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.

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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.

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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.

    Experienced skiers will also love

Where to next?

What you need to know about skiing in the South Island →

Top Experiences in Christchurch →

Top Experiences in Canterbury →