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The Arches, Main cliff


The "Main cliff" is actually several sections of rock all lined up next to each other. Hosts the majority of good climbs at Waipapa. From Right to left: Wall of fate, The Arch area, Millennium wall, Far left wall.

Getting There 

From the parking lot follow the gravel road past the gate. Take a left at the first obvious point, and continue on this trail, skirting the river. If you get to a point where the river cuts right and there's a small metal fishing platform you've gone too far. Trace back about 100 feet and find a path the climbs into the forest. Follow the path a couple hundred feet to the base of the cliff. Here the track forks to the right and left. A short walk to the right will take you to Galaxy wall, wheras heading left will take you to the Main cliff.

Climbing Season

For the North Island area.

Weather station 12.2 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Cliff:
Millennium Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   Millenium Wall
The Arches   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   The Arch Area
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Featured Route For Main Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: Sean on the final traverse of The Arches

The Arches 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : The Arch Area
A classic for the area, must do. Starts with a strenuous layback on slippery feet, climbing a fading fingercrack in a huge right-facing corner. The climbing is solid 5.10 at the start, but you will quickly get some divots for your feet and things ease up quite a bit. This leads to even easier, yet enjoyable climbing on a traverse under the enormous roof. There may be a move or two to pull onto the belay ledge, depending on what holds you find....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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