10 July 2008
Over a million holidaymakers predicted for NZ's mountains this year
Last year, 1.2 million people visited New Zealand’s commercial slopes, with thousands more unaccounted for while they hit the slopes off the beaten track, reports the Earth Times.
Tourism officials predict even more international visitors will arrive this year, especially with the season already taking off with a fresh and healthy dump of snow. Most of the international visitors will come from across the Tasman, with Australians comprising around 50 per cent of the international visitor market, reports the Dominion Post.
The South Island’s commercial fields surrounding Queenstown are popular with young travellers from the UK and Europe, who head to the world-famous adventure capital to work a ski season with a New Zealand working holiday visa. Travellers with a UK passport aged between 18 and 30 years can apply for a working holiday visa to work and travel in New Zealand for up to 23 months.
The North Island’s active volcano, Mount Ruapehu, is the country’s busiest ski field. The Department of Conservation’s scientist Harry Keys has warned holidaymakers to be aware that the volcano is still active and can pose a danger to skiers this winter.
"Ruapehu is a fantastic place to climb, ski, hike and photograph, but it’s a very active volcano where even small eruptions can be hazardous," he said; however, he also reassured that systems are in place to provide ample warnings to skiers of possible volcanic activity.
Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.
Young people who want to work in New Zealand can apply online for a New Zealand Working Visa with the New Zealand Visa Bureau.