Ski the South Island

10 Days


Christchurch to Central Queenstown


  • Queenstown
  • Mt Hutt
  • Tekapo

Best time of year

June - September

Heaps of skiing and loads of spectacular scenery are on offer with this itinerary, which can also be reversed. Ride or ski pristine snow at all the ski areas, no matter what level skier you are.

If you’ve never tried skiing at night, Coronet Peak is the place to do it. You’ll be awe-struck by the night sky that blankets Tekapo.  Relax and kick back in Wanaka or get to know the locals in Methven.


Mt Hutt Ski Area is 90 minutes from Christchurch

Photo by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

Day 2 / 10

Mt Hutt or Porters Ski Area

1 hr

15 mins

97 km

61 mi

Christchurch - Canterbury

Up early today for a day of skiing at Porters, which is only 60 minutes from Christchurch city or Mt Hutt, which is about 90 minutes from Christchurch.

Both Mt Hutt and Porters have some great family offers this season. Kids 10 and under ski, stay, and dine for free at Mt Hutt (with a paying adult) and at Porters they can ski for free if under 12 (also with a paying adult).

Porters is a small, friendly ski area tucked away in the high country of the region. There is terrain for all ability levels and magical views of Lake Coleridge from the tops of the slopes. 

Mt Hutt’s large, sweeping open basin is oriented to the south which makes it a perfect collection zone for amazing snow. Traditionally early to open (in 2014 scheduled to be 7th June), you can ski day in/day out until middle October.

At the end of the day drive down from Porters or Mt Hutt to Methven township. This rustic village is home to a flourishing farming community which is augmented through the winter with skiers from all over the world. Call into the Blue or Brown Pubs (they’re located opposite each other in the main street!) and enjoy a cosy night out. 

Christchurch tram city tours

Start in Christchurch

Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.


End in Methven

In winter, Methven is a snow sport town. In every other season, it’s a place to launch yourself into all kinds of outdoor adventure activities.

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