Castle Hill: Spiritual center of the universe
New Zealand is well known for its natural beauty, but in 2002 a particular patch of farmland was given a special honor. It became a “Spiritual Center of the Universe.”
Called Castle Hill, the area is a high country station – a station is a large farm area dedicated to the grazing of sheep and cattle – in New Zealand’s South Island. Looking like the ruins of a castle, and hence the name, the hill is a popular climbing and bouldering spot for New Zealand’s rock climbers.
In 2002 the Dalai Lama visited the south island of New Zealand. Apparently he didn’t like the energy in the nearby town of Christchurch (whose church is made from rock quarried from the boulders) and he was taken to the boulder field. He was so taken by the landscape, and his spiritual experience there he named the area a “Spiritual Center of the Universe”.
The area got some world exposure when nearby Flock Hill station was used for the filming of the climactic battle scenes of the 2005 movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The hill is located at an altitude of 700 metres, close to State Highway 73 between Darfield and Arthur’s Pass. It is on private property.
Source: Atlas Obscura.