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Plateau, The 
Whekenui Wall 

Whanganui Bay Rock Climbing 

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A small bay on the west side of the lake with several large cliffs towering over the water below. The hard Ryolitic rock makes for some spectacular traditional climbing in a fantastic setting. There are numerous cracks here as well as some technical face and sport pulling as well. The area consists of a main wall, which you can't miss, and then several smaller cliff sections lining the hills around the bay.

The bay is owned by the Maori tribe Tuwharetoa, who allow us to climb for a small fee ($5). Find one of the guys who lives in the beach houses near the main wall. Be respectful of the Maori, as they could just as easily close the area to climbers. The Maori are sensitive to inappropriate language, and the cliffs reflect sound more than you think, so this isn’t the area to come to if you’re prone to throwing hissy fits when you climb (poorly).

There is camping for climbers near the rivermouth. The parking area is just up the road a bit, don’t park on the beach and don’t drive past the Marae (sacred temple).

There are many established routes in this area, see the guidebook by Len Gillman for more information.

Getting There 

Access the bay via a dirt road off highway 32. See for more information.


Guidebook Rock Deluxe North is the most up to date guide for this area.

Climbing Season

For the North Island area.

Weather station 11.7 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Whanganui Bay

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Whanganui Bay:
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whekenui Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: 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 som...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: View down Whekanui
View down Whekanui
Rock Climbing Photo: Whanganui Bay from up on The Plateau
BETA PHOTO: Whanganui Bay from up on The Plateau

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