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The area contains thousands of weather sculptured limestone boulders. It is known around the world for its technical and powerful climbing.


Castle Hill basin is a semi-alpine area nestled between two mountain ranges (craigieburn and Torlesse) . Spittle HIll and Quantum Field are the most developed and thus polished areas.

Webcam of the area : http://www.castlehill.net.nz/webcam.php

Weather: http://www.castlehill.net.nz/Weather/weather.php

Also close to the excellent Hogs Back MTB trail and half a dozen club ski fields.

Access issues

Some areas are part of Kura Tawhiti Conservation Reserve and managed by the DOC, others are private property.


The Canterbury high country, approx. 90km northwest of Christchurch. A 20 car carpark (with toilet) exists on the left side (heading north) off the West Coast Rd (a few km south of Castle Hill Village).

Where to stay

castle hill village or springfield or...

Open trips

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