The area boasts thousands of single and multi-pitch, traditional and bolted rock climbs within 20 minutes drive of the town centre in the beautiful idyllic setting of the Matukituki Valley, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. You are surrounded by lake and mountain views, and on hot summer days it is possible to take a break from climbing and sample one of the swimming holes of the Motutapu river. Whether you want to upskill or sample some of the classic Wanaka multi-pitches, we can take you on a tour of the best routes in the region.book now Skills required
Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. We start with the basics of footwork and get you comfortable with the idea of exposure to heights. Learning to trust the protection systems is a big part of day one. Your guide will push you without burning you out. On hot days, we often stop for a cooling swim at one of the many local swimming holes.
Using your new skills you can begin to tackle longer climbs. Pitching and belaying are refined and you begin to get a feel for how the protection systems work. With a wide variety of climbs to choose from, there are lots of options to explore away from the crowds and find the next climb for your skill progression.
Continue to push your climbing grade, practice leading skills or get an introduction to multi-pitch climbing. Getting much further off the ground gives you a great chance to have a look around this amazing area. The goal is to give you the skills, confidence and judgement to climb independently.
Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. This is a beautiful valley and with over 400 named climbs, is one of New Zealand's premier climbing locations. This will be the start of introducing and practising new skills and techniques to progress your climbing. On hot days we often stop in for a swim to cool off at one of the many local swimming holes.
Continue working on rope techniques, refining systems or advancing your climbing grade with coaching from your instructor whilst being guided around the pick of Wanaka climbs away from the crowds.
Get a taste of longer routes whilst being introduced to multi-pitch climbing. Getting much further off the ground gives you a great chance to have a look around this amazing area. The goal is to give you the skills, confidence and judgment to climb independently.
Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. This is a beautiful valley and with over 400 named climbs, is one of New Zealand's premier climbing locations. There is the option to push further up the valley to explore some hidden gems on more advanced crags such as Pearly Gates and Wishbone Falls whilst introducing and developing skills.
Travel along Lake Wakatipu to the start of the scenic Dart Valley and hike 1 hour to the 300m high Chinaman's Bluff to put the new multi-pitch climbing techniques into action.
Returning through Queenstown head up the ski field road into the Remarkables mountains. Hike into Lake Alta to climb the classic DB'eh Buttress, placing your own protection and continuing on up to the summit of Double Cone for superlative views down to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Traverse over Single Cone to return to the carpark and onwards back to Wanaka for a well-earned refreshment.
Rock climbing with Aspiring Guides offers quality instruction, guiding and climbing. We have a huge variety of climbing available, we start with the basics and progress you through all the essential skills. Rock Climbing is available for corporate team building programs and school groups. Contact us directly for details.
We use the local Wanaka crags where there are routes for all abilities. For new climbers, this is an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of rock climbing movement and footwork. You will gain confidence in your skills, exposure to heights and trusting the rope. You will get more comfortable handling the ropes in the principles of pitching and belaying.
Progress from top roping to leading; adapt from gym climbing to rock; from clipping bolts to placing gear. Push your grade and fill those gaps which may be in your technical repertoire such as anchor building or rescue techniques. Having a concentrated burst of climbing with professional instructors can let you step up to a new level of skill.
This is for climbers with some experience of leading climbs and wishing to progress to multi-pitch and alpine routes. The focus is on efficient techniques and systems to climb safely and quicker on longer and committing multi-pitch and alpine rock routes. Visiting more advanced crags such as Chinaman's Bluff in the Dart Valley, the Upper Matuktuki Valley and the Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown.
Initially it is all about balance and using your feet. Rock shoes allow you to use your toes so strong legs, especially your calf muscles, are important. As you progress and the climbs get steeper the weight shifts to your hands and arms. This is where training is important to give you the endurance to do longer climbs. We have climbs for all abilities and your guide will only tackle objectives that are within your grasp.book now
A good level of fitness and comfort with heights is desired but many people use this course to test themselves for the first time. Whether you are brand new or looking to push your limits your guide will be able to take you as far as you want to go.
Your guide will explain the basics of climbing and if you want to learn all about it or just grab and go, you guide will ensure your safety at all times.
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The closest airport to us is in Queenstown. There are regular shuttles between Wanaka and Queenstown airport (one-hour drive).
For shuttle and taxi information:
Yello Taxi Service
KT Sightseeing Taxi Service
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We offer a number of different options for you to make payment for your trip:
Web-based Foreign Exchange Dealers
Bank Transfer - NZ Domestic & International
Credit Card - Visa, MasterCard only (3% fees apply)