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Chalet in Castle Hill
Modern Rustic Chalet: Mountains, Explore, Relax.
Modern-rustic chalet, nestled in the magical mountain village of Castle Hill. Only 1 hour, 10 minutes from Christchurch. This is the perfect place to get close to nature and unwind. The chalet is warm and "hugge", with comfortable furniture and plenty of space for 2 families to spread out. Our home is available to travellers from near and far. Enjoy endless outdoor fun...skiing, hiking, rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, rivers, native forest and tennis. OR just relax and breathe deeply.
$151 per night
Guest suite in Castle Hill
Castle Hill Studio
Castle Hill Studio has everything you need after a day exploring the nearby Ski fields, Craigieburn trails, Cave Stream, and Kura Tawhiti 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 2 people/ 1 couple. Young children can be accommodated by prior arrangement. If you are 2 couples traveling together, then our Studio is not your best option.
$77 per night
Home in Castle Hill
Castle Hill Retreat includes linen, towels & clean
The house has character styling, featuring cathedral ceilings with exposed hand planed hardwood beams. The spacious living spaces are flooded with natural light and fabulous views. The home offers 3 double bedrooms and a large bunk room. There are 2 bathrooms, 1 with a clawfoot bath, shower, separate toilet and vanity the other with a shower and toilet. Making the house ideal for family groups. The bunk room and lounge each have a TV.
$221 per night

Stay near Castle Hill's top sights

Cave Stream Scenic Reserve14 locals recommend
Kura Tawhiti / Castle Hill Conservation Area3 locals recommend
Mount Cheeseman Ski Area4 locals recommend
Porters Ski Area20 locals recommend
Porters Ski Field4 locals recommend
Craigieburn Trails - Castle Hill3 locals recommend

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$68 per night
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Home in Tekapo
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Quick stats about vacation rentals in Castle Hill

Total rentals

20 properties

Wifi availability

20 properties include access to wifi

Pet-friendly rentals

10 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

10 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

1.3K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$20 before taxes and fees

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.

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.

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.

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