Roundhill Ski Area



NZ Lifestyle Magazine Group


is another family-run field. Austrian immigrant Karl Burtscher and wife Audrey moved their family of seven to Tekapo in the 1970s to run a farm and open a ski field. Their kids relished skiing every day in winter — after they'd finished school lessons and ticked off their farm chores, that is. The ski field closed in 1990 and sat quietly for 11 years until two of those nostalgia-gripped Burtscher kids, Christian and Karoline — and Karoline's Swiss husband Oscar — brought it back to life. Roundhill has long been loved for its gentle slopes but it also has Australasia's highest vertical: 783m of snowy vertiginous-ness. The Heritage Rope Tow is the world's longest at 1473m and gives access to chutes, bowls and lots of steep, ungroomed terrain. 2544 Lilybank Road, Lake Tekapo. 021 680 694,