Take The Family Skiing
Family is important to us at Mt Hutt, and we know how hard it can be to take the whole family on holiday! So we’ve tried to break it down and make it as easy as possible for everyone to enjoy their time on the mountain.
Age: 5 - 17 Includes
A kids program for all ability levels with everything your kids need, including lessons, rental, lift pass and lunch! For all you early risers we have a drop-off service that can look after your kids from 9:00am onward, our friendly staff will take them through rentals and get them equipped for a fun day on the snow while you shred the mountain at your own pace.
3 Months - 5 Years Our Programs Can Include:
3 Months - 2 YearsFull & Half Day Options
2 - 5 YearsFull & Half Day Options
3 - 5 YearsFull & Half Day Options
Skiwiland is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from three months to five years. We offer a range of experiences depending on age that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.
Family Learner Experience
Includes For 4 - 5 People
Spend the whole day on the snow with one of our highly skilled instructors and be provided everything you need to start your first day on the snow. The Family Learner Package will have you beginning your skiing career and exploring the mountain as a family.
We offer a range of kids programs at Mt Hutt for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Ranging from school holiday programs to competitive skills development coaching.
Family Skiing Made Easy
Kids Ski Free!
Kids 10 and under ski for free at Mt Hutt with a free day lift pass.
We have a range of lesson and daycare options for kids from 3 months to 15 years and cater for all abilities.
We have a range of ski rental equipment on mountain for kids 2 years and up (snowboards for ages 7+). We'll ensure your child is fitted correctly for a fun day on the snow!
For the younger ones we have Skiwiland, a fully equipped early learning center with qualified carers. Please book Skiwiland online in advance.
What you've said
Great venue for a family day out at the slopes. All service clerks were great even when everyone was at going all out and at capacity. From the chain service guys, rental and ticket clerks, to the instructors, lift operators, cooks and cafe tellers. Thanks for making my son's first time skiing and a family day out a great one! See you next time.Leonardo Christchurch, NZ
Where do I take my kids for lessons?
Our lessons at Mt Hutt start to the right of the base building towards the learner’s area. Please arrive for your lessons at least 15 minutes early to avoid disappointment as each lesson has a maximum group number for safety and optimal learning.
For all you early risers we have a drop-off service that can look after your kids from 9:00am onward, our friendly staff will take them through rentals and get them equipped for a fun day on the snow while you shred the mountain at your own pace.
Do I need to book in advance?
We recommend you book Skiwiland online in advance as spaces are limited. Pre-booking is not required for Kea Club or kids group lessons, to avoid disappointment arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the program, i.e. at 9:45am.
What if my kids don’t ski or snowboard?
We understand skiing isn’t for everyone, for kids 5 and under we have options in Skiwiland for kids who do not want to ski. Skiwiland is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre with the NZ Ministry of Education, so you can enjoy your time skiing or snowboarding, secure in the knowledge that your kids are also having a great time either on the snow or nice and warm inside.
What will my kids learn?
Our kid’s lessons cater for all ability levels, so if it’s their first time on snow our experienced instructors will help them learn the basics. If your kids already have some experience our team will help them build their ski or snowboarding skills and confidence.
Do you have rentals equipment for kids?
We stock the latest gear, from clothing to skis, boots, snowboards, helmets and more at Mt Hutt! Save yourself the hassle of carting your equipment up and down the mountain each day and hire your equipment on the mountain. We have one of the largest and most current ranges of rental equipment in New Zealand with quality brands such as Head, Burton and Salomon giving you a choice of fit and feel. As you start to progress with your skiing or snowboarding, you can upgrade from recreational to performance rentals to make more of your time on the snow. Hiring your ski or snowboard gear on the mountain means you can take advantage of FREE overnight storage, no need to take your skis up and down the mountain. Plus if your ski's aren't performing well or you think you might have the incorrect sized ski boots, you can take your gear in and get it changed right away, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment. Please be aware that due to health reasons we cannot rent gloves, hats or goggles, however you can purchase these at Coronet Peak from our retail shop.
What do I need to bring?
Preparation is key to have a great day on the slopes, so when you pack for your first trip to the snow, remember to include: Boots or shoes with a bit of a tread for all family members ‐ snow and ice can be slippery! Dress warm! It can get pretty cold on the mountain so it’s important to layer up. Thermals, (merino is a great base layer); a thicker mid layer top, hiking or ski socks are a good starting point. Waterproof pants and jacket (rentals are available on the mountain) are a must to keep you dry and protect you from the wind. Sunscreen and lip balm to protect you and your family from the sun's harmful UV rays Eye protection is important, even on cloudy days – and don’t forget goggles or sunnies for the kids! We recommend wearing a helmet on the snow, you can hire from us on the mountain or purchase at our retail shop. If you don’t have a helmet, then a beanie is a must. Waterproof gloves If you forget anything, almost everything you need is available right here on the mountain at our ski hire outlet and the Snow Shop. And if you get hungry or thirsty, we’ve got you covered at our restaurant and café.
How do I get there?
Mt Hutt is an easy, and scenic 90 minute drive from Christchurch and just 35 minutes from Methven. There are a few ways to get here, visit our Transport Page for more details.
When is the Ski Season?
The New Zealand Ski Season runs from June to October.
Can I get food on the mountain?
You bet! We’ve got restaurants, cafes and Ice Bars to keep you fueled and hydrated for an epic day on the snow.
What time does the mountain open?
Mt Hutt is open daily from 9am – 4pm, subject to weather conditions. First Tracks: 8am – 9am Saturday and Sunday from July – late September.