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Castle Hill

Kura Tawhiti

The award-winning Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge 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 Tawhiti area.

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

The lodge is tucked away in a sunny beech forest clearing with fantastic mountain views within 800m of Castle Hill Village. It is a perfect base for larger groups to enjoy the recreational amenities of the area.

The comfortable bunkrooms sleep 42 people in bunk beds (4 rooms with 10 bunks, plus one room with two single beds), with no linen or pillows supplied, so please bring your own.

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. The lodge is certified for 45 seated diners.

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

Off the main power grid, the lodge relies on solar, generator and gas systems. Road access can be challenging during extreme weather events and is often restricted to 4WD.

A minimum charge out rate applies.

For initial enquiries, 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.