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New Zealand Skiing and Snowboarding Tours

Canterbury Ski Area Tour

New Zealand Adventure Specialists 7-day Canterbury Skiing and Snowboarding Tour will take you to some of the remote ski fields of New Zealand's Southern Alps. This trip caters for those wanting skiing or snowboarding mixed within a scenic winter tour of some of Canterbury's best ski fields.



This trip is definitely for the young at heart. Experience New Zealand in a way that few people have experienced it. Indulge in the hospitably of New Zealand while staying at comfortable ski lodges or similar style inn accommodation.


Day 1 Mount Cheeseman

Travel to Mt Cheeseman. Mt Cheeseman is the second closest ski area to Christchurch. Mt Cheesman two modern T-bars give access to a good variety of groomed slopes and off-piste snow. With terrain for all levels. The ridge top offers a 360 degree mountain vista and plenty of rideable terrain. When the westerly wind blows, Mt Cheeseman collects awesome wind blown powder.


Day 2 Porters Heights

Travel to Porters Heights. Rising to 2000 meters, Porters Heights offers spectacular views of the Southern Alps and magnificent Mount Cook. The skiing and boarding is suitable for all abilites. Advanced skiers and boarders will love two of New Zealands legendary runs - Bluff Face and the awesome Big Mama. Grooming equipment turns the whole mountain into a terrain park of jumps and table-tops to challenge anyone looking for a bit of air.


Day 3 Methven Heliskiing

Within 10 minutes flying time from the heli pad you are amongst the best variety of heliski terrain in New zealand. With over 1,000 square kilometres of mountains, there is scope here for all standards of boarders and skiers. get ready for cruising long deep powder runs and gentle glaciers to gnarly descents of over 1,000 vertical metres! What you get: a minimum 3,000 metres vertical (usually 5-runs), guide service, safety equipment and a generous lunch. Late in the afternoon depart Methven and travel to Mount Potts.


Day 4 to 5 : Mount Potts

Mt.Potts is located on a high country Station deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. It is the highest ski field in the South Island and captures an average of 11metres of snow per season.
No grooming means fresh lines every time you get out of the cat helicopter and only a handful of people to share the powder with you. Mount Potts has now become known as a venue for extreme skiing and snowboarding and has hosted some of the Burton US team and Rossignol France for filming. Plus a filming location for the Lord of the Rings.

Mt.Potts offers you practically guaranteed fresh snow for your mission. Due to the high elevation of the mountain the snow stays light and dry at the top. The vertical drop of the area is over 1100metres of awesome terrain.

A typical day at Mt.Potts starts at 8.15am with the transceiver issue and lesson. We explain how to use a transceiver and give a demo and safety talk. Then the fun begins as you are heli lifted from the lodge each morning, onto Mt.Potts for skiing and boarding adventures. In small guided groups, you will ski or ride the most exciting terrain the mountain has to offer. Ski patrollers on skis and snowboard provide guiding.

From there down there is every possible kind of terrain you could want to ride or ski. There are no groomed trails, just endless powder, steeps, chutes/rocks/rollers and big mellow basins. Whatever style of boarding or skiing you have there is something here for you.

Day 6 & 7 Mount Hutt Ski Field

Travel to Mt Hutt Ski Resort. Mt Hutt is one of the highest ski areas in the Southern Hemisphere and is rated as one of the best in New Zealand. Mt Hutt has beginner, intermediate and advanced level slopes. The wide-open faces are great for those learning to snowboard.

Mount Hutt's unique location results in the mountain acting as a snow magnet receiving a 400cm plus average snowfall. The ski hill has one of the world's most sophisticated snow making systems to ensure the slopes are always in top condition. At the base of the mountain is the village of Methven which has all the charm of a high country rural service town.

Late in the afternoon of the last day depart back to Christchurch City.


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The ski season is generally from early July to early October although it varies considerably from one ski area to another. Due to the variable nature of winter ski conditions our guides may alter the itinerary to provide you with the best possible skiing and snowboarding available.

Tour Activities
  • Skiing / Snowboarding
  • Heliskiing / Heliboarding
  • Christchurch City
  • Porters Heights
  • Mount Cheeseman
  • Mount Hutt Ski Resort
  • Mount Potts
  • Methven Region
  • Southern Alps
Optional Extras
  • Additional Heliskiing
  • We can customize this tour for both Individuals and Groups