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Discover Mt Hutt – Summer Open Day

Discover Mt Hutt is an opportunity to explore Mt Hutt during summer. The community fundraising event offers spectacular alpine scenery for walkers and challenging trails for mountain bikers.


Discover Mt Hutt is a community fundraiser with members of the Methven Lions ClubMt Hutt Ski Area staff, and the bus drivers of Methven Travel all giving their time to welcome visitors to the mountain. All proceeds are distributed to local community groups and causes by the Methven Lions Charitable Trust.

Mt Hutt’s massive six-seater chairlift will carry families, walkers, bikes and bikers to the summit where, weather permitting, they will be able to enjoy unrivaled views of the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Visitors will be able to descend on the chairlift or walk or bike down from the summit. Live music, market stalls, bar & cafe & BBQ, scenic helicopter rides, ski area inner-workings tour, and a super slip & slide will also entertain visitors.


2018 Event Information


    Bike: $30.00 per person

    Walk: $20.00 per person

    Children: Free (10 yrs or under)

    Admission price includes free travel on the chairlift all day.

    Eftpos will be available.

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    Road open from 9:00am.

    Lift running 10:00am – 4:00pm.


    A range of activities and entertainment will take place at Mt Hutt for the open day. Details confirmed to date include:

    • Chairlift – Mt Hutt’s massive six-seater chairlift will carry families, walkers, bikes and bikers to the summit. Visitors will be able to descend on the chairlift or walk or bike down from the summit.
    • Slip & Slide – A massive slip & slide will be set up in the learners area, brings togs!.
    • Helicopter Flights – Mt Hutt Helicopters will be operating scenic flights. $79 per person for a 10 minute scenic flight (load of 4 pax per flight) and they will be donating $10 per person back to the event.
    • Music – A live band will be performing on the deck.
    • Market Stalls
    • Bar & Cafe
    • BBQ – Visitors will be able to enjoy great barbeque food cooked by the Methven Lions.
    • Ski Area Inner-workings tour.

    The access road will be open to all vehicles from 9:00am.

    Methven Travel will be running a bus service from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre from 9:30am onwards. The cost is $20 per person. Bookings are essential, phone 0800 684 888.


    We recommend visitors wear sturdy footwear and we will be providing water stations on the day.

    As the terrain is steep and erosion likely, riders must descend the summit on the four wheel drive tracks.

    Cafe seating will be open for those wanting to watch proceedings and visitors will be able to enjoy great BBQ food cooked by the Methven Lions.


    If the weather is unsuitable, the alternative weather day will be Sunday 4th March.

    Information will be available on the Mt Hutt snow phone (03 308 5074) and on Mt Hutt’s website & facebook page.


    Deidra O’Shea
    Mt Hutt Ski Area

    Phone: 03 302 9310
    Mobile: 027 315 6420

2017 Event Video & Photos

Over 1,200 sightseers, walkers and mountain bikers enjoyed a warm and sunny day at the 2017 Discover Mt Hutt Open day, helping to raise more than $16,500 from gate admissions and food and beverage sales. A significant portion of the takings was donated to the Māia Health Foundation that is raising funds for a future-proofed rooftop helipad for Christchurch Hospital – saving the average transfer time for the patient of around 13 minutes. Approximately $5,000 was used for local community initiatives led by Lions.

Visitors made the most of the spinning six-seater chairlift, a slip n slide for the kids, Big Al’s bike hire & repair tent, live music by local band Little Big Man Duo and great BBQ food cooked by the Methven Lions. A number of people took a heli tour of the area to enjoy the spectacular views across the Canterbury plains from higher up, and the unveiling of the observation cairn at Mt Hutt’s summit also took place during the event.

Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said the day was a great success. “As well as wanting to support Maia Foundation’s fundraiser, it was our way of saying a big thank you to all those people who voted for us in the World Ski Awards. Thanks to them recognising our great customer service and experience, we won the 2016 best New Zealand ski resort award, for the second year running.”

An invitation to the Christchurch Adventure Park community was well received with a fair number of bike park season pass holders arriving to shred down the screes and take up our offer of a free coffee or hot chips. “Bikers generally favoured the popular blue and green trails  but the more adventurous downhillers were spotted in some pretty extreme terrain – including the Bluffs and Top Towers,” said James. “Surprisingly, there was only a grazed knee and plenty of punctures of course!”


Highlights of the 2017 event taken by AshburtonTV

Special thanks to our event sponsors

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