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Oceania is the area in the Pacific Ocean lying between the continents of Asia/Australia and the Americas. The ethno-cultural definition of Oceania incorporates the subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. For the purposes of this site, the Polynesian islands of Hawaii are not included. Malaysian islands are also not included in this area, as they too are already included in Asia.

The vast majority of this area is ocean. What land does exist is either low lying coral atolls, providing no climbing opportunities, or so called high islands, which are nearly universally volcanic in origin. Therefore, the rock is volcanic basalt. Most of these island nations are economically underdeveloped and land laws/rights can make accessibility an issue. The climate of Oceania varies based on latitude (and occasionally altitude), though it is by and large tropical.

High island countries in Oceania include but are not limited to Fiji, Samoa, French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora, et al), Federated States of Micronesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Tonga, among possible others...This site includes New Zealand and Indonesia in Oceania as well, though technically, they are part of other continental configurations.

Getting There 

Fly on an airplane or ride on a boat.

Climbing Season

Weather station 64.0 miles from here

496 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',109],['2 Stars',133],['1 Star',74],['Bomb',7]

Classic Climbing Routes in Oceania

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Oceania:
Fickle Finger of Fate   V1 5     Boulder, 5'   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
lung arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Think Tank   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Beautiful Edges   V4 6B     Boulder   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
Cauldron   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
The Unrepeatable   V6+ 7A     Boulder   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Tuppimaster   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
Racing in the Streets   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Charleston : Wonder Wall
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whanganui Bay : Whekenui Wall
High Hopes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Temples of Stone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Paynes Ford : Track 2
Millennium Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   Main Cliff : Millenium Wall
The Arches   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   Main Cliff : The Arch Area
Terror Incognito   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Froggatt's Edge : Main Wall
Monsterpiece Theatre   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 90'   Froggatt's Edge : Main Wall
Prokarstination   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mangaokewa : The Grandstands
Vina Kulafu   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Visayas : Cantabaco, Toledo City, Ceb...
Sadako   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Visayas : Cantabaco, Toledo City, Ceb...
Rawhide   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Paynes Ford : Track 1
1080 and the Letter G   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Paynes Ford : Track 6
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Featured Route For Oceania
Rock Climbing Photo: The final headwall, pitch 4

2 stroke tantrum 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : Quiet Earth Wall
A nice long line with varied climbing and great views. 18/5.10a all the way, although you probably don't want ot do this route if you are only just climbing 18/5.10a.Pitch 1 (20m)Climb the slab (first 3 bolts in common with "Ins and outs"). Head right and up to belay ledge with some trees.Pitch 2 (20m)Climb the face with several steep bulges to navigate, but on great holds. Finish up on an easy slab to large belay ledge.Pitch 3 (35m)Now things start getting even more fun. Bridge up a series of g...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Nate Ball
From: Portland, OR
Nov 28, 2013
Taiwan is ethnically, culturally, and literally Asian. Although the aboriginal language(s) is the progenitor of all Polynesian languages. I guess that complicates things doesn't it? Also, my opinion is that Japan is much more Asian than it is Oceanic as well. And New Zealand should be under Australia.

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