There are 5 ski fields on the Craigieburn Range and one on the Main Divide, at the summit of Arthur's Pass.

Temple Basin is the closest field to Arthur's Pass Village, only 5 km to the North.

Porters is the closest field to Christchurch. Porters is the only commercial field, the remainder being club fields, who welcome non-members as day skiers or on ski weekends. The season is from Late June to October.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING - Cross-country skiing in the area is rough and fairly limited. The Craigieburn, Torlesse Ranges and Kellys Saddle are likely places. It is possible to ski between Broken River, Cheeseman and Craigieburn skifields by traversing the ridge line: Broken River accepts lift passes from both these fields.

Skifields location map


  • LOCATION: 5 km North of Arthur's Pass Village, then walk for 60 mins.
  • CONTACT:P.O. Box 1228, Christchurch. Ph / Fax (03) 3189 205
  • Contact:
  • Website:
  • LIFTS: 4 Rope Tows
  • ACCESS: Your equipment can go to field on the "Goods Lift" (check website for operation times), then one hours walk to the field.
  • EQUIPMENT HIRE: On Field (150 sets)
  • ACCOMMODATION: On Field, 120 beds
  • FEATURES: Night skiing. Ski Touring for experienced skiers.
Temple Basin Ski Field


  • LOCATION: Turnoff 4km west of Lake Lyndon on SH.73.
  • CONTACT: PO Box 15 Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand. Phone: +64 3 318 4002, Fax: +64 3 318 4008
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • LIFTS: 1 x 4 Seater Chair lift, 3 T-Bars, 1 platter lift, 1 Beginners "Magic Carpet"
  • ACCESS: 6 km unsealed road
  • EQUIPMENT HIRE: on Field 400 sets
  • ACCOMMODATION: on Field 40 beds
  • FEATURES: Closest skifield to Christchurch. Children under 10 ski free, Seniors 75+ ski free.
Porters Ski Field


  • LOCATION: 43km east of Arthur's Pass on SH.73, then 5km on gravel road.
  • CONTACT: P.O. Box 2152, Christchurch. PH/FAX (03) 3188 711
  • Website:
  • LIFTS: 3 Rope tows , one poma ski lift
  • ACCESS: Vehicle access, 6km unsealed, chains.
  • EQUIPMENT HIRE: Nil on Field
  • ACCOMMODATION: On Field , 80 bunks
  • FEATURES: Steep!!!
Craigieburn Ski Field


  • LOCATION: 44km east of Arthur's Pass on SH.73, then 6km on gravel road.
  • CONTACT: P.O.Box 2718, Christchurch. Ph / Fax (03) 318 8713
  • Website:
  • LIFTS: 3 High-speed rope tows, 2 Learners rope tows.
  • ACCESS: 6 km unsealed road, Tyndall Tramway (alpine rail) or 15 minute walk to field.
  • EQUIPMENT HIRE: Tow belts, ski harnesses and glove protectors can be hired. We do not provide ski rental.
  • ACCOMMODATION: 3 Lodges, bunkstyle
  • FEATURES: Night skiing, ski touring, welcomes snowboarders.
Broken River Ski Field


  • LOCATION: 45km east of Arthur's Pass on SH.73, then 8km on gravel road.
  • CONTACT: P.O. Box 22 178, Christchurch. Ph / Fax (03) 379 5315
  • Website:
  • LIFTS: 2 x T-Bar, 1 x Learners rope tow
  • ACCESS: Direct vehicle access, unsealed
  • EQUIPMENT HIRE: Limited on Field
  • FEATURES: Good family field
Mt Cheeseman Ski Field


  • LOCATION: Turn off at Lake Lyndon (Lake Lyndon Road), travel through Tussocklands Park, then Harper Road (follow signs).
  • CONTACT: P.O. Box 250 55, Christchurch. Ph / Fax (03) 318 5840
  • Website:
  • LIFTS: 3 rope tows, 1 beginner
  • ACCESS: 4 wheel drive
  • EQUIPMENT HIRE: Nil on field
  • ACCOMMODATION: 38 beds on Field, 12 beds Lower lodge
  • FEATURES: Ski -touring to neighbouring basins
Mt Olympus Ski Field

Alternative Accommodation

Whilst there is plenty of "on field" accommodations, staying off field gives you the opportunity to visit the best skifield on the day. Accommodation located in Arthur's Pass Village is about 45-60 minutes from the eastern ski fields, and about 15 minutes from the Temple Basin car park.


Arthur's Pass Alpine Motel, conveniently situated in the Arthur's Pass Village, offers budget priced accommodation, complete with your own bathroom and kitchen. Our warm cosy cabins (some with fires) sleep 2-5 people.

  • Zenbu Internet Wifi
  • Satellite TV (FreeView)
  • Guest laundry
  • Free Off Street Parking

Proprietors - Peter and Fiona Neale
Ph/Fax: (03) 318 9233
Rates: Please visit or phone them for current rates.

Located in Arthur's Pass Village about 400 metres towards Christchurch from the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre
Alpine Motels
Alpine Motels  Alpine Motels  Alpine Motels 


Located 12km towards Christchurch from the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre.

Large Cabins: 5 large cabins available, all with fridge, microwave, electric frying pan, toaster and tea/coffee-making facilities. All with ensuite bathrooms.Family cabins have an open-plan bedroom/lounge/kitchen area consisting of 1 x queen-size bed and 3 single beds. There is a fully operational kitchen available in Moa Lodge if required.

Studio Cabins: We have 3 studio cabins available with fridge, toaster and tea/coffee-making facilities. All with ensuite bathrooms. Studio cabins have open-plan bedroom/kitchen area with 2 units containing 1 x queen-size bed and 1 unit with twin single beds.

MOA LODGE: All 8 rooms conatin 1 x double bed and 1 x single bed. 2 of the rooms have the beds on the same level. 6 of the rooms have a single bunk bed above the foot of the double. All linen, bedding, towels and toiletries are provided. These rooms are for our budget/backpacker guests or any group bookings. The lodge provides a laundry room, full kitchen, dining/lounge facilities with 2 x shared bathrooms.

Managers - Debby & Marshall Deaker
Ph: (03) 318 9277
Rates: Please Click Here for current rates.

Bealey Hotel
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Located 39km east of Arthur's Pass at Castle Hill Village on SH.73.

Flock Hill offers a variety of accommodation options including fully self-contained motels and cottages to old shearer's quarters redesigned as backpacker facilities, there is something to suit all needs.

Flock Hill Lodge provides quality restaurant and cafe style meals in our newly renovated lodge and bar. It is a perfect place to get away and enjoy a family holiday or a winter ski holiday as it is within very close proximity to four ski fields. It is ideal for weddings, conferences or private group hire overlooking our picturesque gardens. Close to... Fishing, Caving, Tramping, Climbing.

Managers - Anna & Richard Hill
Ph: (03) 318 8196
Rates: Click Here to visit website page.

Flock Hill Lodge
Flock Hill Lodge  Flock Hill Lodge  Flock Hill Lodge 


Located in Arthur's Pass Village 250 metres towards Greymouth from the Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre

The Mountain House is a unique and delightful place to base your Arthur's Pass vacation. We can provide various styles of accommodation from backpacker-style, private rooms to self contained cottages and motel units, catering to the needs of the independent backpacker through to families or groups.

The national park at your doorstep provides numerous day walk and tramping opportunities. In winter take your choice of five local ski fields.

Visit alpine meadows with their wild flower displays and rare native birds. Have an adventure in local caves, canyons, or climb to stunning mountain tops and glaciers.

Managers - Bob Vaile & Frances Scott
Dormitory, Single, Double, Twin, Triple, Quad, Motel Units & Cottage accommodation available.
Ph: (03) 318 9258
Rates: Please visit for current rates.

Internet access available.
Mountain House
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