However the weather extreme has also brought plenty of fresh snow. 20 - 30 centimetres of new snow has landed at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas in the past few days taking the seven day total to 62cm (over two feet) at Coronet Peak and 69cm (2.3 feet) at The Remarkables.
On Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa reports packed powder on trails, variable off trail with pockets of wind blown snow. The resort received 10cm (four inches) of fresh snow overnight and has an upper mountain base of 179cm (six feet). Neighbouring Turoa received 5cm (two inches) of fresh but has a deeper 238cm (eight foot) base.
David Ovendale, General Manager Sales & Marketing for NZSki which owns Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and The Remarkables, said the latest snowfall has set the ski areas up perfectly for the southern hemisphere's spring.
"There could not be a better time to come for a quick ski fix - it's affordable, the conditions are fantastic and we can offer something for everyone," he said.
As we enter September most of the major competitions the country's ski areas have been staging are winding up and thoughts have moved on to Spring season events.
However some of the top athletes in the world are still in the country and several will descend on Mt Hutt today and tomorrow (September 2-3) for the Red Bull Speed Camp, offering visitors the chance to watch some of the fastest skiers pushing their speeds to their limits.

In its 2nd year, the Red Bull International Race Training Arena has already been visited by World Cup racing superstars such as Overall World Champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Marlies Schild of Austria.
Paul Marks, Head of Race and Events at Mt Hutt, said the action will be "fast and furious". "Conditions are top-notch and spectator viewing should be as good as it gets," he said.
This year, New Zealand's "Capital of Speed" will see the likes of the top Swiss, German and Canadian women and Swedish men take to the slopes alongside the German, Australian and Dutch Paralympic ski teams.
As well as supporting the race training arena at Mt Hutt, Red Bull supports some of the world's top downhill alpine skiers and the world's fastest and scariest downhill course, the "Hahnenkamm" in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Thanks to a new start platform at the top of Mt Hutt, athletes will move from 0 to 80km/hr in just seconds.
Further down the course athletes will hit the Red Bull launch pad at over 90km/hr sending them through the air up to 40m down the hill.
Athletes will face camel bumps as well as a second jump before they reach the finish line in the base area in under a minute.