Christchurch is a popular snow travel destination for skiers & boarders looking to ski Mt Hutt and the Canterbury ski fields.
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Christchurch or CHCH is New Zealand’s second largest city and a popular destination for intrepid skiers & boarders during the Southern hemisphere Winter. The Christchurch Canterbury region has the highest number of ski fields in the Southern hemisphere ranging from larger commercial resorts to smaller independent club run fields, you will find good skiing here and the food, culture and lifestyle which makes any tip to New Zealand an awesome experience.

Skiing in Christchurch

Mt Hutt in Methven is the closest ski field to Christchurch and also the largest. Infrastructure improvements in recent years have helped it earn the title of NZs best ski resort for 8 years running. The skiing can be sublime when it’s on, but being overly exposed to winds has earned the resort the nickname Mt Shut. Methven is also the base for Methven Heliski which runs tours to the Arrowsmith Range for guaranteed untouched powder snow.

To the West there are the Selwyn ski fields nestled in the Craigieburn ranges. Mt Cheeseman, Porters, Craigieburn, Broken River and Mt Olympus. These are smaller club ski fields with different characters and catering to different skill levels. While the equipment may not be the most modern (tow ropes), the crowds are minimal, and the more challenging terrain will keep advanced skiers entertained.

Further South In the Mt Cook area you will find Roundhill resort, Ohau snow fields and Mt Dobson ski resort.

Road Trip the South Island

A road trip is a good way to visit all the resorts. You can fly into Christchurch, hire a car for a journey to Queenstown stopping by at the McKenzie and Central Otago ski fields along the way. When your trip is done you can fly out from Queenstown.


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Where to stay in Christchurch

NZ’s second largest city has all the conveniences you could want and you can find accommodation here to suit all budgets. You can also choose to base yourself in one of the towns closer to the mountains. Methven is a short 90 min drive form Christchurch and becomes a ski village in Winter as travelers base themselves there to ski Mt Hutt. There are ski lodges and motels with amenities like dry rooms and spas.  You can stay on mountain at the Craigieburn, Temple Basin and Mt Cheeseman ski areas and at the base of the mountain at Porters.

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Transport to Christchurch Ski Resorts

To Mt Hutt

If you are driving to Mt Hutt, you must alwats carry chains in case of snowy / icy condiitions. Mt Hutt is one of the more popular resorts, so expect a bit of traffic during school holidays and weekends. 

There are shuttle buses from Christchurch operated by Snowman Shuttles. Methven Travel runs a shuttle bus service from Methven to Mt Hutt.

Christchurch to Mt Hutt
Drive: 1:40
Shuttle Bus: 2:20

Methven to Mt Hutt
Drive: 35mins
Shuttle Bus: 1-2 hours

To the Club fields

Smylies Tours runs private tour buses to the club fields. 

Christchurch to Craigieburn
Shuttle Bus: 1.5 hours

Christchurch to Cheeseman
Shuttle Bus: 1.5 hours 


Where to Eat in Christchurch

Great coffee, wild landscapes and the best farm produce in the world. One of the best things about skiing in NZ is the chance to experience the gourmet food.


Black Burger Christchurch
Serving up some of New Zealand’s best burgers using the best local ingredients and grain fed Japanese Black wagyu beef.
World Famous Sheffield Pies
Stop by at this popular Sheffield bakery for one of their gourmet pies and slices.
Great bentos, donburi and ramen at Tanoshi in the happening Terrace dining district.
Fairlie Bakehouse
Tuck into gourmet pies, pastry and coffee at this cafe where the pies are made and baked next door.

Things to Do in Christchurch

Heli Skiing
Take it to another level and book a heli skiing tour to Mt Cook for guaranteed fresh runs every time.
Opukhe Thermal Pools
On rest and relax days, you can head to the Opukhe thermal pools where you soak in their adults only tranquility pools or discovery pools which are fun for the whole family.
Omarama Cliffs
Take a side trip to explore the clay cliff formations near Lake Ohau on the journey from Christchurch to Queenstown.
Tekapo Springs
Relax in the spas, saunas and outdoor pools filled with water from underground springs. There is also a snow play area with snow tube rides set up in Winter.

Where to Buy & Rent Snow Gear in Christchurch

The ski shops in the city carry the latest and widest selection of gear. You can also find shops in the towns en route to the mountains, but they may not have as much range. All the ski fields have rental counters, but it would be wise to reserve your size before showing up.


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