Skiing

The Lodge is an excellent base for skiing located in the middle of several Canterbury ski areas with the largest fields, Mt Hutt and Porters, less than an hour away.

We are an alternative base to the nearby ski town of Methven, offering catered chalet-style accommodation similar to that found in the US and Europe, in a peaceful and scenic environment.

South Island Ski Fields

Choose your skiing destination depending on the weather and your ability, and after a day on the slopes enjoy the Lodge’s roaring fire, the spa, a hearty winter meal and our very own bar for the perfect après ski!  Small groups can hire the entire Lodge, providing the perfect hastle-free base for your holiday.

Mt Hutt

Wake up and check out Mt Hutt! The Lodge looks onto the back of Mt Hutt, which is home to one of New Zealand’s most established ski fields.

Although the mountain is almost on our doorstep, the Rakaia River divides us, but it’s still just 45 minutes drive to the carpark.

Mt Olympus

For experienced skiers, the Mt Olympus club ski field is on the northern side of Lake Coleridge. Getting to it involves a spectacular back-country drive on well-maintained gravel roads which takes about an hour from the Lodge. Even if you’re not a skier, in good weather it makes a wonderful winter day trip just to have a look.

Porters & club ski fields on SH73

Porters and several club ski fields like Broken River and Craigieburn are located on SH73, the road from Christchurch City to Arthur’s Pass and the West Coast.

From Lake Coleridge Village these fields can be reached in two ways: via a longer sealed route through Windwhistle, towards Darfield and joining SH73 at Sheffield; or via the scenic, unsealed Lyndon Road that begins near Lake Coleridge Village. The Lyndon Road is only usable in winter if it hasn’t snowed recently and you have a 4WD vehicle and are carrying chains. It isn’t officially maintained during winter so you drive at your own risk. Although the Lyndon Road is a shorter distance, it takes about the same time to drive as the longer route.

More about skiing in the region

For more information on skiing in the region, visit the Methven Information Centre website or the Ski Selwyn’s Six website.

Guided back-country skiing

Black Diamond Safaris operates a club ski field transfer and guiding service from Methven. They take skiers to Mt Olympus and the club ski fields on SH73, usually travelling via the Lyndon Road. Arrangements can be made for them to pick you up from the Lodge for a day of ‘poor man’s heliskiing’ with the experts!