About us

Known for our distinctive fun, friendly vibe, Cheeseman is a club ski field that promotes a fun, family environment in an alpine setting, open to the public, offering great value for money.Only 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch on State Highway 73, our safe, well-maintained access road allows you to drive right to the T Bar lifts. Our 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. We offer; ski and board instruction, full rental facilities, licensed café and uncrowded, sunny, groomed terrain and challenging off-piste with spectacular views.

Our Awesome Lodges

From overnight accommodation in the winter to exclusive hire during the summer, or a wedding in the Alps, our three lodges offer something for everyone. The Day Lodge and Snowline Lodge located on the mountain within the ski field and our third, Forest Lodge, nestled in the trees at the base of the mountain.

The Day Lodge. Large sunny lodge with wrap around decks, and cathedral windows looking up the mountains or out over the Craigeburn Ranges. During the Winter season, our Day Lodge offer a variety of food, hot snacks and beverages, we even serve real espresso coffee and wine from the licensed Cockayne Café!

Snowline Lodge. Stay the Week or the Weekend! Cheeseman’s hidden gem is Snowline Lodge, true ski in/ski out on mountain accommodation. Ski weeks provide fully catered service and professional instruction all as part of an all-inclusive package or accommodation is available on a nightly basis including dinner, breakfast and lunch. “A mother’s best holiday!” are the ski weeks, who doesn’t love someone else doing the cooking for you! And for the over 18’s – be sure to book on the adults only Fine Wine week! Read More>>

Forest Lodge. Located at the base of the ski area, back packer style self-catering accommodation and when it’s cold enough, there is ice skating on the open-air rink. Read more >>.

Our Awesome History

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

Good mates, good times and a shared passion for all things snow and outdoors is what Cheeseman is all about. Established in 1929, there are plenty of stories and tall tales about our Club’s history. Check out some of the crazy shenanigans and tough pioneering spirit in the very readable “75 years on Cockayne”, written by Margaret Rich, daughter of one of our founding members.

Why We Love Cheeseman

Founded way back in 1929 by Allen Giles and Bill Day, we are a bunch of agreeable fanatics combined together to get the maximum enjoyment from the finest sport in the world! We love everything snow and alpine – skiing, boarding, tobogganing, ice skating, hiking and just having fun in the mountains with great mates and family.

Why Families Love Cheeseman

For a start, kids 10 and under ski FREE! Our large, warm day lodge is open to all day guests and the wrap around deck overlooks the sunny facing learners slope, the perfect spot to relax over a fresh espresso coffee (or wine!) while you watch your little ones learning to ski or board with our instructions. Our Sunday coaching sessions are a chance for kids to make new friends and hone skills while you get an afternoon to ski and ride the mountain.

Why Adventurers Love Cheeseman

For untracked trails and off-piste experiences, Mt Cockayne offers challenging skiing and fantastic views of the Craigieburn Range with access from the Ridge T-bar. Please note there is no ski patrol beyond the ski area boundary, you are responsible for your own safety!

Why You’ll Love Cheeseman

It’s not just the staff who make you feel welcome, our clubbies and regular visitors have a friendly smile and are always up for showing their favourite part of the mountain, the secret patch of untracked snow, the mint run of the day or where to find the sleds to have some fun in the snow with the kids.

Why Groups Love Cheeseman

All our lodges are available for hire year round. We welcome group bookings, from a winter getaway with friends or work colleagues to exclusive hire during the summer months. Schools, Polytech, University and 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. Contact us for more information on group bookings or Book Now if you are ready to go.