Travel guide to the top of Porters Pass in New Zealand

Porters Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 948m (3,110ft) above the sea level, located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island.

Porters Pass

Is the road to Porters Pass paved?

Set high in the Torlesse Tussocklands Park, the road to the summit is fully paved. It’s called State Highway 73 (Great Alpine Highway). Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The drive affords views of the Canterbury Plains.

How long is Porters Pass?

The pass is 32.4 km (20.13 miles) long running from Castle Hill Village, an alpine village to Springfield, a small town in Canterbury. The pass was named in 1858 after the Porter brothers who were farming nearby.