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Porters Lodge

State Highway Porters Ski Area Access Road, Castle Hill 07580 New Zealand
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Porters Lodge is a family friendly oasis in the hills of the Craigieburn Valley, positioned just off the well beaten track of State Highway 73 but easily within reach of Christchurch. With a restaurant and bar serving relatable favorites, a comfortable accommodation wing and an array of activities at our doorstep we can offer you an experience with a difference all within a stones throw of the airport. A ideal base for your next mountain biking adventure, we offer our own private bike trail, rental bikes, either private or public mtb shuttles to the world famous Craigieburn Valley bike trails, and friendly and knowledgeable staff here to make your stay memorable. Bike wash and storage facilities available and basic workshop access offered. Walkers, Hikers, Hunters, Anglers can all take advantage of our great location with many tracks leading off from the doorstep of the lodge and a reputation of success in the hunter gatherer circles. Enquire about booking Porters Lodge for your Wedding, Birthday Party or Corporate work event. In-house catering available and event management facilities offered. We look forward to hosting you during your stay, The Porters Lodge Team
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Game room
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Ski rentals
Ski school
Skiing
Bicycle tours
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Video game console
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Washing machine
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.5 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English

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State Highway Porters Ski Area Access Road, Castle Hill 07580 New Zealand
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Patricia050875 wrote a review Jan 2024
Singapore, Singapore574 contributions68 helpful votes
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My family of 3 stayed over for a night here. We checked in pretty early like slightly past 2pm. We had a great lunch. It is so good that we could still get vegetarian food prepared accordingly to our request in this mountainous area. After lunch we checked out the surrounding areas. One can do mountain biking here or chill at the cafe. There are a lot of board / card games available at the cafe and even can play pool. The area is not big and we comb the whole area within one minute or two. After exploring the area, we decide to rest in our room. Peacefulness and silent were broken once our neighbors next door checked in. We could hear them going up and jumping from the double bunk bed and it just keeps going till they rest for the night. We have our dinner at the cafe again. My family was so glad they served vegetarian options here.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alexia v wrote a review Apr 2023
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The location of the lodge is great. Close to Castle Rock and 55 min away from Arthur’s Pass. The short dirt road allows you to feel like you are in the wilderness. We came as a family and the loader was comfortable and the staff very friendly. The kids enjoyed the board games and the game room. The food was good to top it all!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Travelsotl1990 wrote a review Apr 2023
Sydney, Australia65 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayed one night as a stop over - there is a little drive from the main road. They provide really nice evening meals. Heater in the room. Friendly staff. Great coffee. Gets a little wind exposed in the night which woke me up - but nothing too major. I would recommend this place.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Rob Howarth wrote a review Feb 2023
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We visited Porters Lodge once again on our way to the annual Coast to Coast race. This is our 5th year in a row and we've booked again for next year. Its a magic place to stay up in the mountains. Yes it's a 5 km gravel road, so look after your car or camper and DRIVE SLOW! The views are worth it. The rooms and facilities are clean and tidy and as you would expect from this kind of lodge :-) There is powered and non powered parking for motorhomes too. A good selection of beer & wine and some great pub grub. Thanks team :-) Rob, Brenda and the rest of the kayaking gang
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Sarah H wrote a review Feb 2023
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Incredibly rude male staff member and the 6km gravel track to get there broke our van! Weird showers with clear doors, no separate cubicles so zero privacy. No one else was staying at the same time as us and I can see why. Would not recommend you wasting your time driving there.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 16 Feb 2023
Dear Sara, We're sorry to hear you a had a bad experience at Porters Lodge. We will take your feedback into account to improve in the future. Kind regards, Porters Lodge Team
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Stephan B. wrote a review Jan 2023
Hamburg, Germany2 contributions
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If you are looking for a special place with you Campervan, you will find it at Porters Alpine Lodge. After 5km of gravel road you are deep in the mountains and find a magical place, great food (burger) and beer as well as a magnificent sunset and sunrise.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Even in summer it can get cold at night
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Responded 15 Jan 2023
Thank you very much for your review and kind words. We are stoked you had a special stay with us & hope to welcome you soon again at Porters Lodge.
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Alieininmybathtub wrote a review Nov 2022
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We visited in November and we decided to stay at Porter’s Lodge for our final night in NZ before returning our campervan to Christchurch and flying home. It was a great experience and the staff were very friendly. It was a great price for a powered site and they allowed us to use their facilities. The showers were hot and bathrooms were clean. The restaurant had a great old school ski lodge feel to it and I could imagine it would be loads of fun if a good group of people were staying overnight. Nevertheless, we chatted up some other travelers which was nice. Our 3 year old had fun playing with all the games and various items in the cabinet. The food was quite good, but it was a small menu (which was fine because we were only there for one night). Thanks for a great final night in NZ!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Snehurka wrote a review Oct 2022
Hastings, New Zealand4 contributions
The lodge is located close to the skiing field in lovely surroundings (which is why I booked it), and is great for kids to play outside on the snow if the weather is good. The views are lovely from around the lodge. However, the accommodation is below the pub, small, with thin walls. Our room had no windows, apart from a skylight high up in the ceiling which leaked (a photo attached, includes the bucket to catch the water from the skylight). The only social area outside of the room was the pub. So, if you are there on busy winter afternoon/evenings it is possible you may not be able to find a place to sit and relax/play cards/read a book. It may have been a lovely private ski lodge some time ago, but turning it into a pub, accommodation for guests, and accommodation for staff is a stretch too far in my opinion I am afraid. The two small ladies showers and two ladies toilets were shared with the pub.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Mr Jones wrote a review Jun 2022
Christchurch17 contributions5 helpful votes
We booked via the Porters Pass website, entered visa card details and received a confirmation of the booking via email. It was at their lower rate (and the last day before the ski feild opened). The disadvantage/trade off of this night is that we can only ski one day. The booking system kept dropping some of the people off the group every time I moved to the next window of days to look for availability, once I confirmed and booked I noticed it had dropped half my group off again! I started up a second booking making sure to add the rest of my group on the last window this time to avoid them dropping off. I added my credit card details and confirmed this second booking. I received a confirmation email with the same price as I had booked and that was as I expected it would be from the website booking form. I emailed Porters to let them know I needed to cancel my first booking as it didn't include half my group. A few days later Porters responded to my email about my first booking and referenced my second booking and said that price they had on their website was a mistake and they will charge $150 more (the in season price) when we check out. They didn't really seem interested in issues we have had with the booking system. I guess they know it's got problems? I replied saying I didn't think that was fair we had made a booking via their website and had an email confirmation to say they are now going to charge us more for the same booking? We can't ski on the day we are booked for so the full price seems unfair randomly decide we have to pay post booking. I can't be sure but it seemed to me like the early dump of snow had changed how they saw the days before the feild opened. I have asked the person emailing me to check out the commerce commission for info on fair pricing and advertising, I get the impression from the emails they don't think this is very cool of me. I think many New Zealanders expect when they book accomodation via a NZ website that the company will be aware of their pricing, what they are advertising and make it really clear what people are paying for at the time of booking. It seems like they have not been maintaining their website during winter and I suspect others will be in the same situation as us. I would recommend to others to reach out to Commerce Commission (via the phone number on the website). I would have booked the higher rate to do get a few days on the feild but I'm so peeved at how crappy this whole process is and I can tell they will make our stay miserable. Disappointing but we are spoiled for interesting huts, accomodation and spots in Canterbury and I'm not going to spend anymore time on these guys.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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LStrong wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
We stopped here for the night in our campervan. Powered site was available at a very low cost. Can't get over over value for money! Clean facilities with good hot showers and a bar and restaurant available which was popular with those who had just finished up with their mountain biking for the day. Comfy sofas to relax in in the lounge with beautiful mountain views. Enjoyed my flat white in the morning. Our freedom camping became glamping by stopping here, thanks for the awesome experience :-)
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Porters Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Porters Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Porters Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Porters Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Porters Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Porters Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Porters Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Porters Lodge?
Yes, a clothes dryer and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Porters Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Porters Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Does Porters Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.