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8 day Canterbury Ski Fields package

Spend an incredible 8 days travelling across Canterbury on this awesome ski adventure package. With a 3 day lift pass included and visits to the Mt Hutt and Roundhill ski fields, you'll have some amazing time on the snow! We've also included a visit to the Tekapo Springs Hot Pools so you can spend a day soaking in the beautiful waters as you get ready for more winter fun!

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, based on quad share)
  8 days / 7 nights arriving Christchurch, departing Christchurch
  Accommodation on this package is: Apartments (Customisable? YES )
  7 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
  This package can be customised to suit you precisely - - just request here

8 day Canterbury Ski Fields package - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

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

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

Day 3: Enjoy another day on the slopes of Mt Hutt
Accommodation: Whitestone Cottages

Day 4: Continue along the Inland Scenic Route to the alpine village of Lake Tekapo
Accommodation: Mantra Lake Tekapo

Day 5: Today you'll enjoy a very kiwi ski experience at Roundhill
Accommodation: Mantra Lake Tekapo

Day 6: Return to Christchurch today
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Day 7: Spend a day exploring Christchurch and its attractions
Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Day 8: Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home

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8 day Canterbury Ski Fields package - Detailed Itinerary  

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

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 Methven

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: Whitestone Cottages

Whitestone 2 bedroom cottages are set in park-like gardens. These luxurious cottages include a full kitchen, laundry and spacious living area with an open gas fire. This peaceful location is only 11 minutes’ walk to the centre of Methven and a 37 minute drive to Mt Hutt ski field.

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

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.

Your Accommodation: Whitestone Cottages

Whitestone 2 bedroom cottages are set in park-like gardens. These luxurious cottages include a full kitchen, laundry and spacious living area with an open gas fire. This peaceful location is only 11 minutes’ walk to the centre of Methven and a 37 minute drive to Mt Hutt ski field.

Day 3: Enjoy another day on the slopes of Mt Hutt

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.

Your Accommodation: Whitestone Cottages

Whitestone 2 bedroom cottages are set in park-like gardens. These luxurious cottages include a full kitchen, laundry and spacious living area with an open gas fire. This peaceful location is only 11 minutes’ walk to the centre of Methven and a 37 minute drive to Mt Hutt ski field.

Day 4: Continue along the Inland Scenic Route to the alpine village of Lake Tekapo

Methven to Lake Tekapo

Hugging the foothills of the Southern Alps and Peel Forest you arrive into the township of Geraldine, another ideal refreshment stop (local ice cream, cheeses, bakery etc) before you head into the Mackenzie country. Turning west you continue towards the high country and passing through places such as Beautiful Valley it's not hard to understand how the names originated. Ascending Burkes Pass and onto the high country plateau and the picturesque town of Lake Tekapo, the first of the large Southern Lakes. It's a great place to take a scenic flight, enjoy a guided horse trek, ski at the nearby family-owned ski fields, or just enjoy the magnificent views.

Tekapo Springs Hot Pools, Ice Skating & Snow Tubing Combo

The ultimate winter experience, ice skating, hot pools and the snow tubing park. Tekapo Springs offers three adjoining main Hot Pools for you to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself while looking out to the beautiful Two Thumb range and stunning Lake Tekapo. Pool temperatures range from forty degrees celsius to thirty-six degrees celsius and each pool offers something different - massage jets to assist in taking away any aches and pains and fountains to splash under.  Also included is ice skating at Tekapo Springs scenic outdoor skating rink. The outdoor rink is full sized and operates over winter. Skate hire is included and helmets are provided free of charge for those less experienced skaters. For an adrenalin pumping ride, you'll also get an hour of snow tubing.  Snow tubing involves you, a tube, and a 150 metre downhill snow slope. Put these together and you get great fun for all ages and a must do for any trip to Tekapo Springs. The magic carpet will take you from the bottom of the park to the top in no time to do it all again! (Snow tubing available mid June to mid September)

Your Accommodation: Mantra Lake Tekapo

Mantra Lake Tekapo offers 2 or 3 bedroom town-house style accommodation, perfect for groups and families taking a ski break at Roundhill. At the end of a full on ski day, you’ll also appreciate the hot tub for relaxing in and it’s just a 10 minute walk to the village centre.

Day 5: Today you'll enjoy a very kiwi ski experience at Roundhill

Roundhill Ski Field 1 Day Lift Pass

Ski or Snowboard in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breath-taking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. Learners and little ones can practice in the massive beginner’s area, which features a platter lift and 2 easy rope tows for a fun and gentle way to find your feet in the snow. The 2 T-Bars give access to loads of wide, perfectly groomed intermediate trails with lots of natural dips and curves making for fun and interesting skiing and riding. For the more adventurous, head up the world’s longest and steepest rope tow and see what Australasia’s biggest vertical drop (783m) is all about. Offering super long natural half pipes, chutes this is skiing and riding at its best.  You can hire all your ski and snowboard gear on the mountain and there’s a ski school to help get you onto the slopes.  When you’re starting to tire head to the café or refreshment hut to relax and refuel.

Your Accommodation: Mantra Lake Tekapo

Mantra Lake Tekapo offers 2 or 3 bedroom town-house style accommodation, perfect for groups and families taking a ski break at Roundhill. At the end of a full on ski day, you’ll also appreciate the hot tub for relaxing in and it’s just a 10 minute walk to the village centre.

Day 6: Return to Christchurch today

Head to Christchurch from Lake Tekapo

Leaving Lake Tekapo you head towards the historic village of Burkes Pass with restored cob cottages and the quaint St Patrick’s church.  Descending from Burkes Pass you enter rural South Canterbury countryside, passing through the townships of Fairlie and Geraldine.  Geraldine is a great spot for a refreshment break with many cafes.  From there you cross the Canterbury Plains, over a number of braided rivers including the impressive Rakaia, before reaching Christchurch.

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 7: Spend a day exploring Christchurch and its attractions

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.

Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour - 24 hour ticket (Two loops)

Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on-board this city tour bus. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views. Join friendly local guides as they take you on a journey of discovery through Christchurch. Listen to "live" entertaining and informative commentary and learn about the fascinating history, from pioneering days to modern times.

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.

Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday. See how this spectacular mountain was transformed into Edoras - the capital city of the Rohan people from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Marvel at its rugged unspoilt beauty and breathe in the clear mountain air, while you indulge in a gourmet champagne picnic.

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 8: 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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