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Outdoor bouldering locations in New Zealand

Get into outdoor bouldering away from the gyms, no need for technical and expensive equipment, just shoes, chalk(?) and boulder mats / crash pads.

We can take you almost anywhere:

  • Waiheke Island / Stoney Batter
  • Waitomo / Airstrip
  • Wapari Rock / Froggatt Bouldering / Wharepapa South
  • Blowhard Bush / Hawke's Bay
  • Wellington / Turakirae Head / Baring Head /
  • Canterbury / Kura Tāwhiti (Castle Hill Basin) / Flock Hill
  • Elephant Rocks and Hulk Hogan /
  • Long Beach / Dunedin
  • Jardines / Queenstown
  • Wanaka

Outdoor Bouldering is low-level climbing without ropes

Focusing on developing technique, fundamental movements, confidence and learning the foundations of the sport.

Bouldering and fundamental movements is ideal for those new to bouldering or looking to progress their technique, this course gives you a strong foundational understanding of this discipline, so you can move better, look better and overcome bouldering problems with confidence and success.

Climbing’s profile is exploding worldwide, making it’s debut as an Olympic Sport in the 2021 Olympic Games (Bouldering, Speed & Lead) with huge opportunities for recreational to competitive participants. Bouldering is a 'next-generation' sport, being cheaper, simpler and safer than traditional rock climbing. Bouldering is a social sport where our courses support and encourage the growing climbing community.

Flexible bouldering options to suit you

The Social Nature Movement team offers you the choice and flexibility to choose your duration of outdoor bouldering.

We have options for a days bouldering, two days/overnight, four days and seven days of bouldering.

Our bouldering options are for anyone wanting to start bouldering, get guided around, learn more about technique and strength or simply spend time in nature and boulder as much as possible with a guide on your side.

Bouldering and climbing are full-body workouts combining resistance and aerobic training

Achieve your fitness goals with us. It is an alternative to gyms, differentiates every time and better than indoor (boulder) gyms. We do it outside in nature with all of its overwhelming benefits that are too good to neglect; ask any serious, passionate and honest climber; they would rather be climbing outdoors any day than indoors!

Outdoor bouldering helps climbers of all abilities to better analyse and develop climbing skills which will enable them to break through not only to higher grades but a transcendent journey through ones world, mind and body.

Bouldering challenges the mind in problem solving and muscular coordination; negotiating through climbs, all unique and different.

Our courses are for dedicated bouldering in New Zealand. We offer bouldering to suit all levels of ability, no experience required. Our staff provide you with skills and knowledge to start, taking you through our foundational approaches, giving you the best future. When you are ready to take your climbing to the next level; we have a group of passionate and experienced coaches helping you fast-track your progress. Our movement courses are ideal for anyone looking to generally improve.

Are you new to bouldering? Our bouldering fundamentals give you tips to progress to the next level. Ideal for those new or looking to progress their climbing technique, gain solid foundations in technique, knowledge and skills to kick start or boost your bouldering. If you don't know what a pinch, sloper, mono, dyno, flag, mantel or enything else is, then let us converse the lingo and get you fluent in climbing linguistics.

Everything you need is with us; climbing shoes, chalk and boulder mats / crashpads. Our rock shoes have specially formulated rubber to stick and grip the rock, so try them out, rent them or buy them form our shop.

Get even more form us with private, personalised bouldering coaching.

Start thinking about your goals and we will help you get there. Private coaching is ideal for anyone looking to extend their technical climbing skills or tailor a session to work on personalised climbing goals. Our experienced coaches will give you feedback on your climbing or training technique, discuss and debate climbing-related knowledge and work on particular movement skills. It can be invaluable participating with coaches where their experiences can help you climb better. We guarantee you’ll learn the tools to send and top your projects during these coached sessions!

Why boulder with Social Nature Movement? It's in the name! We believe in inclusivity, authenticity and healthy bodies.

We value all people of all backgrounds so come and say hello to our friendly staff and we’ll get you started on your climbing journey!

Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or fill an enquiry here.

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grading system,
rock features,
movement styles and form,
how to approach a climb,
grip types,
psychological approaches,
food and drink optimisation,

Outdoor Bouldering is low-level climbing without ropes

No but it helps, bouldering can be as simple as a staircase or as hard as you make it

Sports clothes

Climbing shoes, chalk and a boulder mat / crash pad. We also rent and sell these items.

Get your general fitness in check, perhaps try it indoors, then come play!

Anywhere there is rock you cna boulder ourdoors in Auckland. There is one boulder-only location at Stoney Batter on Waiheke Island. You cna also boulder at Stonefields, Ti Point, Waitomo, Froggat Edge and many more places.

Outdoor bouldering is as safe as you make it. If you climb routes that are not very high or dangerous while using large soft boulder mats with friends who are good spotters, you will be bouldering safely.

Spotting while outdoor bouldering is not catching your friend but supporting them onto their feet and guiding them onto the crash mat.

To fall while outdoor bouldering you should let go in a controlled manor and try land on your feet with your hands in front of you, land with bent feet to absorb the fall.

Fear of falling is almost never something you get over, but you simply manage better with time through understanding your mind, body and environment.

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

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This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

If we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent


  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy



One staff


Activity specific items:

Boulder mats / crash pads
Climbing shoes


Staff carry:

First Aid Kit
Emergency shelter