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7 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday

Head to Mt Hutt this winter for an outstanding family ski holiday. Enjoy 7 days in New Zealand and stay in Methven for your ski adventure. 3 days skiing, 3 days of rental gear are included in your package, chat with us to add lessons or activities for the kids!

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,485 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

7 days/6 nights

Motels

 Rental car included

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

Day 2: Head to Mt Hutt for snow fun for the whole family. Accommodation: Methven Motels

Day 3: Use your 3 day pass for any 3 days during your holiday including rental equipment. Accommodation: Methven Motels

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

Day 5: Enjoy another day at Mt Hutt with the family. Accommodation: Methven Motels

Day 6: Return to Christchurch - arrive early to check out the Antarctica Centre. Accommodation: Quest Cathedral Junction

Day 7: Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 7 day tour starting in Christchurch

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

7 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - Day 1
Collect your Ski New Zealand rental car

Ski New Zealand 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

Heading out of Christchurch, you will drive through the town of Rakaia which sits on the southern side of the Rakaia River, and is 'the salmon capital of New Zealand'. The Rakaia bridge spans 1.8 kilometres of one of the world's best examples of a 'braided' river system. Next, it's onto Ashburton, which sits between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers. It is a large town that serves the local rural community. It has about six museums and some excellent craft galleries. Trout fishing is the local obsession, and the ski fields of Mt Hutt are an easy drive away. Point your car towards the Southern Alps and you'll be in Methven in about half an hour. The checkerboard fields of the Canterbury Plains provide soothing scenery all the way. The village of Methven is a mecca for those who love outdoor sports.

Your accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 85 kms / 53 miles : 1.1 hours

Day 2 - Head to Mt Hutt for snow fun for the whole family

7 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - Day 2
NZSki New Zealand Superpass: 3 Day Lift Pass

The New Zealand Superpass is the most flexible lift pass in New Zealand, giving you access to ski and ride Queenstown’s closest mountains – Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and Methven's Mt Hutt. Get more choice, more fun and more snow time with your New Zealand Superpass and make the most of your New Zealand holiday!
With 3 days of New Zealand Superpass fun, you'll be in heaven. You can decide on the day whether you're skiing Mt Hutt, The Remarkables or Coronet Peak or maybe you fancy a spot of evening skiing at Coronet Peak. If so visit the Guest Services Desk to swap one of your Superpass days for a Twilight Pass. With so much flexibility and freedom, you'll have an awesome time no matter the weather. And if you find that your legs aren't going to hold up to the 3rd day of skiing, no worries you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards thrilling off-mountain activities, great shopping and some of the best bars and restaurants in Queenstown and Methven.
Want to ski a little longer, don't own your own gear or snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding additional days, rentals, or lessons.

NZSki: 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.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

Day 3 - Use your 3 day pass for any 3 days during your holiday including rental equipment

7 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.

NZSki: 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.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

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

7 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...

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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.

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Your accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

Day 5 - Enjoy another day at Mt Hutt with the family

7 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - Day 5
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.

NZSki: 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.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

Day 6 - Return to Christchurch - arrive early to check out the Antarctica Centre

7 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - Day 6
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 Chr...

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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.

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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 marv...

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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.

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Your accommodation: Quest Cathedral Junction

Quest Cathedral Junction serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Christchurch accommodation experience. Quest Cathedral Junction is located within the Christchurch CBD, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 92 kms / 57 miles : 1.1 hours

Day 7 - Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home

7 day Mt Hutt Family Ski Holiday - Day 7
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.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 7 kms / 5 miles : 0.2 hours

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