Located 90 kilometres northwest of Christchurch, New Zealand, you’ll find the Castle Hill Basin. This otherworldly landscape is home to ancient limestone formations, created some 30 million years ago when present-day New Zealand was still under water. The area offers excellent hiking, mountain biking, climbing and caving opportunities. It is also a cultural and spiritual site for the Ngai Tahu Maori natives, who named it Kura Tawhiti, meaning “treasure from afar.” Among the rocks, you can find 500-year old charcoal drawings, said to have been made by the Waitaha, who were the first people to travel through the area.
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