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Vacation rentals in Castle Hill

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Private room in Castle Hill
Forest Lodge Double Room in the Mountains
Your private double room provides a perfect base for adventure activities in the mountains. The room also has a single bunk above the double, perfect for an extra companion. Enjoy the communal alpine lodge with a shared kitchen and bathrooms. Forest Lodge is an off-grid lodge located deep in the Craigieburn Range, be prepared for remote living with limited electricity as we rely mostly on solar power. Located 6km up the gravel Mt Cheeseman Skifield Rd, you will find a little slice of paradise.
$65 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.
$88 per night
Cottage in Castle Hill
Boasting the best views in the Village
Take 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.
$143 per night

Stay near Castle Hill's top sights

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

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$123 per night
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$198 per night
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Modern Rustic Chalet: Mountains, Explore, Relax.
$159 per night
Home in Castle Hill
$196 per night
Home in Castle Hill
Castle Hill Retreat includes linen, towels & clean
$233 per night
Cottage in Springfield
Ranger Cottage: Cosy & Eco Friendly
$90 per night
Chalet in Castle Hill
Adventure Whare - gorgeous new A-frame
$247 per night
Home in Castle Hill
New Home Designed for Comfort-4 bdrm, Castle Hill
$251 per night
Guest suite in Canterbury
The Loft@Bealey, Arthur's Pass (cleaning fee incl)
$97 per night
Guesthouse in Springfield
Springfield Eco Retreat
$107 per night
Private room in Glentunnel
Cairngorm Farm Stay
$49 per night

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.

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.

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