Ski New Zealand

Broken River Ski Resort Guide

Ski New Zealand

Broken River Ski Resort Guide

Broken River Ski Resort Guide

BR to Craigieburn Crossing, Broken River photo

Broken River

Photo credit: richard

Slope Stats

  • 1820m

  • 420m

  • 1400m

  • Acres of ski:420
  • Pistes:-
  • Snowmaking:-
  • Halfpipes:-
  • Terrain Parks:1
  • X-Country:-
  • beginner5%
  • intermediate50%
  • advanced45%

Broken River is a club field with 3 alpine bowls of varied rolling terrain. 110km or 1.5 hrs from Christchurch with 4WD access for the last 6km through the forest. A goods lift carries your gear from the car park while you walk 30 minutes through native beech forest to the ski area. There is a canteen selling snacks and drinks. The terrain at Broken River consists of a large open basin serviced by 5 electrically driven rope tows. The highest point is 1820 meters and the total vertical is 420 meters with over 300 hectares of accessible terrain. Grooming is carried out on the learner/ intermediate slopes and easy access to the back basins is available for more experienced skiers. Other facilities available at Broken River include an expansive day lodge for all to enjoy the kitchen and dining facilities, ski and snowboard instruction from qualified instructors and qualified ski patrollers. Ski and snowboard hire is available at Broken River, bookings essential.


  • Nearest Airport:Christchurch
  • Nearest Train Station:Christchurch
  • Tourist Office Phone:+6433838888
  • Tourist Office
  • Slopeside accommodation:yes
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  • Season opens:
  • Season closes:
  • Lifts:5 surface lifts
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Information supplied 11 Jun 2018

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:20 Dec
  • Last Snowfall:20 December 2019
  • Snow Depth (upper):
  • Snow Depth (lower):
  • Piste:-
  • Off-piste:-

Today’s Weather (1610 m)view full snow forecast

5 SE5
14 °CF-Level
5 SSE5
13 °CF-Level
5 SE5
13 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Broken River

Joe from New Zealand writes:

There is now a lift which you ride from the carpark to lift ticket office so you don't have to walk as outlined in the last review.

"carpark there is a 30 minute walk up to the lodges and rope tows. There is a goods lift to carry your luggage and skis, so the forest walk is a pleasant one".

BR is awesome, come and enjoy it.

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