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Kawakawa Bay 
Whanganui Bay 
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Lake Taupo  

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On the eastern side of the central region is Lake Taupo, sitting in the crater of what is believed to be the world’s largest volcanic eruption. There are numerous cliffs lining the lake, several of which have established climbing. The rock is Rhyolite, a dense volcanic rock that is relatively smooth and solid, and prone to cracking instead of crumbling. The volcanic silt gives the lake a turquoise reflection and makes for some rather nice places to climb.

Getting There 

From Auckland head south, from Rotorua head west, from Wellington head north. The lake is a major attraction of the north island, it shouldn’t be hard to find.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

55 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lake Taupo:
High Hopes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whanganui Bay : Whekenui Wall
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Featured Route For Lake Taupo
Semi awkward belay before starting the crux pitch....

Mexican Americans 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : The Point
This recently established sport route is the longest climb at K-bay. Set to become a classic for sure.Aside from a short section of grade 23/24 most of this route is grade 18ish. If you cant quite onsite 23/24 but still want to experience this awesome climb, you can always pull on a draw...If you don't link any pitches together, it is 6 pitches in total.Pitch 1 - 18Begin up the arete (first pitch of after the sunset). Can do the trad line to the left instead as they finish at the same anchors.Pi...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia ...
A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia ...

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