Chorlton Crag is a very small but interesting crag along the Chorlton Road between Little Akaloa and Okains Bay, about 500 metres south of the bend in the road at Stony Beach. The crag is often used as a Plan B option when higher, more exposed locations such as Otepatotu or Starvation Gully have been swallowed by the Banks Peninsula easterly.
The crag is very small - about 10 to 15 metres maximum - but has a variety of fun crack climbs at a range of grades. There are no abseil stations, but an abseil rope can be set up using some small trees to speed up descents. If you have a short lead rope this is a good place to use it.
Permission must be obtained from the land-owners, Noel and Nicola Donaldson, phone 03 304 8703, or by calling at the farmhouse at Chorlton above the sharp bend in the road 1.5 km past McHales Road.
Best parking is about 200 metres uphill towards Okains Bay. From the road walk up about 20 metres to the left side of the crag.