Tags: Waikato

For climbersWaikatoWaipari
Please donate to ACAT’s Waipari crag fund – every dollar will go directly to improving access and the crag environment. Right now we need to raise around $2100 for new toilets and native planting on the cliff tops. ACAT is a registered charity so all donations are eligible for a 33% tax credit. Any excess funds received will be held for...
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...
Case studiesWaikatoWaipari
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...