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Paynes Ford

Nelson Westland, NEW ZEALAND

Climbs 250 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 28m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
Paynes Ford is of the climbing mecca's of New Zealand with something to satisfy most needs - from the hard rock junkie to the mellow hang - out types. It's got easy access; there are a variety of grades and types of climbing. The steep solid limestone dries quickly and climbing is only inhibited by the wettest weather - it’s even good in mid winter (when the friction is better).

The excellent “Hangdog Camp” lies within minutes walk from the crag and a great swimming hole can be found just across the road. You can buy the local guide booklet from Hangdog (camp) which includes most of the climbs in the Golden Bay region, or Rock Delux / South island rock are the options for a nationwide guide book.

Check out the Mussel Inn (Onekaka), the Wholemeal Cafe and the Cinema. Summer is usually enlivened with a variety of live concerts, raves and other entertainments.

Access notes
Golden Bay is in the top left corner of New Zealand. If you know where the Abel Tasman National Park is then you are almost there. Takaka is over the hill from Motueka. Follow State Highway 60 on a very windy road (about 50 minutes drive). The Paynes Ford cliffs are in a Scenic reserve 4 km south of Takaka township, just beside the Paynes Ford road bridge. Hangdog camp is 2 minutes walk from the car park.

South Island Rock (2005), Rock Deluxe (2004), Golden Bay Climbs (2003)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
3Big sharks at night22  
4Terror, illness and rebellion18 1
5Zen Navigation16  
6Herbal Infusion19 *4
7The Darling Buds of May23 1
9Blobbet16 *35
10Good Bye Cream-Poofters17 **39
11Why would you wave at a one armed man riding a bike?25 *1
12Re-election Blues16 17
13Golden Years14 9
14Midwife Crisis13 19
15Calling all hobbits12 *19
16Elvis Lives in Takaka18 *25
17Blockbuster19 *12
18Bite my Chunk19 *7
19The Fearless Vampire Killers20 *21
20Gorgonzola Goes16 *12
21Cheddermaster's Choice15 *5
22Hula Yula6a+ 13
23Spotty Brit24 *5
24Tongue in Groove20 4
25Sweet Dreams22 *1
26Hunting Tartan6a+ 8
27Wasp Factor18  
28Something Precious21 *1
29Rawhide22 ***11
30Rumplestiltskin23 1
31Golden Bay Connection24 *2
32Serac Attack21 3
34Granulated chicken booster22 *1
35Humpty Dumpty18 **2
36All The Kings Horses21 *1
37Savage Honeymoon20 1
38Woop Woop Pull Up22 *5
39Last call for flight 91121 *1
40Bang your head20 1
41Bob and Betty go mating22 1
43Tales By Firelight21 *3
44Rat Up A Drainpipe20 **19
45Blibo's Great Adventure21 **12
46No rest for the Wicked22 **6
47Immaculate deception22 **5
49Spitfire19 *4
50Seafire21 *1
51Jericho22 1
52Temples Of Stone18 ***32
53Jimmy the torn piece of paper gets a hand from fred the friendly6b 8
54R for Ranger, D for Danger21 3
55'D' for Danger Direct21 **4
56Space Invader20 1
57Stone Symposium6c **4
58Stroking The Tiger18 **11
59Wazzo Jugs18 *6
60Sacred Forest19 *7
61Autumn Leaf18 *9
63Fluffy Duck21 2
64Hi, I'm Dr Terrific20 **15
65Headplant21 **7
66Walk the Line20 *3
67Loose Unit20 **13
68Go with the flow22 **15
69Fat Cats19 *12
70A Shout Towards Noon16 11
71Badgers mount16 1
72Bent Badgers19 1
73Lapsed Catholics22 1
74Romancing The Stone16 **12
75Grey Warbler (17)17 3
77Pousse Ton Froc27  
78Happy Motoring22 * 
79Grey Warbler14 10
80Electric Sunroof23  
82Carnage at the crossroads6a+ 7
83There Is No Spoon27 2
84Skiing Off A Convex Slope25 ***5
85Responsible Lunges25 **6
86No Fly Zone22 1
88Primal Scream22 2
89State of Mind14  
90Three Poms and a Swedish Farafetta20 2
91Daves belay slave gets bored18 6
92Bondage for Beginners17 *10
94Dread Fever14 1
95Super Blonde20 *8
96Feisty Red6a+ 13
97Burly But Sensitive22 7
98Red Lining To The Max23 **8
99Calling Guthrie20 1
100Voice of the Beehive20 *8
101Effervescing Elephants19 1
102Sweetest William27 2
103High Voltage24 5
104Master of Puppets23 1
 Climb nameGradex
105Six Foot Thruster21  
106Daves Arete25 ***1
107Suparete27 **1
108Dancing on a Skewer28 * 
109Amino Max27 2
110Amino Pro24 *2
111Recidivist20 4
112Make my Grumpy Cat Dance21 **15
113Feeling Lucky Punk26 **2
114Make My Day25 **3
115Power Failure23 *4
116Stoned Monkey28 *2
117Papageno27 **2
118Greenday ?10 2
119Electricorp Production22 ***11
120Send a Gorilla23 ***9
121Feral Pakeha23 2
122Positive Energy23 2
123Superconductor23 ***7
124Creative Confusion27 **3
126Fauvism29 **1
127Wreck Tangle21 2
128Clutch Cargo22 2
129Procrastination26 ** 
130Bulga-nomics25 1
131Juan Bautista24 **1
133You're Either Dead Or You're Not22 **5
134Tolkiens World26  
135Short Circuit22 1
136Lights Out22 1
140The Infidel25  
141Pembroke Calling19  
142Rupert Bear Goes Hiking20  
143The What Of What? Said Pooh21  
144Beas Knees17 1
145Peter Rabbit Discovers Drugs16 *1
146No Whack Only Dangle18 2
147Morepork Pie18 *9
148Lush19 **7
150Indecision16 *5
151Alternative Lifestyle17 *5
152Arachna-obeeelisk17 5
153Champagne Cruise14 *5
155Wrinkle16 22
156Candy Man18 *19
157Jerry Garcia16 *27
158Lost Soul21 **19
159Ecological Itch14 30
160Doolittle16 **35
161The Wrong Trousers15 25
162Wobbly Bits13 *22
163Lucy in the Sky with Prismatic Rain Drops15 *23
164The Bellringer11 *25
165Mind the Hebes12 *19
166Damsel in Dis-dress15 *17
167Knicknack Paddywack18 *23
168Mea Culpa27 3
169Porkage24 2
170Bury Me in a Y Shaped Coffin21 2
171Release the Bats18 1
172It's a Beautiful Day18 *6
173Misery21 **3
1751080 And The Letter G23 ***11
176Typhoon Tongue22 3
177Java Jive23 1
178Burn, Hollywood, Burn21 2
179Wilt21 * 
180Intensive Scare24  
181Big Mama Jama27 1
182La La Land23 *2
183Flesh Device25  
184Bicep D'elan22 1
186Dread Carefully24 ***2
187African Head Charge26 ***4
188Jive Bombing24 **3
189Smells Like Fish27 **1
190Fish On Heat26 **1
191Fish On Heat25 **1
192Fish And Chips26 2
193The Good, The Bad And The Dread23 *2
194Subliminal Seducer24 **3
195American Spoon22 1
196Slaprobatics24 1
198Gobble, Gobble, Yum Yum19 **7
199The Great NZ Clobbering Machine22 2
200Rhinoceros19 **15
201Black Eyed Beauty22 1
202Berlin Wall26 *2
204Stamp Collection22  
206Redgates15 *5
207Bored of the Rings19 **8
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