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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

477 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',29],['3 Stars',114],['2 Stars',140],['1 Star',70],['Bomb',8]

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
Beautiful Edges   V4 6B     Boulder   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
Cauldron   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Think Tank   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
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
Temples of Stone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Paynes Ford : Track 2
Millennium Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   Main Cliff : Millenium Wall
Headbanger's Arete   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Wanaka : Main Cliff
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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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the slab dihedral that leads to the ...

Monsterpiece Theatre 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Main Wall
The other classic on the wall. Follows up the slab to the right of Terror Incognito, staying in the dihedral until right before the roof. Traverse left on thin technical moves to gain the lip of the roof and pull up and over right. Rest up, the final headwall provides adequate holds but you won’t get another chance to until the anchors.Depending on how far left you traverse under the roof you could probably drop a letter grade off the rating. That said, I’ve climbed plenty of .11- sport in...[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: Cragging at Kawakawa bay, North Island
Cragging at Kawakawa bay, North Island
Rock Climbing Photo: Darran Mountains, South Island
Darran Mountains, South Island

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By Kemper Brightman
From: Tucson
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, 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 JuliaMV
From: Christchurch, New Zealand
Oct 22, 2015 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. and are also fantastic, invaluable resources. Happy climbing!

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