Dimrill Stairs

(8 routes)

Above the large prominent waterfall near the upper ski tow. Routes developed during the NZAC Summer Climbing Camp 2015.

Walk time: 
10-15 mins

From TASC Lodge, scramble up to ski field upper tow shed buliding and siddle to the waterfall (10-15 mins.)

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T20 351 110
BJ34 250 493
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
Dimrill Stairs 16 15m
wire representing trad 3
From the flat area at the bottom of the upper cascade, cross the stream to the norther side. Belay. Step up and traverse into the corner system before heading straight up. Rock solid. Protection good. Good belay bollard at the top.
Don French, Jozef Crosland Jan'2015
Waterfall Route 2.0 12 40m
wire representing trad
2 meters right of the waterfall. Good climbing on solid rock all the way.
David Garrity, Ellen Garrity, Francis Garrity 4/1/2015
Waterfall Route 6.0 12 30m
wire representing trad
6 to 8 meters north of the waterfall. Climb good rock steepening near the top. Good anchors
Phillip Garritty, Ellen Garrity, Francis Garrity 4/1/2015
Caving ! Lava Cave Dimrill Stairs (It has another historical name which I try to find) 2 10m
Lava Cave just south of the Dimrill Stairs waterfall. It's more odvious when you get closer to it. It is basically a crawl. Exits at the base of the top cascase. It would be fun to come out of the cave and climb the overhang above. Not really climbing, but it is a fun adventure for the junior support team.
New Friends 15 15m
wire representing trad 3
About 30ms north of Dimrill Stairs waterfalls. Step up left onto flat ledge, then climb the corner to the top of the bluff. Rock Good, protection good. Belay on good bollards at top.
Don French, Natasha Robinson, 5/1/2015
The Ozzie Sheila Rocker 16 15m
wire representing trad 2
Step little corner 15ms right of "New Friends". Step ground. Soliod rock, good placements.
Nic Allen, Natasha Robinson 3/1/2015
Icy Stairs - Left WI2 40m
Climb the ice to the left of the stream. Steep finish on free standing icicle. Best tackled early in season before snow accumulates
has been climbed - unknown
Icy Stairs - Right WI2 40m
Right side of waterfall. Best climbed early in season before snow accumulates. Takes steep corner on top section of falls.
Has been climbed - unknown


This area is called "Dimrill Stairs", as it reminds one of the place of the same name in "Lord of the Rings" There is a pair of pleasant cascading waterfalls.
The rock is low angle and ideal for easy leads. Routes are generally on the northern side of the waterfall. But there is room for short overhanging routes beside the waterfall. There is a 10m cave on the southern side of the waterfall, and ideal place for children to play.