Nestled among the tussock between the Craigieburn and Torlesse Ranges, Porters Lodge is your gateway to exploration and adventure. Whether you're here to ski, to explore the legendary Castle Hill rocks, disappear into the peaceful hiking trails or hurtle down one of the world-renowned mountain bike trails so close to the city, we have it all on our doorstep.

Allow yourself the time when you travel along the Great Alpine Highway between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and the West Coast to explore one of NZ best-kept secrets: the stunning Craigieburn Range.

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Skiing and Snowboarding

We're perfectly situated to enjoy a night in the mountains before making the most of the amazing skiing on our doorstep, then return to warm up by the fire with a delicious hot meal, beer or wine, or  a good Underground Coffee. 

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Porters Flow Trail

New to mountain biking, or want to show off your skills? We've got three fun flow trails for you to explore, finishing right at the Porters odge. 

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4WD Summit Excursion

A unique experience! Join us for a 4WD tour to enjoy the glorious alpine views, with magnificent 360 degree views over the Southern Alps towards Aoraki Mt Cook, to Christchurch city and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. 

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Mountain Bike Shuttle Service

We offer shuttle buses for you and your friends to explore the Craigieburn Range. 

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Castle Hill & Cragieburn Forest Trails

There is so much to explore in the vicinity of the Porters Lodge, from world-class bouldering, exploring the Cragieburn Forest Trails on mountain bike or foot, venturing into the Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park or playing at Lake Lyndon. 


Alpine Jet Thrills Ltd

Enjoy the thrills of the world famous 360 degree Hamilton jet spins on the Waimakariri River, a short-drive from the Porters Lodge

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Need More?

With jet boating, fly-fishing, hiking, horse-trekking all in abundance on our doorstep, there's plenty to keep you entertained. Just ask Ian and Marjolein, your lodge hosts, for their top recommendations for all-out adventure, active recreation, gentle relaxation or a complete chill-out. 

Check out our gallery to see some of the options available to you, all within a few minutes of the Porters Lodge. 

Get in touch if you have any questions or wish to book a shuttle with us. We hope to see you exploring up here soon!