Keeping New Zealand climbing

The Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust (ACAT) works to improve access to rock climbing and bouldering areas around New Zealand. 

Our mission is to create sustainable climbing access through strong relationships between climbers, communities, and the environment. 

We think climbers have a brilliant, vibrant community that has a lot to offer. By becoming more organised and putting in sustained effort, ACAT can give back to the places and communities that host our adventures and ensure a warm welcome for climbers throughout Aotearoa. Read more about our objectives and key initiatives.

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For climbers
Improve access & the environment

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For landowners
Are you liable for climbers on your land?

Meet our Trustees

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About us
Governance by climbers, for climbers

Latest updates

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Auckland :
The old Waitakere Quarry on Te Henga Rd contains basalt walls with good climbing potential. Auckland Council is creating a new public park in the...
All NZ :
Stewardship land covers 9% of New Zealand’s landmass. It includes several climbing areas including Mt Somers and the Remarkables Ranges....
All NZ :
ACAT is excited to officially announce that we have hired a General Manager to lead the organisation. Edwin Sheppard is an experienced climber...
All NZ :
We are stoked to announce that ACAT and NZAC have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out the basis of our relationship moving...
All NZ :
We are thrilled to announce that the father of outdoor pursuits in New Zealand, Sir Graeme Dingle KNZM, MBE, is joining the Aotearoa Climbing...
Southland :
ACAT has received confirmation that we, along with NZAC and other recreational advocacy groups, will be invited to join an advisory group providing...
Wide angle aerial image of Ti Point, basalt headland with pohutakawa, calm turquoise sea, underwater reef, cloudy sky.
Ti Point, an hour north of Auckland. Photo: Chris Hailey.