This page is a brief history of significant snowfalls in Christchurch.
Riccarton Mill in a snowy July 1895, CCL PhotoCD 4, IMG0018
If there’s snow in Christchurch
- Check the Christchurch City Council website for more information;
- Go to the Environment Canterbury website for Canterbury information;
- Explore New Zealand online news sources including PressReader
A timeline of Canterbury snowfalls
Significant snow storms occurred in Christchurch in 1862, 1895, 1896, 1901, 1918, 1945, 1992, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- Photograph: A tram runs into difficulties, at the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets, when Christchurch was hit by snow 1918?
14 July 1945
- Record (up to 1980) snowfall 280mm (11 inches) over most of city.
Big Snow,  - Mr Bettle outside his shop in Heathcote Valley, CCL PhotoCD Gimblett Collection Gimblett-0084
27 August 1992
The 1992 snow storm killed over one million stock in Canterbury and damaged buildings in the Christchurch and surrounding areas. Its overall economic impact was estimated to be somewhere between 50 and 100 million dollars. The 1992 snowstorm had a recurrence interval of about 50 to 100 years. From CCC archives: Christchurch City Update ’97 — Natural Hazards
Footbridge over the Avon, 27 August, 1992. Flickr, HW08-CE133
- Story behind the big snow 22 June
- Storm batters city and farms 20 September
- NIWA says snow storm was exceptional south of the Rakaia NIWA media release
- Photographs of the storm and its aftermath were captured in a commemorative book: Snow storm.
- NASA’s Earth Observatory web site posted a report and a detailed satellite image.
- Canterbury lashed, power cut 8 June
More information on snow in Christchurch and Canterbury
- View our snow, winter and Matariki images
- Search our Papers index for more snow news stories
- Internet Gateway links: New Zealand weather
- Our snow photos on Flickr
- Christchurch snow photos on Flickr