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AccessLegislationWest Coast
We have submitted our opinion on the proposals set out in DOC’s Westland stewardship land reclassification consultation document, which affects 504 pieces of stewardship land on the West Coast. There are over 3000 pieces of stewardship land across the country – ACAT’s primary concern is to ensure that recreational access to and across...
AccessWaikatoWhanganui Bay
After over 5 years of closure, ACAT is stoked to announce that climbing at Whanganui Bay is now possible again under a trial climbing season. Whanganui Bay is one of the North Islandʻs premiere crags, with a mix of quality sport and trad on compact ignimbrite, and a climbing history reaching back into the 1970s. Its north-facing and sheltered...
AccessWaikatoKawakawa Bay
Excited for a weekend away at Kawakawa Bay? Who wouldn’t be! But remember it’s crucial that we behave respectfully, leave no trace, and keep climbing access open.  The campsite and many of the cliffs are on DOC or Iwi land, with Iwi co-governance, and there is no formally established agreement for camping or climbing activities. That means...
NewsPartnersAuckland
We are stoked to announce our first official sponsor, Northern Rocks – a world-class bouldering (climbing) facility on Auckland’s North Shore. The facility is building an inclusive community and helping its members get into outdoor climbing through community events, education and awareness. ACAT and Northern Rocks are strongly aligned by a...
AccessLegislationAuckland
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 quarry (Waitipu Park), and ACAT has lodged a submission advocating for rock climbing to be permitted. You can read ACAT’s full submission (including more photos). This was a one-time opportunity to...
AccessLegislation
Stewardship land covers 9% of New Zealand’s landmass. It includes several climbing areas including Mt Somers and the Remarkables Ranges. ACAT has been advocating on behalf of the climbing community to ensure that climbing access is protected in these areas. There are over 3000 individual blocks of stewardship land and the government...
About usNews
ACAT is excited to officially announce that we have hired a General Manager to lead the organisation. Edwin Sheppard is an experienced climber who has a legal background in resource management, health and safety and dispute resolution. He has been a key part of ACAT’s development since its inception. Recruiting a GM was a top priority for...
About usNewsPartners
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 forward. NZAC considers that more needs to be done to preserve crag access around the country and has backed ACAT from the outset.  The MOU sets out principles of collaboration, transparency,...
AccessSouthland
ACAT has received confirmation that we, along with NZAC and other recreational advocacy groups, will be invited to join an advisory group providing input on development of the Milford Opportunities masterplan. The Milford Opportunities Project aims to create a new masterplan for Milford Sound Piopiotahi, the Milford corridor and the region...
AccessWaikatoWharepapa Rock
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 sale. The new owner will take possession in December 2021. Access remains uncertain – ACAT will provide updates as soon as any further information is available. The crag continues to be managed by...
AccessLegislation
On 5 November 2021, ACAT made a detailed submission on proposed changes to the Adventure Activities Regulations, on behalf of the recreational climbing community. The Regulation changes have been proposed by the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE), in response to the White Island catastrophe in 2019. They are intended to...
AccessWaikato
The government has announced that Waikato’s alert level 3 restrictions will ease tonight to match the greater freedoms seen in Auckland – called Alert Level 3 Step 1. The current level 3 boundary will remain. Read about the announcement here: Live Covid-19 updates: Everything you need to know on 27 October This means that from 11.59pm on 27...
AccessLegislation
If you are passionate about adventure activities or wish to have a say about about the potential impact on recreational climbing access, please make a submission on MBIE’s Adventure Activity – Keeping it Safe proposals. Overview New, stricter regulations are proposed in relation to Adventure Activities.  This includes...
AccessAuckland
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 to the list of eligible activities under the current alert level! This rule change is the direct result of ACAT’s advocacy on the issue. Sport NZ has stated: “Permitted activities in Auckland...
AccessCanterburyMt Bradley
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust has recently purchased Te Ahu Pātiki, a large block of land that includes Mt Bradley. They have brought the park into public ownership and are now working through future ownership and management with Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc and Orton Bradley Park. We are discussing the future of climbing on Mt...
AccessWaikatoWaipari
You may have heard about the sale of the “Froggatt Edge” crag last year. The new owners would like to introduce themselves and they have some important things to say, as both climbers and now landowners. Crag visitors, please read the following carefully. ACAT looks forward to working closely with Emma and Merry in the future. Welcome to...
AccessWaikatoSheridan Hills
The crag will be closed for a week for weed control spraying work – please stay away while spraying is in progress. Those who have visited over summer will know the thistles and gorse can be somewhat annoying. This short temporary closure benefits everyone. We will update this page and Facebook posts if the closure dates need to be...
AccessWaikatoWharepapa Rock
Wharepapa Rock (previously known as Castle Rock) will be closed for climbing for two days, from Tuesday 27 July to Wednesday 28 July. The closure is due to work being done to replace the anchors, which is necessary to ensure they continue to meet applicable safety standards. We want to take the opportunity to express our massive appreciation...
AccessWaikatoWharepapa Rock
We have had the first serious issue at Wharepapa Rock since it changed hands earlier this year.  A group of climbers left a gate open, and this resulted in stock getting into another paddock – not good at this time of year, as they have minimal grass. Unfortunately this happened right in front of the farm owner, who is not happy. A...
EventsWellington
Join us for a night of fun, food and prizes. The Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust is proud to present the ACAT Birthday Bash at Hangdog Indoor Climbing Centre. We have a bunch of awesome events lined up such as the Leap of Faith, the Gumboot and Glove Rally, the Dyno challenge, an auction where you can pick yourself up some sweet new gear as well...