Skiing in Craigieburn Valley, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

Late June - late October
Off-piste/back country
Vertical descent:
600m / 1968ft
Christchurch is situated in Canterbury region of the South Island, and is the second largest city of New Zealand. It represents the getaway to Antarctica, while lying next to Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Overall the city is surrounded by Avon, Heathcote and Waimakariri Rivers, and the Canterbury Plains. The climate is considered to be temperate, with cool and mild summers (maximum temperature 23°C/73.4°F), and cold and frosty winters (temperatures fall below 0°C/32°F frequently).

One of the biggest ski areas near Christchurch is Craigieburn Valley. It is situated near Craigieburn Forest Park (in the heart of Southern Alps) and is a 90 min drive from Christchurch.

The site is open from late June to late October and offers a great destination for the lovers of off-piste/back country skiing. Craigieburn Valley, with its varied terrain, is mostly addressed to intermediate and advanced skiers who love steep and deep skiing, with many natural jumps, lips and skiing opportunities. Don’t miss the legendary 600 m / 1968 ft vertical descent in Middle basin, if you are an expert. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine view!

Note: Skiing equipment rental is not available on spot.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM From Christchurch to Craigieburn Ski Area
106 km (65.9 miles), 1 hour 32 min
Follow State Highway 73 and right onto Old West Coast Rd.
BY CAR FROM Lake Tekapo
225 km (139.8 miles), 2 hours 46 min
Follow State Highway 79 and continue onto State Highway 1.
BY CAR FROM Mt Cook National Park
328 km (203.8 miles), 3 hours 52 min
Follow State Highway 8 and continue onto State Highway 1.
BY CAR FROM Queenstown
480 km (298.3 miles), 5 hours 37 min
Follow State Highway 8 and continue onto State Highway 79.
Christchurch International Airport,
12 km/7.5 miles (15 min drive) from the center of the town


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