Accessed from the Great Alpine Highway 73, Craigieburn Valley Ski Area (CV) is a skiers and snowboarders’ paradise. It mainly consists of two large basins that encompass a diverse range of intermediate and advanced terrain from wide open powder bowls to steep and technical chutes. It also offers fantastic back country or side country touring for the proficient.
Craigieburn Valley is the place to start your adventure. The terrain on offer is equal to some of the best in the world. It is steeper, more challenging and also more rewarding than most other ski fields.
The 6km beech clad access road is as scenic as it is easy to navigate. A 2WD with chains can drive all the way to the car park most days. You’ll find the first rope tow just a short walk from the on-mountain accommodation, car park and ticket office. Without having to unclip or unbind, two more rope tows take you all the way to the ridgeline. The tows are easy to master but a little rope tow experience is a definite advantage.
Craigieburn is the only mountain in New Zealand to offer inbound tree skiing, providing a novelty in NZ with some unique lines to explore.
Whakamaru Day Lodge sits on a knife-edge ridge overlooking Middle Basin and Hamilton Peak, providing possibly one of the finest views of any alpine building in New Zealand. Whakamaru, provides both shelter from a storm and on a fine day a sunny deck where you can enjoy lunch, including the famous ‘Craigieburger’ and plenty of light refreshments.
Koroheke, the main lodge, provides the perfect spot for a post-skiing drink and all guests are welcome to mingle with staff après ski in the bar there.
Ski Area Stats & Map
Terrain: Beginner 0% Intermediate 55% Advanced 45%
Lifts: 3x Rope Tows
Top Elevation 1811m, Bottom Elevation 1310m
Skiable Terrain: 290 Hectares
Lessons & Guiding available
Night Skiing Conditions permitting (BYO headlamp and skins)
2WD with chains when required
Day Pass Rates
Please note that there are NO ski-hire facilities on the mountain. Tickets are available on the mountain.
Hiking and Ski Touring
Craigieburn is famous for its many hiking and ski-touring opportunities that lie beyond the patrolled area, including quick trips to Castle or North Middle Basin, both of which can be skied out to the lodge or to the access road 15 minutes walk from the access tow. Ski touring options further to North Middle or into Allan’s Basin or Broken River are often possible or full day or overnight trips. A one-trip lift pass to access the backcountry is available for $20.
Koroheke is the main alpine lodge on Craigieburn and offers bunkroom accommodation, private twin share rooms and family specific rooms.
Koroheke is nestled amongst the beech forest and only a 3min walk from the access tow. It offers bunkroom accommodation, private twin share rooms and family specific rooms. Koroheke also contains a large dining room and a well-stocked bar upstairs with amazing views of Middle Basin. Relax, eat, drink, and enjoy the surroundings!
Rates for Beds
Under 18: $50.
Rates include dinner, bed & breakfast.
Accommodation Phone Number +64 3 318 8711
The terrain on offer is equal to some of the best in the world - steep and rewarding.