Castle Hill / Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area

Just over an hour out of Christchurch on the way to Arthur’s Pass, the Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area / Castle Hill is an absolute gem. Filled with limestone boulders it’s a surreal place, understandably popular for climbing and bouldering.

I got just there before the sunset, perfect timing for the play of light and to have the area mostly to myself. The rock shapes are seemingly endless and fun to wander around and over.

It helps as well to have a wonderful backdrop of the foothills of the Southern Alps emerging from the flat Canterbury plains.


I could have happily spent longer there but the light was fading and I still had to get to Arthur’s Pass, my home for the long Easter weekend.

Author: jontycrane

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