In 1964 the original Mt Potts homestead, shearers’ quarters and woolshed were converted into an accommodation, events and function centre. Today, Mt Potts Lodge is Canterbury’s most remote lodge-style accommodation on a working high country station, nestled in the heart of the harsh and hauntingly beautiful Southern Alps.
The lodge is sited in the world famous Ashburton Lakes District, only 20 minutes’ drive to Lake Clearwater – an outdoor recreational playground offering fishing, kayaking, ice skating, 4W driving, horse riding, tramping, climbing, photography, birdwatching and more.
Bordering the Main Divide and Mt Cook National Park, the Mt Potts region is world-renowned for alpine game hunting, and the nearby headwaters of the mighty Rangitata River is famous for salmon and rainbow trout fishing.
Mt Potts Lodge is just over an hour’s drive (74.3km) from Methven, and a two hour and 20 minutes drive (155.9 km) from Christchurch.
Mt Potts Lodge is the perfect venue to host your wedding, private function, corporate retreat or event. It offers a range of hotel-style ensuite studios, boutique cottages, plus camping facilities. Flexible accommodation options means the lodge can accommodate groups of up to 40 people, making it the perfect venue for a breath-taking South Island high country getaway whether you’re a solo traveler, family or large group.
Since purchasing Mt Potts Station in 2011, we have made steady improvements to offer our guests a truly unique experience at an affordable price. The rustic farm lodge has a licensed bar, pool table, flat screen television and large dinning area that flows seamlessly onto an elevated outdoor entertaining area.
Guests can take in the rich alpine landscape and stunning mountain views. The high peaks tower above freezing point offering a permanent snowline year-round. Our resident Scottish Highland bull, who resides in the paddock adjacent to the lodge, will be the first to greet you upon arrival – and he’s happy to be hand fed and have his photo taken.
Located a short drive from Mt Potts Lodge is the wild, rocky terrain of Mt Sunday. Located on Mt Potts Station, the roche moutoné of Mt Sunday (a low rounded hill shaped by a glacier) was made world-famous as the site of ‘Edoras’ – the fortress city of the people of Rohan – in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Guests can hike to the top of Mt Sunday at their own leisure, book a guided tour or ride to the base of the mountain on horseback. For fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise, this is an iconic ‘must see’ landmark. Mt Sunday gained its name because boundary riders from the surrounding high country stations used to meet there every Sunday.
The Event / Function Centre
Mt Potts Lodge is open year-round for corporate retreats, weddings, group events and private functions. Bookings are essential. Guests are also welcome to self-cater using our commercial kitchen. Our licensed bar also offers a great selection of beverages including locally produced wine and beer.
Mt Potts Station is a 1197 hectare working cattle farm, running more than 400 cows with over 300 calves at foot, as well as bulls, goats, deer and stags. The total stock count is 3918 but this will increase to 5200 due to an additional 200 hinds and 800 ewes taking up residence.
We offer year-round farm tours which are great for families or corporate team building exercises. Guests can have a real hands-on experience with seasonal tasks including, moving fences, herding sheep, stock feeding from the back of a tractor and getting up close to new-born lambs and calves.
For more information, check out the Activities section on our website.
Mt Potts doubles as a heli-ski base in the winter so if skiing or snowboarding across 660 hectares of incredible back-country terrain sounds like your idea of fun – book a session today. Unrestricted helicopter access means you can pick your own lines and decide how many runs you want to take on. Best of all, while you’re exploring uncharted fresh powder, we will take care of all safety requirements and provide lunch to keep you going.
Helipark is the perfect environment for advanced free-skiers and snowboarders. It also caters to photographers and videographers seeking that spectacular shot or video.
There was no scheduled service in 2015, however operations are expected to recommence for the 2016 winter season.
For more information visit www.helipark.co.nz