Hilltop Rocks

249 Cathedral Road, Gore Bay
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

For a relaxing escape, Gore Bay rocks! “Hilltop Rocks” is a small private 2-bedroom holiday home situated on the Cathedral hill above Gore Bay – positioned for all day sun. It’s sited in an acre of garden with olive grove, fruit trees and loads of bird life – dawn chorus is fabulous. It’s perfect for a couple to unwind and relax but can fit the small family or friends. The house is fully insulated with open plan living and fully equipped kitchen. Generous sundeck, garden, lawn and easy outdoor flow makes a great setting for relaxing all year due to the local micro-climate. Being rural means no light pollution, so the night sky is wide and star-filled, great for photography and general star gazing especially when soaking in the outdoor bath. Walking distance to beaches for swimming, surfing, rock pools, surf casting, dolphin and seal spotting, walking on the beaches or in the surrounding reserves. Easy drive/cycle to Hurunui river and mouth for swimming, kayaking and fishing, or Cheviot for Golf, mountain biking and cafes. For longer stays, Gore Bay is central to Kiakoura, Hamner Springs and the wine growing Waipara area, all just an hour’s drive away. We’re in the process of slowly improving things so you may see signs of this. The property was part of a market garden renowned for its winter tomatoes, the remains of the old glass house and burner are testament to this.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Food processor
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Electric heat
Extra Toilet
Internet available
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Queen(s), 2 Single(s)

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

The road is safe to cycle but challenging due to the hills. Gore Bay - The iconic Cathedral cliffs a natural land formation overlooking Gore Bay and is a 5-minute walk from the house and on the way to Gore Bay (10 min walk). Gore Bay is a well-known surf beach, you can get surfing lessons by top surfers - hire of boards and wetsuits are available. There are a couple of playgrounds, all weather table tennis table and newly resurfaced tennis court. There are both coastal and bush walks in and around the Gore Bay area. The south end of Gore Bay beach has a rock outcrop/reef with rock pools and rock channels which have formed the round rocks seen around Gore Bay. Rocks with holes in them has started a tradition of hanging these on the fences. Cheviot township is a short drive or bike ride 10 km away. It has cafes, takeaways, hardware store, butcher, home-ware/gift store, hotel that serves evening meals, and supermarket stocking most things. There is also a mountain bike trail in the Cheviot domain/reserve and the Cheviot golf course to enjoy. Port Robinson - Difficult walk down to the beach with not much of the old port left except the smugglers cave! The rocky beach is known for it’s seal colony. Manuka Bay - Usually deserted but good for surf casting and beach walks. It’s also the start of the Manuka Bay to Hurunui River mouth walk – current run record is 18 mins one-way. Hurunui River - Where the Hurunui River meets the ocean (the river mouth) there are excellent kayaking and swimming spots. Fly-fishing spots can be found along the river and surf casting at the mouth.


Average Rating: 5
7 total reviews

We really loved this little place. Great location as just up the hill a wee bit. Very cosy and an extra comfortable bed. We'd like to return one day!
An absolute little slice of paradise. Gorgeous gardens and variety of fruit trees. The house is so cosy and had all we needed for a relaxing and fun weekend away. The hosts are lovely. We are already planning our next trip back!!
An absolutely beautiful spot. The house and garden are gorgeous and we wished we had booked for longer.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
All year$120 / Night for 2 guests$151 Night
All year
$120 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $15Min. stay: 1 Night
For 1 night stays a cleaning fee of $30 is required. The cleaning fee does not include washing dishes.

Children not using a bed stay free.
The standard room layout is for 1 bedroom with a queen bed, the other bedroom with 2 single beds or be made into a super-king bed.

Maximum of 4 people per night unless pre-arranged and agreed with owners.

The property is not fully fenced so is not suitable for dogs not on a leash.

At least 50% deposit on booking. Full payment 7 days before stay.

No pitching tents unless pre-arranged.
No groups of people aged 20 and under.
No smoking or vaping.
No open fires or fireworks as these are prohibited at any time due to high fire risk all year round.

Check-in and check-out time
Arrival anytime from 2 pm, check out is by 10 am on the day of your departure. For different check-in or check-out times, please arrange this before your stay. Note that this can only be honoured if the booking before or after you allows this.

Payment is by on-line banking or bank deposit. We will send you our bank account details when you make your reservation request. A deposit of at least 50% of the total cost of accommodation is required to secure your booking. Until the deposit is received the booked dates are still open for anyone to book. Should you require extra time or wish to cancel a booking please contact us immediately. Each booking made contains a $30 non-refundable administration fee.
Please note any balance must be paid prior to your arrival date. When the full payment is received you will get an e-mail with information on where to pick up the key etc.

In the event of the balance not being paid, details of where the key can be found will not be sent, the house will not be available to be used and 50% of the total cost of the accommodation will be forfeited.

Cancellations and Alterations
If cancellation is due to COVID restrictions a full refund will be made.
If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason 14 days or more prior to the arrival date you will receive a refund of the deposit made less a $30 non-refundable administration fee.
Cancellation within 14 days prior to arrival date, forfeit 50% of the total cost of the accommodation.

Choose your dates carefully. If you elect to shorten the length of your stay within 14 days prior to the arrival date you will still be liable for the full period originally booked.

The house is made available on a per-person basis and only for guests that form part of the booking. Please do not exceed the maximum number of occupants that has been agreed. We reserve the right to charge you if extra guests are found to be staying.

The person booking the home is liable for damages to any property or content of the property incurred during their stay. Please inspect the property and report any damage immediately to us.


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