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Washpen Falls

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Washpen Falls

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Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti- Guided tour from Christchurch
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Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti- Guided tour from Christchurch

Small-group tour including lunch, transport and a local guide to Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti.<br><br>Morning - Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti<br>Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti is an amazing labyrinth of giant limestone boulders. The area is rich with cultural and recreational significance and has been granted Tōpuni status “A symbolic cloak of protection”.<br><br>Your guide will show you around, if you like you can have a go at bouldering and test your climbing skills, or use your time here to explore the endless maze of boulders. We stop here for lunch at Castle Hill.<br><br>Afternoon - Cave Stream<br>It will take us approximately 45mins to make our way through the 594 meters of the limestone cave. Our route follows the crystal-clear water through the winding chambers and small waterfalls. <br><br>Not interested in caving? Nom problem your welcome to explore the paths and trails in the area or sit and relax with some afternoon tea in this very peaceful landscape instead of going through the cave.
$218.45 per adult
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Michelle T wrote a review Apr 8
Timaru, New Zealand512 contributions48 helpful votes
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We here in New Zealand are blessed to have places like this to venture into. Having seen photos of friends who'd visited here I decided it was my turn. I managed the walk in less than 2 hours and that was after taking breaks climbing up steps and inclines (not my strengths). I was rewarded with some awesome views and magical scenes....well worth the drive up. I would personally recommend it for someone who wants to do it solo like I did
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Date of experience: April 2021
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tesstravels10 wrote a review Apr 6
christchurch129 contributions64 helpful votes
Although I would dispute that this is easy, it was worthwhile for the stunning scenery into deep ravines, the caves, the waterfalls, the views over the plains and the continuous song of the bellbirds. The track is well maintained, steps in places, took us an hour and a half with many stops for photographs and a paddle at the Washpen falls..
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Date of experience: March 2021
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LadyLeague wrote a review Jan 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand72 contributions41 helpful votes
A very good walk with great views and worth the trek to see the falls. Unfortunately, since it had rained in the last 24 hours the track was very slippery & wet in most places. One lady had slipped & hurt her ankle & one family with a young girl was crying because she was scared of slipping down a steep part of the track. However, there was a warning about the track being wet & slippery in the Information Hut before you start. The track is well signposted in most areas and is well maintained. It took my husband & I one hour with a few photo & drink stops. There's a nice open hut with benches & tables by Stone Lake to have a good break & snack. There's also toilets & a hose to clean your muddy shoes at a house in the carpark. A well set up area.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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JaxFNZ wrote a review Nov 2020
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand35 contributions3 helpful votes
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This was the best place I have every stayed, so private, everything was perfect. Comfortable bed, amazing hot tub, outdoor ans indoor kitchen! Your own pond with a row boat! So romantic and peaceful. Can’t wait to go back
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Date of experience: November 2020
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xtine2015 wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand101 contributions32 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed this walk. It certainly gave us a good workout! Great views. Safe track. Great information / history displays
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Date of experience: February 2020
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