The next New Zealand adventure was a trip out to Castle Hill. It was about an hour and a half drive to Castle Hill from Christchurch. It was amazing how different the landscapes were, we went from farmland with lots of sheep to more of desert mountains, which reminded me a lot of the landscapes around Kamloops. Apparently the limestone formations are around 30 million years ago, when New Zealand was still underwater! It was a bit strange because they were really the only rocks around anywhere in the area.
We lucked out with a really gorgeous sunny day, just a bit chilly, only 4 degrees up there! I am getting a bit tired of the cold weather, I want sunshine and tanning weather. There were quite a few people around but there is so much area to walk around that once we were up in the rocks it really didn’t seem busy at all. The formations are really cool and it kind of feels like running around a natural playground. Every area had a different vibe and there were so many gorgeous views we couldn’t get enough of it!
We spent about two hours wandering around, hiking and enjoying a beer taking in the views. This place isn’t just popular in New Zealand, Castle Hill was a filming site for both Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! Plus another fun fact, in 2002 the Dalai Lama named it the ‘Spiritual Centre of the Universe”. I’m not too sure what that really means but interesting none the less.
I’ve really been enjoying all the gorgeous nature and the different activities that there is to do here. I can definetly see how New Zealand is an amazing place and why so many people love it here. I think you would be hard pressed to run out of things to do here, as long as you’re open for some adventure!
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