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.
Mt Lyford is approximately two and a quarter hours drive north of Christchurch. Make a weekend of it, book a holiday home, pack up the car with everything you need and enjoy the alpine atmosphere in a cosy log chalet. Kaikoura is just an hours drive away, located on a rocky peninsula, with impressive mountains dropping to the ocean. There are numerous cafes and restaurants on the main street, a peninsula walkway that leads to the seal colony and world renowned surf breaks along the coast.