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Castle Hill Lodge B&B

Castle Hill Lodge

Castle Hill Lodge is a beautiful and charming place to stay, nestled within the stunning northern Southland countryside. It is set within 9 acres of it's own grounds and within walking distance of the sparkling upper Mataura River, world renowned for it's superb brown trout fly fishing.

Hosts Mark and Sharon will be delighted to offer you a warm welcome, home cooked food and cosy, comfortable accommodation. Mark is also a passionate angler and is a great source of information about how to fish the many rivers and lakes in the area makijng this a great base.


Mark and Sharon Ford


Castle Hill Lodge
23 McMillan Road
Garston 9750
New Zealand

Contact details

Phone: (03) 248 8816 (within New Zealand)

International +64 3 248 8816



Please mention when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Mataura River

Oreti River

Waikaia River

Aparima Riverr

Hamilton Burn

Mararoa River

Lake Wanaka

Note that as a passionate angler, Mark also knows of those special places that only locals know.



Castle Hill Lodge is marked on the Mataura River maps.

It is located in the small township of Garston beside the Mataura River


Castle Hill Lodge has four guest rooms suitable for singles, couples and families. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities.

Borneo and Nepal rooms

  • Double or twin beds
  • Ensuite
  • TV in room

South East Asia room

  • Private bathroom
  • Either twin or double beds
  • TV in room

England room

  • Family room with double bed and double sofa bed
  • TV in room
  • Ensuite bathroom shower and roll top claw footed bath
  • Own entrance onto the deck
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Free wifi access plus regular internet
  • Small library with books and games
  • Deck and barbeque
  • Nine acres of land to wander over
  • Large range of farm animals to enjoy
Learn To Fly Fish

Castle Hill Lodge’s learn to fish package is the perfect introduction to this exciting sport on some of the most renowned trout waters in the world. This three day course includes an FFF Certified fishing guide and casting instructor, all equipment, food and three nights accommodation.

The cost of this all inclusive package based on two persons sharing is:

  • NZ$1120 per person (for three days)
  • Single and group rates also available on request
  • Note: Fishing licence not included but can be arranged upon request.
Guided fly fishing experience


Castle Hill Lodge is central to a number of great fishing waters including the world renown Mataura River which is within easy walking distance. To make the most of your time the lodge offers three full days of guided fly fishing, tailored to suit your skill and experience,

Your fishing itinerary would include:

  • An approved FFF Certified guide for three days
  • Five nights en-suite accommodation
  • Breakfast and 2 course meals
  • Lunches
  • A complimentary bottle of New Zealand wine each evening
  • Transport
  • Use of equipment (though you are free to use your own if preferred)

The cost of this all inclusive package based on two persons sharing is NZ1750.


Note: Fishing licence not included but can be arranged upon request.

Local attractions and activities
  • Ride some of the best mountain bike trails New Zealand has to offer.
  • The Round The Mountain Cycle Trail (opening November 2013)
  • Rustic Rides horse trekking across high country stations Southland style
  • Heli-biking; taking a helicopter ride to the high peaks of the Remarkables and descend 1600 metres (very fast)
  • The southern ski fields are all within an easy drive from Castle Hill Lodge
  • The famous Kingston Flyer steam train is based in Kingston about 20 minutes from Castle Hill Lodge.
  • There are many walking and hiking trails in the region with the famous Kepler Track only an hours drive away
  • There are a number of wineries nearby that produce some of New Zealand's top wines
  • The beautiful Remarkable mountain range and Lake Wanaka are close by
  • The famous resort of Queenstown offers great shopping, dining and cafes
Indicative tariff
as at 1 April 2013

All room tariffs are based on 2 people sharing and include a full cooked breakfast.

  • South East Asia room: $150 per night
  • Borneo and Nepal rooms: $165 per night
  • England room: $180 - $220 per night
  • 2 course meal with wine: $50 per person
  • Quick meals (menu in rooms): $25 per person
  • Packed lunch: $20 per person
Payment methods Visa, Mastercard or Amex. A deposit of one night's accommodation is required to confirm booking.

Castle Hill has been given a number of great testimonials from anglers including:

  • A friendly and peaceful oasis in fly fishing heaven
  • Great location for fishing Upper Mataura River
  • We thought we had won the accomodation lottery

To read the full range of testimonials click here....


Castle Hill Lodge is located near the small village of Garston in Northern Southland. Queenstown is to the north and about a 40 minute drive There are direct flights from Auckland and Christchurch, and from Sydney, Australia into Queenstown.



Your hosts, Mark and Sharon

Mark on the water



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