The Ski Resort
Located on Mount Saint Patrick in New Zealand's South Island, Hanmer Springs Ski Area is just 17km from the alpine resort village of Hanmer Springs. Open to public everyday without queues or crowds, Hanmer Springs boasts plenty of terrain for intermediate (60%) and advanced skiers (30%). Another 10% is dedicated to beginner skiers. The vertical drop is 310m with a skiable terrain of 52 ha at an elevation of 1,769 m. Snow grooming is done on a regular basis on all main beginner and intermediate runs.
Lifts & Terrain Park
Three lifts, namely a Poma lift, a rope tow and a fixed grip learners tow carry you up the mountain. Hanmer Springs also features a Terrain Park with natural hits. However, tables are pushed up on request, so feel free to contact the staff. If you are feeling hungry, head to the Day lodge - self cater cooking facilities are available to the public.
Suited to All Levels
Close to the base area, there is a dedicated beginners' zone helping to get you started. The local yet international ski and snowboard school is on hand for both private and group lessons and always happy to help. For those on the more experienced side, there are numerous hiking and ski-touring opportunities provided. Whether it is a day trip or an overnight adventure you are after, please make sure to consult the staff prior your departure, as there is no ski patrol or avalanche control outside the ski area boundary.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1017 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in New Zealand is 1545 ft. The ski resort takes you to an elevation of 5804 ft.
- Season starts on Jul 27 and ends on Sep 15 (50 days). Average season duration in New Zealand is 82 days.
- Snow coverage is usually best during Oktober, offering an average snow depth of 35 " at summit elevation and 1 inch at the base.
- Hanmer Springs Ski Area features 10 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in New Zealand is 12 sunny days. August is the sunniest month with an average of 5 sunny days.
Infrastructure & Rental
17 km from Hanmer Springs, 155 km from Christchurch, and another 155 km from Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs Ski Area is easily accessed via the Jacks Pass. Out of Hanmer, take the access road marked as Clarence Valley Road, which is a short, undulating gravel road with some tight corners. Make sure to carry chains at all times.