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Lake Taupo

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Lake Taupo 


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Location: -38.7905, 175.89391 View Map  Incorrect?
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Beautiful Lake Taupo

Description 

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.


50 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
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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- HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whanganui Bay : Whekenui Wall
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Featured Route For Lake Taupo
Second pitch, as seen from the anchors

High Hopes 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  New Zealand : North Island : ... : 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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A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia at Whanganui Bay.
A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia ...
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