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 has one of the most beautiful Alpine villages.
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.
Porters is a long-time favourite of Christchurch residents. There’s a chairlift and 3 consecutive T-bars to take you skyward with views to Lake Coleridge and Mt Olympus from the top.
Cheeseman has a distinctive family friendly atmosphere as well as offering diverse terrain for all abilities and loads of great facilities. The main runs are accessed by 2 T-bars lifts and there are easy trails down courtesy of extensive grooming.
BR, as it’s known to the locals, has a friendly atmosphere, social & sunny day lodge and great terrain. Add to that the quirky access via an alpine railway and you’ve got something quite unique. The day lodge is a great place to relax and watch the action. There is some beginner terrain and plenty of variety for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders.
Accessed from the Great Alpine Highway 73, Craigieburn Valley Ski Area (CV) is a skiers and snowboarder’s paradise. It 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. The terrain on offer is equal to some of the best in the world.
Mt Olympus, run by the Windwhistle Winter Sports Club (WWSC), is one of those ski areas with an impressive reputation. The terrain is amazing, the access road an adventure, the coffee is good and it boasts the highest hot tub in NZ.
Temple Basin is a rewarding and exhilarating place to stay, ski and ride. Like any good reward with skiing there is usually a hike involved. A ‘gondola’ (goodslift) can be found at the base, on the main highway, but it only carries your gear. There’s no access road so the 40-60 minute hike up will get the blood pumping and legs ready for skiing and riding.
Ski The Clubbies
Have you ever wondered what skiing and snowboarding was like in the ‘good old days’, before mammoth queues, impersonable crowds, untracked powder that lasts as long as it takes to eat the lunch that you’ve had to take out a second mortgage just to buy on the mountain? Cue ‘The Clubbies’. Step back in time (not too far though, our pioneers used to walk a long way just to strap on their planks) and experience the last frontier of skiing and snowboarding at New Zealand's club ski fields, without the disinfected, disconnected feeling that often taints modern day alpine experiences. Find good lines, good people and an amazing vibe at the club fields - an incredibly unique experience near Christchurch, NZ where human ingenuity, quirk and even craft beer combine to make for a cocktail of magic memories on snow.
Gnomes Alpine Sports
Gnomes is conveniently located on the way to Chill ski areas when travelling from Christchurch.
They have a highly reputable retail store offering skis, boots, clothing and accessories.
Armed with the largest ski hire centre in Canterbury Gnomes is your one stop ski shop.
Book ski hire online.
26 South Terrace, Darfield
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
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: smylies.co.nz/Tour-and-Transport E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Black Diamond Safaris - Guided Tours and Transport
Ski or ride the best snow and terrain in New Zealand with Black Diamond Safaris. Experience the Club Fields with seasoned locals for single and multi-day guided adventures for all levels. Operating daily from Methven with Transport options available. BDS are the Club Field Specialists. Showing you the ropes since 1996.
Ph: +64 27 450 8283 Web: blackdiamondsafaris.co.nz E: email@example.com
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
Arthurs Pass Accommodation
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
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.
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.
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.