View down The Point and Odyssey wall, from Sidewin...
Kawakawa Bay is probably the best crag in the North Island featuring a good range of sport, trad and mixed routes that will appeal to climbers of all levels. If you donít find something that appeals to you here, youíre probably in the wrong sport! At the eastern end of the Bay stands a number or rhyolite cliffs towering over the lake's blue waters with routes up to 3 pitches in length on excellent quality rock. The Bay still has many lines added to it every year, and there is no doubt that this will continue for years to come as only a fraction of the possible routes here have been established. Kawakawa Bay has the highest concentration of easy trad climbs in the North Island and is a great place to learn to climb on gear.
There is a small grassy campsite on the shore of the bay that is free to use. It has basic facilities like a long drop toilet and a newly constructed shelter. Be sure to hang your food in trees (prussic cord is great for this) unless you want rats to eat it for you. They have been known to chew their way through tents and packs to get to food, you have been warned! At times you will be the only people in the campsite, giving it a wilderness feel, at other times there are dozens of boats parked in the bay and mountain bikers/ hikers galore (by New Zealand standards anyway).
Definitely worth a visit.
Odyssey wall, Kawakawa Bay
Pitch 3 belay ledge, Sidewinder
The Kawakawa Bay Walkway starts from Nisbet terrace in Kinloch. The walk takes around 2 hours staring from the western side of Whangamata bay then following the peninsula out and over to Kawakwawa bay. Water taxis can also be chartered from Kinloch if you don't want to walk in. They cost arround $80 for 4 people. Another option is to kayak in from Kinloch which is also much quicker than walking.
Guidebook Rock Deluxe North
features a good seletion of the climbs at Kawakawa, but for a more comprehensive list refer to freeclimb.co.nz
Weather station 3.7 miles from here
38 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',2]
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High Hopes 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Oceania
: New Zealand
: ... : The Point
Classic K-bay climbing. A long arete with amazing exposure. When you start the climb you are allready a good 70 feet above the beautiful turquoise lake. Can be done as 2 pitches (Belay station on ledge to right of 7th bolt). However I recommend doing it as one long pitch (rope drag not too much of a problem as arete is reasonably straight). A 50m rope will get you there (just). Consistent climbing at the grade. This climb is a popular solo for the bold among us....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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