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Lat, Long: -38.7905, 175.89391 Map Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ryan Kelly on Apr 2, 2009
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Beautiful Lake Taupo

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.


50 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
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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- HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whanganui Bay : Whekenui Wall
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Featured Route For Lake Taupo
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Sex Panther 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  New Zealand : North Island : ... : The Bluff
A KawaKawa classic. First pitch sport, second pitch Trad. Stunning views from the topCan also be climbed as one pitch (recommended)Pitch 1All sport, move left after second/third bolt. Pitch 2All trad baby. Weave up the face as you follow the crack. Crux is well protected finger crack mantle half way up. Once you reach the anchor ledge you can rap down, however another option is to traverse right underneath the roof (with an additional bolt) which allows you to get on top of the bluff for stunni...[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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