Castle Hill Peak, Torlesse Range

Looking across the Canterbury Plains from near the summit of Castle Hill Peak (1999m). Christchurch and Bank's Peninsula (the Port Hills) are visible in the distance. The Waimakariri river makes its way to the sea, conveniently diverting from its apparent course to miss Christchurch. In fact the Waimak used to flow through Christchurch before the settlers arrived. Some speculate that Bank's Peninsula may have been an Island as Captain Cook drew it when he first circumnavigated New Zealand. A change in the course of the Waimak during a flood is a major threat to Christchurch.

The Torlesse Range provides excellent day walks from Christchurch in Summer or in Winter.

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