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The King Country region of northern Taranaki and the southern Waikato is known for its lush vegetation, high rainfall, and famous limestone caves. The abundant rainfall makes for wildly featured climbing on isolated outcrops of limestone. Fall is the prime season for low altitude cragging, with crisp temperatures and little precipitation. Winters are rainy and cold temperatures cause water to condense on even the steepest rock. Springs are wet, as well, although condensation is rare at sheltered crags. Several crags on private farms are closed for lambing in the late winter and spring. Shady crags are most popular in the summer due to the heat and humidity.
The limestone climbing of the King Country is centered around Waitomo Caves, one hour south of Hamilton on state highway 3. Not far from Wharepapa South area.
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An area classic. Climb a sheet of intertwined stalactites. A unique climb thats very different from your typical pocket pulling sport route. Get in there and don't be afraid to jam your whole leg between some stalactites! Highly recommended even if below your grade....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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