About Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura, located on a rocky peninsula on the East Coast of New Zealand with impressive mountains dropping to the ocean. The picturesque town is well known for its astounding seafood and marine wildlife.

An hour's drive on the Scenic Triangle from Kaikoura will bring you to Mount Lyford, a fun and friendly family operated ski area for all abilities. It's an uncrowded mountain and a favourite of locals and Christchurch residents alike.

The Hurunui District stretches from jagged coastlines and sandy beaches on the East Coast to inland alpine villages and lush green forests. Just a 45 minute drive from Christchurch, the area is rich in accommodation, activities and eateries.

Situated in a high country basin, Hanmer Springs is an alpine resort offering an array of outdoor adventures or revitalising relaxation. The Hanmer Springs Ski Field is a small club area with a tonne of personality and terrain suitable for all abilities. It's just 35 minutes drive from the Hanmer Springs village.

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Where to ski in Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs


Mt Lyford

Located on State Highway 70, smack bang between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, Mt Lyford is a fun and friendly family operated ski area for all abilities. The upper slopes bask in sunshine and in recent years it’s consistently been the first to open. It’s an uncrowded mountain and a favourite of locals and Christchurch residents alike. A fleet of groomers keep the piste in great condition and wide open faces let you open up your riding on powder days.

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Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Hanmer Springs Ski Area, formerly known as Amuri, is a small club ski area with a tonne of personality and terrain suitable for all abilities. A fun, affordable, grassroots experience where the focus is on who you're with and not how hot your gear is. Self-catered day lodge and awesome on-mountain accommodation.

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Where to stay in Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs


Mt Lyford Holiday Homes

Why drive for hours – just stay in the snow. Self contained holiday homes in Mt Lyford village, sleeping 2-16 people.
Unique log chalets and eco-lodges only 2 hrs from Christchurch.
Very affordable prices. Book online 24/7.
Easy access to skifield shuttle-stop from top of village. Ice skating rink in village.

Ph: 03 3156523   
Web: LyfordHolidayHomes.co.nz   
E: info@lyfordholidayhomes.co.nz


Maruia Hot Springs

Immerse yourself in the ultimate outdoor experience at Maruia Hot Springs. Connect with nature as you sauna and bathe in 100% natural mineral hot springs and take in the views of the river and surrounding mountains. Stay, camp and indulge in the middle of this picturesque national reserve and explore the area on a number of hiking trails around the property. In 2019 the property was voted in the World Luxury Spa Awards as Continent Winner for best Eco Spa and the Luxury Mineral Spring Spa, and has also been awarded silver Qualmark status. Located in the perfect location just 2.5 hours from Christchurch and one hour from Hanmer Springs turnoff.

Ph: +64 (0)3 523 8840 
Web: maruiahotsprings.nz 
E: info@maruiahotsprings.nz
Address: State Highway 7, Lewis Pass 7895

Services & transport in Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs


Hanmer Adventure Centre - Mountain Transport

This is your one stop adventure shop. Ski hire available, with departures to Hanmer Springs Ski Area from 8.30am.
Booking recommended.

Ph: 0800 368 7386 or +64 21 225 2292
Address: 20 Conical Hill Rd

The Chill Regions/Accommodation

Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.

The Chill Mountains

In 2019 The Chill6 accesses the 6 Ski Areas in the Selwyn District;  Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.

The Chill12 accesses the six ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.

The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 12 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.