An Artist's Alpine retreat

An Artist's Alpine retreat




Apr 2006

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our Alpine retreat,(second home) is one hour from Christchurch International Airport, along the Great Alpine Highway (Highway 73), midway between the East and West Coasts of the South Island.( The house logo on the map below is not accurate)
Being three years old and constructed to high specifications, it is both warm and comfortable.
Recycled doors, fittings and furniture from the Colonial era have been used giving a relaxed atmosphere.
Lovingly built by the owners (sculptor and doctor) it incorporates local riverstone and is landscaped using native plantings.
It is on two levels, with 3 bedrooms (one with ensuite shower)and the main bathroom upstairs.
The lower floor is a large open plan with kitchen, dining and living areas continuous.
The house contains contemporary modern art (NZ) throughout, including several of the owners bronze sculptures.

Our holiday home, placed centrally in the South Island, is an ideal base for exploring the stunning surroundings as recently portrayed in Lord of the Rings and Narnia. It would be well placed as a stop if contemplating a circuit of the most scenic parts of the South Island of New Zealand incorporating Christchurch/the West Coast / Queenstown and Wanaka via Arthurs Pass.


More about us

  1. We are a family of four. Stephen a bronze sculptor and avid art collector, Anna a doctor. Sonja is eight and Jamie five.
    Spending time in the outdoors has long been a passion for both of us. Castle Hill enables us to introduce and share these experiences with our children, especially walking, skiing and climbing.

    Prior to children, we have both worked and lived overseas.
    We see the house swap as a fantastic way for our family to spend time together whilst exploring new places and cultures.
    Since our property is a second home, our aim for the future is to visit Europe and to include some home exchanges with others who also have similar flexibility. We are in the process of building a new home in Christchurch and when this is complete our seaside home in Sumner, Christchurch could also be included in the swap. Alternatively one bedroom would be available for hosting if primarily staying at Castle Hill.

    If a visit now or even over the next 3-4 years time is of interest we would love to hear from you.

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Where is it?


Castle Hill Village is a purpose built recreational destination, with 75 holiday homes
situated on the lower slopes of the Cragieburn Range. It's usually very quiet, and midweek or off season we are often the only ones about apart from the three to four permanent residents and a couple of other families.
The village has both tennis and petanque courts, and a 9-hole golf course.
Six skifields are in the vicinity,(four within a 30 minute drive).
There are extensive walking and mountainbiking tracks through the forests and fly fishing for trout in the rivers and lakes(local guides available)
Lake Pearson,(motor boats banned)is ideal for kayaking and birdwatching such as the rare Crested Grebe.
At Cave Stream (5 minutes drive)is a local swimming hole. There you can also take head-torches and go walking upstream on a 20 minute caving experience.
Sculptural limestone tors at Kura Tawhiti are immediately adjacent to the village. These are internationally recognised as a world class bouldering destination, but are also a fantastic place to just wander around, play hide and seek with the kids or to picnic amongst.
Alpine mountaineering peaks exist within a 40 minute drive to Arthur's Pass, or for the family there are plenty of shorter walks of differing lengths and grades.
We have bikes/tobbogans/double and single kayaks/climbing equipment/golf clubs and tennis raquets for use.

For more information about the Castle Hill area and associated links see

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