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Season:    Mid June to Late September.



  • 26km from Waiau

  • 60km from Hanmer Spring

  • 146km from Christchurch                              

  • 60km from Kaikoura


The access road turns off Highway 70 about 26km's after Waiau.

From the Mt Lyford Lodge it is a 8km long well maintained gravel road which passes through native Beach Forest and into alpine terrain. It passes through the lower of the two areas at Mount Lyford, Lake Stella the original ski area, from here it is a easy drive to the Mt Terako Basin, this is where you will find the Ski Area.




  • 1750m at the top of Mt Terako

  • 1510m at the Terako Basin lodge

  • 1249m at the Lake Stella area 


Vertical Drop:

  • 450m at Terako Basin



  • 30% Beginner

  • 40% Intermediate

  • 30% Advanced


  • One T-bar

  • Two platters

  • One 180m fixed grip

  • One advanced rope tow: LOWER & UPPER.


Terrain Features & Snowgroomers:

  • Wild Ride Terrain Park (jumps, kickers, rails)

  • International Truck Jump

  • Basin described as a Natural Terrain Park

  • 4 Kassbohrer Snowgroomers

Resort Facilities:

  • Terako Day Lodge

  • Chamois Cafe

  • Ticket Office

  • First Aid

  • Ski & Snowboard Hire

  • A Boutique Snow Resort

The sunny Terako ski area, an ideal

family field, offers a great learners

area as well as challenging runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. The Terako Day Lodge/restaurant and

car park is centrally located.

Trail &Terrain Guide:

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