Hike and Climb at Castle Hill

Castle Hill Conservation Area Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Tobin Akehurst

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.

Distance

2 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Rock Climbing, Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. We also acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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Great for bouldering but if you’re planning on sport climbing, bring hangers as most bolts are ‘carrot bolts’

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