Does New Zealand offer the World's Best Ski Pass Value?

snow action team 12.10.2020

New Zealand offers the World’s best ski pass value at the moment, with some amazing Early Bird Season Pass deals for 2021 at their major resorts.

Of course that’s great for the locals, what about the rest of the planet?

Mt Hutt opening day June 12, 2020
Mt Hutt opening day June 12, 2020 © Jeremy Black / nzski.com

It’s a pretty safe bet that as soon as a couple of elections are out of the way – New Zealand’s national election and Queensland’s state election – the politicians will get on with re-opening flights from Australia to NZ.

The Kiwis will be looking to open up to other areas too, like Singapore, Japan, South Korea and the South Pacific. So plenty more people can start thinking about 2021 snow plans.

New Zealand ski pass value is amazing. How about Mt Hutt for NZD $449 if you deposit by 31 October? For kids 8-17 years it’s just $209 (under 8 is FREE), 65+ seniors $279.

Snowmaking at Mt Hutt guarantees a long season and great season pass value
The snowmaking at Hutt ran non-stop for 3 days and nights last time we dropped in © Owain Price

The mighty Mt Hutt just wrapped up the Southern Hemisphere’s longest and most unrestricted ski season for 2020.

Yes, Hutt opened back on June 12, on day one loading groups 6 people on their six seater chair as New Zealand got on top of COIVD-19 early, allowing their ski resorts to function virtually normally all season.

Hutt only closed yesterday, October 11, for a 120 day season, minus a couple of bad weather days. Which all in all is an awesome performance.

2020 was not the greatest snowfall season at Mt Hutt – they finished with 322cm – but the snowmaking is so good you are pretty much guaranteed a similar 4 month season regardless to enjoy your pass in.

Hutt packs in plenty of variety too © Owain Price

Next year Mt Hutt debuts NZ’s first 8 seater lift too, as they replace the old quad chair with a schmick new express 8-pack which slashes ride time to just 2 minutes to make things super easy on the lower trail above the base and the mighty Hutt parks.

Christchurch Airport is just over 100km away, so international visitors can maximise their snow time skiing on their last day.

The base town of Methven remains the most unaffected real town ski town in New Zealand too, with plenty of accommodation across the spectrum from backpacker to deluxe resorts.