Well worth the drive and short walk over farmlands to access some fine multi-pitch crack lines. 

bulletRoutes - Approximately 60
bulletGrades - 14 to 27
bulletCliff Heights - up to 75m
bulletRock Type - Limestone
bulletProtection - Natural & some bolts
bulletGuide Book - Limited details in the NZ Climber - Summer 2000/2001

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From Te Kuiti travel about 21km south on SH3 to Pio Pio before turning right into Kaka Street and then left into Mangaotaki Road. Travel for a further 12.5km until you reach the farm of Graeme & Kath Denize on your left. If they are not home you could try accessing the area from the farm of Warwick and Suzie Denize (07) 877 8399.

As the area is located on private land be sure to obtain permission prior to entry. There are two was to access the top of the face,  before abseiling down to do the start of the climbs. There two access routed:

The left side of the area walk up the hill and around the left to reach the top.
From the right end walk up through the gully locates about 300m in from the right hand end. Refer to the picture to the right. MangaotakiAccess01.JPG (76297 bytes)


Main Cliff

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Left:  Shogun (18) and Walking The Dogs (16)

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Right Hand End

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Bouldering Area


Along the area facing the main Cliff are numerous boulders and the opportunity to develop hundreds of boulder problems.

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