1. New Zealand
  2. Canterbury
  3. Darfield
  4. Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area

Christchurch: Guided Castle Hill Tour

Product ID: 347646
Discover Canterbury’s most impressive natural wonder, Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, from Christchurch. Your local guide will take you along the "Great Alpine Highway" to these giant and reputable limestone-boulder fields.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup optional

Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby, please be ready and waiting at your scheduled pickup time. Your guide will be wearing a uniform and pick you up in a branded car or minivan.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the giant limestone boulders of the Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti scenic reserve
  • Capture the stunning photos in the heart of New Zealand's mountains
  • Learn about the history and culture importance of Kura Tawhiti/Castle Hill
  • Visit the famous Springfield Donut
Full description
Leaving Christchurch via the "Great Alpine Highway", you'll cross the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plains towards the mountains. Halfway across the plains you will discover the small rural town of Darfield, where you will enjoy a short stop which will allow you to sample some of the local delicacies from the famous Darfield Bakery. Your next stop is Springfield, just 20 minutes down the road. Complete with its giant doughnut statue it's well worth a photo, and your guide will explain just how the town ended up with this giant doughnut.

From Springfield the road winds its way up over Porters Pass at 900 meters, before continuing past Lake Lyndon and arriving at Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti. This area is an amazing labyrinth of giant limestone boulders that sit in the Craigieburn Basin, surrounded by mountains. The area is rich with cultural and recreational significance and has a Tōpuni status of a "symbolic cloak of protection”. It is also known internationally as a world-class climbing, bouldering, photography, and film-making destination.

Your guide will show you around and explain the geography and cultural significance of the area, before sitting you down for a picnic lunch. Following lunch you will have free time to explore the boulder fields in your own time, before meeting back at the car park at 2:00PM. From there, your return journey back to Christchurch takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Includes
  • Hotel pickups and drop-off
  • Lunch, tea, and coffee
What’s Not Included
  • Morning tea is not included in this tour, but you will stop at a cafe in Darfield where it is possible to be purchased

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your guide will be driving a branded white car or van and wearing a branded uniform. Your pickup time at the Canterbury Museum is 8:30AM.

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Product ID: 347646