Temple Basin




Temple Basin is located near Arthur's Pass Village in the heart of the Southern Alps. Access to the ski area is via State Highway 73 which is sealed right up to the carpark.

The drive from Christchurch to the Temple Basin car park takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. A 40-50 minute walk from the car park is needed to reach the ski area lodges.

A free goods lift is available to transport your belongings up to the lodges. This is located 800m along State Highway 73 from the car park (towards the West Coast).  The walk from the car park to the skifield takes up to an hour.

To check road conditions call 0800 444 449 or visit www.highwayinfo.govt.nz.

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Temple Basin, Contact

Web: www.templebasin.co.nz
Phone: +64 3 3777788
Fax: +64 3 3777798
Mail: PO BOX 1228 Christchurch

Early July to Early October

Club operated and funded ski field run by Temple Basin Ski Club Inc.

Lift Info

Total: 3

  • 3 rope tows.





Terrain Park


Restaurants & Cafes

Yes, Temple Basin has a liquor license and fully stocked canteen.

Rental Equipment

Yes, their mountain rental shop has lots of skiing and snowboarding equipment for hire. Also for hire are nut cracker tow belts and equipment for those attending NZ Snow Safety Institute courses.



Mountain Shuttle

The Goods Lift will transport your gear up the mountain. There is no charge for this service.

Goods lift hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday 9.00 - 11.30
Friday 9.00 - 11.30 & 4.00 - 6.00
Saturday - Sunday 9.00 - 12.00 & 4.00 - 6.00
Other times by arrangement - Phone the Booking Office 03 377 7788

The Goods Lift Terminal is 800m along SH 73 west of the Dobson Memorial from the Temple Basin Car park.

Snowco supports;


Chain Hire


  • Base Altitude

    1326 m

  • Highest Altitude

    1753 m

  • Vertical Drop

    427 m

  • Skiable Area

    320 Ha

  • Annual Snowfall


  • Average Snow Depth

    108 cm

About Temple Basin

Temple Basin is a true alpine environment on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps at the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park in the south island of New Zealand. The ski area is one of the greatest skiing locations in the country and a wonderful environment to meet like-minded people who love the outdoors and the mountains!!

Temple Basin Ski Area covers a great variety of terrain spread over four separate basins. There are gentle slopes for complete beginners, adrenalin-pumping challenges for the expert, and everything in between.

There are two modern lodges offering bunk room style accommodation for 120 people, only metres from the tows. Ski and snowboard hire, and expert instruction are all available on the mountain.

You do not have to belong to Temple Basin Ski Club to ski or snowboard there and stay in the lodge, but membership does give you definite advantages. Fees for both accommodation and lift passes are lower for members, and participation in volunteer activity and the social life of the club is great fun.

The Temple Basin car park is beside State Highway 73, 4kms west of the Arthur's Pass Village. From it a well-defined walking track takes you up to the Lodges and the Field. The walk takes 45 minutes in good conditions, and gives you wonderful views of the Pass, Mt Rolleston and the surrounding mountains.

As a skier or snowboarder coming to Temple Basin you have a number of different options. You may come as a day visitor. If you require accommodation on the Field, you may come as casual or weekend visitors, fitting in your mountain experience with your other commitments. Weekend bookings are nearly always available. However, on weekdays, because Ski-Weeks or other large groups may be staying on the mountain, beds will not always be available. It is essential to check with the Temple Basin Booking Office before you set out. Ski-Week and Snowboard-Week packages are a very enjoyable way of spending time on the mountain and are excellent value, giving you six nights accommodation on the field, with all meals, lift tickets and daily instruction included in the price.

Some Ski-Weeks cater for particular ages and interest groups, and also for school parties which come to Temple Basin for combined ski and outdoor adventure programmes. Both lodges include well equipped seminar rooms.

Temple Basin in Summer, the Lodges stand on a terrace that in summer becomes a meadow of alpine tussock and flowers. The lodge windows look across at Mount Rolleston.

Wonderful walks take you to other basins and up to the Main Divide ridge to view the spectacular peaks of the Arthur's Pass National Park. Between the months of October and June the Lodges are available for seminars and retreats, staff training, school field trips and outdoor adventure camps, club trips and weddings. Temple Basin staff are qualified to lead adventure challenge activities which include group development and motivational training.

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Starting the process of digging out the Downhill Tow at Temple Basin

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