Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Sebastopol Bluffs Rock Climbing Trip

Friday, February 28 2020 — Sunday, March 1 2020

The Basics
Event type: Rock climbing
Start date: Friday, February 28 2020
End Date: Sunday, March 1 2020
Registration cut-off Monday, February 24 2020 11:00 PM
Trip organizers
Eve O'Brien [Otago]
Cost Fuel at least $50 - 60 per person. Accommodation $20 per night for members $40 non members (see trip details for family room prices)
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 14
Total number registered 14
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The Plan: Rock climbing trip to Sebastopol Bluffs, a major crag just up the road from the Club's Unwin Lodge in Mt Cook National Park. Staying at Unwin Lodge for 2 nights and exploring the range of top notch climbing in the area. Many great walls that cater to a range of ability levels including excellent sport multi-pitch climbing starting at Grade 14 and upwards with magnificent mountain views.

This is a family-friendly trip providing parents are experienced climbers and are willing to supervise/take full responsibility for their children both around the lodge and on climbs. 1 - 2 family rooms are available at the lodge for those with children. 

The aim is to leave Dunedin by 5pm on Friday night (28th Feb) and travel to Unwin Lodge - to give us a full day's climbing on Saturday. We plan to leave by mid-afternoon Sunday (1st March).   Please note clearly in the sign-up form if you plan to leave earlier or later on Friday or Sunday.

The trip leader may decide to cancel or reschedule the trip at short notice depending on weather and conditions. The call will be made on the Thursday before and you will be contacted via email or TXT.

Getting There

We will meet at the usual Logan Park spot (Union St E in front of teachers college) at 5pm on Friday 28th February to carpool. Trip participants in each vehicle will share petrol costs for the travel to and from the destination. Based on a round trip of approx. 600km from Dunedin to Unwin and back at a rate of 40c per km shared between 4 - 5 people in a car expect to pay around $50 - 60 each for fuel.

What to Expect

This crag has a range of walls with climbs for people of all abilities but a reasonable level of climbing skills will be required and the ability to take responsibility for your own safety as the group tends to spread out over a range of crags and long multi-pitch routes. You will need to be comfortable lead belaying and climbing on top rope as an absolute minimum. Ideally, you will have multi-pitch climbing experience. A reasonable level of fitness is required particularly if you wish to do multi-pitch climbs which may involve being on the wall for 2 - 4 hours.  This is not a training course and is definitely NOT suitable for absolute beginner climbers. If you haven't climbed there before, you can find all the details at

Possible Hazards


We will make a group booking at Unwin Lodge so do need to know if you are staying both nights and last-minute cancellations are not appreciated.  The Lodge is well equipped with full kitchen (with crockery ect.), showers, toilets and bunkrooms so you only need to bring sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, towel, toiletries, food, outdoor clothing and climbing gear. 
  • Member $20/night
  • Non-members $40/night
  • Members’ children (5-17 yrs) – $10/night
  • Non-members’  children (5-17 yrs) $15/night
  • If you have a child under 5yrs you must book a room exclusively as below
  • Exclusive use: Depending on availability and at the manager’s discretion,  member families or groups may book a bunkroom for their exclusive use. These are charged on a room rate as below

         NB: NZAC Members with families have priority 

          4-bed family room  $80 members/$160 non-members         

6-bunk room $120 members/$240 non-members

         10-bunk room $200 members/$400 non members

Food: We plan to cook a shared meal on Saturday night, the trip leader will delegate items for you to contribute. Dinner on Friday night is up to you (either eat before you come or grab something on the way as we will arrive late at lodge). You are responsible for bring your own food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and snacks for 2 days.
Climbing gear:
Everyone is responsible for sourcing their own climbing gear but we will bring the club's ropes and a few anchor set-ups.  If you need to rent climbing gear please contact Eve as soon as possible so that you can book what you require.   Otago has a limited range of rock climbing gear which is free for members to use or $5 per day for non-members.

Other gear: 
Trip leaders will bring a PLB & First Aid kit but please ensure you are personally well prepared for a full day in the outdoors including warm clothing and rain gear as it is a mountain type environment.


Click the button below to be taken to the sign-up form. If attendees are not screened, then you will be automatically added to the participant list.

For screened events, the trip leader may contact you for further information about your experience and skills.

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