• Mt Hutt Ski Area - Methven Mt Hutt Guide NZ

Mt Hutt Ski Area

Key Features

  • Home of the South Island’s highest chair lift and largest lift accessible terrain.
  • Ongoing facility, road and trail development in recent years has added new trails, seen the completion of a comprehensive road edge barrier programme and increased snowmaking capacity.
  • Exceptional snow record – total snowfall and snow quality for one of the longest snow seasons in NZ.
  • Comprehensive base lodge that offers a choice of restaurants and bars, a retail shop, snow sports school and licensed crèche.
  • Breathtaking views along the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean.
  • FREE day lift passes for children aged ten years & under, and a supporting Kids4Free campaign with selected Methven business including accommodation, transport, meals & activities.
  • 35 minute drive from Methven village; 90 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport.
  • Planned Opening Date

    Friday 08 June 2018

  • Planned Closing Date

    Sunday 14 October 2018

  • Operating Hours

    9:00am – 4:00pm

  • Base Elevation


  • Top Elevation


  • Vertical Drop


  • Longest Run


  • Snow Making

    27 ha

  • 6 Seat Chairlift

    x1 – Summit Six (High Speed)

  • 3 Seat Chairlift

    x1 – Towers Triple Chair

  • 4 Seat Chairlift

    x1 – Quad Chair

  • Magic Carpet

    x2 (One enclosed)

  • Terrain Park

    x4 Freestyle Parks






Advanced Intermediate






2018 Pricing

  • Day Lift Pass
    $53 – $104
  • Afternoon Lift Pass
    $41 – $79
  • Beginner Lift Pass
    $30 – $53
  • Children 10 years and under are FREE
  • Other combo packages including Lessons & Rental Equipment are available
  • Fantastic deals available on Season Passes
  • Beat the crowds and get freshly groomed snow with the First Tracks lift pass, available between 8am and 9am on Saturdays and Sundays from 1st July.


  • Equipment Hire
  • Comprehensive Ski School
  • Licensed Brasserie (Huber’s Hut) and Sky High Cafe
  • Chain Hire
  • Retail Outlet
  • Licensed creche and all day dedicated children’s programmes available
  • First aid & emergency services
  • No accommodation on site, view accommodation near Mt Hutt
  • Ski shuttles operate daily from Methven & Christchurch. Chain hire & fitting service available on the access road for most 2 or 4 wheel drive vehicles.

Contact Details

More information on Mt Hutt Ski Area

Officially New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort for the third year in a row at the World Ski Awards (2015, ’16 and ’17), Mt Hutt is Canterbury’s big friendly mountain with the best natural snow around, one of the longest vertical drops in the South Island and awesome Kiwi hospitality. You can just sense the local pride.

When we say big, that is what we mean. The skiable area of 365 hectares offers wide groomed slopes, all-lift access for all abilities, top to bottom terrain parks with world class jumps, and some of the best off-piste skiing around.

Aside from the terrain and friendly vibe, another feature that makes Mt Hutt popular is its height. At an altitude of 2086m this is the South Island’s highest chair lift. Check out the spectacular views the Pacific Ocean in one direction and into the heart of the Southern Alps in the other, before hitting a leg-burning run.

With an annual four-meter snow fall, Mt Hutt also typically results in one of the longest snow seasons in New Zealand with legendary powder days.

As a member of NZSki you will also get great discounts at sister ski fields Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown. The 3 Peak Season pass including all three mountains is a great way to ski/board the South Island, including night skiing at Coronet Peak.

Free wifi access is available to all guests on the mountain.

The world’s top racers and riders also choose to come to Mt Hutt, spending time at the international race arena.

The Kids4Free Deal is a huge attraction. Children 10 and under get a lift pass free of charge every day of the season at Mt Hutt.

For the very young ones from 3 months to 5 years, Mt Hutt has an early childhood centre called Skiwiland with experienced early childhood carers. Within the centre is a ski school program for toddlers and up with professional children’s instructors, dedicated beginner/novice terrain and easy-to-use surface conveyor lifts.

After Skiwiland, Kea Club is the best way to get your 5-17 year olds confident on the snow. The club takes all abilities and offers a full day program with two 2.5 hour lessons, lunch and professional instruction in a group with similar ability skiers and boarders (over 10 years old).

The Mt Hutt Ski Bus from Methven Travel is the official transport supplier, offering daily return bus trips from Methven (various points) – 30 minutes – as well as Christchurch – 90 minutes from Christchurch International Airport along one of New Zealand’s most picturesque roads.

Take a moment to relax and enjoy a wide range of self-serve food and beverages from the Sky High Cafe or Hutt Base Coffee Bar on the base lodge sun deck. Otherwise, head up to Huber’s Hut alpine restaurant to enjoy a delicious à la carte lunch with a glass of carefully selected NZ wines.

An easy and convenient rental service is available on-mountain which includes some of the latest skis, poles, snowboards, boots, clothing and helmets. For intermediate and expert riders a range of performance skis and snowboards are available – our rental experts help guests choose the best equipment for conditions

Lift tickets and season passes make access to Mt Hutt’s ski lifts quick and easy for skiers and riders – the mypass on-mountain ticketing system enables customers to track the amount of vertical metres clocked up over the season, plus stores other important profile information. It also enables people to pre-purchase ski and snowboard lessons, equipment and food and drinks on the mountain.