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Regional and Mountain Information

About the Selwyn District

Bounded by braided rivers, the sensational Selwyn District ranges from the Pacific Ocean, across the Canterbury Plains, to the spectacular Southern Alps. Whether you visit for a day or stay for an entire winter, Selwyn is an amazing playground for all outdoor enthusiasts.


The district starts just 10 minutes from Christchurch. Travelling through the dramatic Great Alpine Highway you will pass through rural and alpine towns, including Darfield, Springfield, Castle Hill and Arthurs Pass. Arthur's Pass is one of the


The Selwyn District is home to six of the Chill mountains. Cheeseman and Porters are two family favourites of Christchurch residents with terrain suitable for all levels of skiing. Broken River has a friendly atmosphere, social & sunny day lodge and great terrain. Craigieburn consists of two large basins that encompass a diverse range of intermediate and advanced terrain from wide open powder bowls to steep and technical chutes  Mt Olympus is one of those ski areas with an impressive reputation, its terrain is amazing and it boasts the highest hot tub in NZ. Finally, Temple Basin is a rewarding and exhilarating place to stay, ski, and ride, it provides total detachment from 'life in the fast lane' but with all the comforts of home.

Springfield Accommodation

Smylies Accommodation

Looking after snow lovers for 29 years, shared rooms, private super king en suite. Dinner, bed, breakfast. Book online.

5653 West Coast Rd, Springfield

Ph: +64 3 318 4740  Web:  E:

Springfield Motel & Lodge

Motel units & Lodge perfect for singles, couples and groups, all amenities including Free Wireless, DVD Library & drying room. You’ll be feeling right at home.


37 Tramway Road, Springfield


Ph: +64 3 318 4018 Web: Book Springfield Motel and Lodge E:

Springfield Services

Smylies Transport

Daily transport from Christchurch via Springfield to Porters Ski Area.  Also, on request transport to Cheeseman, Broken River, and Craigieburn. Small or larger groups with 4WD van or bus to suit the group size. One way options available and package day tours.

5653 West Coast Rd, Springfield, Ph: 0800769543  

Mobile: 0274718109 or 0210636322   Web:   E:

Springfield Service Centre

Springfield Service Centre is the last stop before the Craigieburn Range for fuel, food, snow chains and full breakdown service. Grab your supplies on the way to your adventures. Fresh sammie’s, hot food, coffee, and a full range of groceries. Open 7am - 7pm.
Main West Coast Rd

Ph: +64 3 318 4845

Cass Accommodation

Flock Hill Station

Flock Hill Station offers a full range of accommodation options, from spacious Cottages to a fully equipped Back Packer Complex, restaurant and bar. Situated within close proximity to all Ski Areas.

State Highway 73, Craigieburn Valley

P: +64 3 318 8196  Web:  E:

Arthurs Pass Accommodation

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a convenient and comfortable place to stay in the centre of Arthur's Pass Village. Rooms are centrally heated and there is unlimited hot water for bath and showers. This is a good base to explore the nearby ski areas. Great for the night before heading up to Temple Basin. All for just $27 per night.

Main Road, Arthur's Pass, Canterbury

Ph: +64 274 662 755 Web: E:

Mountain Accommodation

Cheeseman Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge is set in the spectacular Castle Hill alpine environment nestled amongst native beech forest at the base of Cheeseman Ski Area. The lodge provides self-catering backpacker style accommodation with a comfortable dining and lounge area, large fully-equipped communal kitchen and hot showers.



Porters Alpine Lodge

Porters Alpine Lodge, located just a few minutes drive from the Porters ski field, gives you the freedom to do what you love, all day, every day, without the hassle of driving, self-catering or clearing up. Casual atmosphere, great food, superb location. Ideal for individuals, friends, family and group bookings. Open July – September.





Broken River Lodges

Broken River offers real mountain-style accommodation in three cosy, centrally-heated lodges nestled in beech forest at tree line just 10 minutes walk from the first ski tow. Great company, food and atmosphere are topped off with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and Castle Hill Valley. Offer both catered and self catered options.



Craigieburn Koroheke & Matuhi Lodges

Craigieburn has two lodges - Koroheke and Matuhi. They offer a warm and friendly retreat right off the snow after a hard day on the hill. Facilities include licenced bar, chefs kitchen, showers, toilets, drying room, lounge area, sleeping facilities and spectacular views across the valley. Relax, eat, drink, and enjoy the surroundings!





Temple Basin Ferrier Lodge

Ferrier Lodge at the start of the Temple Tow provides a social meeting point with a licenced bar, shelter, and accommodation with renowned restaurant quality meals. There is also a self-catered lodge and the two alpine lodges can sleep 120 people. Both lodges are equipped with drying rooms and hot showers.



Mt Olympus Top Hut

The true Mt Olympus experience is found by booking a night or two in the Top Hut. Located right in the middle of the basin at the top of the Access Tow, the Top Hut offers lodge-style accommodation for up to 52 guests, along with an in-hour chef, bar, hot showers, drying facilities and the famous outdoor hot tub.