Look at our cars all covered in snow in the Craigieburn Valley carpark

How to get here

Craigieburn is situated only 1.5 hrs (110km) from Christchurch on highway 73. The turnoff is 9km after Castle Hill Village. The access road to the field is signposted 'Craigieburn Valley Ski Area'. Do not turn off early - you will end up at Broken River Ski Area - if you reach Flock Hill Station you have gone too far! The 6-kilometer road up to the Skifield winds gently up through picturesque beech forest and is accessible for all motor vehicles (except camper vans which can be parked at the base of the access road). It is essential that ALL vehicles carry chains at all times as the upper section of the road (above the creek) can often be treacherous. Various independent operators provide transport to Craigieburn.

map directions to get here



Share a ride with other keen skiers

Snowpool.org was started in 2005 to allow people with spare spaces in their cars to find others to share the travel with.


Public transport services to Craigieburn are available. Note that the following services stop at the bottom of the road (It is a long walk up the ski field road, but if you get here early someone will give you a ride):


There are also a few budget rental car agencies located near Christchurch Airport.
Be sure to request snow chains with your vehicle as they are often required for the access road and mountain passes.

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Craigieburn Valley ski field road up through New Zealand native bush.