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Buck Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: -37.5526, 175.7489 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Cameron Fraser, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Cameron Fraser on Jul 10, 2012
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Because Buck Rock is located part way up Mt Te Aro...


Come here for the multi-pitch sport climbing. Most routes are 2-3 pitches and up to 80m long. A few single pitch routes, especially on the summit crag. Not a huge crag in terms of quantity of routes, but worth a visit if you want to do some longer sport routes. Buck rock is a large fin of rock on the slopes of Mt Te Aroha, so all the climbs are really exposed and give great views down the side of the mountain. Not a crag for those scared of heights! South facing, so takes more than a day to dry off. Not the best crag in winter as morning fog can leave the crag wet and slippery all day. Great in summer, as it stays nice and shaded out of the intense sun. Completely different rock type (Andesite) from those found in Wharepapa South area.

Getting There 

From the small village of Te Aroha (about an hour drive from Wharepapa south), head south 2km down Te Aroha Gordon road, Turn left down Waiorangomai road and after 1km park at the old Waiorangomai settlement and gold mine. Buck rock is 40m walk up the hill from here through beautiful native bush. Take the high loop track for 20 minutes, then turn off the buck rock track for 20 more minutes. This should take you past the base of buck rock. A small cairn with red tape (easy to miss) marks the steep track up to the base of the crag. You should pass an old mine shaft on the way. The track meets the cliff next to the route "Première"

Climbing Season

For the North Island area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 3. Classic Buck Rock style.

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Pitch 1 (18)Head up the groove with some delicate bridging around the 3rd/4th bolt. From here follow the spaced bolts to the belay.Pitch 2 (20)Technical crux but well protected. Overhangs.Pitch 3 (18)An alpine experience. Choss and spaced bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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