Use this Region Guide to easily find and compare Crags.

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1. South Island 6,908 routes in Region

Summary:
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seasonality
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 170.579008, -43.643587

1.1. West Coast 209 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 170.463779, -42.987752

1.1.1. Charleston 184 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 171.458200, -41.912519

1.1.2. Fox Glacier 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.1.3. Franz Joseph Glacier 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

1.1.4. Balfour Glacier 0 routes in Crag

1.1.5. Mount Aspiring National Park 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
Alpine and Unknown

Long/Lat: 168.721190, -44.251547

Description:

Mount Aspiring

1.1.6. Pioneer hut 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
Alpine, Unknown and Trad

1.2. Otago 1,276 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 169.726681, -45.214404

1.2.1. North Otago 395 routes in Region

Summary:
Boulder, Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 169.638444, -44.915841

1.2.2. Dunedin 270 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 170.565550, -45.845368

1.2.3. Wanaka 285 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 169.064675, -44.682772

1.2.4. Queenstown 326 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 168.683501, -45.040546

1.3. Southland 529 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 167.844634, -46.091084

1.3.1. Colac Bay 59 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown and Boulder

Long/Lat: 167.920956, -46.360567

1.3.2. Gable Rock 6 routes in Cliff

Summary:
Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 168.412270, -45.875916

Description:

!!! Hopefully getting more info on this Crag from the originators !!!

NO DOGS. Private land, leave gates as found, and take extreme care during lambing season. Cayford’s Track worth doing while in the area (1hr walk)

http://www.dipton.co.nz/

For information/status please contact: http://www.milliganseeds.co.nz/ (Landowner)

Approach:

From Dipton drive up Spirit Burn Rd, park at Cayford’s Track carpark, walk up to cliff via farm track. 20-30min walk.

History:

TBA

1.3.3. Castledowns 43 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 168.305734, -45.837577

1.3.4. Milford 421 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 167.901185, -44.628402

1.4. Tasman, Nelson & Marlborough 343 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and Boulder

Long/Lat: 173.178429, -41.322495

1.4.1. Golden Bay 343 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and Boulder

Long/Lat: 172.791108, -40.740725

1.5. Canterbury 4,551 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 171.877445, -43.474860

1.5.1. Castle Hill Basin 2,286 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: 171.734352, -43.208326

Unique Features And Strengths:

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

Description:

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 and guidebooks could be found at the YHA in Springfield. Flock Hill, which takes a long hike to access, does not really have a guidebook available.

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.

For access to the main Castle Hill area, you can park in the lot available for the Castle Hill Park which contains some walking trails. These walking trails will also take you to Quantum Field or Spittle Hill. This is one of the easiest areas to get up and get going unless you want to fit in a good hike.

If you want access to Flock Hill, Dry Valley or Cave Stream, take a 10 minute drive further north along 73 to park at the Cave Stream Park area. There will be an obvious park sign. You will then need to take a bit of a hike to get where you need to go.

Approach:

Caste Hill is in the Canterbury high country, approx. 90km northwest of Christchurch. Take 73 all the way into the Castle Hill region which from Christchurch may take about 2-3 hours. When you get to Castle HIll, there is a 20 car carpark (with toilet) on the left side (heading north) off the West Coast Rd (a few km south of Castle Hill Village). This will be marked with a sign making it obvious as the Castle Hill park.

When driving into Castle Hill, the villages in this area are very small. There is a petrol station in Springfield, however if you want decent food you will need to stock up at the grocery store in Darfield.

Where To Stay:

Castle hill village has some upscale accomodations. There are a few hostels/motels in Springfield. For camping, go to Cragieburn shelter about a 20 minutes drive further north up 73 past the Castle Hill Park

1.5.2. Banks Peninsula 261 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 172.884907, -43.760570

1.5.3. Inland Canterbury 141 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 171.181487, -43.661275

1.5.4. South Canterbury 245 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and Trad

Long/Lat: 171.238292, -44.148504

1.5.5. Port Hills 1,435 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 172.696118, -43.609347

1.5.6. Mount Cook Area 183 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 170.148688, -43.704542