Season: year round
Fitness level: easy
Duration: 1 day or more
Guiding: from 1:1 up to 1:4
School holiday special:
Prices per day:
4 people: $190 pp
3 people: $250 pp
2 people: $350 pp
1 person: $650
Wanaka Rock Climbing
We tailor our Wanaka rock climbing trips to your own goals. The thing that makes rock climbing special is that since the 90s women have helped push the boundaries of the sport. People with any body type may climb well, as you’re only moving your own weight. A slight person can often outperform a muscleman. That being said one of Britain’s greatest ever rock climbers, John Dunne, has been described as “overweight”.
It’s a great leveler: even experienced climbers get scared pushing their limits. Trusting the belayer, your gear and your own ability provides the biggest challenge. Even though it can be scary, with the correct techniques rock climbing is an extremely safe sport (miles safer than mountain biking or skiing).
are Monika and Tim. Monika is the stronger sportclimber of the two, famous for her cunning heel hooks. Tim loves a good corner crack and is a better trad climber. Both are trained teachers and have climbed extensively in NZ, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Check our Instagram for photos.
Wanaka is New Zealand's biggest sport climbing area
Wanaka and Queenstown are great locations to teach and learn essential skills for Rock Climbing.
It’s New Zealand’s biggest sport climbing area, with a huge variety of styles. Over 500 routes of all grades, mostly steep face climbing. The rock type is schist, a metamorphic rock with lots of quartz. . The routes are mainly single pitch, with some multipitch and trad climbing as well. A multipitch example at the Little Big Wall is Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, 60m grade 16**
Most of the Wanaka rock climbing areas are within 20 mins drive. Wye Creek is an hour and a half’s drive, plus a 90 min walk.
There are alpine multipitch routes available at Treble Cone and the Remarkables. At Treble Cone we have the classic Green Gates Revisited, grade 18 ***. In the Remarks we have The Fat Lady Sings at the Circus, 135m, grade 16***
For the latest information on routes, the best guidebook is Wanaka Rock – NZ Alpine Club published by the NZ Alpine Club.
To cool off after a good days climbing, we have many great swimming holes in the area, some with deepwater soloing options.
What to Bring
We provide ropes, as well as harness & helmets if you don’t have your own. Rock shoes on request, please let us know your size beforehand. Wear long pants, activewear, sun protection. Practical shoes for getting to the crag over farmland. Bring something to eat, plus plenty of water.