Located in Castle Hill, Porters Lodge is in a rural area and in the mountains. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kura Tawhiti Scenic Reserve and Korowai - Torlesse Tussocklands Park. Kayaking offers a great chance to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with rock climbing and cave exploring nearby.
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
Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 71 min drive
Where to eat
On-site dining venue – Restaurant with a bar offering local cuisine. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
About this property
Simple base for skiers with a shuttle to the slopes
After a day on the slopes, return to dine at the restaurant and drink at the bar/lounge. Additional amenities at Porters Lodge include ski storage and ski passes. All 7 rooms offer free WiFi, 2 bathrooms and showers.
Porters Lodge offers 7 forms of accommodation. This Castle Hill lodge provides 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.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.
Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi
Parking and public transport
Free self-parking on site
Wheelchair-accessible parking available
Local area shuttle (surcharge)
Ski shuttle (surcharge)
Food and drink
Continental breakfast available for a fee daily 7:30 AM–9:00 AM: NZD 15 for adults and NZD 12 for children
1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
Things to do
Front desk (limited hours)
Housekeeping (once per stay)
A meeting room
If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
Renovations and closures
The following facilities or services will be unavailable from October 25 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
Staffed front desk
Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)
Service animals are exempt from fees
Children and extra beds
Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.
Fee for continental breakfast: NZD 15 for adults and NZD 12 for children (approximately)
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 may be 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 guestroom reservation
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, debit cards and cash
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 stag and hen parties
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
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
This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.
Property is also known as
Porters Lodge Castle Hill
Porters Castle Hill
Porters Lodge Lodge
Porters Lodge Castle Hill
Porters Lodge Lodge Castle Hill
Frequently asked questions
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
As of 27 Oct 2021, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Porters Lodge on 5 Nov 2021 start from NZ$109, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Self-parking is free at this property.
Check-in is from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
Checkout is at 10 AM. Late checkout is available for a fee (subject to availability).
Located near the slopes, this Castle Hill lodge is in the mountains and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kura Tawhiti Scenic Reserve, Korowai - Torlesse Tussocklands Park and Cave Stream Scenic Reserve.
Yes, Porters Lodge offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Porters Lodge cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Overall score and ratings
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Was a good night's stay. Julia and Ryan were very friendly hosts and run a nice smooth operation. While I didn't have any of their main meals, what I saw that came out of the kitchen looked delicious. I did have a sticky date pudding which was divine. The morning after I took a short walk up the mountain track behind the lodge which gave excellent views of the surrounding landscape.
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
5 Jul 2018
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
Great place in the mountains.
Very friendly staff & great food. Really enjoyed our stay.
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.