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1. New Zealand 8,902 routes in Region

Summary:
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Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 172.631822, -41.304037

Description:

There is lots of great climbing and bouldering right across New Zealand.

1.1. South Island 6,572 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 170.579008, -43.643587

1.1.1. Golden Bay 340 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 172.791108, -40.740725

1.1.2. West Coast 198 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 171.457463, -41.914781

1.1.3. Castle Hill Basin 2,023 routes in Crag

Summary:
Boulder, Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 171.734352, -43.208326

Unique Features And Strengths:

The area contains thousands of weather sculptured limestone boulders. It is known around the world for its technical and powerful climbing.

Description:

Castle Hill basin is a semi-alpine area nestled between two mountain ranges (craigieburn and Torlesse) . Spittle HIll and Quantum Field are the most developed and thus polished areas.

Webcam of the area : http://www.castlehill.net.nz/webcam.php

Weather: http://www.castlehill.net.nz/Weather/weather.php

Also close to the excellent Hogs Back MTB trail and half a dozen club ski fields.

Access Issues:

Some areas are part of Kura Tawhiti Conservation Reserve and managed by the DOC, others are private property.

Approach:

The Canterbury high country, approx. 90km northwest of Christchurch. A 20 car carpark (with toilet) exists on the left side (heading north) off the West Coast Rd (a few km south of Castle Hill Village).

Where To Stay:

castle hill village or springfield or...

1.1.4. Banks Peninsula 260 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 172.884907, -43.760570

1.1.5. Inland Canterbury 141 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 171.181487, -43.661275

1.1.6. Mount Cook Area 175 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 170.140129, -43.554298

1.1.7. South Canterbury 245 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and Top Rope

Long/Lat: 171.238292, -44.148504

1.1.8. North Otago 395 routes in Crag

Summary:
Boulder, Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 169.638444, -44.915841

1.1.9. Dunedin 268 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 170.565550, -45.845368

1.1.10. Southland 108 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 167.844634, -46.091084

1.1.11. Queenstown 291 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 168.683501, -45.040546

1.1.12. Port Hills 1,422 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 172.696118, -43.609347

1.1.13. Milford 421 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 167.901185, -44.628402

1.1.14. Wanaka 275 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 169.114542, -44.696051

1.1.15. Mount Aspiring National Park 2 routes in Feature

Summary:
All Alpine
Description:

Mount Aspiring

1.1.16. Mount Aspiring 3 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Alpine

1.1.17. Pioneer hut 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
Alpine, Unknown and Trad

1.2. North Island 2,330 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 175.577765, -37.911397

1.2.1. Tongariro National Park 153 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 175.576068, -39.224213

Description:

Tongariro National Park is located around three central mountain peaks Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngarahoe and Mt Tongariro. The climbing tends to be more adventurous due to its mountain environment.

There is sport and trad climbing in summer (or winter for the brave!) and alpine style routes for winter.

For the more adventurous, there are plenty of first ascents to be had on trad lines around the summits.

1.2.2. Lake Taupo 369 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: 175.863971, -38.809220

Description:

In the middle of the North Island is Lake Taupo, site of a once massive volcanic eruption.

'Whanganui Bay' is the predominant crag of the region, seeing development from the 1980's. More recently however, 'Kawakawa Bay' provides equally fantastic climbing.

Climbs tend to be on cliff faces coming right out of the lake with heights of upto 100m. The general rock type is welded ignimbrite, providing great friction and great features for use as holds. There are both crack and face climbs, tending for both sport and trad climbers alike.

1.2.3. Waikato 1,069 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 175.326552, -38.045211

Description:

The Waikato (Maori for "water-flow") is a large basin housing the mighty Waikato river and the majority of the North Islands climbing development.

The most notable area is the 'Wharepapa Region'[11874529] with many crags in close proximity. The climbing in this region is on pocket in ingnmbrite, so tape is a worthwhile investment.

Limestone is also present in the Waikato. 'The Airstrip' in 'Waitomo' is great for bouldering and 'Mangaokewa' just outside of Te Kuiti is steep sport climbing.

1.2.4. Bay Of Plenty 115 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: 176.712576, -38.120167

1.2.5. Auckland 288 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Boulder and Sport

Long/Lat: 174.820110, -36.925823

Description:

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and boasts two primary climbing areas. The 'Mt. Eden Quarry'[11874673] boasts some of New Zealand's first hard climbs, all the while being 30 minutes walk from down town. 'Waiheke Island'[11874673] is a 45 minute ferry ride from down town Auckland and has great bouldering to offer.

Where To Stay:

There are loads of backpackers in the central city that you can use.

1.2.6. Northland 210 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: 173.995261, -35.171507

1.2.7. The Coromandel Peninsula 115 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 175.622625, -37.064972

Description:

The Coromandel is a vacation retreat for most of Auckland during the summer. It is also home to many of the north islands longer sport routes.

1.2.8. Mount Taranaki (Egmont) 9 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 174.059397, -39.294470

1.2.9. Wellington 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 174.785830, -41.252078