Southern Lakes Alpine Rock Climbing
The Southern Lakes region provides a variety of alpine and multi-pitch rock climbing venues. High up in the Remarkables mountain range or overlooking the Matukituki and Dart valleys within Mount Aspiring National Park.
Alpine and Multi-pitch Rock Climbing
If you are new to the area or only have a short time to sample the rock climbing on offer, a local guide can showcase the best routes of the region.
The Southern Lakes region provides a variety of alpine and multi-pitch climbing venues. High up in the Remarkables mountain range or overlooking the Matukituki and Dart valleys within Mount Aspiring National Park.
Meeting in Wānaka or Queenstown, we can head to a variety of venues and routes to suit any ability.
Alpine Rock Climbing Objectives
Our favourite rock routes include:
Ravages of Time, Chinamans Bluff
This 300m route is situated high above the scenic Dart Valley north of Glenorcy. It takes an hour to get from the carpark to the base of the route and has a crux pitch of 20.
DB’eh Buttress and Indian Summer
The Remarkables near Queenstown offer a variety of multi-pitch alpine routes in low to moderate grades. It is possible to continue the adventure by scrambling to the summit of Single or Double Cone for the view of the Whakatipu basin.
Taniwha, Hell’s Gate
For more challenging objectives and steep, the Mount Aspiring road leasd west from Wānaka to the junction of the East and West Matukituki Valleys and the imposing Hell’s Gate crag.
For excellent alpine and multi-pitch rock climbing and scrambling objectives slightly further afield, check out Darrans Alpine Rock Climbing or Sebastapol Bluffs and Twin Stream near Mount Cook
Pricing and Details
|Dates:||November to April|
|2023/24 Price:||from $550 per person (inc GST)|
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