Elevation: 899 ft
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Shared By: Guy H. on Jan 30, 2007 with improvements by DCrane
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Description

The south island has a wide range of climbing opportunities from bouldering on the east coast, sport cragging in the north and on the west coast, and alpine experiences in the mountain range along the western coast. There are loads of other non-climbing activities to plan around your visits to the spread out crags. Make sure your check out the fly fishing, sea kayaking, and trekking while you are in the country.

Make sure you pickup a copy of "South Island ROCK" by Lindsay Main and Tim Wethey. This was the best reference for the whole island that I found. There are also a number of smaller guide books out there for individual crags.

Getting There

There are many short flights from the the northern island to the major cities in the south.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 7
lung arete
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Cauldron
Boulder
V4 6B
 11
Beautiful Edges
Boulder
V5 6C
 6
Acid Test
Boulder
V6+ 7A
 5
The Unrepeatable
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
Tuppimaster
Boulder
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Mod. Snow
 4
Northwest Ridge
Trad, Snow, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
DB Eh?
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 14
The Mission
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 22
Temples of Stone
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Headbanger's Arete
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Turn on , tune in, drop out
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 10
Dream Thing
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 11
1080 and the Letter G
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 9
Rawhide
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
lung arete Canterbury > Castle Hill > Quantum Field
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Cauldron Canterbury > Castle Hill > Quantum Field
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Beautiful Edges Canterbury > Castle Hill > Spittle Hill
 11
V4 6B Boulder
Acid Test Nelson-Tasman > Paynes Ford > First Watering Hole
 6
V5 6C Boulder
The Unrepeatable Canterbury > Castle Hill > Quantum Field
 5
V6+ 7A Boulder
Tuppimaster Canterbury > Castle Hill > Spittle Hill
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Northwest Ridge Mt Aspiring NP > Mt Aspiring
 4
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
DB Eh? Otago > … > Lake Alta > Double Cone E Face
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
The Mission Otago > … > Wye Creek > Main Wall
 14
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Temples of Stone Nelson-Tasman > Paynes Ford > Track 2
 22
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Headbanger's Arete Otago > Wanaka > Main Cliff
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Turn on , tune in, drop out Otago > Wanaka > Hospital Flat
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Dream Thing Otago > … > Wye Creek > Main Wall
 10
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
1080 and the Letter G Nelson-Tasman > Paynes Ford > Track 6
 11
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Rawhide Nelson-Tasman > Paynes Ford > Track 1
 9
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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