• Welcome to Springfield Motel and Lodge!
    Welcome to Springfield Motel and Lodge!

    Come and see the alpine beauty in Springfield!

  • Comfortable and quiet stay
    Comfortable and quiet stay

    We would like to invite you to stay at the Springfield Motel & Lodge

  • Magnificent views of rural NZ!
    Magnificent views of rural NZ!

    wonderful selection of activities

  • Springfield Motel and Lodge
    Springfield Motel and Lodge

    We look forward to hosting you

  • Winter Packages
    Winter Packages

    We can arrange packages for all the major ski facilities

 

 

 

 

Springfield is 60km west of Christchurch and is the closest township to a choice of five skifields. Offering a wonderful selection of comfortable accommodation places, cafes, a hotel, service centre and information buro, an array of activities including horse trekking, jetboating, farmshow, 4wd safaris and magnificent views of the Mt Torlesse Range, and foothills of the Southern Alps.

Once a coal town with two mines open during the 1870’s, Springfield boasted 7 shops and a Bank of New Zealand. The railway arrived in Springfield in 1880 and the Midland Railway Line’s access to the coast didn’t break through until the opening of the Otira Tunnel in the 1920’s.

After the opening of the Otira Tunnel saw an increase in rail traffic and rail staff based in Springfield for many years. During this time the introduction of the KB steam engines was evident with six engines being specifically built for this section of track between Springfield and Arthur’s Pass. They were the strongest engines built in the steam era. 

Today the Midland Line is World famous as the Tranz Alpine Journey and stops in at the Springfield Railway Station daily to welcome people on board before following the spectacular Waimakariri Gorge and on to Greymouth. The Waimakariri River has been used over the years for recreation including the early trials of Sir William Hamilton’s jetboat in the early 1950’s and is still widely used today with both commercial and private jet boating heading up the spectacular Waimak Gorge. 

Fishing is also popular along with the kayaking leg of the infamous Coast to Coast Event. These competitors jump in their kayaks at Mt White Bridge and ride the river for around 4hours before disembarking at the Waimakariri Gorge Bridge, near Sheffield.


Winter Packages

Summer Packages

NZ Transalpine

Porters Ski Area

Rubicon Valley

Powderhounds