Broken River Ski Area


BR, as it’s known to the locals, has a friendly atmosphere, social & sunny day lodge and great terrain. Add to that the quirky access via an alpine railway and you’ve got something quite unique. The day lodge is a great place to relax and watch the action. There is some beginner terrain and plenty of variety for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders.

From the main road, the access road takes you up through picturesque Beech Forest to the main Hanomag car park. There you can choose to walk up the foot track or take the express route skyward. The Tyndall Tramway, NZ’s only alpine railway, quickly transports you and your gear up through the Beech Forest to the ticket office and accommodation. The 4-minute ride up not only saves you a 20-minute walk but provides fantastic views cross to the Torlesse Range.

You will need to bring your own ski or snowboard gear but you can rent a tow belt or ski harness at the Ticket Office. From there you’ve got a short hike up the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ to the access tow. This tow is a little sporting for beginners but it’s worth a crack and it can be slowed down at the press of a button.

The main field is a feature-filled basin with plenty of great intermediate and advanced terrain. There are also two learner tows near the day lodge. The Access/Rugby Tow can be floodlit for night skiing. Strong skiers and snowboarders will find great terrain off the ridge and even more in the adjoining bowl. Allan’s Basin is accessed by a ridge tow and once you’ve enjoyed its thrills there is a track back to the main field via the saddle above the access tow.

When it’s time to refuel either pick up a snack from the canteen or join other amateur chefs on the communal hot plate located on the sunny Palmer Lodge deck. Even if you don’t have the gourmet burger, wild venison or some other mouth-watering morsel from the hot plate you can at least purchase BR’s own boutique lager and a hand-made pizza to create your gourmet lunch.


Fantastic off-piste mountain

Broken River Ski Area, located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, boasts some of New Zealand's best off-piste, soft-snow skiing and snowboarding.Broken River offers fantastic terrain for all levels of skiers and boarders, on-mountain accommodation, uncrowded powder basins and chutes, and - the best part - a friendly, laid-back and inviting atmosphere.

Unique Kiwi Ski Experience

Broken River is one of NZ's boutique "Club" fields, run and maintained by 400+ Broken River Ski Club members drawn from Canterbury, other parts of New Zealand and Australia. 

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By night the accommodation lodges are buzzing with stories of the days snow adventures, as well as discussions on any topic you care to imagine, with a card game or two thrown in for good measure. It’s a great chance to catch up with fellow friends and make new ones. BR offers two styles of accommodation in three lodges. The self-catered option is great for those on a budget, whereas the catered option provides a welcome break after skiing. Enjoy a drink while your meal is prepared by the chef. The best part about staying on the mountain is getting the jump on the day trippers and possible night skiing! 

Accommodation Options                          

2 x catered lodges, 1x un-catered lodge, kitchens, showers

Rates for Beds              


Adult: $75,

Student: $60,

Under 18: $60.

Self catered:

All categories $40.


Contact Info

Accommodation Phone Number: +64 3 318 7270

Book on the Broken River website here:

Ski Area Stats













Main Lifts


3x Rope Tows

Learner Lifts


2x Rope Tow




Top Elevation



Bottom Elevation





Beginners area & some slopes groomed

Skiable Terrain


175 Hectares






Yes: Alpine, Telemark, Snowboard

Night Skiing


Conditions permitting






2WD with chains when required




Day Pass Rates


$75/$60 midweek



$50/$40 midweek



$35/$28 midweek


U10 & 70+




Family rates and night skiing also available. Midweek rates apply Mon to Fri after July 23rd.

Draw Cards


Holds plenty of snow with two main basins to ski



Friendly vibe