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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...
AccessWaikatoWaipari
From the landowners: Access will be closed for 3 days from Monday 28 June to Thursday 1 July due to livestock and break fences across the main entrance paddock. After Thursday 1 July, livestock will remain in this paddock for another 2 weeks but will be contained by a temporary electric fence above/north of the access road. Please take...
AccessWaikatoSheridan Hills
Sheridan Hills was closed temporarily from April 21 to April 30 to allow the owners to conduct spraying for weed control around the rocks and cliffs. The crag reopened on 1 May. Those who have visited over summer will know the thistles and gorse can be somewhat annoying. This short temporary closure benefits everyone. Please respect the...
AccessWaikatoWharepapa Rock
Over the past three months the Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust (ACAT) has been in access discussions with the new owner of prominent Waikato crag Wharepapa / Castle Rock, Bryan Heapy. We are now pleased to announce that climbing access will remain open under a trial period arrangement as from 1 April 2021 onwards. Bryan will...
AccessCanterburyDevil’s GapDragon Crags
After ongoing problems with climbers leaving gates open or being found on the land without permission, the farm manager has decided to close access to both crags. The crags are located entirely on private farmland on Banks Peninsula. It is possible the farm manager may reconsider his position next year, but until further notice ...
AccessBay of PlentyMauao
Following a period during which climbing has been off-limits, the bolts are now to be removed from all sport routes at Mauao / Mt Maunganui. Sunlive is reporting that the track will be closed for the coming week while the bolt-removal occurs. In July 2020, the Mauao Joint Administration Board, Ngā Poutiriao o Mauao, decided that sport...
AccessWaikatoWaipari
Although the Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust is still being formally established, it has already faced its first challenge – the sale of the Froggatt Edge farm. I am stoked to announce the Trust’s first success – we have reached an understanding with the farm purchaser to ensure that climbing at Froggatt Edge can remain open to climbers for...