Christchurch and Canterbury's 13 ski areas (including 10 within a 2 hour drive of Christchurch International Airport) are one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. Mt Hutt is one of the largest ski areas in New Zealand, with off-piste thrills and family-friendly slopes. It's accessible yet uncrowded. It's not unusual, especially midweek, to hop straight on the lift, without a wait at all. There are few places in the world, with a snow record and terrain mix like Mt Hutt's, where this is possible.