Christchurch, Snow Holidays

  • Mt Hutt Ski Area

    This is New Zealand’s best ski resort! Voted three times in a row at the World Ski Awards, Canterbury’s big mountain is loved for its hospitality, high altitude, legendary runs, an... read more

  • Mt Dobson - South Island

    Mt Dobson has been providing skiing and snowboarding pleasure to thousands of people for many years. With regular snowfalls on its peaks and across the wide open slopes, Mt Dobson offers a fun skiing and snowboarding experience for everyone. From the well-groomed slopes for the beginners & intermediates, through to the soft and smooth powder that will test the best. Mt Dobson offers a challenge for all levels of skiers and boarders. Largest, sunniest beginner/intermediate slope in New Zealand, natural snow, sunny, 3km wide basin with 14 runs, school programmes and beginners packages.

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  • Fox Peak - South Island

    Fox Peak offers a variety of terrain, with 4 rope tows and a platter lift.  Skid Row – is 75m in length with a vertical rise of 10m, making it safe for children, sunny and close to the car park. There is a huge range of awesome trails for all levels and abilities. Hundreds of acres of natural snow combined with unbelievable silence, stunning views and plenty of space. Accommodation available at the ski field. Children 10 years and under ski free.

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    • Web: www.foxpeak.co.nz
    • Phone: 03 686 0044
    • Location: Fox Peak, nr Fairlie, off the Christchurch – Queenstown Hgway, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Rainbow - South Island

    Rainbow Ski Area captures regular winter snow, which is enhanced by its snowmaking and grooming throughout the night so you can have the best day's skiing and boarding. The wide uncrowded slopes and well groomed trails provide superb terrain for beginners and intermediates while advanced skiers can challenge themselves in the high powder runs and chutes. There is 1 Main T-Bar, 1 Intermediate Platter, 1 Learners tow, 1 Terrain Park tow, 1 West Bowl access tow. Overlooking Nelson Lakes National Park with its extensive beech forest and beautiful Lake Rotoiti, the views from the top of the T-bar are spectacular. Group or private lessons available for those ages 7 upwards.

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  • Hanmer Springs - South Island

    Just over 2 hours from Christchurch, surrounded by mountains, it could be another world away. Hanmer Springs Ski Area is situated on Mt. St. Patrick and is an easy 40 minutes drive from the alpine thermal holiday resort of Hanmer Springs. In a good season with lots of snow there is some fabulous skiing. The ski runs cater for all stages of skiers, but especially anyone of intermediate grade who'll literally discover a mountain of fun! While all the main runs are groomed there's still plenty of virgin snow left for the experts and the more adventurous to enjoy. Lodge accommodation available at the ski field.

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  • Temple Basin - South Island

    Temple Basin offers a great variety of terrain spread over four separate basins. There are gentle slopes for complete beginners, adrenalin-pumping challenges for the expert, and everything in between. Floodlit slopes make night skiing a pleasure and if you haven’t tried it, go! Skiing at night is a unique and surreal experience! Lodge accommodation at the ski field.
    NOTE: The Temple Basin field is foot access only!  The car park is beside State Highway 73, 4kms west of the Arthur's Pass Village. From it a well defined walking track takes you up to the Lodges and the Field. The walk takes 45 minutes in good conditions. A free baggage lift carries your gear up for you.

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  • Broken River - South Island

    The terrain is a series of rolling bowls with awesome runs to challenge all levels of snowboarders and skiers, beginner to expert. The surrounding basins provide superb untracked 'back country' terrain for the more adventurous. Broken River is administered by the Broken River Ski Club. It offers an alternative to skiers and snowboarders who are looking to experience back to basics fun in the snow. There are 2 learner tows and 3 high-speed tows. Everyone is welcome at Broken River, although some previous experience in the snow is an advantage. Accommodation available at the ski field. NOTE: The Broken River field is accessed by a 4 minute Tramway that carries you and your gear to the ticket office, or, you can also choose to walk-in (20-30 minutes) through gorgeous beech forest and have only your gear sent on the service lift.

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  • Ohau - South Island

    Just 17km off the main highway between Christchurch and the Southern Lakes, this is a family-owned, very friendly field with consistent snow. You can arrange accommodation at the Ohau Lodge at the bottom of the access road (bookings advised) or in nearby Twizel or Omarama. There are two learners areas, intermediate runs, plus fantastic powder skiing for those prepared for a little hiking! FOR THE KIDS check out the - Mountain Goats beginners program. Children 5 years and under ski free.

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  • Craigieburn - South Island

    Known as “New Zealand’s largest off piste ski area”, this is not a beginners’ field. Suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers only. Steep narrow chutes, wide open powder bowls, un-crowded runs or just a place to take it easy in the awesome vista of the Craigieburn Range. Craigieburn Valley has all this and more for intermediate to advanced off-piste enthusiasts. Lodge accommodation with bar at the ski field.

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  • Mt Olympus - South Island

    Mt Olympus is a unique alpine experience. Providing unrivaled skiing and boarding, irrepressible club spirit and spectacular NZ scenery.  Come and enjoy our friendly and affordable ski area for a day, weekend or week!  There is a beginners tow rope and three other high-capacity rope tows that allow a great choice of terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers and with a little walking from the Top Tow, it opens up even more terrain in this wide open bowl. Accommodation available at the ski field. Family ski passes.

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  • Porter Heights - South Island

    Christchurch's closest ski area at just 89km away, with a short, easy access road make this a favourite. Whatever your ability, you’ll feel right at home at Porters. We’ve got gentle runs and easy lifts for beginners and kids, long cruising runs for the intermediates, and super challenging terrain for advanced skiers and riders. The Porters Community Park also offers a challenge for the more adventurous, and a great platform to progress your freestyle skills.  There is a Beginners Carpet lift, an Intermediate Platter lift, a 4 Seater Chair lift and 3 T-bar lifts.  FOR THE KIDS - Kids Programmes - for all ages - Special programmes include Holiday Snow Fun, Sunday Specials and Junior Ski School.

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  • Roundhill - South Island

    Roundhill Ski Area is situated in the heart of the Mackenzie Country and provides the perfect setting for a relaxing day skiing or snowboarding on our gentle, undulating hill. There is a great beginners area where learners and little ones can enjoy our platter lift and 2 beginners rope tows; whilst our 2 T-Bars give access to loads of wide, perfectly groomed intermediate trails with lots of natural dips and curves making for fun and interesting skiing and riding. Roundhill is perfect for families, there is also parking right on the slope - so no need to haul all that gear!  You can watch the little ones fly past from the comfort of your deck chair! Whether on our access road, the learner platter, or the T-bar, you and your children are on the safest ski area in the country! Children 5 & under ski free.

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Map of New Zealand
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  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.