Ski like a local – enjoy the stunning mountain backdrops, relaxing local hotspots and wide open slopes that Christchurch has to offer.
North and Central Canterbury
The Christchurch – Canterbury region stretches from ocean to Alps, sweeping plains and mountain peaks. Just 1 ½ hours from Christchurch, Mt Hutt boasts the longest ski season in New Zealand. Nearby Porters is home to Castle Hill, one of the top bouldering areas in the world.
With the most ski areas in the Southern Hemisphere, Canterbury's peaks is a winter playground for everyone. Go on an action-packed skiing or snowboarding holiday, or take a helicopter up to some pretty epic terrain and go heliskiing. For après snow fun, take a powder tour and stay in Methven – a town for snow sports enthusiasts looking to conquer nearby Mt Hutt.
The almighty Aoraki (Mt Cook) is New Zealand's highest mountain, with sprawling peaks and snow covered alps. This is Mackenzie country, a region filled with boutique ski fields of Roundhill, Mt Dobson and Ohau that is bursting with Kiwi hospitality.
Mt Dobson has the longest beginners slope in New Zealand and three quarters of the 400 hectares are dedicated to beginners and intermediates so it’s a great place to start for first time skiiers. For a more advanced and extraordinary experience, skiers can go Heliskiing or Ski the Tasman Glacier to experience New Zealand's longest ski runs.