Castle Hill Village


Castle Hill is in the Craigieburn Basin on the Great Alpine Highway (State Highway 73). It is an hour’s easy drive from Christchurch Airport and one and a half hour drive from Greymouth and Hokitika on the West Coast.

Craigieburn Basin sits at an altitude of 700m between the Torlesse and Craigieburn mountain ranges, and is known for its spectacular limestone rock formations. The rock outcrops are the eroded remnants of limestone formed during the Oligocene age 30-40 million years ago, when much of present day New Zealand was under the sea.

The Castle Hill Village borders the Craigieburn Forest Park, Thomas Bush Scenic Reserve, and is two minutes drive from Kura Tawhiti Conservation area, Castle Hill's iconic limestone rock outcrop, and the Cave Stream Scenic Reserve.

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