It is with some consternation that the Castle Hill Community Association committee has learnt that the position of Field Centre Supervisor (Chris Stewart) at Arthur's Pass is to be lost in DOC's restructuring. You will all know how important Chris has been in the developments around the village. The committee has written a letter to the Director General, and also copies to various MPs, stating our concerns, and suggesting a community partnership position be established at AP. If you wish to make a personal plea, please do the same- the more the better.
Castle Hill Village began as a development in 1982 when the then owner of Castle Hill Station, John Reid, conceived a plan to create a high alpine village on an area of farmland near Thomas Bush beneath the Craigieburn Range as a centre for recreational activities in the area.
Since its inception the village has steadily grown and now contains more than 80 houses. Most of these are
seasonal holiday homes with only a handful occupied by permanent residents. (There are no commercial shops in the village for food or fuel).
Castle Hill Village is located in the Canterbury high country 100km west of Christchurch (about one hours car travel on State Highway 73),
about 33km west from Springfield over Porters Pass. A steet map of the village is given on the left and a larger area map can be found here.
The village location is ideal base for a range of outdoor activities. These include:
Skiing- four skifields are located along the Craigieburn Range near the village. The Craigieburn Range also offers extensive ski touring possibilities- click here for more details