Flying into Auckland



For overseas climbers flying into Auckland, here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your New Zealand climbing adventure.

Travel Arrangements

bulletFor anyone staying for more that a few weeks in New Zealand buying a car is a relatively cheap and popular travel option and usually easy to sell when you're ready to leave. For sale signs cover the wall in all Auckland Backpackers. If you're planning to visit the South Island during your visit a car is almost essential, as many of the crags are not served by public transport.
bulletYou probably want to stay away from the tourist operators and buses.
bulletStructures tours and busses tend to have inflexible schedules
bulletBusses and tours don't provide good access to climbing areas.
bulletOn tours you may well get stuck with partying 18-23 year olds and not get a chance to meet to many local and overseas climbers.
bulletIf your planning to visit the South Island, purchase your ferry ticket to the south island far in advance. Prices can vary from $160 to over $300 (two people and a car) each way, a single traveller (personal ticket) costs about $65.

Best Climbing Areas

bulletHead straight for Bryce's at Wharepapa
bullet Skip the outdoor shops in the city (unless you need to purchase some camping equipment). Bryce has all the climbing gear you'll need and more with competitive prices.
bulletBryce's personal beta is better than any guide book and he provides free use of north island guide books. Tell Bryce your climbing level and interest, and he'll provide you with a prime tick list!
bulletCosie and tasty cafe with great Espresso Coffee
bulletClean new hostel and every room has a full bathroom attached (from $15NZ pre person per night)
bulletBomber boulder cave! Watch out for late night competitions. You'll feel it in the morning!

Wharepapa Region offers the best climbing in the North Island, don't just take my word for it.

"Fantastic climbing, hospitality, generosity, and good company. Thanks for everything - and most of all the laughter and fun! Come visit us and climb in Squamish!" - Meghan Beriault (Squamish, Canada)


"Wonderful hospitality, excellent climbs and lovely people," - Jedian Rupert (Germany)


"Loved everything from the hospitality to the indoor and outdoor climbing. Beats everywhere else," - Kevin, Julia, Sam and Hared Govers


"What a marvellous place to stay and climb - made really welcome with LOADS of hot tips and advice. Thanks Bryce." - Nigel Aude


"Veldig bra sted, flotte faciliteter, bra buldrehule og lkke minst - veldig trivelig vertskap, klatringen var ogsa bra," - Lars Rliersen (Norway)


Other good central North Island areas include:

Waipapa is a newly developed area with hard sport routes meters away from sustained crack traditional routes. 


Whanganui Bay is only an hours drive from Bryce's. You can do it in a day, or spend a few camping on the beach. Beautiful lake cliff climbing with a mixture of sport, but best for it's straight sustained crack climbing.


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