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Whakapapa Gorge Rock Climbing 

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Location: -39.23123, 175.56281 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Cameron Fraser on Apr 24, 2014
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A mountain crag only 15 mins from the car park. A mix on trad and sport climbs up to 2 pitches. Amazing scenery and great exposure. During the winter months there is too much snow and ice for "rock" climbing. Check out classics such as Moko (20), The Full Monty (23) and Ape to Angel (24).

For a great overview and up to date info refer to Rock Deluxe North guidebook. For more comprehensive information visit

Getting There 

From the Top of the Bruce road walk east towards Meads Wall and then turn north up Te Herenga Ridge a short distance before sidling down on a rough track across the eastern slope. The track peters out at the top of the crag; continue northwards above the cliffs down to the end of the bluff line and then back up under the crag.

Climbing Season

For the North Island area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Trenchtown 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Whakapapa Gorge
A great outing for the grade with good exposure. Start up the pillar before traversing right to the bolted belay of Chocolate Coated Mammaries (18). From the belay follow the line of least resistance up the face making placements where you can. Plenty of large boulders at top of cliff for belays....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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