7-day rock climbing course April 17, 2021

Learn to climb on our 7-day rock climbing course.

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Learn to climb 7-day climbing course




7-day  rock climbing  course overview


Our 7-day climbing course combines our 2-day intro to climbing course with our 5-day expedition-style Mt Somers climbing adventure.  On this comprehensive sport climbing course, you everything you need to know to become a safe and efficient climber. The first  2 days are spent learning all the basic skills in Christchurch before heading into Wool Shed Creek, Mt Somers for a further 5-days of climbing.

This course includes toprope climbing, lead climbing, multi-pitch sport climbing, abseiling and basic rock and rope rescue skills.  Return transport from Christchurch and accommodation at Woolshed Creek Hut is included.

This course is suitable for recreational climbers and professional instructors working towards  NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) NZOIA Rock1 & Rock 2 awards.



You do not need any prior experience to attend this course.


Rock climbing  course location


Our 7-day climbing course is split across two locations. The first two days are delivered on the Port Hills in Christchurch. We meet at Mt Pleasant Yhat Club/Scott Park on the first day (see on google maps), from here its only a 15min drive to our climbing area.

On day three we head into Woolshed Creek Hut, Mt Somers. Where we spend the rest of our time climbing at the various crags (climbing areas). Mt Somers is two hours drive from Christchurch. Walking into Woolshed Creek Hut takes most groups 1.5-2hrs from the car park. From the hut, its just  10-30 mins walk to the various climbing areas and swimming holes.

Transport from Christchurch to Mt Somers and your accommodation at Woolshed Creek Hut is included.



Rock Climbing at woolshed Creek Hut, Mt Somers
Woolshed Creek Hut

Days 1 & 2 – Christchurch, Not included. Please book your own.

Days 3-6 – Woolshed Creek Hut,  Included

Day 7 – Last day, the course finishes in Christchurch at 5:00 pm.


Your accommodation at Woolshed Creek Hut is included.

Woolshed Creek Hut is a 26 bunk standard DOC hut. The hut has 2 bunk rooms, a large common area and a fireplace.


Accommodation before & after your course

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Rope skills, inside Woolshed Creek Hut

Your accommodation before the course and the first two nights of the course is not included, please book your own accommodation in Christchurch. We have some suggested accommodation options in Christchurch on our FAQ’s page. Please book in the central city or south side of town. We are happy to collect you from and drop you directly back at the airport if required.



This is a self-catered course. Please bring all your food with you for the duration of the course.  A full packing list is available to download at the bottom of this page. Fresh drinking water is available at Woolshed Creek Hut.




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If you’re staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses. Please book a central city or south Christchurch accommodation.


Meeting locations

If you have your own car or can get dropped off, please meet us on the first day at the following location (you can catch a ride with us from here or drive your own car up to the climbing area):



OENZ-Outdoor Education New Zealand 12 Seat Van


We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 5 pm.






You don’t need your own rock climbing gear for this course. We have all the specialist gear & equipment available for you to borrow. If you have your own gear, we encourage you to bring it along as it’s better to train with the gear that you own.  A full gear list is available to download at the bottom of this page.


 How many people will be on my course?

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Climbing at Mt Somers


We believe that small groups are better for this type of training. So we have a maximum client to instructor ratio of just four clients to one instructor.




Yes, the minimum number for the course to proceed at the advertised price is two clients. We won’t cancel your course if we don’t meet our minimum numbers, though. Instead, we will offer you the following options:

a.) A shorter private course with 1-1 tuition – e.g. with one person we can cover the course content much faster, so fewer days are needed.

b.) You will be offered to continue with the course as planned and cover the extra cost.

c.) We can transfer you to another course.



See what our clients have to say


“The techniques that were introduced made a massive difference to my climbing” – Samantha Taylor, Wellington

“Really fun weekend, great safe experience. will come again” – James Hoodson, Canterbury


This rock climbing course includes



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Multi-pitch climbing
  • Climbing Calls
  • Buddy checks
  • Personal safety at the top of the crag
  • Spotting the lead climber
  • Assessing the safety of climbing routes
  • Checking and assessing climbing gear for damage



  • Top rope belaying with an ATC/belay plate
  • Lead belaying ATC/belay plate
  • Top rope belaying with a GriGri
  • Lead belaying with a GriGri


Climbing Styles coved


  • Top rope  Climbing

    Rope rescue skills at Woolshed Creek Hut
    Rope rescue skills at Woolshed Creek Hut
  • Lead climbing/Sport climbing
  • Multi-pitch sport climbing
  • Multi-pitch abseiling


Climbing techniques

  • Basic movement techniques/body positioning
  • Footwork techniques
  • Handhold techniques
  • Finding rests



Climbing Anchors

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Lead Climbing at Mt Somers
  • Sport-anchor (using quickdraws)
  • Toprope anchor/y-shape anchor (using sling and carabiners)
  • Self equalising anchors



  • Lead climbing to set up a top-rope climb for a friend
  • Cleaning a climb/retrieving your gear from the top when you finish climbing
  • Top rope climbing to abseil.
  • Lead climbing to abseil.



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Climbing in the Port Hills, Christchurch

Rope & Rescue skills

  • Climbing knots
  • Tying off a belay device
  • Un-jamming a belay device
  • Taking over from an injured/sick belayer
  • Releasing & lowering when using a belay plate in guide/multi-pitch mode
  • Un-jamming an abseil device






Gear List
Course Outline







*Minimum 2 people needed to run a course

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

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Course Timing

9:00am to 5:00pm