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).
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 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. 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
Touchdown Car Rentals
Our good friends at the Commodore Hotel at Christchurch Airport not only specialise in high quality accommodation. Based just 1.6km’s from Christchurch Airport with a complimentary airport shuttle service, Touchdown Car Rentals offer the very latest model 4wd’s at old model prices. Choose from Subaru Foresters or 7 seater Toyota Highlanders. Book on our website with the promo code “PORTERS” and receive complimentary chains and ski rack for your ski holiday, roof boxes also available. Visit us online at www.touchdowncarrental.co.nz or NZ freephone 0800 736 849, AUS 1800 628 357.
Take a Shuttle From Christchurch/Methven/West Coast
If you’re anything like us locals, you’ll want as much time on the snow as you can get. For a full day on the snow, a good idea is to book a ride on one of our shuttle buses. They leave Christchurch at about 7.30am, and head home at 4pm , back in Christchurch around 6pm. It’s an easy way to make the most of your day.
If you’d like a bit more info, send us an email or contact the transport operators below directly.
Smylies Mountain Shuttle
Our good friends at Smylies offer superb services to Porters, inclusive of accommodation in Springfield. Various options are available from Christchucrh or en route to Springfield and then on to Porters. Call Colin to organise your trip today.
Smylies Accommodation and Tours, 13 to 17 SH73, Springfield, Canterbury 7681, New Zealand.
Phone: 0800 769 543
West Coast Shuttle
If you’re joining us from the West Coast, the shuttle bus is a good way to go. We’ve got a regular weekend service, and one available on weekdays for groups of four or more. Cedric and Marlene Trounson, 52 Marsden Rd, Greymouth.
Phone: +64 3 768 0028
Fax: +64 3 768 0328
Mobile: 025 353 429