The Ravine

  • Grade context: AU


Following the track past “Assassination Wall”, round to the right, is the obvious gorge known as “The Ravine”. This area contains a number of buttresses, on both sides, at various levels with only a few of the many lines climbed. Routes are described counter-clockwise on their isolated buttress, starting on the right at the entrance to “The Ravine”. The routes on “Cosmic Wall” are described separately.

Access issues inherited from Secret Valley

Permission must be obtained from the Singh family at the second house off the road.



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"The Wall That Time Forgot". At the far end of the Ravine, after the track rises to pass through a gate, walk down towards the large pine tree at the toe of the large wall ahead to the right. Cross the stream just before the tree and up the grass at the base of the wall. There are the following routes, and potential for more. Due to rope drag and stretch it is best that these routes are not done in one pitch. Named after a good luck ritual performed by Tauranga climbers heading to the Waikato, near a certain road junction.

Climb the central rounded groove-line to chains at a small ledge on the left. Climb the bulging rock just left of the belay then up to another ledge. Move rightwards into the groove left of the prow. Climb this to chains on the right wall at the top (can lower from here). There is another set of chains on the block a few meters higher for a nice belay on top (abseil from here). From both higher sets of chains it is easy to return to the first belay chain. A 50m rope would be ok. A good introduction to multi-pitch climbing.

FA: Christian Richardson, Andrew Wilkinson & Dave Offner, 10 Jan 2016

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Climb the wall right of HTW, which steepens and there are tricky moves entering the niche above the bulge. Climb up rightwards to the left side of the prow. Move right to the edge, then climb this with difficult moves, which ease with the angle near the top. With rope stretch and no knots in the end of the rope the ground can be reached abseiling on a 60m rope from the top chains.

FA: Andrew Wilkinson & Dave offner, 1 Feb 2016

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