Pupuke Boulders

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 2
  • Ascents: 146
  • Aka: Creek Pipe Overhang



Access issues inherited from Waipari

Please sign in, there is a logbook at the roadside gate. No dogs, no camping or overnighting, no fires. This is a working farm, leave all gates open or closed as you found them.

Ethic inherited from Waipari

Please do not top rope directly through anchor bolts. Please rappel after cleaning anchors, rather than lowering through the bolts (unless the anchor bolts have additional lower-off rings). This is to ensure longevity of the anchor bolts.


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Climb up the steepest part of Pupuke boulder. Powerful moves will bring you through the roof before a well deserved top out on good holds.

FA: Dave Vass

Boulder start followed by fun climbing with good holds higher up. Make sure to not go too far right when starting this climb.

FA: Bryce Martin, 1990

Crux is at the start of the route, then fun climbing once on the face right and then up to the anchor.

FA: Bruce Culvert, 1990

FA: Anne-Marie Arts, 1990

Climb to finishing jug on arete.

Start in the cave, move out and up to jug above head wall.

FA: Roland Foster

Big throws between obvious jugs.

Follow the leaning seam.

Long left leading traverse.

Up arete.

Left of arete/ 13.

Left again/ left of 14.


South west of the Pupuke Boulder.

Up the slabby arete.

Climb up bulge on good holds to the right of the shallow groove.

Just right of the shallow groove.

Start under the roof of the Dolmen on small holds, slap for the lip then mantle.

West of Pupuke Boulder. Routes described from left to right.

Access via farm gate down the hill.

Stand start on left end of boulder.

Sit start to previous problem.

Traverse boulder from right to left when viewed from the east.

North west of Pupuke Boulder. Routes listed in clockwise order.

Up slabby face on west side of boulder.

Up the face. Right of previous route on west side of boulder.

Up the slightly bulging face on the west side of the boulder.

The original route description is as follows: 'feet must be above the seams when you start (and while climbing) Sit start, left in undercling, set up feet and go for a tight two finger pocket then move both hands to larger holds above to finish.

On the east side of the boulder.

FA: Colin Pohl

Sit start on the left side of the roof and aim for the lip.

On the east side of the boulder.

Start as for BDJ, traverse low and right on pockets to finish with the V3 traverse. The first shelf above the start is out.

On the east side of the boulder.

Left to right traverse on the northern end of the boulder. Start left of Zulu Nation and finish at the V1.


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