Mount Hutt is one of New Zealand's premier skiing destinations, tailored to suit beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders and everyone in-between.
The snow is skiable for months and months here, from June to October, and all manner of equipment and instruction is available from the nearest town, Methven.
When winter is over, come to Mount Hutt for scenic hot-air ballooning, hiking, fishing or golfing. When the weather is clear you can take in views over the Canterbury Plains, all the way to the ocean.
Mount Hutt is 118 km (73 mi) west of Christchurch, a 90 minute drive. Buses run here from Christchurch, as well as from Methven.