Castle Hill Village


Winter’s cold, crisp days, with snow into the tree line, provide sharp contrast to the hot and dry, blue sky days of Castle Hill Village in summer.

Equipped with a mountain bike, Craigieburn Forest Park’s excellent network of tracks and mountain roads is easily accessed from the village. Mountain biking is hugely popular, and with gentle, child-safe roads around the village, all ages can enjoy the ride.

From the village, there are a number of walking and biking tracks through the surrounding beech forest with outstanding views of Craigieburn’s karst, or limestone, landscape.

With four ski fields within 20 minutes of the village, and three more less than an hour away, Castle Hill Village is a perfect base to explore some of the New Zealand’s best skiing. Porters, the closest commercial field to the village, offers excellent terrain, full equipment hire and an international ski school.

Arthur’s Pass National Park is a mountaineering and trampers’ paradise with an extensive range of tramping tracks and huts. Mt Rolleston (2271 metres) is the highest mountain in the park’s magnificent Southern Alps.

Chalk up for world-class rock climbing at Castle Hill basin’s distinctive limestone rock formations offering a huge array of bouldering problems and longer routes. Alpine lakes, such as nearby Lake Pearson, are shallow and warm, perfect for swimming, sailing and kayaking. Lake Lyndon accommodates for powerboats and jet skis.

Cast for trout or salmon in some of Canterbury’s best high country lakes and rivers.

  • Mountain and road biking (view trails here )
  • Skiing
  • Rock climbing/bouldering
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Tramping
  • Mountaineering
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis and petanque court in the village
  • Playground
  • Ski Touring
  • Golf
  • Trail Running

trail running

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