About Cheeseman

Cheeseman is a friendly ski area that promotes a fun, family environment in an alpine setting and is open to the public. We are the closest club ski area to Christchurch, being just 90 minutes drive or approximately 99km.

The mountain has a sunny aspect with groomed runs and off-piste terrain that caters for all abilities. Our two T-bar lifts provide access to the whole mountain with a learners’ rope tow in our dedicated learners’ area.

Adventure Ski/Boarding

For adventurers looking for untracked trails and off-piste experiences, Mt Cockayne offers challenging skiing and fantastic views of the Craigieburn Range. The Ridge T-bar also offers access to the back country for day trips. Please note that there is no ski patrol beyond the ski area boundary therefore you are entirely responsible for your own safety.


We have great facilities with our three Lodges – the Day Lodge, Snowline Lodge and Forest Lodge.
Day Lodge

The Day Lodge

For use by day visitors where you can purchase a variety of home made food, hot snacks and beverages (and you can get real coffee!) from the licensed Cockayne Café.

Snowline Lodge

Snowline Lodge

You can enjoy the convenience of ski-in ski-out accommodation with all your meals catered. Find out about Winter Holiday bookings.

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

Located 6 kilometres from the ski area. This Lodge accommodates 38 people and you self-cater. During winter, ice skating on our open-air rink may be an option. Find out about Winter Holiday bookings.

All Lodges are available for hire during the summer. We welcome group bookings, you may want a winter getaway with friends or work colleagues. Schools, Polytech, University or other groups use our facilities year round as a base for courses or school trips. In summer Cheeseman is popular as a unique venue for retreats, weddings and other celebrations. For group booking enquiries email our office.

During winter you may hire ski & snowboard gear. You can have Group or Private lessons with our Swiss instructors.


We are proud to have 4th generation Cheeseman skiers as members!

Our Club was established in 1929, so there are plenty of stories about the Club’s history. Some of these have been captured in a very readable book “75 years on Cockayne” written by Margaret Rich (daughter of one of the founding members) and on a fascinating DVD “Cheeseman – the making of a ski club”.

Useful Downloads:

Welcome to Cheeseman (352kb pdf)
Download Booking Form – Snowline Lodge (402kb pdf)
Download Booking Form – Forest Lodge (239kb pdf)