Mt Hutt isn't just Canterbury's own big mountain - it's also one of New Zealand's largest ski areas with some of the best natural snow around. With an altitude of 2086m and a skiable area of 365 hectares, Mt Hutt has one of the longest vertical drops in the South Island and the greatest variety of terrain.

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Mt Hutt also comes with spectacular views! On a clear day from the summit you can see the Pacific Ocean in one direction and into the heart of the Southern Alps in the other. Just a 35 minute drive from Methven village, we are renowned for big snow and plenty of sunshine but every now and then we throw some of the counties worst snow storms into the mix. Last year, we had a record in cold temperatures, and combined with 92 snow guns, we consistently have one of the longest snow making seasons in the South Island. Featuring modern chair lifts and world-class facilities, the ski area is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Beginners feel just as comfortable on wide, groomed runs as the freestyle enthusiasts are on terrain parks, or the world-class athletes who train at the international race arena.


Kids4Free at Mt Hutt and Methven village means families can make this year the winter wonderland holiday of a lifetime. Dig out your winter woollies and pack for adventure because kids 10 year and under get to SKI FOR FREE at Mt Hutt.

Just a one hour drive from Christchurch Airport, Methven's offering every child ten years and under FREE travel, FREE accommodation and FREE meals when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ten and under also receive FREE skiing at Mt Hutt.

Mt Hutt makes skiing with the family hassle free and a whole lot of fun:

  • Easy 35 min drive from Methven.
  • Dedicated learning facilities - suitable for all abilities
  • All day supervised kids programmed for 3 months of age to 15 years old. Check out our programmes now.
  • One of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island. Varied terrain for beginner through to expert.
With the new Kids4Free programme there really is no excuse not to have a winter holiday in the South Island.


During the Winter season, you can listen to the latest snow report by calling +64 3 308 5074 or you can view the report in full here.


Come relax and kick back in Mt Hutt’s premier high country restaurant and café. Enjoy the fantastic views of the entire mountain on one side and the breathtaking view of the Canterbury planes on the other. Mt Hutt incorporates two different styles of dining experiences, with our Ski High café and Huber’s Hut


This fast food style café has a variety of foods to suit all tastes. Pizza lovers will find what they are looking for and so will you burger addicts. Our mountain meals are hearty and wholesome with a variety of homemade dishes to choose from such as bangers & mash and spaghetti bolognaise.


This rustic high country restaurant embodies comfort and class in both its décor and its menu, with our mouthwatering hotpot and our delicious homemade soup served with crusty bread made daily. Huber’s Hut is the perfect place to relax after a good day skiing or riding both inside in front of our warm fire or outside on our beautiful deck with a hot glass of mulled wine or a professionally made coffee or hot chocolate to die for.

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Skiable Area
365 Hectares (excludes Rakaia Saddle Chutes of 107 hectares)
1 high speed six seater, 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 Magic Carpet
Beginners 25%, Intermediates 50%, Advanced 25% (excludes Rakaia Saddle Chutes)
Season 2015
Friday 12th June, 2015, scheduled opening day.
Licensed Brasserie - Huber's Hut and the Sky High Cafe. Guest Services & Ticketing. Snowsports School. Rental - skis and snowboards, boots and poles, ski & snowboard repairs, ski & snowboard storage. Retail outlet - ski accessories and clothing. First aid and emergency services. Licensed creche and all day dedicated childrens programmes.
42 Hectares
Ski Shuttles
Daily service to/from Methven & Christchurch
Operating Hours
9:00am to 4:00pm
Longest Run
International - 2km

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