New Zealand has one of the world’s top bouldering areas at Castle Hill, in inland Canterbury.

Other bouldering areas include Baring Head and Turakirae Head, near Wellington, in the North Island. In the South Island there is quality bouldering at Jardines, near Queenstown, and on the south coast at Curio Bay.

National Bouldering Series (NBS)

Information about the National Bouldering Series is at


The Comprehensive Castle Hill Climbing Guide (2008) by Matt Pierson and Alan Davison

Wellington Rock (NZAC, 2005) by Kristen Foley


More Information

Waitomo Bouldering

Springfield Store and Cafe, on the way from Christchurch to Castle Hill, hires out boulder mats, guide books, rock shoes, chalk and tape and also has accommodation available.
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