Sitting at the foothills of the majestic Torlesse Range and Southern Alps, this little town truly is ‘The Gateway to the Alps’ with so many great things to see and do.

A coal town during the 1870s and a railway town from 1880, Springfield is the ski area hub of Selwyn, offering great accommodation, cafes and hotels. For information about the area and activities it hosts, call into the Railway Station.

Whether you are heading west from Christchurch, or on your way over from the West Coast – maybe even on the Tranz Alpine train – Springfield is a great stop for some active relaxing.

Just outside of Springfield is the Castle Hill Limestone Reserve. This awe-inspiring array of rock formations was created by Mother Nature 300 million years ago, just for you. Here you can wander around the rocks, and crawl through mini tunnels and arches chiseled by glaciers millions of years ago. The area has great picnic spots and is popular with rock climbers. Look for the clearly marked signs in the Cave Stream Scenic Reserve area.

For movie-buffs, Springfield is the closest town to the ‘Land of Narnia’ with the battle scene for the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe filmed here. Take a few hours to explore the area and see whether you can find some familiar sights from the movie.

If you are planning on staying a while, park up at Smylies Motels YHA Ski Lodge. Here you can book a Smylies Tour and the Porters mountain shuttle.

On your way out of town, ensure your petrol tank will get you to your next destination by making a trip to the petrol station – the last fuel stop for 82 kilometres west. There is also a wide range of grocery items, workshop facilities and snow chains open 7.30am to 7pm, 7 days a week.