Tags: Access

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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
AccessWaikatoWaipari
The Froggatt Edge farm went on sale late last year. Froggatt is probably the most heavily trafficked crag in the North Island, so we decided to take action rather than risk losing access. ACAT explored many options to preserve access and put in countless hours of effort. After two months, we succeeded in reaching a partnership agreement with a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
AccessWaikatoPakeho
We are gutted to announce that Pakeho crag has been indefinitely closed for climbing. Pakeho is a beautiful limestone sport climbing area in the Waitomo district. Pakeho was re-opened in 2017 with assistance from ACAT’s GM Edwin Sheppard and volunteer Michael Donovan (well before ACAT existed). Since then, thousands of climbers have enjoyed...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
AccessWest CoastTuriwhate
Westland’s newest rock climbing area is very much alpine sport climbing that fits with the rugged landscape. Clean, fine-grained granite soaked in evening sun, with a little alpine vegetation to dry your fingers on.  Generously coined the ‘Yosemite of Te Tai Poutini’, the Turiwhati climbing project now sports 13 bolted pitches. Routes...