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Canterbury Skiing and Snowboarding

Canterbury Skiing and Snowboarding

When the temperature drops, Canterbury’s peaks become a winter playground – with more ski areas than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, all on the doorstep of Haka Lodge Christchurch
From family friendly fields to off-piste exhilaration, our region caters to anyone looking for snow-fuelled fun and adventure. When you’re planning your adventures on the slopes, remember to factor in some time to experience the warm Canterbury welcome waiting for you après ski at Haka Lodge.

Mt Hutt & Mid Canterbury

Canterbury’s largest ski area, Mt Hutt, is just 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch. Whether beginner or top of your game, you’ll be right at home here, with a world-class snow school and three terrain parks.

If off-piste trails are more your thing, take a chopper ride up to some great terrain with Methven Heliski, opening up freeriding across three mountain ranges. Mt Hutt Heliski offer a heli-taxi service to Mt Hutt Ski field allowing you to jump the queue and get the first run of the day while taking in the views of Mt Hutt and the Canterbury Plains en route.

When the sun goes down, Methven Village at the base of Mt Hutt is the place to go for après snow fun and relaxation. Warm up and revive with some great Kiwi hospitality at some of the bars and restaurants in this lively township.

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui

Hurunui is home to some impressive ski and snowboard action. Just 20km from Hanmer Springs Township lies Hanmer Springs Ski Area, great for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. Relax after a day up the mountain with a soak in Hanmer’s thermal pools or a massage at one of the town’s many spas. Here, you’re just 45km from Kaikoura, so you can ski and surf in the same day!


Selwyn has superb ski areas, often referred to as Canterbury’s best kept secrets, right on Christchurch’s doorstep.

Porters Ski Area – just 89km from the city – is a local favourite, popular with both families and advanced skiers and boarders.

Mount Cheeseman is also well known for its family friendly fun and relaxed culture, perfect for beginners and intermediates. Temple Basin is praised worldwide for its unique atmosphere and terrain.

Mount Olympus is a powder paradise for the backcountry adventurer.  For some of New Zealand’s best off-piste adventure, with uncrowded powder basins and chutes, the passionate ski club of Broken River is for you.

Finally, Craigieburn is the place to be for the advanced or expert rider, with some of the country’s easiest access advanced off-piste skiing.

Whichever slope you choose to shred down, we can offer a warm welcome and a toasty fire at Haka Lodge Christchurch at the end of day.

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