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Mt Hutt Ski Area Canterbury

Where to ski in New Zealand: Mt Hutt Ski Field Methven

Mt Hutt has been voted New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for five years running. With beautiful conditions, amazing terrain, and a relaxed, welcoming vibe, you will never want to leave.

The Mount Hutt Ski Season begins on 09 June 2023 – 15 October 2023. See our range of ski packages here.

Mt Hutt Ski Field Stats

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  • Lifts
    • 1 x 6-seater chairlift
    • 1 x 4-seater chairlift
    • 1 x 3-seater chairlift
    • 2 x learner conveyor lifts
  • Located 26 km (35 minute drive) from Methven, or 115 km (90 minute drive) from Christchurch
  • 4 Freestyle terrain parks for all abilities
  • 365 skiable hectares
  • Vertical drop of 648m
  • Summit at 2086m
  • 2 Dining options
  • Childcare and Lessons

Methven is on the western edge of the Canterbury Plains; this small town is the perfect place to say when enjoying a Mt Hutt Ski package.  There is ski bus transport from Christchurch or Methven, or you can drive yourself up the mountain. Select from our range of packages including a Mt Hutt ski pass.

With wide open terrain, four freestyle terrain parks for all abilities, and 365 skiable hectares, there will never be a dull moment! Mt Hutt boasts an average snowfall of 4 metres, enticing skiers and snowboarders from all over the world to explore its superb off-piste terrain and wide groomed tracks.

Mount Hutt Restaurants

Mt Hutt offers two dining options. The Sky High Cafe is perfect for a quick bite to eat, offering coffee and hearty, wholesome meals to refuel you for an afternoon on the slopes. Huber’s Hut beckons you with a warm fire inside or a stunning deck to dine on; they provide delicious breakfasts, warm soups, pastas, and their famous Willi burger. Plus you’ll find coffee, hot chocolate, and mulled wine.

Mt Hutt Childcare & Lessons

Mt Hutt has a fully licensed Early Learning Centre catering for children aged 3 months to 5 years, which means you will be able to enjoy your time skiing knowing your children are in safe hands, with a family package deal. If you have older children, the Kea Club offers group ski lessons to kids aged 5 – 15 years.

Ski Hire

Skis, boots, poles, and snowboards are available for hire up the mountain, with FREE overnight storage for added convenience.

The Mt Hutt ‘Snoshop’ has a range of affordable skiing and snowboarding essentials for everyone; if you’re looking to add to your own ski-gear collection, you’ll want to schedule a bit of time to poke around in the shop.  

You’ll have to explore the mountain for yourself. Enjoy a long day skiing, or admire the view over the Canterbury plains from the warmth of a cafe.  All of the boxes are ticked for an awesome day up the hill at Mt Hutt.

Before you head off on your New Zealand ski trip check out our handy resource. What to Pack for Travel in 2023: The Ultimate Checklist

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