Lead Climbing

Push yourself mentally and physically by learning to lead climb in New Zealand’s premier (and most scenic) sport climbing venue.

This course teaches the essentials for leading bolted sport routes. It is also a must do for people who have learnt from a friend, but want to check they are using good and safe techniques.

We keep our ratios small (1:4 max), so the course is tailored to you. If you have lead climbed before, our instructors will check what you already know. Don’t worry if you don’t have any equipment –  we provide all equipment necessary, however you are welcome to use your own if you have it, so you can learn to use your own equipment in safety.

This course covers;

  • Lead belaying
  • Quickdraw/runner placement – how to correctly place the quickdraw on your harness and the rock
  • Clipping methods – efficient ways of clipping the rope into the quickdraw
  • Safety considerations – when to clip, spotting, rope management, buddy checks

We also offer an advanced lead climbing course, where your prior skills are built on, with topics including safe rope changeovers and self-protected abseiling.

Half Day:
$299 one person, $399 two people

Full Day:

$499 one person, $619 two people

Lead Climbing in Wanaka, Otago

Other Outdoor Climbing Options

    [accordionitem] The ‘introduction to rock climbing’ is our most popular trip, you get the opportunity to experience outdoor rock climbing in a safe and fun way, focusing on maximum time actually climbing, whilst learning safe practices and good technique along the way. It is ideal for those who have never climbed before, or only on an indoor wall.

    Experience the thrill of stepping off a cliff edge into space… under the control of a safety rope of course!

    This is the trip YOU want, because its custom designed especially for you. Weather you want to experience the best of Wanaka rock, would rather a personal guide or if you are an experienced climber but didn’t bring a climbing partner or your gear with you. Our team will be happy to show you the best routes suited to your ability and objectives.


    A true climbing journey, for some of us its not enough to climb just one rope length up, we want to go further.


    Ever wondered about climbing where there are no bolts? The answer is Trad Climbing.