Experienced skiing in Christchurch - Canterbury

The Southern Alps in Canterbury offer some of the most exciting experienced, advanced and expert terrain to be found around the globe.

Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt ski field, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Methven, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Tekapo Springs, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Soak in hot pools

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

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MT HUTT SKI AREA

Voted New Zealand's best ski resort, Mt Hutt has a 683-metre drop, four freestyle parks and 365 hectares waiting to be explored.

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Proximity

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

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AN EXPERT SKIER'S PLAYGROUND

Try the double black diamonds of Mt Hutt’s South Face including Main Chute down to Muesli Bowl.

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

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Highlights

  • Two fully-licensed cafe restaurants
  • Childcare facilities
  • Sno shop
Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

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Highlights

  • Quick and easy on-mountain rentals
  • Voted NZ's best ski resort
  • Elevation: 2086m

MT HUTT SKI AREA

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Christchurch - Canterbury

METHVEN

A town for snow sports enthusiasts

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Highlights

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

Proximity

  • By car: 1 hour 5 mins from Christchurch
  • By car: 35 mins from Mt Hutt ski field
  • By bus: Shuttles run to Mt Hutt
Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Bathe in heated glacial waters at Tekapo Springs

DISCOVER TEKAPO

A winter holiday is about so much more than skiing. Find things to do in Canterbury.

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Renowned snowboard brand Burton shoot their catalogue amongst the Arrowsmith peaks, the Austrian ski team have used the runs at Mt Hutt to train during their summer and the unique and quirky club fields have hosted the likes of big time skiers Glenn Plake, Seth Morrison and Sam Smoothy.

  • Try the double black diamonds of Mt Hutt’s South Face including Main Chute down to Muesli Bowl.
  • Porters Ski Area has the closest chairlift to Christchurch and some good advanced terrain in Head Wall and Bluff Face for those who like their diamonds doubled.
  • The clubfields of Mt Olympus, Broken River, Craigieburn, Cheeseman, Temple Basin and others are easily accessed from Canterbury. Most are simply lift or nutcracker rope tow accessed backcountry terrain with little or no grooming. They are filled with locals, often third generation club skiers, and come with a dose of intrepid and fun adventure.
  • Try Craigieburn’s top chutes in Middle Basin or hike to Hamilton Peak and ski down into Broken River.
  • It’s a 45 minute walk up hill to Temple Basin’s base lodge (there’s a goods lift for your luggage) which is intrepid enough on it’s own. Once there you’ll have your pick of some of the most fun terrain around.
  • First time ‘clubbies’ can hand over their decisions and driving to Black Diamond Safaris guides or to the folks at Neon Pom Pom. Both offer first class accommodation and daily guiding to the pick of each club field conditions each day.
  • Finish a day at Mt Olympus powder filled club field with a soak in the highest altitude hot tub in New Zealand. If you’re lucky you can night ski with the locals and do some impromptu curling on the mid mountain ice lake.
  • Methven Heli Ski has some seriously sick (this is a good thing) terrain. You will be in good hands as founder, Kevin Boekholt, also guides clients in Canada and Greenland during the New Zealand summer months.  Try a standard day of five runs for NZ$1045.
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