Mt Hutt isn’t just Canterbury’s own “big mountain” – it’s also one of New Zealand’s largest ski areas with some of the best natural snow around. With an altitude of 2086m and a skiable area of 365 hectares, Mt Hutt has one of the longest vertical drops in the South Island and a great variety of terrain.
It also comes with spectacular views – on a clear day from the summit you can see the Pacific Ocean in one direction and into the heart of the Southern Alps in the other.
Just a 35-minute drive from Methven village, Mt Hutt is renowned for its big snow. Great natural snow is captured in its south-facing basin and combined with 75 snow guns, Mt Hutt consistently has one of the longest snow seasons in the South Island.
Featuring modern chair lifts and world-class facilities, the area is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Beginners feel just as comfortable on wide, groomed runs as the freestyle enthusiasts are on terrain parks, or the world-class athletes who train at the international race arena.
In 2015 Mt Hutt was announced as the Best Ski Resort at the 3rd Annual World Ski Awards in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Mt Hutt is about a 35-minute drive from Methven, which is a small town on the western edge of the Canterbury plains and the closest place to stay when you’re visiting Mt Hutt.
The daily Mt Hutt bus service departs from most major accommodation providers in Methven, with a pick-up scheduled service to and from Mt Hutt.
Mt Hutt provides two great dining options located in the main base building. The Sky High Cafe is great for fast and easy meals and the espresso bar with Huber’s Hut Restaurant provides more intimate dining experience.
Snowshop, storage facilities, parking space for 850 cars will help you get set for the day. Once you’re ready to enjoy the slopes, you have 4 different lifts to choose from, including a 6-seater high speed chairlift.