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At a Glance
Mount Lyford Alpine Resort
Terako Basin Snow Resort


Mid June to Late September.
  • 26km from Waiau
  • 60km from Hanmer Spring146km from Christchurch                              
  • 60km from Kaikoura


The access road turns off Highway 70 about 20km's after Waiau. It is a 8km long well maintained gravel road which passes through Beach Forest and into alpine terrain. It passes through the lower of the two areas at Mount Lyford, Lake Stella, where there is a car park, and finishes at Terako Basin, where there is another car park and the ski area.

Elevation Vertical Drop
  • 1750m at the top of Mt Terako

  • 1510m at the Terako Basin lodge
  • 1249m at the Lake Stella area


  • 450m at Terako Basin
Terrain Lifts
  • 30% Beginner
  • 40% Intermediate
  • 30% Advanced
  • One T-bar
  • Two platters
  • One 180m fixed grip
  • One advanced rope tow extended 2011
Terrain Features Snowgroomers
  • Wild Ride Terrain Park (jumps, kickers, rails)
  • R & R Sport Kaikoura Half Pipe
  • Quarter Pipe
  • International Truck Jump
  • Basin d escribed as a Natural Terrain Park
  • Five Kassbohrer Snowgroomers
Resort Facilities  
  • Terako Day Lodge
  • Chamois Cafe
  • Ticket Office
  • First Aid
  • Ski & Snowboard Hire
  • A Boutique Snow Resort
Trail &Terrain Guide

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.




Cloudy T-Bar
Paradise Valley Platter

Morning sunrise on the way up the mountain

Checking out the fresh tracks on Mt Terako's front face

Wild Ride Terrain Park on a Powder Day
Playing before the mountain opens