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New Zealand Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Little double-island nation about 3 hours by plane Southeast of Melbourne. Very green. Very wet.

Getting There 

I'd recommend Air New Zealand.

Climbing Season



Weather station 16.9 miles from here

454 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',25],['3 Stars',96],['2 Stars',135],['1 Star',69],['Bomb',7]
['<=5.6',28],['5.7',33],['5.8',42],['5.9',71],['5.10',142],['5.11',78],['5.12',37],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',9],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',5],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in New Zealand

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New Zealand:
Fickle Finger of Fate   V1 5     Boulder, 5'   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
lung arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Cauldron   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Think Tank   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Beautiful Edges   V4 6B     Boulder   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
Acid Test   V5 6C     Boulder   Paynes Ford : First Watering Hole
The Unrepeatable   V6+ 7A     Boulder   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Tuppimaster   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
Racing in the Streets   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Charleston : Wonder Wall
High Hopes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Good Bye Cream-Poofters   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Paynes Ford : Track 1
Millennium Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   Main Cliff : Millenium Wall
Temples of Stone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Paynes Ford : Track 2
The Arches   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   Main Cliff : The Arch Area
2 stroke tantrum   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Castle Rock : Quiet Earth Wall
Terror Incognito   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Froggatt's Edge : Main Wall
Monsterpiece Theatre   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 90'   Froggatt's Edge : Main Wall
Prokarstination   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mangaokewa : The Grandstands
Rawhide   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Paynes Ford : Track 1
1080 and the Letter G   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Paynes Ford : Track 6
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Featured Route For New Zealand
Rock Climbing Photo: The final headwall, pitch 4

2 stroke tantrum 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Quiet Earth Wall
A nice long line with varied climbing and great views. 18/5.10a all the way, although you probably don't want ot do this route if you are only just climbing 18/5.10a.Pitch 1 (20m)Climb the slab (first 3 bolts in common with "Ins and outs"). Head right and up to belay ledge with some trees.Pitch 2 (20m)Climb the face with several steep bulges to navigate, but on great holds. Finish up on an easy slab to large belay ledge.Pitch 3 (35m)Now things start getting even more fun. Bridge up a series of g...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of New Zealand Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Castle Hill bouldering, South Island
Castle Hill bouldering, South Island
Rock Climbing Photo: Darran Mountains, South Island
Darran Mountains, South Island
Rock Climbing Photo: Cragging at Kawakawa bay, North Island
Cragging at Kawakawa bay, North Island

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By Kemper Brightman
May 3, 2013
While New Zealand may not be a climbing destination per se, there is certainly enough rock to keep you occupied while you're here. If you enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, skiing, or just being outside in a gorgeous location, as well as climbing, this place is for you.

As far as climbing goes you'll have access to all types, from bouldering to alpine, within a day or two drive. For beta, climbnz.org.nz is probably the best resource on the web. Its not as easy to navigate as MP, but the site gets frequently updated with the latest route info. If you plan on spending time in a specific area do yourself a favor and buy the guide book. The friendly local climbers are very helpful, but with so few people in such a big country, you'll often find a crag, or beach, to yourself.

By JuJu
Oct 22, 2015
climbnz.org.nz/nz is the best resource for route information - ranging from boulders to crags to mountains. Some of the crags around Christchurch are still off limits since the 2011 Earthquake.

NZ has a pretty friendly community that is happy to help reduce the number of epics in the mountains. For current mountain conditions (eg access, glaciers, ice, etc), the best source of information is probably through Facebook via the Canterbury Mountaineering Club or the New Zealand Alpine Club. There are also some smaller, local groups (eg Queenstown Climbing Club, etc) where you might have a better chance finding partners.

Also, depending on how long you are visiting/staying, you can get discounted hut tickets through joining the clubs. topomap.co.nz/ and avalanche.net.nz are also fantastic, invaluable resources. Happy climbing!

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