Castle Hill Village

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History

Castle Hill Village was developed in the early 1980s and has around 95 houses. While most of the houses are holiday homes, there are a number of permanent residents.

The Castle Hill basin has special cultural, spiritual and historical significance to Ngai Tahu who named it Kura Tawhiti (treasure from afar). Traces of 500-year old charcoal drawings can be found amongst the limestone outcrops of Castle Hill, and may have been left by the Waitaha, the first people to travel through this area.

In 1998 the Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area was designated as Topuni to ensure that the values Ngai Tahu place on this area are recognised, acknowledged and respected.

Early European settlers were quick to establish large, high country sheep runs in the Castle Hill basin which is still home to a number of high country farms or stations.
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