Wagner Custome Skis
Where is Mt Lyford? Mt Lyford is located in the South Island of New Zealand, 2 hours north of Christchurch. Travel up Hwy 7 and then turn off onto Hwy 70. The excellent Lyford Lodge marks the entrance road.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby Whilst the South Island is loaded with other commercial and club ski fields, the only other ski field close to Mt Lyford is the cosy Hanmer Springs which is located about an hour and a half drive away along Hwy 70 and Hwy 7. The main Canterbury ski fields (Porters, Broken River and Craigieburn etc) are a few hours’ drive further to the south.

Getting To Mt Lyford Driving up to Mt Lyford from the base will bring tears of joy to some and cries of fear to others. It’s all a matter of perspective really. In amongst the top three ‘best’ ski hill roads in New Zealand and whatever you’re perspective; it is a beautiful journey and is a bonus when skiing at Lyford.

From the Mt Lyford Lodge, if you have no vehicle or hitchhiking doesn’t appeal, or the thought of driving up the road is too daunting, Mt Lyford Express operates a shuttle bus every morning leaving at 8.30am.

The Mt Lyford Express shuttle also operates from Kaikoura every weekend and during school holidays, leaving from the Adelphi Restaurant car park at 7.30am. Weekday shuttles from Kaikoura can be arranged - email Tim at mtlyfordexpress@xtra.co.nz

Getting Around Mt Lyford The base lodge is about 30 metres from the car park and requires the use of one’s legs. This may test some, but we suspect not.