Not exactly off the beaten track but close to Christchurch is the town of Methven (about 1.5 hours drive). Methven is the gateway to the Famous Mt Hutt ski field, the highst in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mt Hutt sits high on the eastern rim of New Zealand's awesome Southern Alps. With a stunning backdrop of range after range of snowclad peaks and staggering views across the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean Mt Hutt captures the essence of the New Zealand experience.
Mt Hutt is arguably the best ski field in the southern hemisphere, because of it's light dry powder which makes it a playground for skiers and snowboarders alike, in conjunction with it's long season and reliable snow coverage backed up by modern snow making facilities, giving the mountain a season from the beginning of May to the end of October.
Heliskiing? intermediate to expert skiers and snow boarders can enjoy the stunning wilderness of New Zealands mountains with a day of heliskiing. Professional guides will take you by helicopter to ski or board untracked snow, amongst world class mountains and glaciers.