Population: mostly seasonal holiday visitors
Location: Just over an hour west of Christchurch on State Highway 73
Castle Hill Village is a picture-perfect alpine settlement cradled in the Southern Alps at an altitude of 700 metres.
The village takes its name from the adjoining high country station, Castle Hill Station, so named for the distinctive fortress-like limestone hills encircling the station homestead. These hills have eroded to form the boulders that many regard as the "crown jewel" of rock climbing in New Zealand.
In addition to rock climbing, the area is the perfect base for numerous other outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, hunting and water sports.