hiring a juicy rentals campervan would be a good option here.Make sure to get 4x4 if you plan on going to the club feilds
Canterbury has some great ski areas too.
If you go here your first stop should be Mt Hutt. Around 50 mins away from Christchurch(city of 450,000). Lots of cheap accomodation here drawback being its not at the bottom of the mountain.
Id also definately spend some time on Porters A+ snow
, but beware the lift quality is not as good here or other fields in canterbury. Ditto for most of the other fields in Canterbury(you do have a good variety in a small area).
As mentioned prepare to ride the "nutcrackers" and tows with regularity and/or get your hike on.
nutcrackers are much harder (for most) to ride on a snowboard than skis, dont be surprised if you fall off a few time , a few of the club feilds also have cheap dorm room style accommodation too.
Go midweek and you will be able to have slopes mainly to yourself if you arrive early enough. You wont get the pow you do in canada etc but the snow is usually good quality with daily grooming and little man-made stuff in the main part of the season.
Do not bother with north island, equivalent of the ice coast in the US
There are also a few areas in the North Island but Im not sure if i would bother. I dont have that much experience up there, but prepare to pay upwards of NZD$100 for a flight into Auckland or Wellington or around NZD$300(i think) for to ferry your car and yourself across cook strait. If you are budget conscious id stick to the south island and get to as many club fields etc as you can there. Some of the smaller club fields are DESERTED mid week and cheap as chips!<-----THIS!
Hope you have a great time here! PM me if you need any more help or info im in Christchurch and usually board at Mt Hutt.