- ABOUT THE SPOT
Skiing in Temple Basin, Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand
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 Temple Basin. It is situated near Arthur’s Pass Village (in the heart of Southern Alps) and is approximately 90 min drive from Christchurch. The site is open from late June to late September and offers a great destination for the lovers of skiing.
Temple Basin has a varied terrain on four basins, offering 22 trails and is addressed to skiers of all levels. It also provides deep chutes, and for those who prefer freestyle skiing, there are many natural jumps, pipes and lips. Night skiing also available.
Note: You will have to walk 40-50 min from the car park to reach the ski area.