Hanmer Springs




Hanmer Springs Ski Area is about 2 - 2.5 hours from Christchurch. The road out of Hanmer to the access road is clearly marked as Clarence Valley road and signed to Hanmer Springs Ski Area. The turn off from Clarence Valley road to the ski area is at St James Station, about ten kilometres out of town. The access road is a short but narrow gravel road with a few tight corners. It is north facing, so any ice left on it tends to melt when the sun shines. Car parks are located just below the Lodges.

The road is not recommended for camper vans, but two wheel drive cars with chains fitted normally have no problem, and four wheel drives can often get up without chains, especially later in the season. Chains must always be carried.

A shuttle runs daily from Hanmer Springs township

"Hanmer Springs Ski Area is located just 40 minutes by car or shuttle from the Alpine Thermal Resort of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its Thermal Reserve, whose hydroslides, hot sulphur pools and cooler swimming areas are ideal for aprés ski relaxing.

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Hanmer Springs, Contact

Web: www.skihanmer.co.nz
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 27 434 1806 (In Season)
Mail: PO Box 141, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

Early July to Mid September

Ski club operated by Amuri Ski Club which is a non-for-profit organisation.

Lift Info

Total: 3

  • 2 rope tows
  • 1 platter lift


Hanmer Springs ski field has one groomer.



Terrain Park


Rental Equipment

Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Ross Carter
20 Conical Hill Road
Tel: 03 315 7233 or 0800 3687386



Mountain Shuttle

Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre

The ski shuttles from the shop at 9.15am and 11.15am (on demand only) and leave the mountain at 4.15pm. A maximum of 18 seats for the day.
Prices are $32 for a child and $40 for a adult and $130 for a family pass (2ad, 2ch)
Ross Carter
20 Conical Hill Road
Tel: 03 315 7233 or 0800 3687386

Snowco supports;


Chain Hire

Chains must be carried at all times during the winter months.

Chains are available for hire for $40 a day. at:
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Ross Carter
20 Conical Hill Road
Tel: 03 315 7233 or 0800 3687386

  • Base Altitude

    1459 m

  • Highest Altitude

    1769 m

  • Vertical Drop

    310 m

  • Skiable Area

    52 Ha

  • Annual Snowfall

    150 cm

  • Average Snow Depth

    55 cm

About Hanmer Springs

The ski area is a small club field with a friendly atmosphere. It is well suited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders who enjoy open spaces with groomed trails and a relaxed atmosphere away from the tow queues and hurly burly of commercial ski fields.

The access road goes all the way to the day lodge and is usually negotiable by 4WD vehicles but chains need to be carried. 2WD vehicles need chains, particularly early in the season. There is no road toll. Seasons usually last from early July to mid-September.

Hanmer Springs Ski Area is small enough to be friendly but big enough to make you feel you have plenty of space to ski. The long poma takes you to the top of the mountain from where you get fabulous all round views. A good choice of intermediate and advanced runs down giving good intermediate skiing on groomed trails, off-piste challenges for the more advanced and some great snowboarding with both natural and groomed pipe riding. The shirtfront rope tow goes up into a separate basin with good intermediate skiing.

There is a small learners area with its own rope tow. There is ski hire plus instruction on the field and a welcoming Day Lodge with woodstove and carpeted mezzanine area offers a place to rest and meet with family and friends. There are usually cups of hot soup, pies, soft drinks, chocolate bars etc. on sale.

The Robinson Lodge with bunk and family rooms plus hot showers is situated by the Day Lodge and is available to non-members who want to stay up at the field on a backpacker basis, using the cooking facilities in the Day Lodge.

You drive right up to the Ski Area (although chains must be carried) and can get from the carpark straight onto the lifts. There's a centrally heated Day Lodge complete with stoves, toasted sandwich machines, tea and coffee for your convenience when you want a relaxing break. Ski hire, waxing and repairs are also available on the mountain. (Along with sales of equipment, in nearby Hanmer Springs)

Experienced Ski Instructors are on hand to help you get the most out of our skiing, and qualified ski patrollers are always on duty. If you decide to stay at the Ski Area (there's comfortable accommodation for 50 people) you can choose from either family rooms or bunk type accommodation in the Fraemohs lodge. Self-catering accommodation is available and the 5 night 6 day backpacker deal is exceptionally good value. There's nothing quite like waking up in the midst of the mountains.

Access to the runs is by way of one of the longest poma lifts in the country and two rope tows. These run virtually from dawn to dusk, until most of the skiers have more than exhausted all the opportunities. Why should we cut someone's fun short? The Ski Area is run by the Amuri Ski Club (Inc.) and one of the beauties of a club rather than a commercial field is that the only timetable we have to adhere to is our own. Another advantage is that tow fees are very reasonable because we want people to be able to afford to ski.

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