NZ Winter Holiday - Ski South Island Itinerary
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Check in to one of our Methven accommodation suppliers. Accommodation choices are plentiful in Methven, with over 2000 beds available. But, it is advisable to book ahead during peak periods.
Ski Mt Hutt for a few days and then return to Christchurch, drop off your rental and fly home.
You can complete this itinerary anywhere from 3 days to as many days as you like.
Tourist Activities around Methven
The Mount Hutt Ski Area is Methven’s closest skifield and one of the largest and most-established in the area.
Mt Hutt Ski Area Opening Dates for 2012 is from 9th June to 7th October.
The region’s other ski areas include Porters and Mt Cheeseman - which are relatively easy and family-friendly - and Temple Basin, Broken River, Craigieburn, and Mount Olympus – which are relatively raw and may contain off-piste areas, steep runs and deep snow.
There are many other outdoor pursuits possible in and around Methven. The Rakaia River provides good trout fishing and trails for walking or mountain biking, and is also popular for rafting and jet-boat tours, as with other rivers in the wider region, including the Selwyn, Ashburton and Rangitata Rivers. Horse trekking is popular in some of these areas.
Popular trails include the Methven Walkway, Awa Awa Rata Reserve (at the base of Mt Hutt), Rakaia Gorge Walkway, and longer walks in the Mount Somers area, a short drive south-west of Methven
Information on Skiing Mt Hutt
Regarded as New Zealand's high country ski area, Mt Hutt has a true Kiwi atmosphere and hospitality to match.
At 2086m Mt Hutt has one of the largest vertical drops in the South Island and the greatest variety of terrain ranging from long, super-wide groomed runs to double black diamond chutes. And the views from the summit are breathtaking.
Offering one of the longest snow seasons in New Zealand, Mt Hutt has a well developed trail network suited to all snow lovers from the total beginner through to the world's top pro racers and riders. It is also famous for offpiste chutes and powder bowls for expert skiers and riders.
Facilities and service are world-class with modern, high speed chairlifts, a 10,000sqm terrain park and beginner/novice mini park as well as a warm, comfortable base building with expansive sun deck.
An ongoing investment programme this year delivers more snow and improved trails for even better skiing and riding conditions through three new state-of-the-art snow groomers and new snow making compressors.
A new cutting edge ski rental system designed by Head will deliver brand new skis and reduce the amount of time taken during the fitting process allowing skiers maximum time on the slopes.new zealand driving times