Mt Hutt is usually the first of the New Zealand Ski Fields to open for the season and the last one to close. It is a bit over an hours drive from Christchurch and accommodation needs to be arranged in either Christchurch or Methven as there is no accommodation on the mountain itself. A ski bus runs daily services from both towns. The road to Mt hutt is not sealed and snow chains must always be carried. The ski resort itself has a reputation as one of the best and most consistent in New Zealand. There are plenty of lifts and all the facilities that a modern ski destination requires. Ski Hire is available on the mountain and there is a creche and restaurant.