Altitude 330m a.s.l
****The area has been extensively damaged after the 2011 earthquake.
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Mt Pleasant,Punk Rock,One Tree Crag,Castle Rock,Rapaki,The Tors,Three Sisters are all damaged as a result of the Feb Earthquake. Some are severely damaged with major rockfall,numerous routes destroyed and loose blocks now precariously placed above and on the Crags.*****
NOTE: Trad grades stated are approximate conversions from the australian numerical system (grade 12 to 26) to UK trad grades.
The port hills are Christchurch's closest climbing area. There are a dozen good crags all within 20 minutes of the city with steep walls and plenty of cracks. Britten crags have over 200 sport routes and the Cave has NZ's greatest concentration of hard test-pieces. Rapaki Rock is especially suited to beginners and Mount Pleasant is best for short trad routes. Plenty to choose from with routes generally between 10m - 20m.
As for all new zealand sport or trad routes - the best guide books are Rock Deluxe or South Island rock.
*****Climbers please note that there has been Major damage to crags on the Porthills as a result. The iconic 'keep' on Castle rock no longer exists. The Tors and Rapaki rock have significant damage. Punk rock has also been damaged and Brittan crag has received further damage this time round.*****
Map pin resited to Rapaki Rocks. I understand (April 2011) this area is highly unstable and still shedding major rocks during the aftershock sequences - some of which have made it down to the bottom of Rapaki track via intervening houses. See also climbnz.org.nz.
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