Through the alpine winds onto Castle Hill
Before we immerse into this post, I must say: Forget about the Great Ocean Road, everyone knows that State Highway 6 between Greymouth and Westport is what it is really all about. If you ever get the chance to drive here, right next to the Tasman sea, the steep lime stones and the palm trees, DO! Better yet if you find yourself in the passenger seat, that way you can enjoy the views fully without having to worry about oncoming traffic.
The final day of my road trip I am to drive through Arthur's Pass, Christchurch bound. I miss out on the good weather, as I make a little detour to paradise Punakaiki for a few hours of gardening, playing spanish card games and coffee drinking. After a week of constant new impressions, it feels like right balm for the soul to have a little break in that familiar bubble.
As the alpine winds pulls in, I start making my way from the best coast back to the east - through scenic Arthur's Pass.
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So cool, so cold!
There are plenty of scenic lookouts and reserves along the way, but I have one particular in mind. Namely Castle Hill, known for its gathering of ginormous limestone boulders. They are quite a majestic sight, which is a good motivation for yours truly. For at this stage it feels pretty tempting to just stay in the warmth of the car.
Walking around the boulders feels a little like being en route to Isengard with Frodo and the rest of the gang. An epic setting just waiting for an epic adventure to unfold.
a gathering of #funfacts
The place was named so from the rock formations reminiscing the sight of castle ruins. What do you think? It has also been titled a "spiritual center of the universe" by the Dalai Lama in 2002. Nae bad, eh?
There is a loop path that goes around the boulders, but part of the fun is that you can pretty much explore as you wish - which makes this a popular spot for rock climbers.