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By Sean Maher
From San Diego
Jul 2, 2014
Hanging off an anchor at Bullock Creek, New Zealand
Starting in a couple weeks I'll be studying abroad for a full year at University of Canterbury in Christchurch and want to keep climbing when I get there. I haven't been able to find much info about climbing in the South Island but I'm comfortable with sport climbing and bouldering, and I just recently started trad climbing/leading. I'm especially interested in multipitch and since it's winter there (crazy!) I'd be interested in following/learning ice climbing and mountaineering. Looking for climbing partners- students, Kiwis, visitors or otherwise. Hit me up if you want to climb!

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By Graham Johnson
Jul 3, 2014
Try www.climber.co.nz

Rock Deluxe is a good guidebook for the south island (sort of a Selected climbs of the south island)

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By Sean Maher
From San Diego
Jul 3, 2014
Hanging off an anchor at Bullock Creek, New Zealand
Thanks for the info, this site is much more complete for New Zealand than Mountain Project. Do people do any sport or trad climbing in the winter or is it too cold?

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By Graham Johnson
Jul 6, 2014
people climb all year 'round. You'll be stoked on Christchurch as it's close to the best climbing in NZ - Castle Hill (pretty much all bouldering). It ALMOST never snows in the towns/cities in NZ. Places like Wanaka are climbable all year 'round (that's mostly sport climbing). There might be some really cold days in there you wouldn't want to climb, but for the most part you can always find somewhere on the south island that's going to be warm enough to climb any time of the year. If you are an ice climber you will be very dissapointed. the ice sucks balls unless you're from australia.

The crags near christchurch (if they're open) will be climbable all year 'round too.

Join the UC alpine club when you arrive and you should have heaps of partners. Lots of climbers at canterbury.

Don't bother bringing a trad rack - bring a rope, sport rack, helmet etc.. and you'll be set. Not tonnes of trad in NZ anyway. DO NOT plan on buying any gear here. it s 2-3x more expensive than it is in the US.

hope that helps (I'm an american ex-pat, been living in NZ for 9? years now...)

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