Rockwood Station - The Summerhouse

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Rockwood Station - The Summerhouse


The Summer House at Rockwood Station is just one hour and 15 minutes from Christchurch city and 25 minutes from both Darfield and Methven.

The Summer House was designed by hosts, Cheryl and Ben, to be a peaceful retreat... an oasis of calm for busy lives... Somewhere to switch off, unplug and soak up the natural surrounds of their stunning high country farm.

The accommodation consists of one large room with the bedroom and kitchen in one area and a separate lounging area. Large glass sliding doors open from the lounge on to the surrounding deck. A bathroom, with a luxurious, deep bathtub is accessed from the deck outside.

An outdoor fire-place and beautifully landscaped sitting area sits right next to the Rockwood Stream that runs immediately in front of the Summer House. You can hear the gentle flow of the water over the rocks as you sip your cool drink in the summer heat, or hot chocolate in the winter months.

The bird-life surrounding the summer house is incredible. Bellbirds, wood-pigeons, fantails and kingfishers are regular visitors. The bushwalk on the property takes you through 100 acres of native bush, and the beautiful woodland garden of the nearby, historical Rockwood homestead is a delight to explore

In the summer, enjoy a dip in the swimming holes up and down the river... In the winter, cosy up and tuck yourself away for a few days - maybe even enjoying some snowfall while you're there!

FROM $335 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


254 Darts Rd, Windwhistle 7572


Rockwood Station is set just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Christchurch in the Canterbury Region. The Google Maps directions to get there are accurate.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Rockwood Station is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in the summer house kitchen. You'll find a Nespresso machine and all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, the towns of Darfield or Methven are just 25 minutes away. Both the Dubliner in Methven and the Ski Time in Methven, come highly recommended!

  • Things to do

    The summer house at Rockwood Station is designed to immerse you in the surrounding nature - to completely relax and destress. If you do feel like getting active though, there's plenty to do.

    On the property, explore the 100 acre bush, and the stunning country garden. There's a good road network on the farm too. Rockwood Stream, which runs past the summer house has some swimming holes which are a great place to cool off in the hot Canterbury summer.

    In winter, hit the slopes! Mt Hutt is just 50 minutes from Rockwood Station.

    If you're a keen walker, there is plenty of great walking in the nearby Lake Coleridge area, with numerous tracks and walkways to choose from.

    Rakaia Gorge has a jet boat company, Alpine Jet Thrills operating jet rides up the Rakaia Gorge about a 15-minute drive from Rockwood Station. There's a Riding School for keen horse riders just over the Rakaia Gorge Bridge and if clay bird shooting takes your fancy, Newzengland offers clay bird shooting and archery.

    If you have ever wanted to try hot air ballooning, there are two operators in the area, Hot Air Adventures and Ballooning Canterbury.

    For a relaxing afternoon, the More for You Beauty Salon on the Main Street in Darfield offers massage and beauty therapy.

    For the golfers - bring your clubs and visit the Hororata Golf Course in Glentunnel.

  • Your Hosts

    Ben is a 5th generation farmer in the Windwhistle area. His great, great grandfather Henry Phillips settled at Rockwood in 1851 after a living in Phillipstown, Christchurch.

    Cheryl, originally from Scotland, came to New Zealand in December 2003. She was introduced to Ben through a Scottish friend. In 2004, Cheryl came back to Rockwood to visit - and has been here ever since!

    Ben and Cheryl married, and live in the homestead at Rockwood Station with their daughter, Emma. Over their time together at Rockwood, they've reinstated the bush walk through the 100 acres of native bush on the property, and embarked on a major bush care and regeneration project with the removal of wild sycamores from the property. 

    Cheryl has a keen interest in property and interior decoration, and over a couple of years, transformed the old working man’s hut into the wilderness retreat which is now the Summer House.

    Rockwood Station has a fascinating family history, and a beautiful homestead and old English garden. Ben and Cheryl have found immense satisfaction in restoring it to it's former glory, and regenerating the stunning native bush surrounds. Sharing this with guests is something they love!

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