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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Waipari’s new owners

Shirtless climber in red trousers on steeply overhanging pocketed rock with farmland background
Meet the new Froggatt landowners

Landowner liability?

For landowners
Are you liable for climbers on your land?

Meet our Trustees

Smiling climber hangs under an orange rock roof with a lake in the background.
About us
Governance by climbers, for climbers

Latest updates

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Waikato :
Wharepapa Rock remains open subject to the entry conditions below. However the farm has recently been sold again, less than a year after its last...
All NZ :
On 5 November 2021, ACAT made a detailed submission on proposed changes to the Adventure Activities Regulations, on behalf of the recreational...
Waikato :
The government has announced that Waikato’s alert level 3 restrictions will ease tonight to match the greater freedoms seen in Auckland – called...
All NZ :
If you are passionate about adventure activities or wish to have a say about about the potential impact on recreational climbing access, please make...
Auckland :
Dust off your shoes and harnesses Auckland, rock climbing is back on the menu! We are stoked to announce the government has agreed to add climbing...
Canterbury :
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust has recently purchased Te Ahu Pātiki, a large block of land that includes Mt Bradley. They have brought...
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.