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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.
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.
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Tibia 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R New Zealand : North Island : ... : Whekenui Wall
A Whanganui classic, for sure. An easy moderate, just a bit of oldschool chimney and off-width climbing to test your mettle. Climbs up behind the prominent free-standing pillar on Whekenui wall. It’s normally done in three pitches, but that’s only because of rope drag. The name comes from the pile of bones you find at the bottom of the chimney on the first pitch. There’s a skull staring straight at you as you get ready to climb a runout chimney. Comforting. The story told to me went someth...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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