New Zealand Climbing News is updated regularly with contributions from fellow climbers. If you have a news item that you would like featured please send it to 

The latest News on New Zealand Climbing is listed at the top of the page. 

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bulletMt Eden Quarry Closure
Due to works to stabilise the slip at the long side, climbing is banned until around Feb 03
bulletNew developments at Smith Rock and other crags at Wharepapa
Thanks to the efforts of climbers from all over the country, Smith Rock is shaping up to be the beast crag in the Whrarepapa Region. Great tracks, two new Toilets and hundreds of new bolts.Other areas receiving attention are Bailey's Road and Sheridan Hills. Well Done !
bulletWhanganui Bay Access
Good news ! The road down to the bay has been repaired.
The Waipapa crag is growing with the development of a new face close to the access road.
bulletCastledowns Guide
Thanks to Carl Waddick
bulletA new Indoor Climbing Wall in Nelson
The new and exciting "Vertical Limits" indoor climbing wall opened in Nelson, New Zealand. Read the Press Release.
bulletCrag Commercialisation

With the likely commercialisation of two older crags, climbers are flocking to some of the many alternative crags in the Wharepapa area. The popularity of the Wharepapa area continues to increase and the new climb development is greatest at Smith and Waipapa

bulletWhanganui Bay Access

At last reports the road is is not safe and fully washed out below the old mid-way car park. We are told that not even a hummer or a tank would get up or down any more and the hike in is now added by fixed ladders!

bulletNew Crag Weekend 22 & 23 September 2001
Learn about establishing new crags and routes. See the events section
bulletJacob Dodds

Hay guys love the site.  Well it's Jacob Dodds writing to say I'm in the states climbing hard and loving it but a word to note some of the gym junkies are snobby ass bastards. But thank god you don't find them out on the real thing. Oh well Jacob chilling and climbing in the states saying bye.   Jacob Dodds

bulletThe Waro Reserve Rock Climbing Area in Northland
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bulletHILTI and PETZL companies
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bulletThe Artificial Climbing Wall at Whangarei Girls High
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bulletNZFS Nationals dates and venues confirmed
See the Events section
bulletNZSF Queenstown Competition Postponed
See the Events section
bulletWharepapa and Froggat crags may turn commercial
Read - Who will pay
bulletThere's been a few more areas added to the Canterbury

Any contributions of images or other information would be great.

bulletWe made it on to InfoTech

Climb New Zealand featured in New Zealand Infotech as it continues to grow in popularity.


Molenberg FunClimb up & running, with support from the top

May - October 2001

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bulletMore Climbing Competitions

Take a look at the 2001 Events Section

bulletJune 2001 NZSF Newsletter

Read the latest in competition climbing news.

bulletNew (Grade 30) climb at Whanganui Bay.

Kester Brown made the first ascent of an old project at Whanganui Bay. The climb is situated at the plateau and was originally bolted by Richard Bull many years ago. Kester took three days to complete the first ascent and has named the route Trinity. It is tentatively gradeed at 30, making it the hardest route in the north island

bulletNew Zealand Instructors Association (NZOIA) Climbing Wall Award 
bulletMore routes go up at Waipapa. Check out the images of Aaron Ford on another of his projects.
bulletWhanganui Bay access changes and improvements.
bulletWe have added a New Zealand page for our international visitors.
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bulletThere are even more indoor climbing walls on the site now. 
Thanks to those climbers and Gym owners who sent in details.
bulletWe have updated our links page and added more logos to make it easier for you to find things.
bulletMangaotaki - has been added, go take a look at the climbing there.
bullet Read a review of South Island Rock by Tony Burnell
Read the Review
bullet If you are near to Westport, try the climbing at Charleston.
bullet Tarakohe in Golden Bay (in Marlborough) has just been added to the site. 
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bullet If you're in Dunedin go climbing at Long Beach, you won't be disappointed!
bullet Take a look at the Wye Creek climbing area in Queenstown, New Zealand
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bullet Hanging Rock is worth a visit if you are into climbing Limestone.
bullet The Port Hills (Christchurch) has been added.
bullet More climbs recorded for Manawatu Gorge

Take a look at the Mt Arapiles (Australia) and related pages, updated from our most recent trip. Mt Arapiles is a must for those of you who are into multi-pitch climbing.


New climbing Images from Mt Arapiles.

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bullet "The Edge" is the new name for the indoor climbing wall at the Taupo Event Centre and it's a great facility.
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bullet Added Paynes Ford - Thanks to Simon Middlemass
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bullet Take a look at the climbing wall at the Hang-Dog Gym Wellington, New Zealand
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bullet Take a look at Ferg's Gym in Wellington, New Zealand
bullet WARNING. Potential bolt problem ! This is an example of the home built bolt. Refer to our Bolts section


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bulletHave a look at the new Images section.
bullet More activity at the Waipapa rock climbing area and Millennium Madness.

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bulletVisit Gower, this rock climbing area is well worth a look.

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bulletThe secret is out Hamilton Climbers, now we can all play at Secret Valley.
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bullet Check out the Climbing Instruction Books now listed in our reference section.
bullet Take a look at the rock in the Glasshouse Mountains, Australia.
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