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Getting to Craigieburn

Where is Craigieburn?

The Craigieburn ski field is nestled under the steep face of Hamilton Peak in the Craigieburn Range. It is approximately 110km northwest (90 minutes drive) of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s half-way between Springfield and Arthur’s Pass.

Other Ski Fields Nearby 

Broken River, Mt Cheeseman, Mt Olympus, Ski Porters, Temple Basin

Getting There

Driving directions to Craigieburn Turnoff
102 km – about 1 hour 24 mins
Christchurch International Airport
New Zealand
1. Head northeast on Durey Rd
0.6 km
2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Memorial Ave
0.6 km
3. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Russley Rd
3.4 km
4. Turn right at Yaldhurst Rd
2.2 km
5. Slight left at W Coast Rd
1.7 km
6. Continue on Old West Coast Rd
39.3 km
7. Slight right at W Coast Rd
54.7 km
Craigieburn Turnoff
Craigieburn is well signposted off Highway 73, just past the Broken River turn-off. From the turnoff it’s a 6km drive to the car park on a one lane road. Of course the road isn’t paved, but it feels less traumatic than the road to other New Zealand ski fields because there are beech trees on either side. These make you feel a little safer for some reason. The road gets cleared, but it is absolutely essential that all vehicles carry chains. There are no chain hire places nearby so organise this in advance. Black Diamond Safaris are an independent operator who can provide transport to Craigieburn from Methven as part of a guided tour.

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Getting Around From the unpaved car park it is a 5 minute hike up to the ticket office, and then another 5 minute hike up to the bottom tow. This must have been planned as the necessary warm-up to tackle the nutcrackers.

If you are staying overnight on-mountain, it is a 5 minute walk from the carpark up some stairs, so pack light and don’t rely on using a wheelie suitcase.