Transmitter Crag

(89 routes)

Sport crag near the Sign of the Kiwi with about 89 bolted routes from 8 to 15m high( four are 23 m high ).CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE( UPDATED 13/2/17 ).
A lot of the pine trees fell over thanks to some big winds in April, so most of the crag now has a view.
The crag gets sun from the morning to mid afternoon.

In the summer of 1999-2000, Alex Palman and friends, (Mary Butler, Ivan Vostinar, Karen Ashbury, Max Farr, Kate Finnerty, Jon Seddon & Daniel Jenkins) were the first to develop and climb at Transmitter.
Through the rest of 2000, new routes were added in by, Tony Burnell, Jason Tweedie, Lindsay Main, Stu Allan & Marcus Thomas.
In 2001 Andrew Buist & John Islei, followed up by developing a few more new routes, setting up nearly 50 climbs at Transmitter.
As the crag used to be hard to find the place started to fall into obscurity.
After the 2011 earthquakes, and access became a problem over large areas of the Port Hills, a team of local climbers and NZAC members cut a track that was easy to follow.
In the summer of 2012-2013, the Canterbury/ Westland section of the NZAC cleaned up some easy terrain and installed a few easier sport climbs.
At the same time a few of the harder gaps and other outlying crags, have been plugged by the usual suspects around the district.
Since the 2011 improvements, this has made Transmitter a lot more popular with the local and not so local rock climbing scene.
A big windstorm came through in April 2014 and knocked over a lot of the pine trees near the crags, a team of local climbers sorted out the damage and continue to keep the track in reasonable repair.

North East
Walk time: 
15 min

Park in the gravel parking area on the right hand side about 600 metres west of the Sign of the Kiwi. Drop down onto the 'flying nun' cycle track (just below the parking area), walk up the track for about 20 metres (be aware of down hill mountain bikers !)
Turn right at the pink marker on a stick onto a trail going down hill through grass and bracken (marked with more red and pink tape - Do NOT continue up the Nun to the old trail). At the tree line follow the track that contours north/northwest along the hillside. Look out for pink tape markers. DO NOT follow the green blaze on the trees !
After 10-15 minutes walk along the trail you'll come to the first crag.
PLEASE NOTE ALL CLIMBERS: As of 4th April 2016, Transmitter Crag will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC while the development of the Christchurch Adventure Park is under way. Please respect the current owners( Select Evolution ) request that the general public stays out of the area known as Cashmere Forest where the crag is( between Dyers Pass Road / Worsley's Road and the Summit Road ). The development is expected to take approximately 6 months and the public will be notified via this page and the NZAC once re opened( as of 13/2/17, Transmitter Crag is still CLOSED to the public. Please DO NOT climb here until re opened - there have been several groups spotted climbing while closed and this is not only illegal but those few could be ruining it for everyone else by doing so. Select Evolution appreciates your understanding and patience while the area is closed.

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Lindsay Main, previous website. Updated from pdf by Tony Burnell. 2014


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In case anyone was wondering, as of the 7th of January 2017 Transmitter is still closed according to Adventure Park.

Transmitter Crag will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC from 4th April 2016 to approximately October / November 2016 while the development and completion of the Christchurch Adventure Park is under way. The new owners, Select Evolution appreciate your understanding and patience while this work is undertaken and is considered a health and safety issue with tree felling, heavy machinery in use and an overall construction area. Once the work is complete, Transmitter crag will once again be open to the public.