The sort of stuff it helps to know before you come and stay
Location and Access
Turn off the State Highway at the Porters access road, continue along the undulating gravel road, where a sign can be seen on the right hand side just past the mountain staff accommodation block. Turn off here and drive just a few hundred meters to the Lodge carpark. It is always advisable to have a vehicle suitable for mountain road conditions. You must carry chains and vehicles should be prepared for snow and freezing conditions (anti-freeze etc). If you've never used chains before it's recommended you have a practice getting them on before you leave.
During the school holidays, transport is available on a shuttle bus operated by Porters a short walk from the Lodge (approx 300m).
If you require assistance with transport arrangements check out Porters Ski Field website for other options..
LINEN & Laundry
Every bed is already provided with a fluffy feather duvet, cosy sheets, pillow and a towel.
Bring your own toiletries.
Linen for school groups is by prior arrangement only.
Laundry facilities are available
Checking In & Out
Guests are welcome to check in any time after 3pm and should vacate their rooms by11am on the morning of departure. Incoming guests are welcome to leave gear in the games room on the morning of arrival, as are guests leaving the Lodge to ski after checking out.
Any outstanding amounts must be settled prior to departure on the morning of checkout. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Eft-Pos.
Included in your room rate is a continental breakfast. Continental breakfast is served from 7am until 9am. Dinner-time is from 5pm until 9pm. View Menu
The Lodge have a fully licenced bar and there will also be snacks available for purchase.
There are vegetarian and gluten free items on our menu. If you have any other special dietary request please let us know at time of your booking.
Additional charges are specified on our Menu
There is an excellent cafe on the mountain for lunches unless weather conditions mean a day of rest. On such days, you can indulge in our menu which will be available all day.
POwer & phones
WE NOW HAVE FREE WI-FI FOR ALL GUESTS :)
We are off the grid and rely on a generator to provide electricity. It operates during the day as needed and is turned of at bed time. Night lighting operates so you are not left in complete darkness.
Another positive of being so remote is no cellphone coverage. How many places can still say that?
The office has a single landline for computer and business phone calls. Guests may use this line in case of emergency (small charge). The top of Porters Pass, then Springfield are the two next closest places for cellphone reception. At times the top of T-bar 3 also gets reception.
Health, Safety and Housekeeping
Porters Lodge is located in a most scenic, remote and sometimes extreme location. To keep the Lodge in the excellent condition you will enjoy, we do have a few in-house rules we ask for your co-operation with.
- NO SMOKING allowed inside the building
- outdoor footwear is removed in the entrance (bring some slippers)
- the Keas (native parrot) are NOT fed. It's very bad for them and any possessions you value ;).
- you keep your car keys, some footwear and a torch within reach at night in case of an emergency.
- babies and children under 4 years of age will have to wait until they are older to come into the Lodge due to safety concerns
- under 18 yr olds are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.