Getting Here

We’re only 89km from the Christchurch Airport; just over an hour in the car along the Great Alpine Highway. 


Simply take Highway 73 heading west from Christchurch, and it’s an easy, predominantly straight drive to Porters. You’ll pass through the small country townships of Darfield, Sheffield and Springfield, which is our base village and is the last stop to get petrol before you head up.

From Springfield, you head through the Porters Pass, past Lake Lyndon, and we are well sign-posted on the left side of the road. 

Before you head off, check our Snow Report to see if snow chains are required. We offer a free mountain road shuttle on weekends, during the July school holidays and on days when chains are required (see below for further info). 

Porters Shuttle Service

A free shuttle bus will run from the chain-fitting area on the mountain access road on days when chains are required.

Pick up time: 9.30am
Return time: 3.30pm

On weekends and during the July school holidays, when chains are required, the shuttle will run more frequently (until 11.30am). Please check the daily snow report for details.

Just follow the signs on the Porters access road until you reach the chain-fitting area. This will be clearly signposted and is where you will park and meet the shuttle bus. The scheduled shuttle service is complimentary to guests who are purchasing a lift ticket. Guests who are visiting the mountain for snow play will be charged $10 per person.

Private Shuttle Service

A private shuttle bus can be arranged at other times at a cost of $10 per person (minimum of 2 people). The private shuttle must be booked in advance; please contact us on the details below to arrange a pick up:

Phone: +64 3 318 4731

Other Ways to Get Here

Touchdown Car Rentals

Our friends at the Commodore Hotel at Christchurch Airport not only specialise in high-quality accommodation, but also have a fleet of winter vehicles to hire with Touchdown Car Rentals. Book on their website with the promo code “Porters” to receive 20% off your booking. They also have chains, ski racks and roof boxes for your ski holiday. 


  • Springfield-based Smylies offer shuttles to Porters from Christchurch, with various stops in-between. Check out their website for the full details and offers
  • If you’re joining us from the West Coast, the West Coast Shuttle is a good way to go. They’ve got a regular weekend service, and one available on weekdays for groups of four or more