Timaru: perfect base for winter skiing

Mount Dobson: 1 hour from Timaru

In less than an hour’s drive inland from Timaru, you'll find yourself at the family-run ski resort of Mt Dobson.

Mt Dobson ski area, located at the southern end of the Two Thumb Range of the Southern Alps, sits in a wide, sunny basin.

It’s ideal for novice to intermediate skiers.

Hire skis and snowboards and get coaching from qualified instructors.

For more information, visit Mt Dobson.

Fox Peak: 1 hour from Timaru

Fox Peak ski area sits at the highest point of the Two Thumb Range within the South Alps and is just an hour’s drive from Timaru.

It’s a mixed-ability club field, which is typically uncrowded.

For more information, visit  Fox Peak.

Roundhill: 1.5 hours from Timaru

Another local ski area to check out is Roundhill near Tekapo.

It’s a family-friendly ski area suited to all ages.

Mt Hutt: 2 hours from Timaru

Recently voted the country’s best ski resort, Mt Hutt is a two-hour drive from Timaru.

A ski area suited to all ski and snowboard ability levels, it’s located near the western edge of the Canterbury plains.

Ohau: 2.20 hours from Timaru

Ohau Ski Field is located in the Mackenzie high country this ski field offers stunning walking areas for skiing and hiking with reliable snow. Come and stay in the lodge and enjoy the wilderness in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy all the activities on offer.

Mount Cook Heli-Skiing is the ultimate snow powder experience with small groups and safety as their priority with professional alpine guides to make your experience all the more authentic.