Undiscovered for 85 years

Soho Basin is new, yet it's like the first days of popular skiing in the 1930's, when it was an adventure and a privilege to discover new runs.

Soho Basin is situated in two high alpine basins at the head of Soho Creek. Set amongst the Southern Alps of New Zealand it overlooks the spectacular scenery of Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin with amazing alpine views beyond to the peaks of the main divide.

Soho Basin boasts 264 Hectares of skiable terrain with a preponderance of novice and intermediate terrain while offering a good balance of advanced options.

The skiing and riding terrain starts at 1425m and goes up to 1925m allowing 500m of vertical drop. These basins face predominantly South and receive significant snowfalls and hold the snow in crisp condition for long periods of winter and spring meaning consistent snow and a longer season.

Soho Basin is one of the Southern Lakes hidden jewels that is full of snow, sun and fun making for an unforgettable experience in either winter or summer.

Soho Basin has been kept a secret for 85 years. Now it's your chance to be a skiing and riding pioneer in these mountains.

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Soho is open

Pristine powder awaits you with fresh snow across the basin offering up off piste skiing or riding like you've never experienced it before.

Bookings are essential and by arrangement

Soho Basin is an exclusive experience you won't find anywhere else, and this season only a lucky few will get to discover that with very limited bookings available. So don't miss this once in-a-lifetime opportunity to pioneer New Zealand's newest and most unique snow adventure.

Booking details
Soho Basin

Exploration & Discovery

Soho Discovery Trips

Our Discovery trips give you a taste of what Soho Basin has to offer. After each run just climb on board the cat for another ride to the top. Soho Basin skiing and riding is the perfect environment for you and your family or friends to discover the joys of off piste skiing or riding without the pressure.

Get a serious taste for Soho

Soho Basin Discovery Price per person
Full Day Discovery
including lunch
2016 rates TBC

Booking information

Family rates available by arrangement.

A minimum of 10 pax required on each Discovery trip to confirm.

Soho Basin Discovery availability is limited and pre bookings are essential.

Group bookings and Soho Basin Exploration day charters are by arrangement and enquiries are welcome.

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Soho Basin Exploration Day

Soho Basin Exploration Days lets you and your group enjoy a private snow experience and provides terrain suitable for levels early intermediate through to advanced. The great thing about our Exploration Days is the day is yours, you can go as fast or as slow as you like, our staff are circulating on the area to advise and assist.

Our Exploration Days are relaxed and social and give you an insight into what Soho Basin has to offer. Once at the bottom just climb on board the cat for another ride to the top. Soho Basin skiing and riding is the perfect environment for you and your friends to explore the joys of off piste skiing or riding without the pressure.

Private Charters

Full day skiing/riding from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Includes refreshments and gourmet lunch.

Bookings do not include transport to or from Queenstown or Wanaka. See details on getting here under Visitor Guide.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be provided (less any commissions paid)if weather does not permit operations and guests cannot be rebooked on an alternative day. Cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to date of booking with a 20% administration fee deducted from any refunds. Refunds are not provided if guests fail to cancel before the 3 day period or fail to arrive for their Short Stop trip (no show).

Soho Basin Exploration Day Bookings

Bookings for Soho Basin Exploration Day charters are essential and by arrangement only.

Please contact us to discuss your your requirements, we will be hapy to offer you a range of options.

Hamish McCrostie +64 27 476 9881
Mark Dewsbery +64 22 601 5576

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Visitor Guide

What to bring

Bring your normal skiing or riding wear. Remember warm layered clothing is recommended along with hats, goggles/sun glasses, gloves and sunscreen. We also recommend our guests wear helmets.

Soho Basin recommend that skiers hire fat skis.

Links to recommended Ski & Snowboard hire outlets in Queenstown and Wanaka:


Outside Sports
9 Shotover Street
Ph: +64 3 441 0074

Torpedo 7
Cnr Camp & Shotover Streets
Ph: +64 03 409 0409

Snowbiz Ski Rental Service
7 Duke Street
Ph: + 64 3441 2085


Outside Sports
17-23 Dunmore Street
Ph: +64 3 443 7966

Racer's Edge / Torpedo 7 Wanaka
99 Ardmore Street
Ph:+64 3 443 7882

Soho Basin

Mark Dewsbery, Operations Manager, Soho Basin


Guest and staff safety is our number one consideration at Soho Basin.

Our staff are chosen for their qualifications, experience and knowledge to ensure our operations run safely and smoothly.

Our terrain is managed as a ski area, while all runs are off piste and ungroomed our terrain safety management plan is implemented to minimise hazards and operates to industry best practice.

Our cat skiing patrollers travel and ski amongst our guests and provide advice and assistance to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience.

Each day begins with a comprehensive safety briefing and provision of safety equipment. Our staff run over the safety around the snow cats, loading and unloading procedures as well as our terrain and guest safety management and how the day will run.

Our staff are all highly experienced and trained to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience.

Getting there

As our operational base is immediately adjacent to the Cardrona Alpine Resort, self-drive is easy option. Just come up to the top of the access road and turn off to the left at the sign for Soho Basin. Parking is available for Soho Basin guests at our base area.

Driving time from Queenstown is approximately 1 hour.

Soho Basin does not provide transport.

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Helicopter access

Helicopter access is an easy option. You can fly direct to the base helipad at Soho Basin. At the end of the day you can get picked up from our base helipad, or you may want to get picked up from the bottom of your last run.

Recommended Helicopter companies for transfers:

From Queenstown:

Over The Top Helicopters: www.flynz.co.nz

Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters: www.heliworks.co.nz

From Wanaka:

Alpine Helicopters: www.alpineheli.co.nz

Soho Basin

Public Access

Soho Basin Touring Access Management 2015

Soho and Willow Basins are located at the head of Soho Creek. The land is part of the Glencoe Station Crown Pastoral Lease. This lease is held by Soho Property Limited (SPL). This affords the land similar status as private land where by the leasee has the right to exclude public from the property.

Soho Ski Area Limited (SSAL) hold a Crown Recreation Permit for the development of a ski area and all activities associated with this including Heli and cat skiing on the top part of the Soho and Willow Basins, with the approval of Soho Property Limited. SSAL are responsible for the safety and associated liability of persons whom they take onto the permit area and by default other public that use the area.

SSAL recognise that both the Soho Basin and Willow Basin have been used to varying degrees as a readily accessible are for ski touring, and is also being used commercially by education providers and alpine activity companies.

While SSAL does not wish to exclude public access at this time it does intend to exercise a degree of management of the area and access to it, to ensure any public accessing the area have assumed full responsibility and liability for their presence and any consequential outcomes that may arise as a result of their presence in the area.

The mechanism SSAL will use to enable this is by way of a requirement that all persons wishing to access the Soho and Willow Basins complete a registration and assumption of risk and liability form.

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SSAL has set up a drop box at its base of operations.

Each person registering will be required to make a donation of $5 per day of access to Lakes District Air Rescue Trust (LDART). This can be dropped in the honesty box at Soho Basin Base, located at the entry point as you leave the Cardrona car park.

To enable SSAL to operate without any encumbrances of public users the following parameters of access and behaviour are to be observed by all public users of these areas.

Avoid use of the areas SSAL are using for its Cat skiing operations as far as possible.

Respect the desire for SSAL customers to have an unencumbered experience i.e. Please do not poach lines, do not stop or congregate at the cat pick up points, remain as scarce as you possibly can.

Please respect that there is no right of public access onto this land. We would expect that the touring community will ensure these parameters are observed to enable continued access to these beautiful basins.

Tourers should never travel alone, each person should have an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel and know how to use them. Be prepared and carry appropriate equipment.

Click here for the latest public avalanche bulletin http://www.avalanche.net.nz/

Soho Basin Access Registration PDF

Download PDF Form

Soho Basin Operational Area Map PDF

Download PDF Map
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Soho Ski Area Limited

PO Box 1164
Queenstown 9348
New Zealand
Phone: +64 22 6015576


Bookings are essential and by arrangement.
Telephone or book online:
Hamish McCrostie +64 27 476 9881
Mark Dewsbery +64 22 601 5576


See Visitor Guide for directions.

Visitor Guide