/ Moving to Wanganui New Zealand
I have been offered a job in New Zealand in Wanganui and was wondering if anyone knew of any climbing there. If there isn't it may make me think twice about moving!
Not a hotbed for climbing unless I'm sorely mistaken...
Ignore anyone who says that there is no climbing in New Zealand - there is a lot more than you may think and it is steadily developing.
Have a look at www.freeclimb.co.nz
Central North Island has a fair amount.
What kind of climbing are you interested in?
I lived in NZ for a few years and it would be fair to say Wanganui is not ideally placed for climbing. Great surfing area though.
As has been said Ruapehu would be a few hours - some trad, some recently developed sport at a cliff called White Falls (I think).
Wellington and the bouldering at Baring Head and Turakirae would be afew hours. Some of this stuff is pretty good.
There is a lot of sport climbing in the central north island in the Wharepapa region but this would be almost 4 hours. Some of it is pretty good though, but is on ignimbrite which is in general very sharp pockets. Mangaokewa may be a bit closer and is limestone.
The winter stuff on Ruapehu is okay and I did a bit but it is not great.
The south island is only a short flight away and there is tons of mountaineering down there. Paynes Ford is in the north of the south isalnd and could be doable for a week trip from Wanganui (probably about 6 - 8hrs travel ish)
Check out the websites listed earlier. This forum could also be useful to post on: http://climber.co.nz/discuss
Overall I guess it depends what you are into...
Taranaki has an alpine club branch you could contact.
There is summer rock there but will be covered in Snow at Winter. It looks Amazing in the photo's I've seen. They have an affordable on Mountain lodge as well Which would be great for weekend trips.
There was an article on Eiger wall in Climber issue 45, spring 2003
Andesite columns up to 50m, trad about 8 recommended climbs
Alpine club do a taranaki guidebook
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