Dates 2012: 16-22 January & 2-10 February, ex Christchurch.
7 days | 2-6 participants | from NZ$2240
Prerequisites: regular exercise with some aerobic and/or gym training, some indoor climbing experience.
Let Alpine Recreation show you why so many climbers are addicted to South Island Rock. Our courses take you to the top climbing spots with more than 1500 routes, with grades from 10 to 24. Boost your outdoor rock climbing skills by receiving personal tuition from a professional mountain guide.
These courses will identify your skill level and build on that to train you to become a confident lead-climber and prepare you for multi-pitch climbing. Beginning and ending in Christchurch the itinerary takes in a variety of rock from basalt and limestone to granite - in stunning settings.
This is a new tour, developed by Wolfgang Maier, who will be your guide for the trip. Wolfgang's passion for South Island rock is very infectious!
2-6 participants, 1 guide.
Individual bookings welcome. If you end up being the only person on a trip you will have the option of changing to another date or a full refund.
|2013-14 Season: Price per person in NZ$ (valid 1 May 2013 - 30 April 2014)|
|NZ$100 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)||3040|
|4-6 (book a minimum of 4 persons to qualify)||2700|
Please note that on public holidays there will be a surcharge of NZ$95 per person per day.
New Zealand public holidays 2013: New Year 1/1 & 2/1, Waitangi Day 6/2, Good Friday 29/3, Easter Monday 1/4, Anzac Day 25/4, Labour Day 28/10, Christmas Day 25/12, Boxing Day 26/12.
New Zealand public holidays 2014: New Year 1/1 & 2/1, Waitangi Day 6/2, Good Friday 18/4, Easter Monday 21/4, Anzac Day 25/4, Labour Day 27/10, Christmas Day 25/12, Boxing Day 26/12.
Included: IFMGA mountain guide for 7 days, bed & breakfast each day of tour, transport in minibus, all climbing equipment (excluding rock shoes), 15% GST.
» Castle Hill, towards Arthurs Pass on eastern side of Southern Alps.
Rock: Limestone, more than 1000 boulders and 110 climbing routes one of the world's famous bouldering and climbing areas.
» Paynes Ford, Takaka, North-west Nelson
Rock: 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, West Coast
Rock: Solid granite, sea cliffs. Climb while almost touching the waves of the ocean! More than 190 routes grade 10-24
» 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.
» Fitness: 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.
» 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.
» DAY 7:
Drive back to Christchurch via scenic Otira Gorge and Arthurs Pass. Course ends back at Christchurch Airport about 6pm.
» The eastern side of the Southern Alps has much less rainfall and is much drier than the western side. The top half of the South Island, which includes all our locations, generally enjoys better weather than the lower half. Nelson province has the highest sunshine hours of any province in New Zealand.
Because the weather can vary dramatically from one region to the other in New Zealand it is possible to vary this rock tour itinerary to take advantage of the best weather at the time.
Alpine Recreation provides all technical rock climbing equipment except rock shoes. A detailed equipment list will be sent at time of booking. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary.
Accommodation pre-/post- tour:
You may want to book accommodation in Christchurch the night before. After the tour, it is recommended to overnight in Christchurch again.
In case of accident New Zealand's Accident Compensation scheme (ACC) will cover the majority of costs (about 80%) involved with evacuation and injury treatment, even for visitors to New Zealand. However you still need ordinary travel insurance to cover such things as your cancellation if an injury prevents you taking part on the trip, or a close relative suddenly becomes ill; and medical insurance in case you become ill. More information re Accident Compensation. The New Zealand Alpine Club provides a good mountaineering specific travel insurance.