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Boasting the best views in the Village
Entire cottage · 6 guests · 3 beds · 1.5 baths
Boasting the best views in the VillageTake some time out and enjoy a stay at this stunning recent build located in an outdoors paradise. Simple but practical you will find everything you need when returning from an adventure-filled day. 5 ski-fields providing a variety of experiences are all within a half hour drive. World class bouldering can be found 5 minutes eat at Castle Hill (Kura Tawhiti) scenic reserve, or if you are wanting something a little more mellow then a walk around these same boulders will have you in awe.
Ranger Cottage: Cosy & Eco Friendly
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Entire cottage · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath
Ranger Cottage: Cosy & Eco FriendlyThis lovely cottage is located on a 1/4 acre section in a quiet rural suburb. It was built in the 1930’s and upgraded in 2010. It gets all day sun, with lots of windows looking out on the large yard and garden. Enjoy a toasty wood burner in the cosy lounge on winter nights. We are located 15-30 minutes to many walking areas and ski fields, and one hour to the national park. The house is well off the main road, so no traffic noise!
Castle Hill Studio
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Entire guest suite · 4 guests · 4 beds · 1 bath
Castle Hill StudioCastle Hill Studio is so new, the landscaping is still in progress! The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need after a day exploring the nearby Ski fields, Craigieburn trails, Cave Stream, and Kura Tawhiti (Castle Hill Rocks) from your doorstep. This spacious, fully serviced, basement studio has its own private entry, with secure bike or ski storage by arrangement. While the studio is spacious, it is best suited to couples, small children can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

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The Raven's Nest Bed & second Breakfast Farmstead
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Forest Lodge Double Room in the Mountains
$67 per night
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Snow Dome
$146 per night
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New home designed for groups - 4 bdrm, Castle Hill
$275 per night
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The Kiwi Bach
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Te Kohanga House - Castle Hill Village
$168 per night
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Forest Lodge - Entire lodge
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Castle Hill Bed and Breakfast
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Your guide to Castle Hill

All About Castle Hill

With fewer than 150 homes and no public services to speak of, Castle Hill is hardly your typical tourist destination. Yet over the years, word has traveled to urbanites in search of adventure in the wide-open Canterbury high country. Now considered to be the epicenter of New Zealand’s South Island climbing scene, the Castle Hill basin, located between the Torlesse and Craigieburn mountain ranges, is a magnet for rock climbers lured by its signature limestone formations, some 30 million years old. Today, it’s a natural playground for adventure seekers drawn to the area’s four ski fields, while Craigieburn Forest Park and Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park attract visitors for caving, hiking, fishing, and biking a growing number of mountain biking trails.


How do I get around Castle Hill?

Located approximately 55 miles northwest of Christchurch, Castle Hill is about an hour’s drive from Christchurch Airport (CHC), which serves New Zealand as well as Australia and Asia. Alternatively, Auckland Airport (AKL) is open to more destinations, though travel between Auckland and Christchurch would warrant an internal flight. The drive from Castle Hill Village to Christchurch takes a little over an hour. Due to its small footprint, Castle Hill Village has no public transportation, or services of any kind for that matter, including gas stations. Visitors should plan to fuel up accordingly in neighboring towns.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Castle Hill?

Castle Hill experiences a fairly comfortable summer and a cold and windy winter; it remains partly cloudy year-round. Warm weather typically lasts from early December through mid-March, with average daily temperatures in the mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooler season lasts from early June through late August, with daily temperatures averaging in the mid-50s. The coldest days can drop to just above freezing, and wind chill is a huge factor, especially when venturing up into the mountains. Always be sure to check local forecasts before heading out for hikes, as swift changes in temperature can occur at higher altitudes.


What are the top things to do in Castle Hill?

Cave Stream Scenic Reserve

Located on the outer ring of the “castle” of limestone boulders is the Cave Stream Scenic Reserve. Just minutes from the heart of Castle Hill Village, the 1/4-mile-long cave has two separate entrances, each preceded by a short walk. Heralded as one of the most outstanding natural features in the region, the cave ends as a small pool fed by a waterfall. Be sure to avoid during heavy rain, as it is known to flood.

Hogs Back Track

This recently finished hiking, biking, and skiing track connects Castle Hill to nearby Texas Flat on the Cheeseman Ski Field Road, a distance of 4.6 miles. Popular with mountain bikers as well as area hikers, the ridgeline track passes through the basin’s beech forest and passes Waterfall Creek.

Craigieburn Forest Park

Perhaps Castle Hill’s biggest draw is the 173-square-mile Craigieburn Forest Park, located just northwest of town over Mount Enys. Two major ski areas — Broken River and Craigieburn Valley — lie within its boundaries, and outside of ski season, it’s a popular destination for hikers and walkers, mountain biking buffs, and nature enthusiasts of all ages.