Skiing in Christchurch - Canterbury

Just a three-hour flight away, Christchurch-Canterbury is the perfect ski holiday destination.

Ski like a local – enjoy the stunning mountain backdrops, relaxing local hotspots and wide open slopes that Christchurch has to offer.

The Christchurch – Canterbury region stretches from ocean to Alps, contrasting sweeping plains and mountain peaks. Just 1 ½ hours from Christchurch, Mt Hutt is a giant amongst giants, boasting the longest ski season in New Zealand. Plus, kids aged 10 and under ski for free at Mt Hutt, and stay and eat for free at selected businesses in the Methven area. 

After you’ve explored the slopes, check out vibrant Christchurch, the gateway to a range of outdoor and relaxation activities. Or stay in Methven – a town for snow sports enthusiasts looking to conquer nearby Mt Hutt. 

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Lake Alexandrina, Tekapo, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Methven , Christchurch - Canterbury

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Lyttelton Market, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Methven Canterbury, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Hot pools

Walking & hiking

Methven

City centre

Stargazing

Farmer's market

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Explore Tekapo

Highlights

  • Star gazing at Mt John observatory
  • 3 hours drive from Christchurch airport
  • The heart of the Mackenzie Country

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Christchurch - Canterbury

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Proximity

Highlights

  • Snow town at the base of Mt Hutt
  • Abundance of accommodation
  • Excellent bars and restaurants

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Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury

Discover Aoraki/Mt Cook

Highlights

  • Aoraki/Mackenzie International
  • Dark Sky Reserve
  • The largest of its kind in the world
Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Explore Lyttelton 

Highlights

  • Port town at the end of Banks Peninsula
  • Lively cafes and restaurants
  • Popular Saturday Farmer's market

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Christchurch - Canterbury

Discover Methven

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