Frog Pond

(18 routes)

An aesthetic crag in a tranquil location, with some sustained climbs worthy of classical status.
The crag consists of the Main face, Tangarahu outcrop to the left, and the stepped down wall
with ‘The Temptress’ to the right. The overhanging nose is 15 metres high with the face rising
in height back to the longest route of 21metres. The rock extends out from a native bush
covered hill and the quality is good apart from the initial soft and dusty few metres on the main
face. A set or two of wires and a range of cams is recommended for the few trad routes.
From the east side of the nose, left to right.


Frog Pond is on the property of the Stubbs family, and is currently leased out to Greg Scott.
Greg is happy for climbers o be on the property as long as permission has been granted from
the stubbs family. He also expects the usual considerations with respect to his livestock and
the closing of gates.
Before entering the property , permission must be sought from
Ann or Alister Stubs (07) 878 8594.
The stubbs farm is located approximately 15km from the Waitomo Caves village towards
Marakopa. Drive past the Awatiro driveway and the Te tiro driveways, and down a hill past
Waipina road on your left. 1.8 km past Waipina road, as the road begins to straighten out, is
a wooden gate off the road to you right. Park here and follow the track in to the crag (see

Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
Sweet Araceli 15
wire representing trad
crack onto the face and up to the horizontal break. Step right, onto the arete and up to the next horizontal break to place a solid last piece of pro. Up and step delicately right onto the laid back slab above the roof. [Pro: Trad]
Josh Taylor, John Newby, Lester Moore, Sept. ‘99.
Walking on the moon 16
wire representing trad
The first route at Frog Pond. Start as for Sweet Araceli but upon reaching the arete carry on traversing right along the thinning break into the corner under the roof. Climb this corner up to and underneath the roof for a rest. Traverse right along the handcrack onto the exposed arete of the nose itself. Abundant and bomber protection but be aware of rope drag. [Pro Trad]
John Newby, Kieran McKay, Sept. ‘99.
Project 21
wire representing trad
Start directly under the nose and up to the vertical finger crack. Around arete to the deep crack systems on the main face until they disappear and then traverse right along the hand crack to the large groove. Run out to the top of ‘WOTM’.
French Cuisine 20
wire representing trad
On the main face is a central crack system running straight up to a big obvious groove. Start left into the lowest point of a curving horizontal crack. This tends right and up to a horizontal break which is traversed right, into the main crack line itself (about 5m up). The rock to this point is soft and sandy but then leads to superb climbing up steep sustained rock. Leave the crack system behind for the technical chimney. Finish up right on big jugs. Ringbolt belay. [Pro: Trad]
John Newby, Josh Taylor Sept. ‘99.
Feral Tendencies 23
The ominous eight bolt route on the right of the main face. Destined to be a classic. The name rings true, as much for the nature of some particular moves, as it does for the lifestyle choice of the time. Ringbolt belay. John Newby. Feb, ‘01.
John Newby. Feb, ‘01.
Feral Tendencies Direct Project ( 25 ? )
At the fourth bolt of Feral Tendencies(23+), instead of stepping up and right to the finger crack. Brave the naked face directly into the orange orifice.
Verde Sunset 15
On the lower face of the main buttress are some good quality bolted routes up to 15m high. From the corner right of Feral Tendencies. Super chimney. It was once a mossy nightmare.
Kelly Chiusano, Mar. ‘02.
Mutation in my Genes 25
Left of the arete. Climb up to the slopers tending right towards the arete, then back to centre face. Very sustained. 6 bolts. Ringbolt belay.
John Newby, Jan. ‘02.
Awatiro arete 19
Awatiro arete ( 19 ) Boulder up to first clip, to arete and face. A good route with a variety of moves. 3 bolts. Shares same belay as ‘MIMG’.
John Newby, Josh Taylor, Mar. ‘00.
The Temptress. 24
Technical crack to start, to sharp sloping crux, to long pumpy finish. 5 bolts.
John Newby, Nov. ‘01.
Tanga. 13
wire representing trad
Left of the Frog pond is a small face, Tanga rahu Rock. Bolt belays and ridiculously easy access to the top. The crack/chimney on the right (uphill side). A comfortably pleasant natural lead.
Josh Taylor, John Newby, Sept. ‘99.
Bite me Gently 15
Face climb left of Tanga. A wee bite to start with, leads to some nice gentle climbing. Three bolts.
John Newby, Josh Taylor, Sept. ‘99.
Flight of the Kereru 16
On the back of Tanga Rahu are two bolted lines. Climb the centre line over two bolts for a balancey start, a juggy middle, then think again for the top.
John Newby, Josh Taylor, Oct. ‘99.
Fugly 16
Right of the Kereru is a three bolt climb with a face start to hand smears on the arete.
John Newby, Nov. ‘99.
Joshies chimney 15
On the North end is a discreet wide chimney. Stretch your way across and up, stepping right at the top onto the arete and face. 5 bolts.
Josh Taylor, Cleaned and Soloed. Mar. ‘00.


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