Access Fees for CastleRock Crag

 Day Pass
With the large investment of time and money in upgrading the facilities and the ongoing monitoring of the crag a fee is charged to help meet cost for maintaining the facility's high standard of safety.

Individual climbers are welcome to climb here, they are however required to pay and fill in the Day Pass Terms and Conditions available at the Carpark toilet block.
A day pass fee is $10 per person incl gst.

Annual Pass
This cheaper option can be purchased here. Please allow 10 days to receive your pass. A copy of the CastleRock Terms and Conditions Form will be attached.
Use of the pass indicates that you have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions.
Purchase your Annual Pass online here.

Rock Climbing and Crag Access


It has been brought to our attention that individuals have been bolting at Froggatt Edge recently. We wish to advise everyone that Froggatt Edge is private property and is part of CastleRock Adventure.

We are not against bolting or the development of this fantastic site which is available for public use, we do however require anyone currently or intending to bolt routes here to please contact the CastleRock Adventure Office on 0800 225 462 or by email here.

CastleRock Adventure has invested extensively in the research and rebolting at both the CastleRock and Froggatt Edge crags and because of safety obligations this process needs to be managed.

Bolting at CastleRock Adventure Crag is prohibited.

The Wharepapa South area, well known for its stunning ignimbrite rock formations has been attracting rock climbers to the area since the early 1980's.
Today CastleRock and Froggatt Edge, both part of CastleRock Adventure are two of the most popular climbing destinations in the central North Island.

CastleRock: - formerly known as Wharepapa Crag.

With the increase in popularity of rock climbing, CastleRock took a visionary step in upgrading all areas of the crag. This included re-bolting the existing 182 routes and installing a toilet block.

More recently with the new safety obligations for commercial adventure tourism operators coming into force in October 2011, the majority of the climbs on the Lower Tier, used predominantly by instructed groups, have a third anchor installed. Green tags at the base of the route identify all these climbs.

The new anchors have been specifically designed to meet the highest practical achievable strengths for rock climbing anchors, taking into consideration the variable nature of ignimbrite rock at CastleRock. With a high quality monitoring schedule in place, any anchors that are suspect or have deteriorated can be identified and remedied ensuring a continued high level of safety.

All other bolts including lead bolts on climbs other than marked climbs are not maintained and are climbed on at your own risk.

Froggatt Edge:
Situated 5 kilometres away on Whatauri Road, Froggatt Edge has approximately 120 routes from Grade 10 through to Grade 31 and boasts the classic routes 'Terror Incognita', 'Monsterpiece Theatre' and 'Take your Daughter to the Slaughter'.

No fee is charged for climbing here, climbers are encouraged to read the Information Signs.


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