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Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt ski area is great for kids!

Mt Hutt - your family ski resort

Mt Hutt family ski area Canterbury

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, and kids4free deal where kids aged 10 and under get a free day pass. This makes Mt Hutt the ultimate family holiday!

For the more experienced, there are dedicated terrain parks with the highest chairlift in the South Island servicing challenging terrain and plenty of off-piste to cut fresh lines across the 365 ha field. State of the art snowmaking facilities across all main trails also ensure one of the longest seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.

Located an hour and a half from Christchurch airport, and just 30 minutes from the pretty alpine town of Methven, come and experience award-winning service, smiles and big mountain adventure.

Kids aged 10 years and under receive FREE day lift passes.

Other family stuff

The Methven Kids 4 Free deal means that every child 10 years and under receives free accommodation and meals in Methven, when accompanied by a paying adult, plus free lift passes every day at Mt Hutt.

Child-friendly terrain

New Zealand's first enclosed, beginners surface lift services the gentle and wide beginners area, leading to further beginners space with another surface lift, ensuring your children have plenty of space to practice.

Mt Hutt now offers a new family fun zone; Hood’s Hollow. Which offers fun, beginner terrain which is accessible from their lower chairlift, The Exhibition Quad Chair. It includes fun weaving runs, banked turns and even a tunnel! Aimed at helping upskill beginners transitioning to intermediate terrain, it’s also great fun for kids!

Mt Hutt offers great value skiing and snowboarding packages for all ages, including ski or snowboard hire, lift pass and a group lessons. All the easy beginner trails are located above the base area.

Keep an eye out for their mountain mascots, Spike and Shred, often seen playing in the snow and showing kids (and grown-ups) how to have fun times on the slopes!
Read more on family facilities here >>


Skiwiland Early Learning Centre caters for children aged from three months to five years of age. Skiwiland is a registered Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education and offers three age distinct childcare programmes. Outdoor activities are provided for those kids aged two and above and include playtime in the snow with our fully qualified staff.
Read more on childcare here >>


Book the Mt Hutt Ski Bus with Methven Travel, who offer transport from both the nearby town of Methven and Christchurch.

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Our favourite destinations…

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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 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.


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.


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 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!


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.