Altitude 765m a.s.l
megalithic © jim.macp
The boulder fields can easily be seen from the road. Terrain is easy, you will do perfectly well in Tevas. There are two toilets, one situated in Woolly Valley, between spittle Field and Quantum, the other is situated at the back of Quantum Field. There are NO rubbish bins.
You need to:
- Bring your own food, water, toilet paper
- Carry your own rubbish out
- Be wary of old slammer bolts with chain link hangers. They have been there since the 80's
- Upset the stock
- Leave huge tick marks
- Use a wire brush
- Use Pof
Castle Hill is found about 100km west of Christchurch on SH73. Springfield is the last stop for food/coffee/fuel before reaching the boulders, about another 15-20 minutes up the road. On the way home, stop in at the Springfield pub for a Duff.
The area most know as "Castle Hill" actually consists of a number of boulder fields, the largest of which are Spittle Hill which is on your left as you enter the gate and Quantum Field, directly ahead of you as you walk down the track. Lesser fields are The Dark Castle (by permission only), over the shallow valley to the right of Quantum, and Wuthering Heights, on the sky line.
Access to all of these fields is via a flat farm track from SH73. Good parking is avalable along the road side then walk for a few minutes from there.
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