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Mount Hutt Skifield

Hit the slopes at one of New Zealand’s largest ski areas, which is best known for its long season and gorgeous surrounding scenery.

Mount Hutt Ski Field features one of the longest vertical drops in New Zealand’s South Island and some of the region’s finest snow conditions. The ski season generally lasts from June to October, making it among the longest seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. Bring the family to explore one of the country’s most varied ski fields and take advantage of kid-friendly discounts and facilities.

Spanning 900 acres (365 hectares), the ski field is positioned inside an inactive volcano within the eastern rim of the Southern Alps and is filled with a mix of zigzag runs and steep drops. It overlooks picturesque Canterbury Plains and the Pacific Ocean. The highest point is 6,843 feet (2,086 meters) and the vertical drop is 2,126 feet (648 meters), among the longest in the region. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, try your skills on the varied and challenging slopes.

The field encompasses two beginner and nearly 40 intermediate and advanced runs. Warm up with the wide, groomed beginner runs or take on the challenging black diamond runs on the mountain’s south face. Freestyle skiers should investigate the exceptional terrain parks, which include an International Ski Federation-certified halfpipe.

Bring your children between 2 and 5 years old to participate in Skiwiland crèche, which provides indoor childcare and ski lessons. Enrol your older children under 15 in the special Kea club ski school.

There are no accommodations on the Mount Hutt Ski Field, so most visitors choose to stay in nearby Methven, a 35-minute drive away. Shuttle buses run frequently between the two areas. 

The Mount Hutt Ski Field is located on South Island, a 90-minute drive from Christchurch. Get here by car or take one of the shuttle buses that regularly depart from Christchurch or Methven.


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Terrace Downs Resort ¥18,586
Terrace Downs Resort

Terrace Downs Resort

623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Windwhistle resort is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rakaia Gorge and close to winter activities such as skiing lessons and snowshoeing. Washpen Falls is 4.1 mi (6.7 km) away.

    Quickenberry Guesthouse
    Quickenberry Guesthouse

    Quickenberry Guesthouse

    Coleridge Road, Windwhistle
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this luxury guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rakaia Gorge and 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from Washpen Falls. Awa Awa Rata Reserve and Hororata Golf Club are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Canterbury High Country Villas
      Canterbury High Country Villas

      Canterbury High Country Villas

      623 Coleridge Road,, Windwhistle, Canterbury
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Windwhistle, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rakaia Gorge and 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Washpen Falls. Awa Awa Rata Reserve and Hororata Golf Club are also within 20 mi (32 km).

        Brinkley Resort ¥9,893
        Brinkley Resort

        Brinkley Resort

        43 Barkers Road, Methven
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Methven, this apartment building is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from Rakaia Gorge.

          Ski Time Lodge ¥6,629
          Ski Time Lodge

          Ski Time Lodge

          39 Racecourse Avenue, Methven
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Methven lodge is next to a golf course, within 9 mi (15 km) of Rakaia Gorge and Awa Awa Rata Reserve, and close to winter sports such as skiing lessons. Mount Hutt Skifield and Trott's Garden are also within 20 mi (32 km).

            The Lodge ¥6,530
            The Lodge

            The Lodge

            Mt Hutt Village, Chertsey & Kilworth, Methven
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this inn is 7 mi (11.3 km) from Rakaia Gorge and 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve. Mount Hutt Skifield and Washpen Falls are also within 25 mi (40 km).

              Methven Motels & Apartments ¥7,269
              Methven Motels & Apartments

              Methven Motels & Apartments

              197 Main Street, Methven
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Methven, this motel is 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Rakaia Gorge and 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve. Mount Hutt Skifield and Trott's Garden are also within 20 mi (32 km).

                Lake Coleridge Lodge
                Lake Coleridge Lodge

                Lake Coleridge Lodge

                114 Hummocks Road, Lake Coleridge
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lake Coleridge, this golf guesthouse is 15.7 mi (25.3 km) from Washpen Falls and within 32 mi (52 km) of Rakaia Gorge and Awa Awa Rata Reserve. Hororata Golf Club is 28.2 mi (45.4 km) away.