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Porters Lodge

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Overview of Porters Lodge

Porters Lodge

2.5 star property
Ski lodge with ski shuttle, near Porters Ski Area

8.4/10 Very good

13 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Ski facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Child-friendly activities
State Highway, Porters Pass, Castle Hill, 7580

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 71 min drive
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Ski shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Porters Lodge

Porters Lodge features sledding and a ski shuttle. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the coffee shop/cafe, and the bar/lounge is a nice spot to enjoy après-ski drinks. A snack bar/deli, a terrace, and a garden are other highlights. Ski passes, storage, and lessons are also available. The helpful staff and walkable location get good marks from fellow travelers.


English, Portuguese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 7 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Express check-in available
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free uncovered onsite self parking


  • Area shuttle*
  • Ski shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol allowed onsite

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children's games
  • Toys

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Sledding
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Kayaking nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Ski storage


  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Arcade/game room


  • English
  • Portuguese


  • Ski passes
  • Ski shuttle (surcharge)
  • Ski lessons
  • Ski storage
  • Ski lifts nearby
  • Ski runs nearby
  • Downhill skiing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Ski rental shops

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Housekeeping (once per stay)

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of NZD 12 for adults and NZD 8 for children (approximately)
  • Area shuttle and ski shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Renovations and closures

The following facilities are closed seasonally each year. They will be closed from October 2 to November 18:
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Meeting facilities
  • Parking area

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

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.

This property does not have elevators.

Parties and events are allowed on site.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

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 credit cards, debit cards and cash.

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

Does Porters Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Porters Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Porters Lodge?
As of 27 Nov 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Porters Lodge on 2 Dec 2022 start from AU$168, 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.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Porters Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Porters Lodge?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Porters Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Porters Lodge?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-in is available.
What is there to do at Porters Lodge and nearby?
During the winter, enjoy onsite recreation like sledding and skiing and return when the snow melts for mountain biking and hiking. Additional recreation nearby includes spelunking. Enjoy amenities like an arcade and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Porters Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers local cuisine.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

8/10 Very good

Paul, 3-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

1-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Secluded, peaceful & warm
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.
1-night trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

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
touseef, 1-night romance trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Great place in the mountains.
Very friendly staff & great food. Really enjoyed our stay.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

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.
Glen, 1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Amazing location
Lovely vibe, nice food, unique location. Kids loved the bunk rooms.
1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very 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.
Daniella, 2-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

Excellent customer service, went over and above to help us out.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Amazing lodge out in the mountains. Staff were fantastic. Jeanette and her partner (sorry I forgot your name) were very accommodating and welcoming. Excellent value for money. Would definitely go back! Thank you!!
Becky, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review