There are 7 ski areas within two hours drive from the ski resort town of Methven New Zealand as well as one of the best heliskiing areas in New Zealand in the Arrowsmith Range just behind Mt Hutt. There are 2 ski shops in Methven with plenty of options for hire gear and clothing as well as a good amount of retail therapy for after a day on the slopes.
Mt Hutt Ski Area
With one of the best mixes of mountain terrain in NZ, Mt Hutt is a must-do when visiting Methven and the Canterbury region. Views from one of the highest lift access points in the country are breathtaking. The award winning Snowsports School and excellent facilities for learner skiers make Mt Hutt a popular choice for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Children aged ten and under ski for free at Mt Hutt and a licensed Early Learning Centre and kids’ facilities for kids 3 months to 15 years are also available. Twenty five percent of Mt Hutt’s terrain is dedicated to beginners, while 50 percent is accessible to intermediate skiers and riders and a further 25 percent suitable for advanced levels. Forty-two hectares are serviced by sophisticated snowmaking machinery.
Mt Hutt Ski Area, open early June to mid October, is just over one hour’s drive from Christchurch and a 35-minute drive from Methven.
With thousands of kilometres of mountain and named runs to roam, there’s scope here for all standards of skiers & boarders! Methven Heliski’s office is located on Main Street on a few minutes walk from the Blue – easy to pop down and chat to them about your adventure of a lifetime.
Porters Ski Area
Porters is the closest ski area to Christchurch and its terrain varies from easily accessible beginner/intermediate slopes accessed via magic carpet & platter lifts, to a wealth of intermediate & advanced terrain, accessible by T-bar lifts. Laid-back, affordable and home to two of NZ’s legendary runs, Porters is just over an hours drive from Methven.
The Club Fields
Canterbury “Club Fields” are ski areas operated by small ski clubs for their members, however anyone is welcome. They aren’t intended for the weak hearted, some effort will be required – you won’t see any chairlifts here! The closest “clubbies” to Methven are Broken River, Craigieburn, Mt Cheeseman, Mt Olympus and Temple Basin.
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