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Located in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, Kawakawa Bay has a fantastic climbing area rising out of the fresh waters of Lake Taupo.
On the eastern end of Kawakawa Bay stand a number of Rhyolite cliffs overlooking the native bush and lake. It's tunning just in its own right, but also an amazing place to go rock climbing.
There are many different routes to climb. Check out www.freeclimb.co.nz for detailed information on the different climbs. There are a mix of trad and bolted routes. The climbs are suited for beginners all the way through to experienced climbers.
As a bonus there is free camping here on the lake shore. Two toilets are provided and a separate roofed shelter (no walls) with a fire inside. Most climbers bring their tents and end up in the shelter only if the weather turns. Some climbers also come climbing just for the day.
There is no road access to Kawakawa Bay and so this makes it a very private and peaceful location. There is a track coming over the hill from Kinloch, which is about an hour and a half walk one way.
The other option is to take a water taxi to this fascinating bay and back with Fish Her Charters. It takes about 30 minutes to get you there by boat, including the time it takes to load and unload your gear. In our boat we’ll drop you off on the beach at Kawakawa, right next to where you’ll be climbing, fresh for a day of climbing. Arriving by boat also gives you a preview of your potential climbing routes.
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