Rockwood Station - The Summerhouse

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 a bedroom and kitchen in one area and a separate lounging area. Large glass sliding doors open from the lounge onto the surrounding deck. A bathroom, with a luxurious, deep bathtub is accessed from the deck outside.

An outdoor fireplace and beautifully landscaped sitting area sit 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 enjoy 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.


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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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    Wonderfully relaxing place that was very clean, high spec and so nice to be close to the bush and bird song.


    Diana Crawford - 20 May 2024

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  • "

    Simply wow! A wonderful location, superb accommodation, and relaxing surroundings. Just book it. The Washpen Falls is also a must-do.


    James Smith - 07 May 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    We had a lovely stay at The Summerhouse. It was the most perfect cosy weekend away!


    - 16 Apr 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    It was a great couple of days to get away from the rat race and enjoy time with my new wife.


    - 01 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

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    I have stayed here multiple times now and enjoy it for its tranquillity and simplicity. The Summerhouse is a cosy refuge that allows one to feel nestled in seclusion. My stay this time was memorable for the deafening bellbirds throughout the day (the host says this time of year is particularly noisy as juvenile birds flock together), and the walks through the bush (despite damage from storms of the last year).


    - 01 Apr 2024

    5 / 12

  • "

    Wonderful setting, very clean and well presented. We loved the birds.


    - 27 Mar 2024

    6 / 12

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    Loved the bath and bush walk. Friendly host helped make our stay a memorable introduction to NZ.


    - 15 Mar 2024

    7 / 12

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    The Summerhouse is in the most serene location, with a forest, a creek, and wildlife. The house is very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Come prepared with good food and a bottle of wine, swimmers for a creek dip, and walking shoes to walk the forest tracks.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    8 / 12

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    We loved our night at Rockwood Station Summerhouse. It sits in bush next to a stream and is so quiet and peaceful, just a beautiful spot to relax.


    - 01 Mar 2024

    9 / 12

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    Great to get away and enjoy some peace and quiet. Beautiful setting among trees and gardens. The little stream close by just added to the ambiance. The furniture was comfortable, and the kitchen was fully equipped with everything you could need. We very much enjoyed our time.


    - 27 Feb 2024

    10 / 12

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    We had the best break at The Summerhouse. Such an idyllic location and setting, and a lovely place to stay. So relaxing to be 'off grid' and just enjoying the beautiful nature at Rockwood Station.


    - 14 Dec 2023

    11 / 12

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    Quite simply... a magic spot!


    - 14 Dec 2023

    12 / 12

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