Rockwood Station - The Carriage

Rockwood Station - The Carriage


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

In 2019, hosts Ben and Cheryl purchased an old goods carriage and set about lovingly restoring and transforming it into a unique glamping experience. The Carriage is the second glamping retreat the couple have created after their highly successful Summer House.

The Carriage sits in a spot where two streams join to create the Hororata River. The carriage runs parallel to the river with a large deck area that enjoys beautiful, expansive views to Mt Hutt. It's a place to switch off, unplug and soak up the natural surrounds of the stunning high country farm. As the sun sets, you'll enjoy amazing technicolour skies and stunning cloud formations.

The Carriage has two bedrooms. It's perfect for either two couples or a family with up to three children. The main bedroom with ensuite has a queen-sized bed and at the other end of the carriage, a second bedroom has a double bed. There is room for one more small child on a built-in single bed in the second bedroom. 

With large glass doors in the kitchen and lounge area connecting you to the outdoors, The Carriage is a fantastic experience year-round. In the summer, explore the farm and enjoy a dip in the natural swimming hole in the river... The deck is a suntrap, the perfect place for a cool drink on a hot day. The outdoor dining area makes for a fantastic alfresco dining experience. In the winter, it's warm, cosy and oozing with atmosphere... And the ideal ski pad! Complete with utility room for ski gear - and a perfect view of the mountain to assess the conditions.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

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.


Link Road off Darts Road, Windwhistle 7572


Rockwood Station is set just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Christchurch in the Canterbury Region. The Google Maps directions to get to Darts Road are accurate. Once you get to Darts Road, drive halfway up and turn right onto Link Rd (a shingle road). Drive for 200 meters and turn right through the gate. The Carriage is just ahead.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    The carriage at Rockwood Station is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in the kitchen. You'll find 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 Carriage at Rockwood Station is a beautiful place to slow down - and 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. Hororata River, which runs past the carriage has a natural swimming hole which makes 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 and The Carriage has a special utility room for all your gear.

    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 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 bushwalk 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. 

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


  • "

    Lovely, quirky accommodation in a beautiful setting. We loved the carriage and had everything we needed for our stay. We had rain when we were there, and it was the perfect place to be curled up by the log burner, reading and playing board games.


    Hannah Howarth - 22 May 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    Being a train nut, I loved it. The hot bath was also great.


    Peter Pennell - 10 May 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    The Carriage is the perfect location for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The facilities tick all the boxes, with everything you could need in a quirky and unique setup. The outdoor bathtubs were bliss, even in the chilly evenings! We chose to stay near the carriage this time, but there are so many exploration opportunities nearby, and we will most certainly be back!


    Emma Murphy - 07 May 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    We stayed with our toddler, and it was wonderful! Plenty of space, all the facilities you need, and everything really nicely done, which made it feel like a luxury getaway. Highly recommend, and we'll definitely stay again.


    - 15 Mar 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Beautiful space to stay in, a super cute carriage. It helped me live out my tiny home dreams. Very peaceful and relaxing setting, and the stars at night were stunning.


    - 13 Mar 2024

    5 / 12

  • "

    The Rockwood Station, where time slows down and nature's beauty offers a unique experience, staying in an old train carriage. Our cosy accommodation offered us a glimpse into the past, a haven for exploration. We followed one stream into the bush, where swimming holes beckoned and nature's tranquillity reigned. The other took us along the boundary of paddocks, where we could witness the resilience of the five generations of the Phillips and Richard's families. With fallen old trees, piles of firewood, and sturdy fence lines, every corner tells a story of hard work and perseverance. We thoroughly enjoyed the Rockwood Station: with a sense of space, stunning craftsmanship, and attention to detail. We would love to return with our children to create memories and explore further.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    6 / 12

  • "

    Beautiful surroundings, great place to relax, especially with the choice of indoor and outdoor baths. The carriage and outdoor sitting areas were comfy.


    - 14 Feb 2024

    7 / 12

  • "

    The perfect place to unwind and relax. Quirky accommodation in a great setting.


    - 14 Nov 2023

    8 / 12

  • "

    Loved the carriage. So much history, so unique. Loved listening to the river at night and the outdoor bath and the log burner that warmed the amazing accommodation.


    - 14 Nov 2023

    9 / 12

  • "

    Wonderful location with everything we needed.


    - 17 Oct 2023

    10 / 12

  • "

    Great getting away for a relaxing weekend and keeping it so simple.


    - 02 Oct 2023

    11 / 12

  • "

    We loved our stay at Rockwood Station Summer House before, just me and my husband. So now that we have a wee one, it is important to us that the place is family and baby-friendly. We knew we would also love The Carriage, like the Summer House, and we did. We highly recommend it.


    - 30 Sep 2023

    12 / 12

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