Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Queenstown Climbing Trip

Friday, December 16 2022 — Sunday, December 18 2022

The Basics
Event type: Tramping
Start date: Friday, December 16 2022
End Date: Sunday, December 18 2022
Registration cut-off Wednesday, December 14 2022 2:00 PM
Trip organizers
Eve O'Brien [Otago]
Ben Mitchell [Otago]
Cost $50 accommodation plus petrol (~$60 depending on ratio of cars:people)
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 12
Total number registered 4
Who's registered You must be logged in to view participant list
Join us on a trip to the best belay ledges in Queenstown


We will be going to Queenstown for a club trip on the weekend of the 17th/18th December. 

Saturday will be spent exploring the climbs at Wye Creek. Choose your own adventure with plenty of easy, moderate or hard sport climbs, all backdropped by classic Lake Wakatipu views.

Sunday climbing will probably be at Kingston. A range of routes here including short multipitch. 

This is an open invite to NZAC and non-NZAC members, with priority given to members. These crags have a range of walls with climbs for people of all abilities. So beginner climbers are very welcome if they have solid belaying skills.

Getting There

We will leave Dunedin on Friday afternoon (16th December) and carpool to Queenstown. We may end up staying somewhere on the way, either freedom camping or staying at a holiday park.

On Saturday night we will enjoy the relative comfort of the Kingston Top10 Holiday Park. Showers and kitchen facilities. Tenting of course!

What to Expect

Wye Creek is on a hill and has a 45 minute approach (gasp!). Make sure you're okay with that if you sign up.

There'll be heaps of climbing. Having said that, it can get extremely hot during some parts of the day - so expect a decent amount of chill time soaking in the atmosphere, too.

Possible Hazards

Standard rock climbing hazards such as falling, rock fall and other overhead hazards, heat exhaustion and hypothermia. Uneven terrain along the bottom of the walls, too.

Keep the trip covid free. Practice good hygiene. If sick then rest up in Dunedin and watch the Dawn Wall.


- BYO breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Grab your own dinner on Friday night but we will plan to have a shared meal on the Saturday night. Will email more details of this to you when you sign up. 
- Bring a tent if you have one and we will share them around when we have numbers confirmed
Climbing gear
- Harness, helmet, ropes, quickdraws etc (contact us if you are missing anything)
Other stuff
- sleeping bag
- sleeping mat
- warm top and pants
- clothes to climb in (including closed toe shoes)
- rain jacket (just in case)
- 25-30lt pack for walking to the crag
- water bottle
- eating utensils, bowl, cup etc
- hygiene stuff
- medications
- don't overpack as we will have limited room

Please bring layers for cold and hot temperatures!


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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