5-day rock climbing course February 3, 2025

A 5-day sport climbing course based from Woolshed Creek Hut, Mt Somers.

Sport Climbing Course
5-Day Sport Climbing Course

5-day  rock climbing  course overview


On this 5-day sport climbing course, you will learn all the skills needed to go outdoor climbing. This course includes toprope climbing, lead climbing and abseiling.  This course is based out of Woolshed Hut, Mt Somers. Return transport from Christchurch and accommodation 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.




Youth Price $1199.50* (12-15 years, accompanied by an adult)

Ask about our Family Friendly courses for ages less than 12 years.



Before attending this course, you must be competent at belaying with an ATC/belay plate or GriGri and have some outside climbing experience. If you’re unsure if you meet the prerequisites for this course, please give us a call or email before completing your booking.




Rock climbing  course location

The 5-day climbing course is an expedition-style course. This means that the course is delivered in a remote location and requires hiking into a backcountry hut. Mt Somers isaotwo-hours drive from Christchurch. Getting to Woolshed Creek Hut takes most groups a 1.5-2 hour walk from the car park. It’s just a 10-30 mins walk from the hut to the various climbing areas and swimming holes.



Woolshed Creek Hut
Woolshed Creek Hut

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

Your accommodation before & after 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 the south side of town.


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


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 you’re 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 at one of the following locations (you can catch a ride with us from here or drive your own car to Mt Somers):



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?

Learning to rock climb at Mt Somers with OENZ- Outdoor Education New Zealand
Climbing at Woolshed Creek, 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




Rock climbing At Mt Somers
  • 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
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Transition to abseil



Climbing Styles coved

  • Top rope climbing
  • Lead climbing/Sport climbing



Climbing techniques

  • Basic movement techniques/body positioning
  • Footwork techniques
  • Handhold techniques
  • Finding rests
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At the top



Climbing Anchors

  • 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.



Rope & Rescue skills


  • Climbing knots
  • Tying off a belay device

    Rope rescue skills at Woolshed Creek Hut
  • Un-jamming a belay device
  • Taking over from an injured/sick belayer
  • Un-jamming an abseil device











Gear List
Course Outline






PHONE: +64 3 329 9076                                EMAIL: [email protected]

*Minimum people needed to run a course

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Participant Details

Participant details

Please enter details for each participant you're booking for (even if they're the same as entered above).

Bookings are $2399 per participant

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Youth Participant details

Youth must be at least 12 (accompanied by an adult) years old to attend this course

Bookings are $1199.50 per youth participant



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Course Cost: $ NZD

You can choose to complete your booking using Credit/Debit Card (via Paypal - PayPal account is not required), or by using your Paypal account. If you would like to make payment by Internet Banking or request an invoice please contact us in advance.