Canterbury region

Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area.

Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Canterbury region.

The grand limestone rock battlements of Kura Tawhiti led early European travellers to name the area Castle Hill.

Climbers, families, students, scientists and travellers have always been drawn to this spectacular place, to explore its natural, cultural, historic and recreation values.


Bounded by the high mountains of the Torlesse Range to the east and the Craigieburn Range to the west, the limestone tors of Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area dominate the Waimakariri Basin, Canterbury.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Canterbury places


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Address:   State Highway 73
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654
Rangiora Office
Phone:      +64 3 313 0820
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