Hanmer Springs Ski Area

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Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Hanmer Springs is most famous for its hot pools, but it also offers great skiing just two hours from Christchurch.

The Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a club field that’s known for its friendly and welcoming vibe – its motto is ‘the small club field with a big heart’ - but also offers outstanding terrain for all your mountain adventures.

It has a groomed learners’ area to get you started with a 60m easy-to-use fixed grip tow. For intermediate and advanced riders, there’s the poma – the longest in the Southern Hemisphere – which accesses natural and groomed riding.

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On-field instruction is available and you can hire boards and skis in Hanmer Springs before heading up the hill. Robinson Lodge, the field’s self-catered on-site accommodation, has four family rooms and four bunkrooms, with incredible views out onto the inland Kaikōura Range. A daily shuttle runs up to the field from Hanmer Springs, which has a range of accommodation options.

Quick Facts

  • Where 20km from Hanmer Springs, 155km from Christchurch
  • Ski & board Groomed trails and off-piste cruising
  • Season July – September
  • Access road 20km unsealed, carry chains
  • Ratings Beginner 10%, intermediate 60%, advanced 30%


  • Highest point 1769m
  • Vertical 310m
  • Skiable Area 52ha
  • Lifts Poma (807m), rope tow, fixed grip learners’ tow
  • On-field ski/snowboard hire No
  • Tuition Yes
  • Lift passes $65 adults, $35 kids, discounts for members, students and family groups, under 10s free
  • Package deals Accommodation and beginner packages available
  • On-field accommodation Yes



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