Mt Hutt open day set for next month

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Visitors take in the views on the summit of Mt Hutt during a previous open day.

Another Discover Mt Hutt open day is being lined up for February 19.

The opportunity to get up the skifield in the summer is a community fundraising event and run in partnership with the Lions Club of Methven.

From 10 am to 4 pm the Summit 6 chairlifts will be spinning and carrying families, walkers and bikers to the very top of the mountain at 2086m above sea level. Visitors will be greeted with unrivalled 360views across the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains.

For the return journey, some may opt for the thrill of biking the majestic scree slopes; others may prefer to walk, admiring the diverse range of flora and fauna on display. For an even more laidback approach, there is always the option of jumping on the chairlift to get back down to the base.

Opuke Kai will be open for refreshments and in the base area live music is set to entertain the crowds, with volunteers running the cafe and barbecue areas.

Previous open days have raised thousands for local charities, including the Ashburton Cancer Society.

Entry on the day is $20 for walkers/ hikers and $30 for bikers. Kids aged 10 and under are free and a guided 4WD tour of Mt Hutt costs $25 per person.

The open day runs from 10am until 4pm and is weather dependent. The backup day is February 20.