At the top of the South Island a compact area of mountain ranges and forested valleys known as the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the beginning of the breath-taking Southern Alps. The National park has something for everyone.
Nelson Lakes is home to Rainbow Mountain, with stunning alpine views, the wide varied terrain caters for all abilities.
Kaikoura, located on a rocky peninsula of the East Coast is a picturesque town well known for its astounding seafood and marine wildlife. Stretching from the coast to inland alpine villages and lush green forests is the Hurunui District.
Within these areas are two Chill Mountains. Mount Lyford is an hours drive from Kaikoura and situated in a high country basin of the Hurunui District is Hanmer Springs Ski Field.
Bounded by braided rivers, the sensational Selwyn District ranges from the Pacific Ocean, across the Canterbury Plains, to the spectacular Southern Alps.
6 of the Chill mountains can be found here, Porter Heights, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn, Olympus and Temple Basin.
It’s an exciting time to visit Christchurch: as the post-earthquakes rebuild transforms the city in many ways. It's the largest city in the South Island and is full of creative quirks and activities to keep you busy.
Christchurch is a gateway to the Southern Alps and the perfect place to start your adventure to all the Chill Mountains.
Methven is the perfect escape for snow lovers and just over one hour’s drive from Christchurch. The alpine-themed village nestled close to the Southern Alps is a tranquil, yet exhilarating, relaxing, yet vibrant place for all tastes and budgets.
Methven is an hour and a half drive from Porter Heights, the first mountain in the Selwyn District. Venturing south, the town is also an hour and a half from Fox Peak in the Mackenzie District.
The Mackenzie basin is a true winter wonderland. Experience the breath-taking contrast between the grand, open tussock terrain with turquoise blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook. This is where you will find Fox Peak and Mt Dobson.
The Waitaki valley is an untouched valley home to rivers and lakes with arguably some of the best scenery in New Zealand. It is also home to Awakino.
Down south New Zealand is blessed with Lake Wanaka and Queenstown. The towns, both perched on the edge beautiful lakes hold a special winter charm.
Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island and a New Zealand favourite. It's a mere 30 minute drive from Wanaka and 90 minutes of scenic driving from Queenstown.