Snow riders going up the mountain in a chairlift

Plan your next trip to Craigieburn Valley.

View looking down on the Craigieburn ski field showing towline in fresh snow.

Getting 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.

Craigieburn does not provide any shuttle service from the main road to our ski field, you either need to have your own vehicle or have pre-arranged a shuttle service.

independent transport options

map directions to get here

Weather conditions

weather conditions at Craigieburn valley ski field
5
º
c

Precipitation total may be disarming. Forecast uncertain. RAIN

FIELD
OPEN
CLOSED
ROAD
OPEN
CLOSED
CHAINS
NOT REQUIRED
NOT REQUIRED
LIFTS
0
0
/ 3
FULL REPORTDIRECTIONS
SNOW BASE
TOP
225
cm
BOTTOM
70
cm
LAST SNOW

10

cm on

August 9, 2022 6:10 AM

REPORT UPDATED

On

August 16, 2022 6:15 PM

MetService is New Zealand's weather forecastSnow forecast can predict and tell you what the snowfall may be at the Craigieburn Mountain range.New Zealand Avalanche Advisory. This will help you know about avalanche risk in mountains in the Craigieburn range.
Webcam at Craigieburn Valley ski field

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Lift Tickets 2022

DAY PASS
ADULT
STUDENT
U18
U13 | 70 & OVER
Non Member
$95
$50
$35
FREE
Ordinary Member
$60
$40
$25
FREE
Privilege Member
$45
$25
$20
FREE
Affiliate Member
$75
ONE PASS RIDE
$20
Your lift ticket price includes the day hire of a nutcracker and towbelt which are both required for our surface tows. We require you to leave a deposit for these items ($20 cash or driver’s licence or suchlike). You can use your own climbing harness and hire a nutcracker on an O ring. Also highly recommended is a glove protector or leather gloves to ride the rope. Towbelts, nutcrackers and glove protectors and are available from the ticket office. No half day rates are available. Student pricing applies to full-time New Zealand students only. Photo ID is required. Affiliated club member pricing applies to those who are currently members of clubs affiliated with Craigieburn. Photo ID and proof of membership is required. For more information on affiliated clubs, see here.

PLEASE NOTE:
No ski rental available on the mountain. We have no half day rates. We accept cash, eftpos, Visa and Mastercard. Payment by credit cards occurs a 2.5% surcharge. For our ticket & rope tow terms and conditions please click here.
Located on Kea Ridge, Craigieburn the Day Lodge is possibly New Zealand’s highest cafe, providing stunning 360° views over the entire ski field.
Our daylodge is right up there.
Located on Kea Ridge, the Day Lodge is possibly New Zealand’s highest cafe, providing stunning 360° views over the entire ski field, complete with an enormous sunny deck. On colder days you might find yourself indoors drying gear, warming up, and enjoying a classic fire top sandwich press toastie.
 
Our Day Lodge Cafe has plenty of tasty hot and cold options and great coffee. 

You are welcome to bring your own food. We have plenty of seating, bag storage, water and toilet facilities for an epic day on the mountain. Please take your rubbish home to help us look after our environment. After an epic day, join us in the Thirsty Kea Bar for snacks, drinks and tall tales, after 3pm.

We ask that you refrain from visiting our skifield, accomodation or bar at the valley if you have Covid-19, are awaiting test results or you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Guests should comply with any applicable isolation requirements found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/isolation-and-care

Come have a drink!

Share yarns after a massive day on the slopes, join us in our cosy bar. Take the stairs on outside of Koroheke Lodge, leave your ski boots on, carry on inside up next set of stairs.

Open after 3pm, snacks available too.
The Thirsty Kea Bar at Craigieburn Loadge
Ski boots drying in the Craigieburn boiler room in our lodge.

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