Hike and Climb at Castle Hill

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Hike around hundreds of giant limestone formations on this short, family-friendly hike. Bring your climbing gear and try some bouldering or sport climbing.

Follow the footpath from the car park. You will quickly arrive at Castle Hill, famous for it's incredible array of giant limestone formations. There is no official path so you are free to wander the maze of rocks. Look for arches and even signs of ancient Maori inhabitants. Its fun to climb among the beautiful boulders but be careful it could be very easy to get yourself stuck or even fall.

Castle hill is a popular area for bouldering and sport climbing. The best free, on-line guide to C.H. climbing is http://climbnz.org.nz/nz/si/canterbury/inland-canterbury/castle-hill-basin/castle-hill-kura-tawhiti

I brought some climbing shoes and had fun finding and trying out different traverses and short climbs not far from the ground.

Pack List

Your pack list will vary depending on your adventure. But at the very least:

  • Sun-screen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic

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Added by Tobin Akehurst

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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