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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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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