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 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 snowboarding.
Temple Basin has a varied terrain on four basins, offering 22 trails and is addressed to snowboarders of all levels. It also provides deep chutes, and for those who prefer freestyle snowboarding, there are many natural jumps, pipes and lips. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine view! Night snowboarding also available.
Note: You will have to walk 40-50 min from the car park to reach the ski area.