Hike and Climb at Castle Hill

Castle Hill Conservation Area Trailhead

Distance

2 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Tobin Akehurst

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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

Distance

2 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Tobin Akehurst

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