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6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday

Mt Hutt is a fantastic destination for family's looking for an exciting ski experience, and after 2 full days on the slopes you'll soon discover why! With ski or snowboard equipment hire included plus 2 full days of Kea Club for the kids, this package has it all. Bring the family to magical Mt Hutt this winter for an unforgettable family ski holiday.

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, based on quad share)
  6 days / 5 nights arriving Christchurch, departing Christchurch
  Accommodation on this package is: Luxury apartments (Customisable? YES )
  2 full days Skiing at Mt Hutt ski resort
  5 days rental car, inc. insurance, unlimited kms, snow chains and ski racks
  Ski pack: includes everything you need to have a great winter holiday - see here

6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch, collect your car then head to Methven
Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Day 2: Head to Mt Hutt for snow fun and keep the kids entertained at Kea Club
Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Day 3: Your 2 day pass can be used any 2 days of your holiday including rental equipment
Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Day 4: If your legs a getting tired why not explore some of the regions other attractions
Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Day 5: Return to Christchurch - arrive early to check out the Antarctica Centre
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Day 6: Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home

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6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch, collect your car then head to Methven

6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - day 1

Your itinerary, lift passes, car and accommodation bookings

As well as getting everything you need to have a great trip sent to you electronically (yes we are really clever like that!), a super dooper tour pack containing everything you need will be waiting for you at your accommodation. In short - we take care of the paperwork!

Collect your Ski New Zealand rental car

Ski New Zealand rental cars are all specially equipped with ski racks and chains (for grip in the snow - not evening entertainment!). We have a superb range of cars from all the top companies and with a range of insurance options and inclusions that will suit you perfectly.

Christchurch to Windwhistle

Follow the inland scenic route through the tiny villages of Glentunnel, Glenroy and Windwhistle towards the Rakaia Gorge taking time to stop and enjoy the spectacular views on this route.

Your Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Terrace Downs is the perfect base for skiing Mt Hutt, with villa suites and chalets catering for couples and groups alike. Either self-cater in your fully equipped kitchen or enjoy breakfast or lunch at the onsite café. You’re just a 50 minute drive to Mt Hutt or 30 minutes to Methven.

Day 2: Head to Mt Hutt for snow fun and keep the kids entertained at Kea Club

6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - day 2

Mt Hutt Ski Field 2 Day Lift Pass

Mt Hutt is the most popular ski field in the Canterbury region, and a favourite with Christchurch locals. We recommend you stay near the village of Methven which is just a short 40 minute drive to the ski field or take one of the regular shuttles. There is 365 hectares of skiable terrain for you to enjoy, with the longest run a rewarding 2km. Mt Hutt ski field is a mixture of 25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced, so there are trails suitable for everyone. Food and beverages are available at Huber's Hut and Ski High Cafe where you can recharge your batteries for your next run. For visitors to New Zealand it's easy to hire all the gear you need on the mountain, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm. For the little ones there is a licensed child's creche for 3 months to 5yrs and snow sports school for both kids and adults who are finding their snow legs.

Equipment Rental

Everything you need for Mt Hutt Skifield is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot.

Mt Hutt Full Day Kids Kea Club

The Kea Club ski and snowboard programme is specifically designed for kids, encouraging maximum participation, safety and fun. It's an excellent way for your children to make new friends, improve their skills and have a great day on the hill. Advanced bookings are unavailable, but as spaces fill up quickly we recommend you arrive early to ensure participation.  Full Day Kea Club includes all-day lift access, 2 x 2 hour 30 minute lessons, lunch and rental equipment is also included in this package. Lesson begins at 10.00am and the pick up time at the end of the day is 4.00pm

Your Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Terrace Downs is the perfect base for skiing Mt Hutt, with villa suites and chalets catering for couples and groups alike. Either self-cater in your fully equipped kitchen or enjoy breakfast or lunch at the onsite café. You’re just a 50 minute drive to Mt Hutt or 30 minutes to Methven.

Day 3: Your 2 day pass can be used any 2 days of your holiday including rental equipment

6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - day 3

Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt is the most popular ski field in the Canterbury region, and a firm favourite with Christchurch locals. We recommend you stay near the village of Methven which is just a short 40 minute drive to the ski field or take one of the regular shuttles from the village. Mt Hutt offers 365 hectares of skiable terrain for you to explore, with the longest run a lengthy 2km. With its mixture of 25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced terrain there are a range of trails for everyone to conquer. Food and beverages are available at Huber's Hut and Ski High Cafe where you can recharge your batteries for your next run. For visitors to the South Island it's easy to hire all the gear you need on the mountain, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm. For the littlies there is a licensed child's creche for 3 months to 5yrs and a snow sports school for both kids and adults who are finding their snow legs.

Equipment Rental

Everything you need for Mt Hutt Skifield is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot.

Mt Hutt Full Day Kids Kea Club

The Kea Club ski and snowboard programme is specifically designed for kids, encouraging maximum participation, safety and fun. It's an excellent way for your children to make new friends, improve their skills and have a great day on the hill. Advanced bookings are unavailable, but as spaces fill up quickly we recommend you arrive early to ensure participation.  Full Day Kea Club includes all-day lift access, 2 x 2 hour 30 minute lessons, lunch and rental equipment is also included in this package. Lesson begins at 10.00am and the pick up time at the end of the day is 4.00pm

Your Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Terrace Downs is the perfect base for skiing Mt Hutt, with villa suites and chalets catering for couples and groups alike. Either self-cater in your fully equipped kitchen or enjoy breakfast or lunch at the onsite café. You’re just a 50 minute drive to Mt Hutt or 30 minutes to Methven.

Day 4: If your legs a getting tired why not explore some of the regions other attractions

6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - day 4

Explore Methven

Methven, situated on the Inland Scenic Route 72, is both a summer and winter adventure wonderland.  In winter the small rural village is bustling with people intent on spending as much time on the slopes of Mt Hutt ski field.  When the snow melts, other activities take prominence, including walking, hot air-ballooning or jet boating.  Methven provides a good range of eating establishments and is a friendly town to spend some time in during your travels.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hot Air Balloon Ride

Escape to a world of peace and tranquillity. Hot Air Ballooning is a magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as floating effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.
Before leaving the ground, the pilot will give you a briefing. During your flight you will experience spectacular views and have fantastic photo opportunities. Chilled champagne, orange juice and a light snack then be served. Hot air ballooning is a hands-on experience and you will be encouraged to assist with the setup and pack away of the balloon itself.

Your Accommodation: Terrace Downs Resort

Terrace Downs is the perfect base for skiing Mt Hutt, with villa suites and chalets catering for couples and groups alike. Either self-cater in your fully equipped kitchen or enjoy breakfast or lunch at the onsite café. You’re just a 50 minute drive to Mt Hutt or 30 minutes to Methven.

Day 5: Return to Christchurch - arrive early to check out the Antarctica Centre

6 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - day 5

Methven to Christchurch

Follow the inland scenic route across the Rakaia Gorge taking time to stop and enjoy the spectacular views of the river. The tiny villages of Windwhistle, Glenroy and Glentunnel guide you towards Darfield, a larger agricultural service centre and then onto the city of Christchurch.

Explore the evolving city of Christchurch

If you’ve got some free time in Christchurch there are plenty of ways to keep yourself and the family entertained.  Located next to the airport is the fun and interactive International Antarctic Centre, you could easily wile away a full day here watching the penguins, riding the Hagglund and experiencing life as a fearless explorer.  The Christchurch Gondola on a fine day offers fantastic views of the region stretching all the way to the Southern Alps.  For an introduction to the city centre including the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes and the subsequent rebuild, there are a number of city tours to choose from: the Christchurch Bike Tour for those wanting an active tour; the red double-decker bus city tour or for a touch of history ride the Christchurch Tram.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Experience Antarctica at the International Antarctic Centre

Think you’ve experience extreme cold and snow on the slopes? Think again, nothing compares to the ‘Great White South’ of Antarctica.  At Christchurch’s International Antarctic Centre, conveniently located next to the airport, you’ll discover the wildlife and wild weather of this unforgiving continent.  Also learn of the great adventurers that risked life and limb to explore this extreme environment.  With general admission you’ll have access to all the attractions including the penguin encounter, unlimited hagglund rides and unlimited 4D extreme shows.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Enjoy 360 degree views from the Christchurch Gondola

Just a short drive from the centre of Christchurch you’ll find the perfect introduction to the region at the Chrischurch Gondola.  You’ll marvel at the views which on clear days reach all the way to the Southern Alps, home to Mt Hutt Ski Field.  On reaching the summit of Mt Cavendish take a walk, experience the Time Tunnel Ride or relax at the Red Rock Café soaking up the views.

Your Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Peppers Clearwater Resort has everything you’ll need for your visit to Christchurch. Luxurious hotel rooms and self-catering suites as well as an onsite restaurant and it’s a convenient 10 minute drive from Christchurch Airport.

Day 6: Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home

Your last day in New Zealand before heading to Christchurch airport and catching your flight home

Today you’ll head to Christchurch airport and catch your flight home.  If you’re on a late flight take the morning to explore some of Christchurch’s family friendly activities, including the gondola or right next to the airport the International Antarctic Centre is an interactive and fun experience.

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