Our Weekend Skiing at Mt Hutt, New Zealand
August 9, 2018
We made a short trip to go snowboarding and skiing at Mt Hutt the other weekend. This blog is all about the Mt Hutt ski field, including our review and important information for visiting.
Skiing at Mt Hutt, New Zealand
Since we are living in Queenstown we have NZ Ski season passes that let us go skiing and snowboarding on the Remarkables and Coronet peak (the two ski fields closest to Queenstown) as much as we want! But what many people don’t know is that this season pass also includes access to another skifield, Mt Hutt, some 5 hours from Queenstown.
With Mt Hutt included in our season passes and it winning the award for New Zealand’s best ski resort in 2015, 2016, and 2017 we simply just had to check it out for ourselves! With that in mind, we packed our bags for the weekend for a road trip to Mt Hutt!
Here is everything we learned about skiing in Mt Hutt while we were there.
About Skiing at Mutt Hutt
Mt Hutt is one of the three ski fields owned and operated by NZ Ski. There is one high-speed chairlift that seats 6 people and 4 other smaller chairlifts (2 for beginners.) The longest run is 2km long!
One of the best things about skiing at Mt Hutt is the views! Towering 2086m in the air some of the views from the top chairlift are absolutely stunning. Even if you aren’t skiing or snowboarding, I’d recommend going up and down in the chairlift just to check out the views!
Where is Mt Hutt, New Zealand
Mt Hutt is located right outside of a town called Methven, or an hour or so outside of Christchurch. From the base of the mountain, it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the ski field parking lot.
How much does it cost to go skiing at Mt Hutt?
If you have one of the NZ Ski seasons passes then Mt Hutt is included in your pass! However, if you don’t have a season pass and want to visit for a day expect to pay $104 NZD. Rates change and the more days you go the more you save, so refer to their website here.
What are the road conditions like to get to Mt Hutt?
The road to Mt Hutt is unsealed gravel with some very steep cliff edges. Many corners are sharp and without barriers. During the winter, you must at least carry snow chains at all times in case they are required. That being said, when the weather is good a 2wd will easily make it to the top without snow chains.
If you drive slowly and cautiously then drive will be just fine. In fact, the drive to the Mt Hutt skifield is absolutely breathtaking. When the weather is clear, the views will have you in awe. Luckily, there are several parking bays that let you stop to take pictures of the view (we took full advantage of these!)
Facilities at Mt Hutt
I was actually quite impressed with the facilities at Mt Hutt. There was lots of outdoor and indoor seating, a café and bar as well as a restaurant upstairs. Live music was playing all afternoon and the atmosphere was vibrant!
The facilities at Mt Hutt actually make it comfortable for those who aren’t skiing or snowboarding just to hang out.
Is Mt Hutt Good for Beginners?
Yes! In fact, it is really great for beginners. There is one chairlift run that is very easy but quite long. It caters really well to those who are learning, more than the Remarkables or Coronet Peak in my opinion.
How to Visit Mt Hutt for a Ski Trip
The majority of people who were at the Mt Hutt skifield were actually from Christchurch. Many locals make the 1.5hour drive for a day trip of hitting the slopes. If you are living or visiting Christchurch then this is a possibility.
However, the closest town to Mt Hutt is called Methven. If you want to maximize your time on the slopes then staying in Methven is ideal.
Mt Hutt Accommodation
Methven is your best option for Mt Hutt accommodation. We stayed at the Blue Pub, which was great budget accommodation right in the centre of Methven. The fact that it is attached to a pub was also a big plus.
The Blue Pub restaurant is also awesome and we would highly recommend eating there (try the lamb ragout, you won’t be disappointed!)
The downside to Mt Hutt
Mt Hutt was very busy! We went on a Saturday and it felt as if half of the city of Christchurch was skiing at Mt Hutt with us! That being said, the facilities did cater to a larger number of people and with the many runs available people were very spread out all over the mountain.
We haven’t been for ourselves yet, but we have heard that Treble Cone ski resort is a great option if you don’t want a huge crowd of people!
Overall our trip to Mt Hutt for skiing was a success. We were glad we made the drive and got to experience another skifield as opposed to just the ones near Queenstown. If you are headed past Mt Hutt I would highly recommend stopping for at least one day of skiing or snowboarding.
Also, the road from Queenstown to Mt Hutt is a beautiful drive!
If you are travelling in New Zealand, be sure to check out all of our other New Zealand blogs!