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The Kaikoura region is famous for its incredible scenery and extensive variety of marine wildlife. What some may not realise is that the area is also in close proximity to one of the friendliest skifields in the South Island, Mount Lyford. This alpine resort is less than an hour’s drive from Kaikoura, meaning you can book accommodation in the area and experience everything from their coastal attractions to their alpine adventures, specifically, Mt Lyford.
The winter season turns what was once a high country farm, into one of the most enjoyable winter assets – a skifield with plenty of snow. Snow on Mt Lyford rests on a mix of terrain which makes it perfect for skiing because it means that there is something for everyone. Whether you are a beginning skier or an advanced snowboarder, there will be runs to suit with a great learner’s area and challenging runs for those who are intermediate and advanced. There is also a Wild Ride Terrain Park for those at the advanced level. It includes rails, pipes and kickers for those looking to get air and do some impressive tricks.
For the less advanced skiiers, alpine coaching is available to help improve your skills on the snow. Ski and Snowboard learner packages which include day passes, equipment hire and lessons are available as well as options for group or private lessons. The experienced instructors at Mount Lyford can help with learners of all ages and it’s never too late to learn! On top of skiing and snowboarding, guests can play in the snow with activities such as tubing, racing and toboganning on offer as well.
As with any skifield, Mt Lyford is at the mercy of the weather but even when it is closed there is still plenty to do up there. A double tennis court is transformed into an outside ice skating rink during the winter season and lights, music and a fire make it fun for the whole family. There is also a great opportunity for some of the most accessible high country riding in New Zealand which can be done all year round.
To make the most of this alpine playground, become a TOP 10 Club Member and receive a 20% discount at Mt Lyford and other hotspots in Kaikoura. For more information and accommodation options to suit everyone and every budget visit the TOP 10 Holiday Park Kaikoura website.
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