Southern Lakes Alpine Rock


wanaka rock

The Southern Lakes area around Wanaka and Queenstown

"...tailored to my needs and wishes"


I was in Wanaka and had a free day, weather was perfect so a day of rock climbing sounded like a good idea.  Individual lesson, so it was tailored to my needs and wishes.  I wish I had more time and spent a few more days climbing...I enjoyed all of it.

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Remarkables (1-3 days)

The Grand Traverse of the Remarkables is one of the best alpine outings in New Zealand and especially unique in that it can be accessed in a day trip from the comforts of Queenstown through the Remarkables ski field. Follow the exposed rocky ridge up and over the twin summits of Double Cone and onwards over the range’s highest point, Single Cone, looking down almost 2km vertically to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu below, before descending past Lake Alta. Suitable for anyone with some hiking experience and a good head for heights.


If you are after more rock climbing, then the DB’eh Buttress provides 7 pitches of climbing up to NZ grade 17 heading directly to the summit of Double Cone. The best descent isn’t entirely straightforward as you have to follow the Grand Traverse up and over the summit of Single Cone providing a full alpine day out.


Chinaman’s Bluff (3 days)

The 300m Chinaman’s Bluff offers a range of multi-pitch rock climbs starting from grade 18. It sits high over the scenic Dart Valley in the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park and is approached in an hours trekking from the road end of the aptly named Paradise Road that heads out from the historic township of Glenorchy at the head of Lake Wakitipu.


Matukituki Valley (1-3 days)

The Matukituki Valley is the gateway to Aspiring National Park and provides a number of crags and multi-pitch adventures with an unsurpassed view over the valley and up to the surrounding peaks.


Pacific Wall and Wye Creek (1-3 days)

Wye Creek is the premier cragging destination near Queenstown offering a range of grades of great rock with aspects for every season. Further up the valley offers more adventurous extended multi-pitch options. Pacific Wall offers similar adventure with a 2 hour walk-in.

Available Dates

Dates subject to guide availability Jan through to Dec      
Summer climbing : Dec to March    
Winter climbing : June, July, August - cold temperatures, short daylight hours    


Routes available from beginners to advanced.

Price Details

Guide Ratio Price (per person)
one day NZ$950
two days NZ$1,900
three days NZ$2,850
one day NZ$550
two days NZ$1,100
three days NZ$1,675
What's Included
  • NZMGA/ IFMGA qualified guide/instructor
  • permit fees
  • lunch each day
  • climbing equipment (except for rock shoe rental)
Not included :
  • accommodation costs (hut, tent, backpacker, or other if in town)
  • breakfast and dinner.
We can arrange all these for you if required especially if we go to Chinaman's Bluff


Frequently Asked Questions About This Trip

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Day 1

Depending upon the location of your objectives you can meet your guide at our office in Wanaka or at your accommodation in Queenstown. If you are staying around Wanaka or Queenstown then after a quick gear check you'll head off for a day's climbing at the local crags. If heading to Chinaman's Bluff then you'll sort out camping gear and food with your guide and head off for the 3 days climbing.  


Day 2

From dawn till dusk... as much as you can handle... a full day alpine rock climbing !  


Day 3

Another day climbing.  Return to our office or your accommodation for a post trip drink, a recap of the 3 days, and make plans for your next rock climbing adventure !


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