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Table of contents

1. The Plateau 32 routes in Crag

Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 175.724440, -38.788971

Unique Features And Strengths:

Steep pocketed walls requiring strong fingers and technical nous.


The Plateau can be organised into 8 separate areas. The climbing is generally harder then at Whekenui with steeper walls and less features.


Coming from the beach, walk up the next road about 200m on your left after passing the Marae.

Follow the obvious driveway to the left until you reach an obvious track on the right, marked by a white pole. Follow this track for a further 100m. This arrives at the cliff below Reckless.

Routes described left to right.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Balfourspace

Found at the far left of the crag by itself. Difficult first section starting up the groove on the left or the slab on the right. Then head up past ledges then slab before the final headwall.

FA: 1998

21 Sport 27m, 10
2 Slave to the Rhythm

Furthest left of the climbs found in Mid-Life Crisis Area. This area is 30m right of Balfourspace. Climb up the face then left over the bulge before heading right.

FA: Phil Castle, 1998

21 Sport 20m, 6
3 * 21 Classic Dance Tunes

Start up the slab with the slim seam to the right of STTR then head leftat steeper ground. Head back right then up the headwall.

FA: Len Gillman, 1984

23 Sport 15m
4 * Jive Junkies

Head up the groove to the right of the black streaked slab. Step left onto the slab then up the corner and face, drifting left onto the faces at the top.

FA: Kester Brown, 2003

24 Sport 15m
5 ** Mid-Life Crisis

Start as for JJ, but continue up the groove to the right. Harder alternative start to the right, up the unenticing V-slot.

FA: Phil Castle, 1998

22 Sport 20m, 8
6 Hands Solo

P1 (19): Start up slabby ground on the right end of the wall. Head right to a belay station after 3 bolts. P2 (22): Crank through the bulge to gain the ledge. Up through another bulge then follow the bolts to the top of the cliff.

FA: James Wright

19 Sport 32m 2
7 Tickle Test

This route is the first on the Knobs and Knockers Area. Found 15m right of Hands Solo. Start as for ST. At some point head left then up left of ST ledge. Head up following the bolts to the top of the cliff.

FA: Len Gillman, 1987

22 Sport 40m, 14
8 * Smear Test

Climb the slabby pillar left of the bush filled corner. When out in the sunshine head straight up through a bulge and into the belay ledge. Gear needed at the start and finish

FA: Debbie Hind, 1993

19 Sport 15m, 2
9 Sporting Gesture

Just right of the bush filled corner, climb the dark slab to an obvious ledge.

FA: Debbie Hind, 1993

17 Sport 12m, 7
10 * Knobs and Knockers

From SG ledge head up the left side of the vague arete to a committing mantle. Then up and right to the belay.

FA: Len Gillman, 1984

20 Unknown 18m, 6
11 ** Dream of White Snatches

From the far right of KAK ledge climb the black streak.

FA: Len Gillman, 1984

23 Sport 18m, 7
12 Eccentric Galumbits

Back on the ground there is a short slab in the bush. This climb is up the left side of this slab.

FA: Jo Straker, 1985

17 Sport 9m, 3
13 The Triple Beast

The right hand side of the slab.

FA: Grant Davidson, 1985

18 Sport 9m, 3
14 Ooh Um It Art

This route and HH require climbing the grade 16 access route found by heading right along the access track from TTB. This is Smear Tactics Area. From the ledge above the access route head towards a right V corner. Gear needed in thin crack. Head left onto the face at the overhang. Gear and bolts.

FA: Len Gillman, 1984

20 Sport 20m, 5
15 Hoover Hog

Start as for OUIA to gain the honeycomb wall on the right side of the face. Head up through the steep bulge and pumpy headwall. Gear if needed.

FA: Mike Rockell, 1987

22 Sport 26m, 7
16 * Last Words of Hassan Sabbah

Right of the access route. Head up the bulging red wall to the mossy slab. Finish at the ledge.

FA: Roland Foster, 1985

23 Sport 15m, 6
17 * Asking for Absolution

From the top of LWOHS, a bouldery start leads to enjoyable climbing on the upper wall.

FA: Niel Monteith and James Wright

22 Sport 15m, 6
18 * Smear Tactics

P1: The slab 10m right of LWOHS with 3 bolts and a crack for gear. P2: Up the thin crack and stay left of the roof. Finish up thin crack.

FA: Grant Davidson, 1984

20 Unknown 35m 2
19 Nameless

Start up the slab just right of ST. From the slab tackle the tilted wall.

FA: John Palmer, 2013

26 Sport 15m, 6
20 * Graemeless

Start up the groove left of SO. Follow the white diagonal features through the steep bulge.

FA: Roland Foster, 1985

25 Sport 15m, 5
21 * Miracles of Fluid Dynamics 23 Unknown
22 CHildhood's End 24 Unknown
23 Forever Tuesday Morning

FA: T.Stempa

{US} AU:17 Sport 22m
24 * Something outrageous 1st pitch

FA: G.Davidson

21 Unknown 25m
25 Bunny in Disguise 17 Sport 10m
26 * Piki Mai

FA: P.Castle

{US} AU:17 Sport 22m
27 A Change of Tune 18 Sport 10m
28 Gungadin 18 Unknown
29 Lord Kim Strike Me Down 22 Unknown 9m
30 Slave to the Rythm 21 Unknown
31 * Reckless 19 Unknown 30m
32 Shneiderburner 21 Unknown 15m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
17 Bunny in Disguise Sport 10m
Eccentric Galumbits Sport 9m, 3
Forever Tuesday Morning Sport 22m
* Piki Mai Sport 22m
Sporting Gesture Sport 12m, 7
18 A Change of Tune Sport 10m
Gungadin Unknown
The Triple Beast Sport 9m, 3
19 Hands Solo Sport 32m 2
* Reckless Unknown 30m
* Smear Test Sport 15m, 2
20 * Knobs and Knockers Unknown 18m, 6
Ooh Um It Art Sport 20m, 5
* Smear Tactics Unknown 35m 2
21 * Balfourspace Sport 27m, 10
Shneiderburner Unknown 15m
Slave to the Rhythm Sport 20m, 6
Slave to the Rythm Unknown
* Something outrageous 1st pitch Unknown 25m
22 * Asking for Absolution Sport 15m, 6
Hoover Hog Sport 26m, 7
Lord Kim Strike Me Down Unknown 9m
** Mid-Life Crisis Sport 20m, 8
Tickle Test Sport 40m, 14
23 * 21 Classic Dance Tunes Sport 15m
** Dream of White Snatches Sport 18m, 7
* Last Words of Hassan Sabbah Sport 15m, 6
* Miracles of Fluid Dynamics Unknown
24 CHildhood's End Unknown
* Jive Junkies Sport 15m
25 * Graemeless Sport 15m, 5
26 Nameless Sport 15m, 6