Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Wanaka Rock Climbing Trip

Saturday, April 24 2021 — Monday, April 26 2021

The Basics
Event type: Rock climbing
Start date: Saturday, April 24 2021
End Date: Monday, April 26 2021
Registration cut-off Thursday, April 22 2021 6:00 PM
Trip organizers
Susanne Otto [Otago]
Michael Garratt [Otago]
Cost Cost of two nights at the camp ground (~14NZD), and carpool costs to your driver (40-60NZD)
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 15
Total number registered 14
Who's registered You must be logged in to view participant list
Climbing on the Tombstone - an iconic rock feature at the Hospital Flat


Rock climbing in Wanaka!  Come to Wanaka and enjoy climbing on beautiful Otago schist.  We'll climb most of two days at the crags around Hospital Flat, where there are both sport and trad climbs in grades 14 and up.  In order to come on this trip, you should be able to provide a safe belay for other climbers and be comfortable climbing on top-rope.


The plan is to leave Dunedin at 8am on Saturday morning and return Monday afternoon (Monday is ANZAC day and therefore a public holiday).  We will camp at the Albert Town campground on both nights.


This trip is weather dependent.  The organizers will make the call about cancelling/rescheduling the trip on the evening of Thursday, April 22nd.

Getting There

Carpool from Dunedin on Saturday morning (8am) from the usual Tuesday climbing meeting place by Logan Park. We will drive to Wanaka and meet at the Hospital Flat car park. If you plan to leave at another time or drive independently, indicate that in the sign-up form.

What to Expect

Single pitch sport climbing at grades 14 and up.  You should be comfortable with top-roping sport routes and be able to provide a safe belay for other climbers.  Feel free to bring your trad climbing gear along as well. 

Expect to be outside most of the day, so bring enough food and water and appropriate clothing for the conditions.

Possible Hazards


Climbing gear

You will need standard climbing gear: climbing shoes, harness, belay device, and helmet.  It is section policy that you wear a helmet while climbing and belaying.  If you want to use your own rope, please bring it along.  Otherwise, we will have a limited number of club ropes along with club anchors.  If you need to borrow any climbing gear, please let the organizers know in the sign-up form.


You are responsible for all your own food. Please be sure to bring enough water. If you don’t feel like cooking your own meal after a long day of climbing, Wanaka offers a variety of restaurants.


We will be staying at the Albert Town campground (~7NZD/night), so you will need camping gear.  This includes a sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a tent. Please indicate on the sign-up form if you can bring a tent, and how many people it can sleep. 

If tenting is not your preferred type of accommodation, feel free to book a Hostel bed in Wanaka instead. Please let us know on the sign-up form.



The days are getting shorter and the nights colder. Make sure to bring enough layers to stay warm while belaying and bring a beanie and gloves.



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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