Waro Reserve



The Waro Reserve Rock Climbing Area

The Rock Climbing Area located in the Waro Reserve is worth a visit on a sunny day if you are in the Whangarei area in Northland. This small Limestone outcrop is is quite visible from the highway and offers a few hours of fun Rock Climbing of Bouldering.

bulletRoutes - about 16
bulletGrades - 12 to 20
bulletCliff Heights - 9m to 18.
bulletRock Type - Limestone
bulletProtection - Natural and Fixed (Bolts)
bulletGuide Book - Northern Rock

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Climbing Areas

Lakeside Crag

As you walk around the left side of the small hill you may be forgiven for thinking you have come to the wrong place and that there's no rock climbing here. But wait, an outcrop ready to climb and with potential for anyone wanting to bolt a new route or two.

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Secret Crag

At Secret Crag the Limestone is cool to the touch and the area quite secluded, making it a nice place to just get away and climb. If you are able to figure out the moves to gain the main face, Secret Crag could offer a few more difficult rock climbing routes. 

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South Side

The climbs in this area are more Boulder Problems than free climbs and the strange Limestone shapes provide for a few challenges. There are many more good problems in this area but some that are too high to just boulder safely.

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Main Crag

Situated on the top of the small hill is a large formation has been bolted with a few good climbs. The rock has a multi-level dimension to it with climbs starting in some strange places, including one that starts in a shallow cave.

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Drive north from Whangarei, through Karmo and on about 7km until you reach the Waro Reserve on your right. Refer to the notice board for access and other information.


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