Hike and Climb at Castle Hill

Rate this Adventure New Zealand Castle Hill Conservation Area Trailhead

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.

Pack List

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

  • Sun-screen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More



Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2 Miles


Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

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.

More Adventures Nearby

Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road

New Zealand / Lyell Trailhead, New Zealand

The Old Ghost Road is an intermediate-advanced backcountry single-track mountain bike trail in New Zealand. It takes 1-4 days to complete, with most people doing the ride in two days.

Dulkara Martig
3 Saves

Swim in Kerosene Creek

New Zealand / Kerosene Creek

Located amidst New Zealand's vibrant volcanic zone, this favourite local gem lies approximately 29.

Jessie Sinnamon
15 Saves

Hike the Trig M Trail

New Zealand / Starvation Gully Trailhead

The hiking trail first ascends a hillside to about 1,500 meters. It then follows the crest of a ridge in a southwest direction until you reach the "trig", a marker used in geographical survey.

Tobin Akehurst
4 Saves