Altitude 39m a.s.l
Danny big pipe onsighting a high and sketchy 7a(+?) in Hampi. © tkp
Paynes Ford caters for 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, good swimming holes and above water bouldering for when it gets hot plus all the other activities and distractions that Golden Bay has...coffee, sun, sea, surf, mountain biking, tramping, kayaking and of course some of NZ's best caving on Takaka Hill.
The coastal cliffs of the Pohara area offer a different style and environment to the climbing at Paynes itself. There are more moderate climbs, the rock tends to have flat, positive, small edges, and routes are longer - up to 30m. Most cliffs are north-facing, thus in the sun until early afternoon. Pohara rock dries quickly.
Good topo here.
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