Mt Lyford is a lovely small settlement at the edge of the Kaikoura Ranges. Because of it's altitude of around 600m it has an alpine climate.
In winter, it’s a base for snow sport enthusiasts who come to conquer the slopes of Mt Lyford. At other times of the year, activities such as horse riding, tramping, mountain biking and fishing attracts people to this hidden gem.
Christchurch is only 1.5 hrs away which makes it an ideal weekend getaway.
Mt Lyford is the holiday destination for you if you are looking for a quiet environment, clean air, no distractions, just to be away from the hustle and bustle.
History of Mt Lyford
In 1986 Mt Lyford Village and Ski field was developed by D & J Simpson, who formerly farmed this area.
The Mt Lyford development was to construct and market an alpine subdivision of 97 large sections with an approximate size of one acre each. The alpine village included; roading, water supply, underground power and telephone services. Recreational areas and artificial lakes were also planned and strict building codes were placed on the type of buildings and construction methods use within the subdivision. Only log chalets were allowed to be built with a minimum roof pitch of 45 degrees. In addition to the subdivision a commercial ski field and access road was developed in the overlooking mountains catering for families, including ice-skating, day shelter/cafeteria together with ski tows and car parking. In turn the Mt Lyford ski field was there to compliment the subdivision below.
Mt Lyford Alpine Resort opened the new Mt Terako ski area in 1993. In early 2001 Mt Lyford Lodge was opened offering a fantastic venue at the base of the village with accommodation, restaurant and bar facilities. Currently the Simpson family continues to operate Mt Lyford Alpine Resort ski field.