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The King Country region of northern Taranaki and the southern Waikato is known for its lush vegetation, high rainfall, and famous limestone caves. The abundant rainfall makes for wildly featured climbing on isolated outcrops of limestone. Fall is the prime season for low altitude cragging, with crisp temperatures and little precipitation. Winters are rainy and cold temperatures cause water to condense on even the steepest rock. Springs are wet, as well, although condensation is rare at sheltered crags. Several crags on private farms are closed for lambing in the late winter and spring. Shady crags are most popular in the summer due to the heat and humidity.
The limestone climbing of the King Country is centered around Waitomo Caves, one hour south of Hamilton on state highway 3. Not far from Wharepapa South area.
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Prokarstination 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c New Zealand : North Island : ... : The Grandstands
Classic Mangaokewa climbing. Start on an exposed juggy roof for 3 bolts. Transition from the roof to the headwall through stalactites with an optional (tricky) no hands rest. Continue up the steep face throwing big moves to plates and crimpers. Lower off anchors. A pumpy route with great features and exposure....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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