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Mount Hutt

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A bluebird day at Mount Hutt with its wide open slopes


View up to Top Towers, some great advanced to expert skiing available


Snow Forecast

Christchurch International Airport is the closest airport to Mount Hutt and is about 1.5 hours drive from the on hill car park. You can either rent a car there or Methven Travel runs a frequent shuttle service from the airport to the town of Methven.
The road up to Mount Hutt can get a little tricky as it is exposed to snow and wind. If you are driving yourself make sure you carry chains even if your vehicle is 4WD. Chains can be rented and fitted by mountain staff for a fee. If you want to take the stress out of driving then there are numerous shuttle services from Methven and Christchurch to Mount Hutt.
A tip is to keep an eye on the weather when skiing at Mount Hutt, a fine day can turn into a storm within a few hours. Head down the hill before the weather becomes to extreme. On very infrequent occasions skiers have been stranded on the mountain overnight. Treat the road with respect and you will be fine.
Hopefully this video gives you an idea of what the road is like on a fine day with a bit of wind about, visibility can become very limited.

There is no accommodation on Mount Hutt itself unless you are lucky enough to get stuck there for the night, then you can bed down in the cafeteria with everyone else. For a more comfortable option Methven is the closest place to stay and offers a variety of places. A good place to start your search is here. New Zealand offers some slightly different accommodations to what you might find at big resorts overseas, so here is a run down of what you can find.
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range




Motels in New Zealand usually include a small kitchen

so you can cater for yourself and keep costs down. Everything

you need is supplied

Between 2-4 per unit $100-$150nzd/unit


Lodges are usually a little cheaper than motels but might not have cooking facilities. Rooms range from bunk beds to hotel suite style rooms. Suitable for big groups. Most can cater for groups up to 40 people

Price varies a lot depending on style

comfort offered.

Somewhere between $40-70 nzd/night

Backpackers Just about every town in NZ has a Backpackers, cheap accommodation with communal facilities. Double rooms to 6 people dorms $25-$40 nzd/night
Bed and Breakfast/Farm-stay A great way to stay and get to know locals. You can probably even help milk the cows before skiing if you like. Usually 2-4 people

$120-$220 nzd/night


Hotels Methven doesn't have any internationally known hotels although there are some high end places to stay that offer international quality Between 2-4 per unit

There are a lot of food options in Methven to refuel after a days skiing.
The use to be an old post office now a favourite watering hole for mountain staff. Offers great food and a relaxed atmosphere
Last Post Cafe
A Methven and Mount Hutt icon, popular with visitors to the area and often has live music including well known NZ bands. The pub is also a focal point for winter festivals and events.
The Blue Pub
Right across the road from the Blue Pub and funny enough it is painted brown. It is more a locals hangout but visitors are welcome. The location of the annual sheep shearing competition, an event not to be missed if you are lucky enough to be in town.
The Brown Pub
Other places to eat include a couple of options for traditional Fish and Chips, Japanese Food, Pizza not to mention some great cafes where you can get an amazing coffee. New Zealanders don't really do filtered coffee so you might get a weird look if you ask for one!







Mount Hutt

Mount Hutt is one of New Zealands highest ski areas meaning it gets the most reliable snow. However, this also means that the mountain gets closed due to poor weather on occasions. The mountain offers great skiing for anyone from beginners to experts and has a range from smooth groomers to steep faces and chutes. The access road can be a bit daunting but there are several transport options so you don't have to drive yourself. Methven is the town that services Mount Hutt and is a small farming town but does have a good selection of accommodation, restaurants and pubs.

Snow making percent?
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar0
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person0
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person0
Lifts-Coggle train0
Lifts-Total number of lifts0
Lifts-Total lift capacity0
Trails-4-Expert only?
Trails-5-Terrain parkYes
Trails-6-Half pipeYes
Runs-Steepest runThe Bluffs
Runs-Longest runInternational
General-Base elevation?
General-Vertical drop683m
General-Mountain range?
General-Annual skier visits?
General-Back country accessYes
General-Total area in bounds365 hectares
General-Snow making coverage42 hectares
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: snowmaking for ealy opening, convenience, ease of use, terrain parks

Cons: extremely busy on weekends,

Mount Hutt is pretty much your generic New Zealand commercial ski area. It is usually able to open earlier than the club fields due to its snowmaking facilities. There are two fixed grip chairlifts plus one detachable six pack to get you straight to the top of the mountain.


Compared with international resorts it is very expensive for what you get. There is a bar and cafe for those times when the wind gets up. There is a reason it has earned the nickname "Mount Shut" - it is a very exposed mountain and the lack of surface lifts means it frequently has to close due to reaching the wind limits on the chair lifts. .


Out of the 9 ski areas within a 2 hour drive of Christchurch Mt Hutt is the only one with chairlifts - until Porters starts installing them. So for this reason a lot of people prefer Mt Hutt for its convenience and ease of use. This also means it gets extremely busy each weekend. Hutt is a convenient place for beginners and intermediates due to groomed runs but once adventurous skiers and boarders have the skills to start exploring off-piste they tend to head to the club fields.



Pros: Great terrain for everyone, full facilities, reliable snow, fast lift so you can get a lot of laps in

Cons: Closed often due to strong winds, long mountain access road.

Great mountain for anyone from beginner to expert, don't miss skiing South Face and Top Towers if you are an expert skier.