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Porters Lodge

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Overview of Porters Lodge

Porters Lodge

2.5 out of 5

4.2/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services
  • Bar

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Social distancing
State Highway, Porters Pass, Castle Hill, 7580

Explore the area

  • 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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About this area

Castle Hill

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.

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


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

Getting around

  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 71 min drive

About this property

Porters Lodge

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.

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • 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
  • 1 bar/lounge

Things to do

  • Arcade/games room
  • Bike rentals
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Sledging

Family friendly

  • Arcade/games room
  • Children's games
  • Children's toys
  • Laundry facilities
  • Snack bar/deli

Guest services

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

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower

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Check-in from 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
A late check-out fee will be charged

Special check-in instructions

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):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Shuttle services

Access methods

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

Payment types

Important information

Optional extras

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 credit cards, 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

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.

Property is also known as

Porters Lodge Castle Hill
Porters Castle Hill
Porters Lodge Lodge
Porters Lodge Castle Hill
Porters Lodge Lodge Castle Hill

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 6 out of 12 reviews
5 - Excellent 50%
Rating 4 - Good. 5 out of 12 reviews
4 - Good 42%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 12 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 12 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 12 reviews
1 - Terrible 8%




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Apr 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

1/5 Terrible

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