Overview of Porters Lodge

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4.1 / 5Very Good
9 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking
  • Restaurant



Popular LocationKura Tawhiti Scenic Reserve16 min drive
Popular LocationKorowai - Torlesse Tussocklands Park19 min drive
Popular LocationCave Stream Scenic Reserve20 min drive

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Free cancellation on all rooms

You can change or cancel this stay if plans change. Because flexibility matters.

  • Family Room (2 Double and 2 Single Beds)

    Family Room (2 Double and 2 Single Beds)

    Room amenities

    • 20 sq m
    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 6
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  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm

    Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm

    Room amenities

    • 20 sq m
    • Sleeps 1
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  • Single Room, Multiple Beds

    Single Room, Multiple Beds

    Room amenities

    • 20 sq m
    • Mountain view
    • Sleeps 6
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About this area

Castle Hill

Located in Castle Hill, Porters Lodge is in a rural location. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kura Tawhiti Scenic Reserve and Korowai - Torlesse Tussocklands Park.

Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kura Tawhiti Scenic Reserve - 16 min drive
  • Korowai - Torlesse Tussocklands Park - 19 min drive
  • Cave Stream Scenic Reserve - 20 min drive
  • Porters Ski Area - 23 min drive
  • Mt Cheeseman Ski Area - 26 min drive

Getting around

  • Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) - 71 min drive


  • Where to eat
  • On-site dining venue – Restaurant with a bar offering local cuisine. Serves breakfast and lunch daily.

About this property

Porters Lodge

Lodge in Castle Hill with free breakfast and restaurant
A restaurant, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café are available at this smoke-free lodge. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a meeting room, laundry facilities and an arcade/games room. All 7 rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access, 2 bathrooms and showers.
Porters Lodge offers 7 forms of accommodation. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is offered once per stay and hairdryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

Free self parking
Local area shuttle (surcharge)
Ski shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

Free continental breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–9 AM
1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
1 bar

Things to do

Arcade/game room
Bike hire
Hiking/biking trails
Mountain biking

Family friendly

Arcade/game room
Children's games
Children's toys
Laundry facilities

Guest services

Front desk (limited hours)
Housekeeping (once per stay)
Laundry facilities
Skiing lessons
Ski passes
Ski storage

Languages spoken


Business services

1 meeting room




Smoke-free property

Room amenities




2 bathrooms
Hairdryer (on request)



Check-in between 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Late check-in subject to availability
Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM
Late check-out subject to availability

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM. <br />If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cots (infant beds) are not available.

Payment types accepted at this property


Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation.
  • Parties and events are allowed on site. 

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties. Only registered guests are allowed in the guest rooms. Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Alcohol is not permitted at this property.

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.
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  • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Worst experience in NZ

Absolutely worst experience!!! We were treated differently either because we were not white or because we were assumed to be “backpackers”.....maybe because we were a young couple(?) We reached there at 9pm with only one hour of electricity (the electricity cuts off at 10pm) We had paid for a double room but we were given single bunk beds instead. There was a room next door WITH THE DOUBLE BED we had paid for which was VACANT but the owner insisted it was booked out for someone else When we tried to show our booking which had PICTURES of the double bed we had booked and paid for-the manager tried to tell us it was probably previous management or the website who had made a mistake in putting the wrong picture. Even if that was true- we could sue them for false advertising! The worst part is there is nothing else close by which forced us to swallow our pride and stay the night there. I think the manager knew that as well and took advantage of it Very very disappointed with the attitude; we felt discriminated against and treated badly-which was our worst experience in NZ

Stayed 1 night in Oct. 2018

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort

Great place in the mountains.

Very friendly staff & great food. Really enjoyed our stay.

Stayed 1 night in Jul. 2018

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Great place, great staff. Have previously ridden on their own MTB trails, right on their doorstep, but this time I had fun on the nearby Cragieburn MTB trails. Was also a great place to stop back in for a coffee etc after riding the trails the next day, with a great view of the area from the lodge. Looking forward to returning in Spring for another ride in the area, and another stay at the lodge.

Stayed 1 night in Apr. 2018

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Amazing location

Lovely vibe, nice food, unique location. Kids loved the bunk rooms.

Stayed 1 night in Mar. 2018

4/5 Good

High up in the mountains

A nice mountain cabin with beautiful views. Excellent staff. Bruno and Michelle were very helpful with everything. Good food.

Pros: The comfy lounge

Location: Nice place for skying. I should have liked walking tracks in the vicinity

Stayed 2 nights in Feb. 2018