Boom Rock

(2 routes)

The cliffs at Boom Rock rise straight out of the water on Wellington’s rugged west coast, on the edge of Cook Strait. It is quite possibly the most friable crag in Wellington. Other climbers than the two parties listed below have been sighted climbing here, but there is no recorded information.

Walk time: 
1 hr

Walk north along the beach from Makara, and traverse past Boom Rock itself to the base of the tallest wall (calm conditions are needed for this).
Descent requires climbing steep farmland to a point where you can safely get down into the gully south of the ridge.

Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Link to edit content
1 Jigglevision 14 50m
wire representing trad
A loose seaside activity. Deserves a star for its magnificent situation. A rope stretching pitch up the left arete of the main slab. There might be one good runner near the top – but don't count on it.
Richard Thomson, Roger Thomson, 1993
2 Crumble 15 50m
wire representing trad
Climb the central weakness on the slab, until forced left higher up. Poor protection and poor rock in one of the best climbing situations in Wellington.
Charlie Creese, Ralph Davidson, c1980

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