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Our ski and snowboard hire centre is the largest in Christchurch. We update our hire equipment each snow season, providing high quality gear at the lowest prices.  We have a large range of hire equipment, clothing and accessories for all ages, sizes and abilities. There are several models of ski and board boots, something to fit every type of foot shape and size, leaving you with a comfortable experience!  We are conveniently located in Darfield on the way to Mt Hutt & Porters when coming from Christchurch.

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See our complete Rental Price Schedule here.

SKI SET - Skis, Boots & Poles

1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days 7 Days
STANDARD $43 $80 $111 $139 $167 $194 $222
PERFORMANCE $55 $102 $141 $177 $213 $249 $285
DEMO $65 $120 $167 $209 $252 $294 $336
TOURING $79 $146 $203 $255 $306 $357 $409
CHILD Aged 5-16 $29 $54 $75 $93 $112 $131 $150
PRESCHOOL Aged 1-4 $19 $35 $49 $61 $74 $86 $98
CHILD PERFORMANCE SKI SET $39 $72 $100 $126 $151 $176 $202

SNOWBOARD SET - Snowboard & Boots

1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days 7 Days
STANDARD $43 $80 $111 $139 $167 $194 $222
PERFORMANCE $55 $102 $141 $177 $213 $249 $285
CHILD Aged 0-16 $29 $54 $75 $93 $112 $131 $150

CLOTHING SET - Pants, Jacket, Gloves & Goggles

1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days 7 Days
ADULT $39 $72 $100 $126 $151 $176 $202
CHILD Aged 0-16 $29 $54 $75 $93 $112 $131 $150


1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days 7 Days
SNOWCHAINS Car $20 $37 $51 $64 $77 $90 $103
SNOWCHAINS 4WD $25 $46 $64 $81 $97 $113 $129
HELMET $12 $22 $31 $39 $46 $54 $62
AVALANCHE KIT $30 $56 $77 $97 $116 $136 $155
ROPE TOW PACK $15 $28 $39 $48 $58 $68 $78
DAMAGE INSURANCE $2 $4 $6 $8 $10 $12 $14
Part sets are available and not all items are listed. Prices subject to change. Please contact us with any queries.


Book your ski and board hire online using the booking form below to ensure gear is secured for you. We will check through your booking before we send a confirmation email. Please note: Bookings made after 6:30pm the night before collection can not be guaranteed for the next day.

Rental Booking Details


We pride ourselves on offering the latest rental equipment in excellent condition and at very competitive prices. If there’s anything below that you don’t see, get in touch and we’ll see if we can help you out.


You may find the answer to your question below (or above). If not, get on the blower (03 318 8433) or flick us an email - info@gnomes.co.nz - we’ll be happy to assist you.


1 day rental is from 7am to 6:30pm or part thereof.  It is not a 24hr period because the equipment or clothing needs to be serviced overnight before it can be used the following day for other customers.

Where are you located?

We are on the main Alpine Highway SH73 in Darfield. We are en route from Christchurch to all Canterbury ski areas including Mt Hutt and Porters Ski Area. Find us here.

What do you rent?

Everything except your undies!  Skis, boots, poles, snowboards, snow chains, clothing, goggles, gloves, helmets, avalanche kits, nutcracker packs, toboggans, touring gear, roof racks and more.


We carry a wide range ski boots to accommodate different foot shapes. We even have supportive insoles that can be added to make the boot more conformable. Obviously, it’s never going to feel like a custom-fitted boot off the shelf, but we’ll help you get the best fit possible.

Do I need to book?

Although we have the largest range of ski and board rental equipment in Canterbury, on busy weekends we can still run out of some gear. It is always advisable to book in advance to save any disappointment.

What hours are you open?

7am until 6:30pm, 7 days a week during the ski season (typically late June till mid October).

Is there a special discount for large groups?

Yes, if you have a group of 10 or more please contact us directly and we can give you a quote.

Can I exchange my gear?

Yes, no problems.  If you want to exchange your skis, boots or any other piece of equipment, just head back to the store and we can swap it over for you. If you upgrade there may be extra charges.

If I don’t ski/BOARD for a day in the middle, do I have to pay for it?

Our multiday rates are extremely good value and do account for a rest day.  Hiring skis is like hiring a car, while it’s in your posession, the rental gear is charged for.

Can I hire part sets, e.g. boots only?

Yes, check out our full price list here.

When do I pay for my rental?

You pay on collection. If you return early or late the difference will be sorted on the return.

Can I keep the gear longer?

Yes! Please call the store to inform us. Depending on the item this should be fine but occasionally the item could be booked for another customer the following day, so it’s important that you check in with us.

What is Damage Insurance?

Damage Insurance covers you against accidental damage to the skis or boards on your hire contract. It does not cover loss, theft or excessive damage from misuse. We strongly recommend you take damage insurance at $2 per day per set as it could save you thousands in replacement cost.