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Clubbies Snow Hunter Safari

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Price p/p From price based on twin-share (group of 4).
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USD 975

4 Nights | Up to 5 Days Skiing/Riding

Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin-share (group of 4).
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 975
Wanting a MAXIMUM ski or snowboard adventure in NZ this year? This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE tour (from 2 nights) might be just the ticket! Based in Methven or Castle Hill, you will chase the best snow each day at Mt Olympus, Craigieburn, Broken River & Mt Cheeseman with an expert local guide, 4 X 4 & driver.
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Custom Booking Period: Jun 07 - Oct 30, 2022
Min Days: From 2
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Black Diamond Safaris

Black Diamond Safaris was established in 1996 and is locally owned and operated in Methven, Canterbury. All the BDS guides work with the staff on the ski field to ensure the best and safest conditions on the day. Hunting down fresh snow is their  job, so relax, take in the atmosphere and terrain while they cater to your New Zealand alpine adventure.


Snow Hunter Safari

The package here is a sample designed to provide you with an idea of how a Snow Hunter Safari might run and to give you an idea of costs, however BDS can put together a safari to suit your holiday schedule and all bookings are subject to availability. A snow hunter can be arranged for any number of people (2 or more). The best value is is multiples of four, with the ratio of one guide to 4 snow hunters. 

New Zealand Club Fields are regarded as the best off piste terrain accessible from a lift, opening up thousands of possible runs. Hunting down the best snow involves mountain skills and knowledge of the backcountry. The BDS guides pass on their knowledge and introduce basic backcountry skills so you can experience terrain you might not ever find on your own.

The best months for a snow hunter safari are August and September, as the days are longer and the snowpack has had time to settle opening up more backcountry terrain (however July can be just as spectacular if the snow falls early).

There is nothing for you to plan; BDS take care of everything from the moment your plane touches down until it takes off again!

Each day may vary depending on the local snow and weather conditions however no matter what; Black Diamond Safaris will make sure you get the best option on the day.

Master the rope tow...

...earn a few turns...

...and go where few people go

Skiing / boarding ability

To get the most out of the backcountry skiing adventure, you should be a "strong intermediate" or above skier. However BDS can customise a tour for your group if you are beginners as some of the club field have good beginner facilities.

Sample Itinerary

The following itinerary is a sample based on an 5 day/4 night tour to provide an idea of how the program runs. Ultimately each day will be determined by the snow and weather gods as to where to head to get the best possible conditions on the day.

  • Arrive Christchurch - pick up by Black Diamond Safaris representative & travel to your accommodation at Methven
  • If you require any rental gear, a stop can be made at Gnomes ski shop in Darfield or Big Als in Methven
  • Depending on your time of arrival you may have the time for a half-day ski at Mt Hutt or one of the close-by club fields
  • Dinner is included on the first night
DAY 2, 3 & 4
  • Hearty breakfast at your accommodation
  • Your Black Diamond Safari's guide collects you from your accommodation at approx 8:15
  • Head to the club field with the best conditions of the day (selection of field will also be influenced by experience level).
  • Learn to master the rope tows, hunger buster lunch included, ski and ride till the tows stop spinning
  • Return to Methven around 6pm
  • Accommodation in Methven
  • Dinner is provided each night
Day 5 
  • The same as days 2 to 4 plus....
  • Return to Christchurch International Airport (or Christchurch accommodation) by approx 6 pm
  • The drop-off time would ultimately be determined by your group's departure times.

This is purely a sample itinerary to provide some ideas on how this tour can run. Ultimately the tour can be customised to your group's needs. 


There are 2 possible base-camps for the Snow Hunter Tour:

  1. Methven - which is a bit further to travel to the club fields each day however there is a good variety of restaurants & bars if nightlife is important to you and your group
  2. Castle Hill - staying in lodge-style accommodation in the foothills of the club fields

If you wish to stay in Methven you can choose from a variety of accommodation (which may vary the price of the tour).

BDS recommend the following properties....

Mt Taylor Lodge $$$

Abisco Lodge $$

Skibo BnB $$

Rates & Inclusions

2022 Rates

Sample PriceNZD$1,799
  • based on min 2 people in a twin-share room
  • accommodation at Abisco Lodge or Skibo     
  • base/invoice price is NZD and taxes are included
  • please enquire to get an accurate quote for your group
  • 4 nights twin share accommodation including linen
  • Airport transfers & daily 4X4 transport to/from club fields
  • 5 days guiding & lift passes to club ski fields
  • Daily cooked breakfast, packed lunch & cooked dinner
  • Your own avalanche transciever to use during the safari
  • You can look forward to our custom designed harnesses to make riding the tow easier
  • Full instructions on the use of a ropetow and nutcracker safely and efficiently (there is method behind the madness)
  • Heli skiing
  • Ski & snowboard rentals
  • Ski clothing rentals
  • Additional days/nights/meals
  • Massage
Not Included

Black Diamond Safari's Terms & Conditions

Deposit and Full Payment

  • Deposit is 50% of the trip cost at the time of booking
  • The remaining balance is due before departure home from tour
  • Credit card payments may be made via Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express
  • All payments are in New Zealand dollars

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund up to 31 days from trip start date
  • Less than 31 days from trip date; no refund but can transfer to a future date at no extra cost

Cancellation by Black Diamond Safaris

  • Black Diamond Safaris reserves the right to cancel any program due to weather or route conditions. If a tour is cancelled before commencing, due to weather or route conditions, then a full refund will be given; however, Black Diamond Safaris is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).


  • Kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian
  • Tours will be adjusted to suite the ability of all participants