Ice Climbing

The focus of ice climbing in New Zealand, in terms of short technical routes, as opposed to alpine routes, is Central Otago, notably Wye Creek and the Remarkables, near Queenstown.

In the North Island, Mt Ruapehu has a good range of ice climbing opportunities, although conditions vary considerably from year to year.

In the South Island, other regions include the Ben Ohau Range, Mt Aspiring and the Darran Mountains.


Tongariro: A Guide for Climbers and Ski-mountaineers (NZAC, 2006), by Richard Thomson

Barron Saddle – Mt Brewster: A Guide for Climbers (NZAC, 2002), by Ross Cullen

The Mount Aspiring Region (NZAC, 2009), by Alan Uren and John Cocks

Queenstown Rock, Ice and Mountains (Queenstown Climbing Club, 2008), by Guillaume Charton

The Darran Mountains: An Alpine and Rock-climbing Guide (NZAC, 2005), by Craig Jefferies