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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 environment in the Canterbury High Country.

During weekends and school holidays in the summer months (but not over the Christmas period) these wonderful facilities at Castle Hill are sometimes available for groups to hire.

The Lodge is also regularly hired for weddings and wedding photographs.

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 is 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 can 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 Head of Values and Culture, Hamish Bell, at

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Castle Hill Outdoor Centre has held the OutdoorMark safety accreditation since it first started in 2006. This is a nationally Audited certification which is recognised by the Ministry of Education. The centre has in April 2018 been Audited under the new Adventure activity and been awarded a Premium Safety Audit Certification for the next three years.


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.