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

North & Central Canterbury

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 that boasts the longest ski season in New Zealand. Nearby Porters is a haven for learners on up.

After you’ve explored the slopes, explore the variety of vibrant Christchurch, 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.

Recommended Experiences

  1. Mt Hutt Ski Area

    Voted NZ's Best Ski Resort four years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), Mt Hutt boasts wide open terrain for all ski and snowboard ability levels. Superb conditions, spectacular terrain and laid back kiwi hospitality.

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  2. Porters Ski Area Ltd

    The closest ski area to Christchurch City, Porters is a family focused business with a complete range of ski and snowboard terrain to suit all abilities. The best field in Canterbury to learn to ski with excellent beginner to intermediate transition.

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  3. Hanmer Springs Ski Area

    Hanmer Springs Ski Area is run by the Amuri Ski Club, founded in 1957. 3 tows operate, a beginners fixed grip tow, nutcracker rope tow and a poma tow. Elevation is 1769m, vertical is 310m, terrain is 52ha. Groomer and daily lessons for ski and boards

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  4. Broken River Ski Area

    A unique slice of Kiwiana at a boutique “club” ski field in the heart of Canterbury’s mountains. Fresh powder and fantastic terrain with uncrowded slopes, rolling bowls and steep chutes. Friendly. laid-back atmosphere and on-mountain accommodation.

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Mount Cook Mackenzie

The almighty Aoraki (Mt Cook) thrusts skyward lording over the sprawling peaks of snow covered alps below. This is MacKenzie country, a region filled with boutique ski fields of Roundhill, Mt Dobson and Ohau that will grip your heart with Kiwi hospitality.

Add thermal hot springs, a Unesco  star-lit observatory and the photographer’s dream destination of Lake Tekapo and Mackenzie stands on its own two ski feet.

Recommended Experiences

  1. Mount Dobson Ski Area

    All day sunshine, wide open uncrowded runs and a friendly kiwi atmosphere make Mt Dobson the ultimate snow experience. From the well groomed beginners slopes to challenging black runs with miles of untracked powder. Reach your potential at Mt Dobson.

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  2. Ohau Snow Fields

    Snowboarding and skiing at its best. Powder snow, sunshine, uncrowded slopes and new double chairlift.

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  3. Roundhill Ski Area

    Ski or Snowboard in the stunning Mackenzie Country – the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo.

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Beginner skiers will love

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 get your first time ski and snowboard legs.

Experienced skiers will love

Take a one day powder tour with Black Diamond Safaris and be introduced to the Canterbury boutique fields in style.

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