Exploring Castle Hill

Lina

The weekend is looming and we’re longing to get out of the city. The GPS is set on Arthurs Pass in the Southern Alps and the magical Castle Hill. Not even an hour’s drive from Tiki HQ, this is an epic drive through beautiful countryside and into the foothill of the alps. It’s not just us thinking this place is magical, in 2002 it was named a "Spiritual Center of the Universe" by the Dalai Lama. The area is of special cultural, spiritual and historical significance to The Maori tribe Ngai Tahu who named it Kura Tawhiti (treasure from afar). Hidden among the limestone outcrops of Castle Hill are traces of 500-year old charcoal drawings traditionally said to have been left by the Waitaha, the first people to travel through this area. We stop on our way to our batch at Castle Hill Station to explore the magnificent limestone boulders.

After a few hours exploring we find our way to our cosy hut where we’ll be staying the night. We get the fire roaring and the lamb in the oven and as we step outside in the crisp New Zealand evening with a nice Pinot Noir we are greeted by the Milky Way. Once again we get reminded that we are a small island in the middle of the Southern Ocean with minimal light pollution, the sky is epic!

We head back with full hearts and another story to tell. On our way home we meet the cheeky Keas, New Zealand's very clever but naughty mountain parrots.

castle hill from top milky way small kea2