Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ

Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch

Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ

Caving
Hiking
8 hours
August - November
Easy
Every day, Transfer, Meals, Local Partner, Private Guide, Popular, Equipment
Family-friendly

Overview

  • You will be picked up from your accommodation or from our meeting point outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Ave, Christchurch.
  • We start our adventure by traveling west towards the mountains across the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plains.
  • We make a stop after 45mins at the “The famous Sheffield Pie Shop” (Lunch is provided but you might like to sample a classic Kiwi pie) before continuing our journey to Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Castle Hill & Cave Stream Tour Highlights

  • Scenic drive S.H 73 “the Great Alpine Highway”
  • Visit Kura Tawhiti/Castle Hill
  • Guided caving trip through “Cave Stream”
  • Local guide

Photos

  • For bigger photos, click on the images.
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Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5

Map

Itinerary

Morning - Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti

Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti is an amazing labyrinth of giant limestone boulders that sit in the Craigieburn Basin, an area surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. The area is rich with cultural and recreational significance and has been granted Tōpuni status “A symbolic cloak of protection”. Known internationally as world-class climbing, bouldering, and film making destination; it’s well worth a visit.


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.


Afternoon - Cave Stream

We will meet back at the carpark at 1:00 pm and make our way to Cave Stream, just 10 mins drive from Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti.


It will take us approximately 45mins to make our way through the 594 meters of limestone cave. Our route follows the crystal-clear water up-stream, through the winding chambers and small waterfalls. The final section has a 3-meter fixed ladder to climb past the largest waterfall as we exit the cave. 

Not interested in caving? Not to worry, the stunning landscape used for filming The Chronicles of Narnia” surround us here. You’re welcome to explore the paths and trails in the area or sit and relax with some afternoon tea in this very peaceful landscape. 


We follow the “great Alpine Highway” back to Christchurch casting our eyes over the massive Torlesse Range and iconic “Gap”. 


Your guide will drop you back at your accommodation in Christchurch, at the airport or in the city center.

FAQ

Where does the tour start & finish

This tour starts and finishes in Christchurch. Your guide will collect you from your accommodation or, from one of our meeting points listed below.


Can I do this day tour as a shore excursion from Lyttleton Port?

Yes, we are happy to collect cruise ship passengers from Lyttelton port.


Is transport included?

Yes.


Is lunch included?

Yes, we will provide morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.


I want to visit Castle Hill, but I don’t want to go climbing or caving?

Not a problem, have a look at the Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti day tour it’s the same tour without the caving activity.


Is this trip family-friendly?

Yes, we are happy to cater for family groups on this tour.


What is the minimum age?

Twelve years is the minimum age to complete the caving activity unless booked as a private family tour. Contact our office to arrange an individual/bespoke tours.


How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommended that you complete your booking at least 24hrs in advance to avoid missing out.


Are there minimum numbers for this trip?

The minimum number for this tour is two people.


What is the maximum group size?

The maximum group size for this trip is eleven people.


What should I bring with me?

All you will need for this day tour is your walking/sport shoes, active clothing & your swimming outfit. We will send you a full gear list after your booking is complete.


Where are the meeting spots?

Directly from your hotel- any accommodation within 3.5 km’s of Christchurch city centre – See on google maps

Canterbury Museum meeting location- See on Google maps

Princess Margarate Hospital meeting location (free all day parking) – See on Google maps

Lyttelton Port meeting location (for shore excursions) – See on google maps

Find more about the region

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Castle Hill & Cave Stream Tour Highlights

  • Scenic drive S.H 73 “the Great Alpine Highway”
  • Visit Kura Tawhiti/Castle Hill
  • Guided caving trip through “Cave Stream”
  • Local guide

Photos

  • For bigger photos, click on the images.
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5
Cave Stream & Castle Hill - Tour from Christchurch Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti, NZ #8be026ce-3a5a-42f0-bb4a-a18b39c07af5

Map

Itinerary

Morning - Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti

Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti is an amazing labyrinth of giant limestone boulders that sit in the Craigieburn Basin, an area surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. The area is rich with cultural and recreational significance and has been granted Tōpuni status “A symbolic cloak of protection”. Known internationally as world-class climbing, bouldering, and film making destination; it’s well worth a visit.


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.


Afternoon - Cave Stream

We will meet back at the carpark at 1:00 pm and make our way to Cave Stream, just 10 mins drive from Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti.


It will take us approximately 45mins to make our way through the 594 meters of limestone cave. Our route follows the crystal-clear water up-stream, through the winding chambers and small waterfalls. The final section has a 3-meter fixed ladder to climb past the largest waterfall as we exit the cave. 

Not interested in caving? Not to worry, the stunning landscape used for filming The Chronicles of Narnia” surround us here. You’re welcome to explore the paths and trails in the area or sit and relax with some afternoon tea in this very peaceful landscape. 


We follow the “great Alpine Highway” back to Christchurch casting our eyes over the massive Torlesse Range and iconic “Gap”. 


Your guide will drop you back at your accommodation in Christchurch, at the airport or in the city center.

FAQ

Where does the tour start & finish

This tour starts and finishes in Christchurch. Your guide will collect you from your accommodation or, from one of our meeting points listed below.


Can I do this day tour as a shore excursion from Lyttleton Port?

Yes, we are happy to collect cruise ship passengers from Lyttelton port.


Is transport included?

Yes.


Is lunch included?

Yes, we will provide morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.


I want to visit Castle Hill, but I don’t want to go climbing or caving?

Not a problem, have a look at the Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti day tour it’s the same tour without the caving activity.


Is this trip family-friendly?

Yes, we are happy to cater for family groups on this tour.


What is the minimum age?

Twelve years is the minimum age to complete the caving activity unless booked as a private family tour. Contact our office to arrange an individual/bespoke tours.


How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommended that you complete your booking at least 24hrs in advance to avoid missing out.


Are there minimum numbers for this trip?

The minimum number for this tour is two people.


What is the maximum group size?

The maximum group size for this trip is eleven people.


What should I bring with me?

All you will need for this day tour is your walking/sport shoes, active clothing & your swimming outfit. We will send you a full gear list after your booking is complete.


Where are the meeting spots?

Directly from your hotel- any accommodation within 3.5 km’s of Christchurch city centre – See on google maps

Canterbury Museum meeting location- See on Google maps

Princess Margarate Hospital meeting location (free all day parking) – See on Google maps

Lyttelton Port meeting location (for shore excursions) – See on google maps

Find more about the region

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Duration

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