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Kawakawa Bay 
Whanganui Bay 

Lake Taupo  

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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

53 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',2]

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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Tibia, the prominent free standing pillar in Wheka...

Tibia 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Whekenui Wall
A Whanganui classic, for sure. An easy moderate, just a bit of oldschool chimney and off-width climbing to test your mettle. Climbs up behind the prominent free-standing pillar on Whekenui wall. It’s normally done in three pitches, but that’s only because of rope drag. The name comes from the pile of bones you find at the bottom of the chimney on the first pitch. There’s a skull staring straight at you as you get ready to climb a runout chimney. Comforting. The story told to me went someth...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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