mt huttSkiing in Canterbury

With 15 ski areas (commercial and club fields) in Canterbury you have plenty of choice and all abilities are well catered for. Packages are available which may include coach transportation, ski/board hire, lift passes, ski/board lessons.
Heli-skiing is also available in various areas
Listed below are the skifields in Canterbury, for further information please see this link:

The Selwyn 6

On Christchurch's doorstep, explore the Selwyn District's 6 ski areas, referred to as the region's best kept secrets:

  • Porters Ski Area - Local favourite - Christchurch's closest field, just 89km from the city. Popular with both families and advanced skiers/boarders.
  • Broken River - This passionate ski club offers some of NZ's best off piste skiing and snowboarding, along with uncrowded powder basins and chutes.
  • Temple Basin - After a 45 min hike you're at the top of the Southern Alps, but feel like you're on top of the world.
  • Mt Cheeseman - Family friendly fun. Enjoy the relaxed culture, perfect for beginners and intermediates.
  • Mt Olympus - Ideal for the backcountry adventurer. Fantastic apr├Ęs-ski options with a hot tub overlooking the slopes.
  • Craigieburn - The holy grail for the advanced or expert rider. Some of NZ's easiest access advanced off piste skiing.


  • Mt Hutt - Canterbury's largest ski area, with something for everyone - from complete beginners to the world's top pro-racers and riders. World-class snow school and terrain park.

Hanmer Springs/Hurunui

Relax in this alpine spa village and try these nearby beginner to intermediate ski areas:

  • Hanmer Springs Ski Area- 20kms from the alpine thermal holiday resort of Hanmer Springs, this ski area is great for beginner & intermediate skiers/boarders.
  • Mt Lyford Alpine Resort- North Canterbury alpine resort with chalet-style accommodation. Only 45min from Kaikoura - surf & ski in the same day!

Mackenzie Country

A leisurely half-day drive from Christchurch, base your ski/board holiday in Aoraki/Mt Cook or Tekapo.

  • Mt Dobson - One of the highest ski areas at 1725m, from the top you can gaze out across the peaks of New Zealand's highest mountains.
  • Roundhill - Great for first timers. Home to awesome beginner and intermediate runs, plus NZ's longest t-bar!
  • Ohau - A mountain catering for all abilities. See spectacular views up to Aoraki Mount Cook and down to Lake Ohau.
  • Fox Peak - High altitude! You can easily see the 7300 ft mountain from most parts of South Canterbury.
  • Tekapo Heli-ski - NZ's BIG mountain terrain. Ski on the Tasman Glacier in stunning Mt Cook World Heritage Area.
  • Alpure Peaks - Try backcountry skiing or snowboarding where you are taken to the top of an isolated mountain range using a Snowcat.