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Going Up at Castle Hill in New Zealand
New Zealand

During our trip out to see Arthur's Pass on the South Island of New Zealand, we saw this beautiful cliff of rocks known as Castle Hill.  It's a collection of large boulders just sitting on top of the rolling hills in a valley that serves as pastures for cows and sheep.  Castle Hill is a landmark of note right off the main highway and there's a convenient parking lot for stopping and taking a nice walk. 

Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day.  But, there was a bit of sun when we first got there and it shows off the rocks nicely here. This one was taken while climbing up the cliffs to the tops of the main rocks.  I took this one hand-held (no tripod), but it managed to stitch pretty nicely - except for some fuzziness at the rock at the top above you and small bit at the feet.  This photo really shows you the boulders towering over you and captures the feeling of their majesty.

I took these in February of 2011, and just realized, two years later, I had not published the panoramas.  We had a good time climbing the rocks.  I went here a second time with a friend, on our way to do some backpacking.  But, didn't take my 360 gear.

Copyright: Frank Taylor
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Uploaded: 21/04/2013
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Tags: castle rock; new zealand; south island; rocks; valley; castle hill
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