Castle Hill, Arthur's Pass National Park
You won't miss Castle Hill. About an hour out from Christchurch, along a fairly straight stretch of road, the weird rock formations of Castle Hill attract a more or less permanent huddle of photographers. The area around here was used during the filming of the Lord of the Rings, and more recently (much further in than the rocks you can see from the road) the Chronicles of Narnia.
Regardless of any dubious cinema connections, the rocks are striking. The area is better known locally for it's rock climbing, and the Castle Hill holiday village.
Do stop, do take photos. Your friends at home won't forgive you if you don't.
Look familiar? Castle Hill was the site of the battle scens in the movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It is in a privately owned station on the road from Christchurch across Arthur's Pass.
It is a popular spot for 'bouldering' - climging over the huge limestone boulders. Limestone from this region was used in the front of the Christchurch Cathedral which was irrepairably damaged in an earthquake in 2011.
There is a sign post but it is small. The only reason I spotted it was the school bus stopped there.
Castle Hill are natural outcrops of soft limestone. These sculptured have gain alot of attention from tourist driving along Arthur's Pass.
"The karst landscape is formed by limestone rock erodes into the sculptured landforms.
This limestone landscape contains classic examples of geological structure formed during the most recent mountain-building period. Beds of fossils are also present. The rock outcrops are the home of several endemic plants, some of which were discovered only recently.
The traditions and knowledge associated with this landscape are still held and valued by present day Maori. Kura Tawhiti now has Topuni status, symbolizing a chiefly cloak of protection. This recognizes the area?s significance to the early Maori and the role of their Ngai Tahu descendants in the continuing protection of its cultural values."
Wordings from the signboards.
We didnt knew that Castle Hill exist.
We stopped by because lots of cars were parking along the road.
Out of curiosty, we park our car and decided to have a look.
From far we could see a hill or rocks. When we entered the gate and took a few minutes walk, we were amazed by the Castle Hill.
We came to Castle Hill Village by chance.
It is a 5 mins drive away from Castle Hill. We gave a ride to a lady who stayed in a B&B in Castle Hill.
Castle Hill Village looks like a resort and is a second home to many.