Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield
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Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield

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 Ski including Car Hire

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,979 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 and Apartments

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

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

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

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

Day 6: Return to Christchurch - arrive early to check out the International Antarctic Centre. Accommodation: Quest on Cambridge

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

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Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - 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 like ski racks, and snow chains 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 and Apartments

Contemporary architectural design melded with immaculate presentation, tasteful decor and breathtaking views of Mount Hutt and surrounding peaks makes Methven Motels and Apartments the place to stay in Methven.

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

Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - Day 2
3 Day Lift Superpass with NZ Ski

This Superpass gives you 3 days of full access to Mt Hutt's lifts as well as great discounts. Head into the Snow Centre in Methven or guest services up on the mountain to obtain your MyPass card, ensure you have confirmation and identification with you. MyPass card will have your 3-day Superpass loaded onto it and on top of that, you can use your MyPass card as an on-mountain debit card to purchase anything on the mountain by adding MyPass Money to it. Since we are a cashless mountain, it’s perfect for giving the kids something to buy their lunch with! Your personal MyPass account also shows your daily skiing and snowboarding statistics, purchased products, and other account details. Register your MyPass account online so you can measure your vertical meters against your mates!
Now you are ready to hit the slopes and explore all that Mt Hut has to offer.
And remember if the weather doesn't play ball on one of your days you can always exchange one of your Superpass days for an exciting off-mountain activity or towards a feast at your favourite Methven restaurant or cafe.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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 clothin...

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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.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Clothing Rental with NZ Ski

Everything you need for the Mt Hutt ski field is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clo...

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Everything you need for the Mt Hutt ski field 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.
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.

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Your accommodation: Methven Motels and Apartments

Contemporary architectural design melded with immaculate presentation, tasteful decor and breathtaking views of Mount Hutt and surrounding peaks makes Methven Motels and Apartments the place to stay in Methven.
Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - Day 3
Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt has been voted New Zealand’s best ski resort for seven years running at the World Ski Awards. A true alpine experience, with wide-open terrain, leg-burning runs, monster snowfalls, and spectacular views. You’ve not skied in New Zealand until you’ve skied Hutt!
Mt Hutt is your go-to for epic freestyle skiing and snowboarding with four terrain park zones featuring jumps and features for all abilities and with the Summit chairlift is an easy way to access great backcountry riding and skiing. 
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 is a range of trails for everyone to conquer. Food and beverages are available at Sixteen10 Espresso Bar, Ski High Cafe, and Opuke Kai which offers mulled wine and an a la carte experience on the mountain, 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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 clothin...

Read more

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.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Clothing Rental with NZ Ski

Everything you need for the Mt Hutt ski field is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clo...

Read more

Everything you need for the Mt Hutt ski field 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.
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.

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Your accommodation: Methven Motels and Apartments

Contemporary architectural design melded with immaculate presentation, tasteful decor and breathtaking views of Mount Hutt and surrounding peaks makes Methven Motels and Apartments the place to stay in Methven.
Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - 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 pools, 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 - Walking tracks in and around Mt Somers

There are a number of walking trails around Mt Somers. Below are some of the easier walking tracks including information provided by the Department of...

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There are a number of walking trails around Mt Somers. Below are some of the easier walking tracks including information provided by the Department of Conservation.  You can find more information on longer hikes on the website and in the brochure of hiking in the area.

Nature Trail - Time: 45 min one way; Distance: 1km one way
Cross the bridge over Woolshed Creek before continuing up the true left of the creek. The river is then forded (take care fording the river, if in doubt, return the way you came) before climbing out through the dross (old coal dust) screened from coal at the bottom of the jig before returning to Woolshed Creek car park.

Sidewinder Track - Time: 45 min one way; Distance 1km one way
This steep hill track begins with a short walk through a small pocket of silver beech/tawhai that escaped fires that swept through the Ashburton Gorge. The track then steepens and climbs up to and through the tailings of the old Blackburn Mine where it links with Miners Track to provide either a return trip back to the Woolshed Creek car park or a chance to continue on to Woolshed Creek Hut.

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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 and Apartments

Contemporary architectural design melded with immaculate presentation, tasteful decor and breathtaking views of Mount Hutt and surrounding peaks makes Methven Motels and Apartments the place to stay in Methven.
Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - Day 5
Last Day Mt Hutt Ski Field

It's now or never.... ensure you tick off all the runs you want to get in today and why not soak in the views and your body at the same time in New Zealand's highest altitude spa pool at the top of the summit six chair.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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 clothin...

Read more

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.

Hide
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Clothing Rental with NZ Ski

Everything you need for the Mt Hutt ski field is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clo...

Read more

Everything you need for the Mt Hutt ski field 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.
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.

Hide

Your accommodation: Methven Motels and Apartments

Contemporary architectural design melded with immaculate presentation, tasteful decor and breathtaking views of Mount Hutt and surrounding peaks makes Methven Motels and Apartments the place to stay in Methven.
Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - 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&rsqu...

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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 on Cambridge

Quest on Cambridge serviced apartment-style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Christchurch accommodation experience. Each room has an open-plan living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and natural light. Quest on Cambridge is a short walk from the south shopping center and only a short walk to the Botanic Gardens.

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

Family Fun at Mt Hutt Skifield - 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Orana Wildlife Park - General Admission

The Park is home to New Zealand's only gorillas ... and the country's only orangutans too! Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes’ drive of Chris...

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The Park is home to New Zealand's only gorillas ... and the country's only orangutans too!

Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes’ drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park provides the ultimate animal adventure. Imagine hand feeding a majestic giraffe; eye balling the magnificent white rhino; meeting New Zealand's national icon, the kiwi or travelling through the Lion Reserve!

Orana is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species. When you visit, you are supporting the conservation work.

There is something to entertain people of all ages, for the entire day, at Orana Wildlife Park!

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Christchurch Combo - Tram and Gondola

Experience two of Christchurch's iconic attractions in one day: the Christchurch Tram and Christchurch Gondola. The historic tram is a delightful way ...

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Experience two of Christchurch's iconic attractions in one day: the Christchurch Tram and Christchurch Gondola. The historic tram is a delightful way to explore the evolving inner city, taking in the various sights with the hop-on hop-off pass and learning about the city from the live commentary. You'll also enjoy a bird's eye view of Christchurch and the Canterbury region including the distant peaks of the Southern Alps when you ride the gondola cableway to the top of the Port Hills in Heathcote Valley.

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

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