The backdrop to Christchurch
Welcome to the Port Hills climbing region, Christchurch's dramatic backdrop.
While the 2011 earthquakes had a major impact in a few places, there is plenty of climbing available just minutes out of urban Christchurch.
There are a few traditional climbs and climbing areas around the Port Hills, but the region has evolved into more of a sport climbing destination.
Please observe a bit of etiquette to minimise the wear and tear on the fixed gear, as it takes precious time and money to repair.
• Abseil instead of getting lowered off (where possible), this reduces the wear through the rap station.
• If there is more than one person climbing the route, please use your own quick draws/ carabiners until the last person has finished the climb.
• Please take a 17mm Spanner with you, this will enable you tighten up any loose hangers and stop them falling off. (Tighten = clockwise) This saves someone else the job of abseiling in to replace the hanger.
• Participate in any climbing community events and working bees, this assists in keeping the climbing areas in usable condition. Sorry climbing is not a free sport.
Most of the climbing areas are in Christchurch City Council Reserves, some are jointly managed with Dept of Conservation.
As with any access situation there are conflicts between stake holders from time to time, please respect this, and reasonable conduct assists the continued access.
There are a lot of different crags around the Port Hills, with different aspects that usually govern where the locals go climbing.
• To escape the Heat or the Nor Wester and find some shade, Lyttlleton Rock, Jane Fonda Workout wall, Evans Pass Crag and The Amphitheatre are good picks.
• Britten Crags are the best place to hide from the afternoon Nor Easter, but can get quite hot on summer afternoons.
• Barnett Park would be the most sheltered spot in the Port Hills, Transmitter Crag sometimes stays sheltered from light South Westerlies.
• If Cattlestop Crag is wet, do not waste your time searching anywhere else, retreat indoors.