8 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Castle Hill, New Zealand - Updated 2023

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Castle Hill is a prime example of a destination that feels like heaven on Earth. In fact, when the Dalai Lama visited in 2002, he dubbed the site as a “Spiritual Center of the Universe” after being moved by the beautiful landscape. This geological wonder was also one of the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings. The charm of Castle Hill appeals to adrenaline junkies as the hill is a popular spot for rock climbing, bouldering, and hiking. Nearby, there’s Cave Stream Scenic Reserve, which is not for the faint-hearted. If you’re up for the challenge, put on your gears as you traverse inside the 594-meter-long (1949 feet) cave. In winters, explore the Southern Alps via a helicopter ride. If you’re ready for an adventure, here’s a list of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Castle Hill, New Zealand, to get you started on planning!

1. Clean and homely retreat for the family (from USD 220)

Treat your family and friends to an alpine retreat in this beautiful newly built house with spectacular views of Castle Hill. The rustic home features high ceilings and huge windows, giving the place a homely ambiance.

There are 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests. The kitchen is equipped with modern appliances and the lounge furnished with an HDTV with Netflix and Chromecast. For recreational activities, the rental is close to a basketball court and tennis court. There’s also a tennis table set up in the garage.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
115 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 7 Beds 12 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this is an absolutely stunning brand new home with quality fittings comfortable lounge/dining furniture
even the kitchen knives are sharp perfect for us foodies
this is a beautiful home great kitchen
the open plan kitchen dining and living room is perfect for larger groups
it’s a new home with lovely beds and bedding fantastic kitchen with everything you need
the house is impeccably clean spacious and very well appointed
house is excellent very clean and well set up
the house was spotlessly clean and well equipped and we had a lovely stay
fast communication sparkling clean house beautiful views and good facilities
lovely home modern clean big quiet and warm
julie was an amazing host - very accommodating
julie was really responsive to any questions or requests we had which we really appreciated
excellent location very well equiped
beautiful house in a beautiful location
a great location in castle hill
the location is great in castle hill too and close to a few touristy places
julie’s place was fantastic a stunning house in a great location in castle hill village
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2. Cozy and rustic chalet ideal for a family mountain getaway (from USD 147)

This spacious modern rustic chalet has everything you need for a mountain retreat. The property is perfect for families as it can accommodate up to 10 people with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

There’s plenty of space for cooking and conversation with the open-plan kitchen, dining area and deck. After a good meal, guests can relax in the living room with a fireplace or watch a movie from a selection of DVDs or from Apple TV. The property is also accessible for skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
104 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire chalet 6 Beds 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

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Amenities & Room:
we loved having no wifi
very comfortable and well equipped for an alpine holiday
this is a gorgeous house warm and modern with lots of room
a cozy comfortable space with everything needed for a family holiday
very clean and tidy and great communication
clean warm comfortable spacious and homely
everything you need in the house which was big and cozy and very clean
fantastic space comfortable warm clean great location to access nearby outdoor activities
catherine was very easy and helpful to communicate with
an excellent base to explore the local area and catherine is a responsive and friendly host
great location for exploring the area
close to a lot of great walks both easy and challenging
superb accomodation in a wonderful location
really close plentiful walks or runs fantastic landscapes
a warm well appointed house in a fantastic location
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3. Newly built studio perfect for couples (from USD 81)

Spend quality time with your significant other in this cozy basement studio. The rental is newly built, so expect fresh, clean interiors and a fully equipped kitchen. The studio also comes with heating, Wi-Fi, a private entry, secure bike/ski storage, and accommodations for up to four guests. Enjoy meals in the al fresco dining area with amazing landscape views.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
381 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

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Amenities & Room:
no tv but wifi works well
it’s fully contained with heating electric blankets comfortable beds and easy access to beautiful walking tracks
make use of the electric blankets bed is amazingly comfortable and it's really well appointed
carols & warricks place was a great visit amazing views and attention to fine detail in the apartment
had a great night sleep in the comfortable bed
very clean and nice neighborhood
it is clean comfortable and nicely decorated
absolutely beautiful place super clean comfy bed all you need is there
studio is exactly as advertised well appointed everything was super clean and tidy
the apartment is clean well set out and has everything you need
carol was the perfect host from start to finish
carol and warrick are amazing hosts and were so welcoming
carol was an amazing host and the studio was perfect
really great and accommodating hosts
superb stay super friendly hosts
great location and very nice place
what a wonderful place to stay lovely location close to walks and bike rides
perfect location for exploring arthur's pass national park
definitely recommend the perfect place to stay near arthur’s pass
lovely place and awesome location
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4. Lovely Swiss-style chalet in Castle Hill Village (from USD 115)

This beautiful Swiss-style chalet will make you want to relocate. The property is in Castle Hill Village where guests can get a glimpse of the local community.

The house sleeps up to eight guests, with three bedrooms and one bathroom. Every room comes with a heating elements for a good night’s sleep. There’s also a full kitchen, a living room, and a private courtyard perfect for bonding moments.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
68 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire chalet 8 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
beautifully presented and clean we couldn't fault it and we fell in love with castle hill
sarah was a great host with great communication
good communication from the host and the place accurately fitted the description
we loved this place and the host couldn’t have been more accommodating
sarah’s local tips for walks and things to do was helpful as well
nice location in the established part of the village
great location for walks in the area
great property and fantastic location
a really great house in such a great location
the location was perfect everything we needed was there
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5. Spacious lodge with beautiful views in a great location (from USD 603)

Large parties going for an active holiday will love this sizable lodge. It sleeps 16 guests with its 7 bedrooms with bunkbeds and 2 bathrooms. The property is situated 780 meters (2559 feet) above sea level, making it an ideal spot for mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding.

After a full day of outdoor fun, guests can recharge with a delicious meal prepared in the full kitchen. They can also lounge in the living room while admiring the views through the huge windows.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
11 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 38 Beds 16 Guests 7 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

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both samantha & james were great hosts
stunning location and cosy feel
stunning scenery peaceful and a perfect location for a winter get away
amazing location and a great host
booked the place out with a group of people and it was an ideal set up
really great place to stay
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6. Modern house for a winter holiday (from USD 137)

In the winter, this modern holiday house is a good choice to host your vacation as it’s near ski fields. The house is also fitted to provide warmth and comfort in its open living space with a wood-burning fireplace and cozy interiors. The well-appointed kitchen is complete with modern appliances for your cooking needs, too. There’s also a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi for entertainment. The house can accommodate eight guests, with three bedrooms, and one and a half bathrooms.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
47 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
clive was a fantastic host he was flexible and easy to communicate with and had everything arranged for us
stunning location with plenty of walks and mountain biking in the area
location was great - we thought it was a bit pricey for what we got
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7. Porters Lodge (from USD 90)

Travelers who are looking for a sense of community will like this comfy accommodation set inside Porters Lodge. The rental features bunk beds that sleep six people and two shared bathrooms. Porters Lodge is located at the foot of Porters ski field, which makes it good base for skiers, mountain bikers, and hikers.

There’s a bar and restaurant on-site, so guests can enjoy a hassle-free stay. They can also take advantage of the outdoor lounge with amazing mountain views.

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Castle Hill, New Zealand
34 reviews   Wifi Available
Room in boutique hotel 6 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

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the communal space is full of soft and comfortable sofas with great views through the large windows
the lodge has an amazing view of the mountains and food is yummy cozy place to stay
had a lovely time such a cozy lodge with a beautiful view
we had a great stay at porters - our room had a stunning view of the valley
building and rooms were clean food was good
the hosts were very attentive and the food was superb
friendly hosts and good showers food and beer to welcome you back from a days riding
lovely hosts and small lodge so felt like a private home which was lovely many thanks
they’re the friendliest bunch and you can tell they’re really happy to be living up in the lodge
very friendly hosts (including the dogs :)) who can tell you everyting about the area
beautiful location in the heart of the mountains
great location very nice food
great lodge in an amazing location
lovely place in an awesome location
super cosy place to stay in arthurs pass and close to castle hill
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8. Nor-West Retreat (from USD 133)

You will love waking up to a peaceful atmosphere in this lovely, secluded home. With three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, the house can sleep seven guests.

Prepare a nice meal in the full kitchen and enjoy it in the outdoor dining area with nature views. Afterwards, have an exciting day of rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, and hiking, all accessible from the property. At night, keep yourself toasty in front of the indoor fireplace while watching a good movie.

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Castle Hill, Canterbury, New Zealand
4 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

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excellent location and really good communication would come back in a heart beat
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Bring home great memories, photos, and stories

Aside from the iconic rock formations, Castle Hill is also rich in cultural, historical, and spiritual significance. It would be impossible to go home without a good story – and plenty of photos - to share from your trip. With our recommended vacation rentals, we hope you find the best place to host your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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