Castle Hill | Canterbury, New Zealand

July 20, 2017

Castle Hill sits just off the highway between Darfield and Arthur's Pass in the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on a private property within the Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area and allows free access at all times. The hill got its name because the collection of unique giant limestone boulders look like an old, run-down stone castle. 


The front of ChristChurch Cathedral in Christchurch was made from Castle Hill limestone. In 2002, the Dalai Lama visited the South Island of New Zealand. Apparently when he was taken to see the Cathedral, he didn’t like the energy surrounding it. However, when he was taken to Castle Hill, he was so taken by the landscape and had such a spiritual experience that he named it a “Spiritual Center of the Universe”. And it is a calming and tranquil place. 


While the land is largely involved in the grazing of sheep and cattle, Castle Hill is also a popular for climbing and bouldering. It is largely considered to be the heart of New Zealand's South Island climbing scene. 


But you may even recognise it from the movies. The area was used to film the final climatic battle scenes of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.


Pretty cool huh?! Not just a pile of rocks on a hill! 









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