Photo Friday – Castle Rock, NZ

Castle Rock (Te Tihi O Kahukura) at Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of our sight-seeing stop during our scenic drive around the Port Hills. The drive started with a steep climb passing the Sign of the Takahe, Victoria Park, Sign of the Kiwi and Rapaki Rock, before finally reaching Castle Rock. A short hiking trail leads to this picturesque vantage point.

The view from Castle Rock, New Zealand.

The view from Castle Rock, New Zealand.

Castle Rock is basically a.. rock formation. Surprise!

Castle Rock is basically a.. rock formation. Surprise!

This post is part of Photo Friday, a Blog Carnival held by Delicious Baby. Check them out for photo-sharing goodness, or take part in the carnival yourself!


17 Comments on "Photo Friday – Castle Rock, NZ"

  1. DeliciousBaby on Fri, 13th Mar 2009 11:46 am 

    What a beautiful view! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beth Whitman on Fri, 13th Mar 2009 3:44 pm 

    I’d love to see more of the spectacular natural environment that NZ is so famous for!

  3. Nik on Fri, 13th Mar 2009 4:53 pm 

    Thanks much! :) New Zealand’s natural beauty was indeed mind-blowing, there will be more to show off, not to worry!

    In the mean time check out our story on Exploring the Glacier Lake at Mount Cook, New Zealand:

  4. Angela K. Nickerson on Sat, 14th Mar 2009 5:15 am 

    Wow! New Zealand is totally on my list of places to go. Just beautiful!

  5. Craig on Sat, 14th Mar 2009 6:43 am 

    You’re making me look forward to going home. That can’t be bad.

  6. Dominique on Sat, 14th Mar 2009 2:09 pm 

    I’m glad you joined in this week!

    Like Angela, NZ is on my list of places I really want to visit. This looks like a great spot, and hiking out a bit to take photos would be totally something we’d want to do while there!

  7. Jen@heading North After Naptimeq on Sun, 15th Mar 2009 3:07 am 

    Great views! Didn’t Lord of the Rings take place in New Zealand? You can almost see the hobbits climbing those rocks?!?

  8. Nik on Sun, 15th Mar 2009 5:29 pm 

    There were tons of hiking trails during our journey through the South Islands. These ranges from your leisurely 15-30 minutes walk to some extreme ones that goes for 3-6 days long! Definitely a great way to enjoy the scenic beauty.

    And yes, everything there reminded me often of Lord of the Rings. Very grandiose and beautiful! Lots of deep canyons and low-lying valleys that were just beautiful. Driving in NZ was definitely a lot of fun!

  9. Linda on Mon, 16th Mar 2009 11:58 pm 

    Wow! This is beautiful!

  10. Peter Carey on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 6:06 am 

    New Zealand is one place I’d love to visit in the future. Or right now. :) Thanks for the virtual visit, it helps cement things in my mind until they get blown away when I get there.

  11. Nik on Fri, 20th Mar 2009 2:41 am 

    :) thanks for the comment you all, since this had such a good response I decided to showcase more of New Zealand in this week’s photo friday.

    This time, I posted other highlights from that Port Hills Drive around Christchurch!

  12. Cate on Sun, 22nd Mar 2009 1:42 pm 

    For some reason ,unknown to me, NZ seems to be one of those places that people just love to see photos of time and time again. It’s nice to see a different shot of NZ with the Port Hills. Other photo suggestions for you that people don’t often see of NZ: Kapiti Coast, Port Chalmers, Akaroa and Arthurs Pass.
    Great post.

  13. Nik on Mon, 23rd Mar 2009 5:32 am 

    Thanks Cate. I have an inkling its probably because of the popularity of Lord of the Rings as well. When I was there I can’t help but feel the grandeur of the scenery, it reminded me of LotR often!

    An interesting thought, those 4 points that you mentioned, I don’t recall visiting any of those! Just goes to show how many points of attractions there are in New Zealand.

    I have a ton of other photos, but I’ll probably won’t feature them next week. I’ll have to find some variety, less you all get bored of same old New Zealand!

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  15. Nix on Thu, 1st Apr 2010 5:17 am 

    If you go up to Castle Rock, have a look for the red blob in the middle of the industrial park! Take a wee drive after your sight seeing to Castle Rock Cafe, 21 Mary Muller Drive, Heathcote.
    Amazing food and coffee!

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