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 Arthur's Pass. Arthur's Pass has one of the most beautiful Alpine villages.

The Selwyn District is home to five 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.  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.

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Where to ski in Sensational Selwyn



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.

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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.

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Broken River

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.

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Mt Olympus

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.

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Temple Basin

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.

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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.

Read more at skitheclubbies.nz

Where to stay in Sensational Selwyn


Smylies Accommodation

Looking after snow lovers for 30 years, shared rooms, private super king en suite. Dinner, bed, breakfast. Book online.

5653 West Coast Rd, Springfield

Ph: +64 3 318 4740 
Web: smylies.co.nz 
E: stay@smylies.co.nz
Address: 5653 West Coast Rd, Springfield


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.

Ph: +64 3 318 4018
Web: Book Springfield Motel and Lodge
E: Springfieldmotel@gmail.com
Address: 37 Tramway Road, Springfield


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.

Web: portersalpinelodge.co.nz


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.

Web: mtcheeseman.co.nz/accommodation 


Cheeseman Snowline Lodge

Discover Canterbury’s easiest access on mountain ski accommodation. Ride the T-Bar lifts, ski to the lodge door and relax in the large communal dining/living area while your meals are prepared by our resident cook. Enjoy hot showers and sunset drenched decks.

Web: mtcheeseman.co.nz/accommodation/


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.

Web: brokenriver.co.nz/stay-with-us/accommodation/


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.

Web: mtolympus.co.nz/stay



Flockhill Cottage Winter Accommodation located in the heart of the Craigieburn Mountain Range- the perfect location for a ski holiday. With a full range of amenities such as WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, and stunning mountain views. Availability for Winter 2020 are the 2 bedroom cottages and one bedroom cottage. For bookings, email mail@flockhillnz.com.



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.

Web: templebasin.co.nz/rates/accommodation/

Where to shop in Sensational Selwyn


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.

Ph: +64 3 318 8433
Web: gnomes.co.nz 
E: info@gnomes.co.nz
Address: 26 South Terrace, Darfield

Transport & services in Sensational Selwyn


Smylies Transport

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.

Ph: 0800769543 
Mobile: 0274718109 or 0210636322  
Web: smylies.co.nz/Tour-and-Transport  
E: tour@smylies.co.nz
Address: 5653 West Coast Rd, Springfield


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: info@blackdiamondsafaris.co.nz


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.

Ph: +64 3 318 4845
Address: Main West Coast Rd

The Chill Regions/Accommodation

Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.

The Chill Mountains

In 2020 The Chill6 accesses the five following Ski Areas in the Selwyn District;  Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.

The Chill12 accesses the five ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.

The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 11 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.