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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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Lodging Near Mount Hutt Skifield

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$170
Terrace Downs Resort

Terrace Downs Resort

623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle
4.7
of 5, from 55 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Windwhistle resort is in the mountains, 5.6 mi (9 km) from Washpen Falls, and close to winter activities such as skiing lessons and snowshoeing. Mount Hutt Skifield and Awa Awa Rata Reserve are also within 25 mi (40 km).

$150
Quickenberry Guesthouse

Quickenberry Guesthouse

Coleridge Road, Windwhistle
5.0
of 5, from 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this luxury guesthouse is 5.6 mi (8.9 km) from Washpen Falls and within 20 mi (32 km) of Mount Hutt Skifield and Awa Awa Rata Reserve. Mount Somers is 26.2 mi (42.2 km) away.

$91
Lake Coleridge Lodge

Lake Coleridge Lodge

114 Hummocks Road, Lake Coleridge
4.8
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 17.2 mi (27.6 km) from Washpen Falls and 28.5 mi (45.9 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve.

$68
Pinedale Lodge & Apartment

Pinedale Lodge & Apartment

11 Alford Street, Methven
4.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Methven, this apartment is 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve and within 20 mi (32 km) of Washpen Falls and Mount Somers. Mount Hutt Skifield and Trott's Garden are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$69
Ski Time Lodge

Ski Time Lodge

39 Racecourse Avenue, Methven
4.7
of 5, from 200 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Methven lodge is next to a golf course, 8.6 mi (13.8 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Mount Hutt Skifield and Washpen Falls. Mount Somers and Trott's Garden are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$70
Methven Motels & Apartments

Methven Motels & Apartments

197 Main Street, Methven
4.2
of 5, from 70 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Methven, this motel is 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve and within 20 mi (32 km) of Washpen Falls and Mount Hutt Skifield. Mount Somers and Trott's Garden are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$49
Redwood Lodge

Redwood Lodge

3 wayne place, Methven
4.4
of 5, from 55 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Methven guesthouse is in the mountains, within 20 mi (32 km) of Awa Awa Rata Reserve and Mount Hutt Skifield, and close to winter sports such as skiing lessons.

$75
Methven Resort

Methven Resort

51 Main St, Methven
3.7
of 5, from 56 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Methven, this hotel is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Awa Awa Rata Reserve and within 20 mi (32 km) of Washpen Falls and Mount Hutt Skifield. Trott's Garden and Mount Somers are also within 20 mi (32 km).