Climbs 46
Rocktype Basalt
Altitude 42m a.s.l
Faces E

Crag features

Calum Hudson did some work here in 1992–93, but it was Steve Carr who almost single-handedly developed this crag in 1997. The crag is nearing the end of a makeover as of 2018. Many routes have been extended to the tops of the walls - often being aggressively cleaned and retrobolted. Many new sport routes have been opened up. Caution needs to be exercised with some holds as rock that may appear stable can sometimes flake off under pressure.

Good topo here.

Approach notes

Take the road from Port Chalmers township over the hill towards Long Beach. Turn off left at the ‘Osborne’ sign soon after passing Purakaunui School and descend to Purakaunui Inlet. Drive around the left side of the inlet, passing the turnoff to the Osborne settlement (hidden up the side road) until reaching a carpark at the road end.

A lake has recently formed on the track that leads to the crag and has become impassable so you will need to park at the road end and walk ten minutes to the crag. It is best not to leave any valuables in your car.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Whalebone Slabs
2 Paul and Pixie's Sunday Outing
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18  
3 Reality Surfing
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17 1
4 Reality Direct
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18  
5 Left Hand of the Whale's Back
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16  
6 Cheats Wall
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18  
7 Scapula
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19  
8 Off the Shoulder
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17  
  The Dome
10 Take Me Down
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19  
11 Mr Blister
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4  
12 In the Arms of Sleep
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19  
  Gumps But-tock
14 Shux
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17  
15 Shux Variant
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18  
16 Y Fronts
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17 2
17 Treacherous Fingers
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20 2
Climb name Grade
18 Porcine Posterior 17 5a 2
19 Resolution 19 3
20 Short and Sweet 18 1
  The Stronghold
22 Day of the Triffids 16 * 8
  Main and Eldorado Walls
24 Squealer 18 2
25 Corvara Hairpin 18 4
26 Killing Time
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18 3
27 Reflection 18 2
28 Teardrop Arete 18 2
29 Not Teardrop 17 1
30 Why Left 19 1
31 Why Right 18 1
32 Shapeshifter
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21  
33 Cornergeddon 20 1
34 Chronic Confusion
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22 ** 1
Climb name Grade
35 Fire Walker 19 ** 3
36 Bush Stream Blues
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18  
37 EPIRB Virgin
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20  
38 Jospe/Carr Route
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18 * 8
39 Golden Showers 18 ** 11
40 Kaos 19 3
41 The Cruffiton Touch
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24 * 2
42 Control 20 * 5
43 Greek Gift 2 19 * 1
44 Hell Hath No Fury... 18 11
45 Like A Lover Scorned
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20 *  
46 New Route 17 4
47 Undertow 18 4
48 Do or Dive 21 * 3
49 Winona's Big Brown Beaver 18 * 7
50 The Jolly Cobbler * 20 1
51 Multi Author Protocol * 21 * 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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