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Castle Hill

The award-winning Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge at Castle Hill was completely rebuilt in 2008 into a state-of-the-art centre, where our students enjoy a top-quality Outdoor Education programme in this stunning alpine environment in the Kura Tāwhiti area.

During weekends and school holidays these wonderful facilities at Castle Hill may be available for groups to hire.

The comfortable bunkrooms sleep 42 people in bunk beds, with no linen or pillows supplied.

A well-equipped kitchen has enough cooking facilities and equipment to cater for up to 50 people, including a large double commercial gas stove with two ovens and eight burners, a fridge, oven trays, lots of pots and pans, cooking utensils, plates, and cutlery.

There is seating for 60 available inside the Lodge plus 30 outside.

A gas barbecue is available for use in the area outside the kitchen, with gas and spare bottles available.

Camping may be available around the Lodge (only after the Lodge has reached capacity) by request, at an additional cost.

Outdoor equipment is not available to casual users of the lodge, however groups planning to do outdoor activities may be able to be accommodated, as long as they are under direct Castle Hill Outdoor Centre staff supervision.

Hireage is from 2.00pm to midday, or by arrangement, and is for the area of the building only. The Lodge sits in Department of Conservation land, and permission to move onto surrounding privately owned land must be obtained from the landowner before entry.

We ask that the Lodge is left in the same or a better state than it was found, with all rubbish removed.

A minimum charge out rate applies.

For more information, please contact Operations Manager, Jo Parsons, at

Castle Hill Outdoor Centre holds the AdventureMark® Blue Safety Audit Certification. This is a nationally Audited certification an operator's conformance with the NZ Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities.


The Castle Hill Outdoor Centre has been awarded the Organisation Award for performing at the highest levels. The award recognises the contribution to the society and the long lasting and positive impacts they are making to the wider community.