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Doctors Point

(50 routes)

The Doctors Point area has three separate crags, each with its own character, with 50+ routes developed during 1998–2000. Potential is limited only by your imagination and your concept of what is climbable rock! Give the area a chance, it grows on you, but be careful. The crags face north, getting all-day sun in winter; Coalition Crag in particular is very sheltered, and has Dunedin’s best winter micro-climate (and the warmest sea-water).

  • North

    Aspect

  • 10–20 min

    Walk in

  • 75m

    Altitude

Type: 
Crag
Aspect: 
North
Altitude: 
75m

The Doctors Point area has three separate crags, each with its own character, with 50+ routes developed during 1998–2000. Potential is limited only by your imagination and your concept of what is climbable rock! Give the area a chance, it grows on you, but be careful. The crags face north, getting all-day sun in winter; Coalition Crag in particular is very sheltered, and has Dunedin’s best winter micro-climate (and the warmest sea-water).

Access: 

From Dunedin, take the Northern Motorway to Waitati (19 km). Turn R at Waitati, then next L and follow the road to Doctors Point (3 km from motorway turnoff). The carpark is notorious for car break-ins – leave no valuables.
To access the Railway Cutting crag, climb up the grassy slope to the railway line, which traverses the hill about 75m above the beach (10 mins walk).
An alternative way to the cutting is to turn into White Rd (it really is white) 700m before the beach and park at the railway crossing. Walk east along the line for 10 minutes to the tunnel portal, which marks the RH end of the crag. Keep a careful watch for trains, and stay out of the tunnel at all times.
Alternative access from the east is as follows: from Mapoutahi crag, walk 100 m to the neck of the peninsula (Mapoutahi Pa, a near impregnable Maori fortress inhabited until the 18th century). A rough track ascends the spur to the railway line, coming out close to the eastern portal of the tunnel. Total walking time from Mapoutahi crag to Railway Cutting crag – 20 minutes.
The Arches area is a 300m walk east along the beach from the Doctors Point carpark. Most of the routes cross the delta-shaped slab 50m before you reach the Arches.

Walk time: 
10–20 min
NZMS260: 
I45 235 443
Topo50: 
CF17 138 827
Attribution: 
Dave Brash. Plus the following people supplied route information and/or read drafts: Calum Hudson, Steve Carr, Murray Judge, Marcus Thomas, Kevin Donoghue, Mike Simpson, Andy MacDonald, Simon Cox, Al Mark, Andy Milne, Bob Cunninghame and Laurie Kennedy.
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