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Kawakawa Bay 
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Lake Taupo Rock Climbing 

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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

For the North Island area.

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

55 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lake Taupo

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Rock Climbing Photo: Captain Caveman by night. Starting up pitch 3.

Captain Caveman 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : The Bluff
A former trad death route now a bolted classic for the masses.Pitch 1Head up the face into the massive open cavePitch 2Follow the bolts up the chimney in the back of the cave. Step left into a small window to bolted anchorsPitch 3Step out of the small window and follow the bolts up the corner. Top out through steep section on great holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: A bit of Lake Taupo as seen from the top of Tibia ...
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