Outdoor Rock Climbing

For outdoor rock climbing Auckland enthusiasts enjoy, Maungarei Springs, also known as Stonefields, offers a rich climbing experience within the suburbs of Auckland. The area, which is an urban basalt quarry beside a small lake, presents a mix of sport and trad routes suitable for various skill levels. The proximity to Auckland city makes it a convenient location for climbers, being less than a five-minute drive from the Extreme Edge climbing gym, allowing for easy transition between indoor and outdoor climbing or an alternative if the weather is not favorable. The area is managed by the Auckland City Council, and it’s important to note that dogs are not permitted in the wetland reserve. Access to the climbs is straightforward, with a gentle walk of less than five minutes from the designated parking areas on Barbarich Dr or Tephra Blvd​​​​.

Ti Point is the nearest crag to Auckland city, located about 90 km north, near Leigh. It offers a mix of quality sport and trad climbing on coastal basalt. The crag is noted for its solid sea cliffs, though climbers should be cautious of some loose blocks. The approach to Ti Point involves a 20-30 minute walk, which can be tide dependent, so planning ahead is essential. Ti Point has seen a rich history of climbing development since the 1970s, with significant contributions from climbers like Graeme Dingle during the crag’s ‘second coming’ in the 90s. It has become a favorite day trip destination for climbers based in Auckland and Whangarei, thanks to its picturesque setting and the concentration of quality routes​​.

For those located in Hamilton or the Waikato region and looking to explore rock climbing opportunities, Froggatt Edge offers sharp volcanic rock with a variety of outdoor rock climbing areas. The crag is situated on private farmland, and visitors must sign into the visitor book and adhere to access rules, like leaving gates as found and not obstructing gate access with parked cars. The climbing at Froggatt Edge ranges from short routes to longer climbs up to 25 meters, with face climbing and slightly overhung routes on offer. Conveniently, there are also facilities like drinking water taps and toilets on-site​​.

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SNM are NZOIA qualified climbing guides and members.

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30. You can do outdoor rock climbing all year round and until you’re old

29. Lead climbing outdoors promotes trust

28. Outdoor Bouldering is super sociable

27. You see the world through rock climbing outdoors from a different perspective

26. Through outdoor rock climbing You go to amazing places

25. Rock Climbing outdoors Builds and boosts confidence

24. Problem solving is enhanced through outdoor rock climbing

23. Outdoor Bouldering promotes ambition and personal challenge

22. Trad Climbing has meditative effects

21. Multipitch climbing focuses the mind

20. Outdoor Sport Climbing has low impact on your body

19. Lead Climbing Outdoors leads to improved stamina and endurance

18. Outdoor Rock Climbing is a full body workout

17. Bouldering Outdoors will challenge yourself

16. Outdoor Sport Climbing will conquer fears

15. Multipitch Climbing offers breathtaking sights

14. Rock Climbing Outdoors prevents chronic disease

13. Outdoor Rock Climbing reduces stress

12. Trad Climbing helps mental strength

11. Outdoor Bouldering allows you to explore

10. Rock Climbing Outdoors provides a sense of community

9. Multipitch Climbing helps with problem solving

8. Outdoor Lead Climbing Improves balance

7. Rock Climbing Outdoors Burns calories

6. Outdoor Bouldering increses strength and grip

5. Trad Climbing Can Help Improve Coordination

4. Rock Climbing Outdoors Combats Chronic Disease

3. Outdoor Sport Climbing Challenges Your Cardiovascular System

2. Outdoor Bouldering Improves Your Flexibility

1. Rock Climbing Outdoors Strengthens Your Muscles While Being Low Impact

30 Benefits of Rock Climbing


Why Rock Climbing May Be the Ultimate Full-Body Workout

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Multipitch climbing

Multipitch climbing may seem daunting, there are reasons not to be scared. Proper training and multipitch climbing instruction ensure that you acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to handle the challenges. The use of safety equipment, including ropes and anchors, provides a secure environment. Climbing partners and experienced multipitch guides offer support and encouragement throughout the climbing journey. Facing fears and stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to personal growth, unforgettable experiences, and a sense of accomplishment.

Multipitch climbing

Multipitch climbing offers numerous benefits for climbers. Firstly, it allows for longer and more immersive climbing experiences, taking you to breathtaking heights and providing a sense of adventure. It enhances problem-solving skills, as climbers must navigate complex routes and make strategic decisions. Multipitch climbing also fosters teamwork and communication, as climbers rely on each other for safety and efficient rope management. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for personal growth, building confidence, resilience, and a deeper connection with the natural environment.

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Multipitch climbing

Our multipitch climbing course provides climbers with the necessary skills to tackle longer, more complex routes that require multiple rope lengths. These multipitch courses focus on techniques such as rope management, efficient belaying, anchor building, route finding, and communication between climbing partners. Participants learn to navigate exposed terrain, overcome physical and mental challenges, and develop the ability to handle unexpected situations. These multipitch courses are ideal for climbers seeking to expand their abilities and take on the thrilling adventure of multipitch climbing with confidence

Trad climbing: the true test of a climber?

Trad climbing, the test of a true rock climber, requires a combination of technical skill, mental fortitude, and the ability to make decisions in challenging situations. Unlike sport climbing, trad climbers must place their own gear for protection, relying on their judgment and expertise. It demands route-finding abilities, the knowledge of gear placement, and the ability to construct secure anchors. Trad climbing pushes climbers to their limits, rewarding them with a deep sense of accomplishment and a connection to the raw nature of the sport.

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Be the best trad climber you can be

Unlock your full potential and ascend to new heights with outdoor trad climbing in geologically diverse New Zealand. Experience a plethora of climbing styles on various rock formations, all set against breathtaking backdrops. Embrace the thrill of precisely placing wires, the challenge of tackling ‘the pump’, or the exhilaration of reaching a summit, there is a trad climbing adventure awaiting you. Embrace the opportunity to discover your preferred climbing style and conquer the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand.

Gain fundamental trad climbing skills

We focus on getting started with a range of outdoor trad climbing styles, including anchors, rescues and scenariosin climbing on real rock walls. You will be the apprentice learning fundamentals of trad climbing and take away introductory climbing skills to independently enjoy this highly rewarding sport. At the end of this trad climbing course, you will be able to manage complex systems, climb better, be braver, asses risk and communicate the climbing lingo. How rad is that?

Sport climbing and leading on rock

This introductory Rock Climbing course in New Zealand focuses on teaching fundamental principles and techniques of beginner movement, footwork, and rope handling. Gain confidence in your skills, including exposure to heights and building trust in the rope. Learn essential belaying techniques and explore different devices like the Petzl GriGri, ATC, and others. The leading climbing course emphasizes safety and equips you with current sport climbing techniques, preparing you to enjoy outdoor climbing.

Low rock climbing skills with lots of fun frills!

No matter if you have never climbed before or just a couple of times at clip n climb, we take you to discover the tricks and tips toward more ways of climbing! No previous climbing experience is necessary, but preferred along with curiosity if we explore the promontories. Make your commencement in a newfound sport. This is a great opportunity to introduce you to the love of climbing. All levels are welcome and qualified instruction is given.

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Outdoor Rock Climbing crags in New Zealand you can climb with us:

New Zealand boasts a plethora of must-climb Outdoor Rock Climbing crags, each with its own unique allure. Explore renowned top-rope climbing locations such as Ti Point, Maungarei Springs (Stonefields), and Stoney Batter (Waiheke Island). Journey further to Te Ananui, Wharepapa South (Wapari/Froggatt Edge, Waipapa, Castle Rock), Waitomo (Airstrip), Mangorewa, Kinloch, Kawakawa Bay, Mangatepopo Valley, White Falls, Blowhard Bush, Baring Head, and Turakirae Head. With over 12,000 recorded routes and counting, there’s an abundance of thrilling toprope climbing opportunities waiting to be discovered in this magnificent country.

Introduction to top-roping and higher-vertical climbing

Discover the ideal rock climbing walls near you, top-rope climbing tailored to your comfort level, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned climber. Social Nature Movement offers top-notch instruction, guidance, and a wide range of sport climbing options. Starting with the fundamentals, we will guide you through essential toprope skills, ensuring a quality climbing experience. Our rock climbing programs are available for corporate team building, private courses, and school groups, offering something for everyone.

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Just started at clip n climp and want to rock climb outdoors?

If you’re an indoor climbing gym rookie seeking a deeper connection with yourself and a way to transcend the intricacies of nature, we have the perfect solution for you. Step away from following the green holds and obsessing over grades, and embark on a path that leads to both great climbs and great times. Our program welcomes individuals of all fitness levels, providing the ideal opportunity to begin your climbing journey and unlock a world of adventure.

Experience rock climbing outdoors in a fun safe environment

Discover the fundamentals of top-rope climbing, suitable for both novice climbers and adventurous travelers seeking to explore New Zealand’s remarkable sites. It’s also perfect for experienced climbers looking to introduce their loved ones to the sport without the hassle of acquiring gear. Choose from a range of options, including customizable packages and private group sessions, ensuring a tailored experience that suits your preferences and needs. Unleash your inner adventurer and go toprope climbing today!

Try Bouldering On Real Outdoor Rocks…

Learn the essentials of rock climbing and movement techniques, starting with fundamental bouldering moves. Progress to top-rope climbing, then advance to lead climbing, including basic transitions and safe abseiling techniques. This course is ideal for those interested in outdoor sport climbing and becoming skilled climbers. Qualified and experienced guides will teach you the safest methods while imparting the knowledge and skills needed to participate independently in the future

Already an experienced boulderer?

Perhaps you are alone or a sole traveler? You may even just want to switch the brain off and climb while being guided around crags and climbs without wasting time? Let us know, we can help! Push yourself mentally and physically or take your climbing skills to the next level. Learn anything in the rock climbing world from bouldering, top-roping, lead/sport-climbing, multi-pitch or trad climbing with our passionate instructors.

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Real Outdoor Bouldering Experiences!

Embark on the rapidly growing adventure of outdoor bouldering, driven by our passion! Scale ancient cliffs, pushing your limits to new heights in an exhilarating challenge. Immerse yourself in breathtaking countryside views and picturesque boulder valleys, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop for an unforgettable outdoor climbing journey. Experience the greatness of bouldering outdoors, enhancing your abilities amidst stunning natural beauty.

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Joe Rae
Joe Rae
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What an experience! Chris took a corporate group of my colleagues and I out - we had no idea what we were doing nor what to expect (it was rock climbing!). It was an awesome day, great for improving team culture and communication. His approach couldn't be faulted, we felt we were in very capable hands. Strongly recommend for any work place.
Rita Ribeiro
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This was my first ever experience in rock climbing. We were 3 people learning and 1 instructor, Chris. He took us to a crag in Stonefields, Auckland, by a lake. Quiet little place. He had his ropes all in place already. He brought all the gear. Good schedule after lunch to avoid the midday heat and not a crowded place either where we could feel intimidated. Chris is a good instructor. He gives clear instructions, enough to get you where you need to and not too much that would overwhelm you. He is patient, grounded and calm and that certainly helps if you’re anxious. Never seemed out of control and was even keeping an eye out for other recreational climbers. Seems to have an eagle eye and a conservative approach towards safety, and that I quite appreciated. We all got several turns at climbing and belaying different parts of that wall and 4h went by like a breeze. Some showers did not deter any of us as we were really enjoying our time together and Chris had some nice back up jackets handy to give us cover while it rained, luckily for a very short while. No negatives on this experience. We were given some ropes to take home and practice our knots, that was again a nice touch. For a complete beginner, 4h were more than enough in terms of information to process, and physical demand. A small group of 3 learners worked out really well. This is a kiwi business and a commendable one. I like to learn with highly skilled instructors with a strong professional background to avoid growing bad habits and Chris certainly rates highly in rock climbing. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.
Jennifer McKnight
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Had a great day out in Auckland doing intro to rock climbing with Chris! Chris is a natural teacher and I left feeling like I had learned so much and he did a great job at tailoring the experience to what I wanted and what my current experience level is. I left with more knowledge and feeling stoked to continue to build on it. I would gladly return to continue to learn more from him, and I’m sure I will!

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