Kawakawa Bay is probably the best crag in the North Island featuring a good range of sport, trad and mixed routes that will appeal to climbers of all levels. If you donít find something that appeals to you here, youíre probably in the wrong sport! At the eastern end of the Bay stands a number or rhyolite cliffs towering over the lake's blue waters with routes up to 3 pitches in length on excellent quality rock. The Bay still has many lines added to it every year, and there is no doubt that this will continue for years to come as only a fraction of the possible routes here have been established. Kawakawa Bay has the highest concentration of easy trad climbs in the North Island and is a great place to learn to climb on gear.
There is a small grassy campsite on the shore of the bay that is free to use. It has basic facilities like a long drop toilet and a newly constructed shelter. Be sure to hang your food in trees (prussic cord is great for this) unless you want rats to eat it for you. They have been known to chew their way through tents and packs to get to food, you have been warned! At times you will be the only people in the campsite, giving it a wilderness feel, at other times there are dozens of boats parked in the bay and mountain bikers/ hikers galore (by New Zealand standards anyway).
Definitely worth a visit.
| || The Bluff, Kawakawa Bay |
| || Odyssey wall, Kawakawa Bay |
| || Pitch 3 belay ledge, Sidewinder |
The Kawakawa Bay Walkway starts from Nisbet terrace in Kinloch. The walk takes around 2 hours staring from the western side of Whangamata bay then following the peninsula out and over to Kawakwawa bay. Water taxis can also be chartered from Kinloch if you don't want to walk in. They cost arround $80 for 4 people. Another option is to kayak in from Kinloch which is also much quicker than walking.
A free topo is availible from the popular freeclimb website (www.freeclimb.co.nz) however it is often out of date due to new development. The New Zealand Alpine Club website often has updates featuring the new routes (alpineclub.org.nz). At one stage a guidebook was produced however this is currently out of print and does not feature the latest development. A comprehensive all inclusive printed guidebook including all new development is slated for release in the future.
37 Total Routes
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Sidewinder 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b New Zealand
: North Island
: ... : The Point
Classic multipitch sport climb. Varied, exposed and sustained.Pitch 1 (10.b)Start up the face moving through vertical, slab and overhanging sections. Interesting features spice up the climbing, including large spherical shaped holes in the rock and a small cave near the top. 9 Bolts.Pitch 2 (10.b)Shorter pitch. Sustained overhang with positive holds and a mantle finish. Keep moving and don't gas out. 4 bolts.Pitch 3 (5.9)Easiest pitch. Delivers varied climbing with some interesting moves includ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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