Flock Hill, Torlesse-Cragieburn

Limestone outcrops on Flock Hill, just above Cave Stream. This 800m limestone basin lies between the 2000m Torlesse and Cragieburn Ranges, 45-60min from Christchurch. The more spectacular limestone outcrops on neighbouring castle hill attract many rock climbers... and the local thermals in the basin attract paragliders and hawks alike. Several of the plants growing on the limestone outcrops are endemic to this area and consequently are endangered - rock climbers being one of the biggest threats. (This photo was taken during an orienteering event). And Yes -- there is a fun stream-way cave nearby!

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