The Palmerston North region's "premier"
History: This fun little climbing venue was discovered on a rainy day by Matt
Natti, Heme Wallace and Fabian (work mates from a local arborcultural firm) in
the early spring of 2006. Matt's goal was to drive around the access roads to
the southern Ruahinies in search of solid rock, the other two just wanted to get
out of the house, see some sights and have a bit of an adventure. Despite the
fact that everyone got wet, the day was tons of fun and did turn up some
potentially good areas. The pick of the lot was a group of sandstone(?) blocks
at the end of line 2 just outside Ashurst..... and with that, the Ashurst Boulder
Area was born.
After the initial discovery, a handful of the local climbers started
making fairly regular trips up to the "tea tree boulder" (the main bouldering
event in the area) trying to pull as many lines out of the rock as possible.
There is still plenty of rocks in the area, but do to the walk involved to some of
the other blocks.... progress in the development of other boulders has been a
Directions: From State Highway 3 between Palmerston and Woodville, take
the main turn off into downtown Ashurst (Pohongina Rd.). Head North through/
past town about 10km and turn right onto East Pohongina Valley Rd, just after
the Waterford Cafe and Bar. 6.5km down the road, turn right onto Line 2 and
drive all the way to the DoC parking area/ trail head at the end. Follow up the
track up hill until you can see a big boulder (this is the tea tree boulder, and you
CAN just cruise down the hill to it) down low on the left hand side. If you walk
as far as the fenceline/ DoC gate, it is best to head down left to the stream.
From here, the Tea Tree Boulder is down stream 1 minute and the rest of the
rocks are up the river between 2 and 15 minutes.