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Rock & mountain climbing in New Zealand
Tanya G
6:15:08 PM
I'm heading to New Zealand, Christchurch for the last 2 weeks of April. I'd like to do some sport climbing, easier trad multi-pitch stuff somewhere and maybe even entry level mountaineering... does anyone have any recommendations for these types of activities or comments on these activities at this time of year? Any info appreciated, thanks.

6:43:16 PM
Paynes Ford (far north of the South Island) is great for sport climbing. Limestone.

April is a pretty shite time for mountaineering. Most of the crevasses are too open to cross and unexpected heavy snow can arrive. Authurs Pass, Mt Cook, Aspiring and Darrens regions all have 'easy' mountaineering options - that means really long walks up grassy hills, then plod up some snow, get smashed by wind, jump some crevasses and scramble to a summit. Or spend a week in a hut eating deb potato.

Most of the good multipitch trad stuff is in the mountains - see above.

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