How to get here

Finding us is easy: The Mt Cheeseman access road is located about 1.5 km past Castle Hill village when travelling from Christchurch. The entrance gate is located on the left just before the Broken River Bridge and is clearly marked and signposted prior to the turnoff.

The unsealed access road is 12km in length and makes its way across flat farming land and through serene native beech forest as it climb to the base area at 1540 metres. You can drive right to the door to unload and the main carpark is located a few hundred metres below the unloading area – an easy 2 minute stroll to warm you up prior to hitting the slopes!

Our Access Road.

ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CHAINS IN WINTER. We used shouty text because it’s important! The road is maintained and kept in good condition, however being an alpine environment, you never know when it will snow and road conditions can change throughout the day, from good to bad or bad to good. During the winter season, we have helpful signs at the front gate and at strategic points along the road to tell you when you need fit snow chains to your vehicle. Trust us, you don’t want to be the guy who ‘wings it’ and ends up needing to be rescued! Please respect any road closures or locked gates, there is a good reason they are shut.

Key Distances

Springfield   46km approx 1h  0m drive
Darfield   70km approx 1h 15m drive
Christchurch Airport 104km approx 1h 30m drive
Hokitika 159km approx 2h 22m drive
Westport 256km approx 3h 45m drive
Nelson 413km approx 5h 30m drive


Need transport?

Cheeseman does not provide any shuttle service from the road to our ski field, you need to either have your own vehicle or have pre arranged a shuttle service.
Here are some recommended options.

Snow Pool – Shared Travel
Share the costs and meet some new people along the way – go to:  


Ski the Clubbies Ride Share


Smylies Tours
(From 1-100 people)
Tollfree (NZ only): 0800 769 543 | T 021 0636 322
Your local transport operator to Mt Cheeseman since 1994.
Operating 4WD SUVs, 4WD Vans or 4WD 22 seater buses, Smylies Tours offer
safety, comfort and experience on the way to or from the mountains.

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Black Diamond Safaris
(1-4 people)
T: 0274 362 843
2023 – $400 Christchurch to Cheeseman with any necessary stops
along the way (ski hire, cafe, supermarket etc.)