Wairaka Rock

(2 routes)

Wairaka Rock is the largest of the sea stacks that you come to after the gate, about 15 minutes from the carpark. It is an excellent vantage point for spotting dolphins!
To reach the routes, traverse around the northern end of the rock at low tide in a quiet sea, otherwise you may get your feet wet! Both routes start from a ledge on the western side of the rock.

Type: 
Wall
Altitude: 
3m
Aspect: 
West
Walk time: 
15 min
Lat/Lon: 
-41.030355610000, 174.869856830000
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
1 Dolphinius 21 35m
1.02
Up the front north-west face of Wairaka Rock. Start in the shallow cave on excellent rock and finishes on the summit of the rock. Seven ringbolts plus single bolt belay.
Martin Wilson, 2002
2 Dolphinius Alternative 17 35m
2.01
Climb the crack system on natural gear to join Dolphinius at its third bolt. A more consistent pitch for the grade than its neighbour.
Martin Wilson, 2002

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