When the Dalai Lama visited Christchurch in 2002, he didn’t like the energy he felt there and asked to be taken somewhere else.  His tour organizers took him to a rocky outcrop on a high country sheep station 90km (55miles) away. They hoped he would gain some comfort from the uniqueness of the dramatic rock formations.  The smooth contours at Castle Hill were created by water erosion during the Oligocene age 40 million years ago when much of New Zealand was under the sea. On experiencing the deeply comforting atmosphere he felt there, he declared it to be the “spiritual centre of the universe”. read more