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Description 

On the eastern side of the central region is Lake Taupo, sitting in the crater of what is believed to be the world’s largest volcanic eruption. There are numerous cliffs lining the lake, several of which have established climbing. The rock is Rhyolite, a dense volcanic rock that is relatively smooth and solid, and prone to cracking instead of crumbling. The volcanic silt gives the lake a turquoise reflection and makes for some rather nice places to climb.

Getting There 

From Auckland head south, from Rotorua head west, from Wellington head north. The lake is a major attraction of the north island, it shouldn’t be hard to find.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.4 miles from here

52 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',5],['5.8',6],['5.9',6],['5.10',23],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lake Taupo:
High Hopes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whanganui Bay : Whekenui Wall
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Featured Route For Lake Taupo
Pitch 3 belay ledge, Sidewinder

Sidewinder 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : 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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A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia at Whanganui Bay.
A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia ...

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