Mountain bikes and walking shoes, plus a comfortable deck chair, are just some of the prerequisites for an outstanding summer’s weekend at Castle Hill, which neighbours two forest parks and Arthur’s Pass National Park.

Skiing, mountain-biking, tramping / hiking, fishing, rock-climbing / bouldering, paragliding, Cave Stream.

Within the village itself, there are a tennis court, small ice-rink, petanque court, water-slide, picnic tables, 9 hole rustic golf course, and a children’s play area with swings and an in-ground trampoline.

Weddings are a regular occurrence at St Andrew’s College’s Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge in Thomas Bush near the village, and also at Flock Hill Lodge.

You can find more information on some of the tracks etc. in the Castle Hill Basin on the Tracks page, while ski-area/piste information can be found on the Ski Areas page.

The Castle Hill Community Association has been enthusiastic about supporting the development of the Craigieburn Trails; the village also has a new BMX “pump” track in the trees beside the tennis court/village hall, which is great for children.

Local skifields include Porters, Mt Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley & Mt Olympus, with Temple Basin further afield.

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