9 days at top rock sites with expert tuition
Gear hire is included - try before you buy!
Climb areas off-the-beaten-track
South Island Rock Tour
Spend a week touring the best South Island rock climbing sites!
Our South Island Rock Tour takes you to the top climbing spots in southern New Zealand, with more than 1500 routes to choose from, ranging from grade 10 to 24. The tour's itinerary takes in a variety of rock from basalt and limestone to granite - all in stunning settings!
The Rock Tour can be a relaxed rock climbing holiday with a personal guide to show you the best spots or an intense instruction course focused on increasing skills and ability - it's up to you.
|2015-16 Season: Price per person in NZ$ (valid 1 May 2015 - 30 April 2016)|
|5% returning client discount, if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
|Discounts for group bookings|
|3 (book a minimum of 3 persons to qualify)||1||3220|
|4-6 (book a minimum of 4 persons to qualify)||1||2910|
UIAGM/NZMGA certified guide for 7 days, bed & breakfast each day of tour, transport in minibus, all climbing equipment (excluding rock shoes), 15% GST.
Meals and accommodation before/after tour are NOT included.
South Island Rouck Tour dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited.
Venue: South Island Rock
B & B
Castle Hill - limestone
One of the world's famous bouldering and climbing areas, Castle Hill offers more than 1000 boulders and 110 climbing routes.
Paynes Ford - limestone
About 240 routes in all grades in the forest and by the beach, user-friendly, bolted routes. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere, we stay in a unique, mediterranean style B & B.
Charleston - granite, sea cliffs
Climb while almost touching the waves of the ocean! More than 190 routes grade 10-24.
Rock Climbing Fitness & Experience
All skill levels are catered for but it is recommended that climbers have had at least six sessions at an indoor climbing wall or similar.
Participants are expected to be regular exercisers, including aerobic and/or gym training. You need to have a good head for heights, a sense of adventure, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
Tthe weather in New Zealand can vary dramatically between regions and change rapidly. The itinery of the rock tour may be varied tto take advantage of the best weather at the time. In general, the upper half of the South Island, which includes all our locations, generally enjoys better weather than the lower half. With the eastern side of the Southern Alps having much less rainfall and than the western side.
Days 1 & 2
Meet your guide at 10.30am at Christchurch Airport Domestic Terminal Information Centre. Drive to Castle Hill.
Warm-up and skill assessment. Basics Checklist: roping up, belaying, abseiling, placing protection, hand and foot placement, bouldering skills.
Days 3 & 4
Drive to Paynes' Ford, Takaka, visiting Harwood's Hole en route ? New Zealand's deepest vertical cave, 357m.
Introduction to lead climbing and continue to develop your personal climbing technique.
Days 5 & 6
Charleston. Using nuts and cams to belay, build solid anchors and take on multi-pitch climbing.
Drive back to Christchurch via scenic Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass. Course ends back at Christchurch Airport about 6pm.
All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.
Alpine Recreation provides helmets, harnesses, rock shoes and other climbing equipment. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Please see the equipment list for further details.