Hoffman's Pool

  • Grade context: AU
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Limited DWS potential. The rock is very patchy in quality and too slabby for the most part. A pleasant place to "Do the Hoff" (V0) or for a swim on a hot summers day.


The far side of the river at Hoffmans Pool. Beware falling bombers. The rock is too poor quality and too low angle for the most part for proper DWS. Also beware of the bank underneath the water! Just right of the jump pad (left looking out from the launch pad) is too shallow. DO NOT SWIM OR CLIMB IF IN FLOOD OR WITH LOW WATER VISIBILITY.

Access issues inherited from Kauaeranga Valley

None. Please observe alpine club guidelines.


Park at the Hoffmans Pool car park about 1.5 km up the road from the Visitor Centre (signposted) and walk down to the river (2 mins).

Ethic inherited from Kauaeranga Valley

Gradingwise, The Kauaeranga Valley follows standard ewbank and strict V grading based on ARG and Port Hills standards, roughly:

VB = absolute beginner level bouldering V0 = 16,17 V1 = 18,19 V2 = 20,21 V3 = 22,23 And then: V grade = Ewbank - 21.

Please follow NZAC guidelines. Minimise ecological impact at all times. Additionally, the Department of Conservation has given the permission to boulder on the andesite boulders of the valley IF:

  • there is no modification of the boulders
  • ecology is respected at all times
  • bio-assets are respected at all times
  • brushing is minimised to those holds which are used or could be used (ie touched) to ensure progression and the climbers safety
  • the climber is considered as part of the environment and preserved

Enquire at the DOC Valley Visitor Centre if at all unsure of the application of the NZAC guidelines.



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The fun, low level girdle traverse, just above the water mostly, at Hoffmans Pool on OKish banded rock (the occasional flakey edge or pocket). Step down when it gets too shallow on the far right side, if need be. Easiest and most convenient to cross to up-stream.

FA: Phil Higgins, Nov 2021

Climb the easy groove directly below the bomb launch spot, stepping right (crux) at the top.

FA: Phil Higgins

FA: 2021


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