2-day Rock Climbing Course

This is a 2-day intro to rock climbing course delivered in Christchurch, New Zealand

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2-day intro to rock climbing course

2-day  rock climbing  course overview

This is a popular course for people who would like to give outside rock climbing a go. This course introduces a range of outdoor climbing styles, including top-rope & lead climbing.  At the end of this course, you will be able to set up top ropes, lead climb and clean a route (transition from climbing to lowering off).

This course is suitable for recreational climbers and those working towards NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) Rock Leader or NZOIA Rock1 instructor awards.


Price $699* (minimum age 16 years)

Youth Price $349** (10-15 years, accompanied by an adult)

* This is the early bird booking price, standard rates available on the course calendar.

**Conditions apply for youth pricing structure. See FAQ’s page.



This is an introductory course; there are no prior skills or experience needed to attend this course. If you have never tried climbing before, we suggest having a go at indoor climbing or bouldering before doing this course.


Minimum age

The minimum age required to attend this course when a parent or guardian is also attending the same course is 10 years old. To attend this course without a parent or guardian, the minimum age is 16 years.


Rock climbing  course location

Our introductory climbing courses are delivered on the Port Hills in Christchurch. On the first day, we meet at 8:30 am at Mt Pleasant Yacht Club/Scott Park (see Google Maps).  From Scott Park, it’s only 15 mins to the climbing area. The group and your instructor will decide the climbing locations for each day, depending on the weather and the group’s abilities. We often use Albert Terrace, Cattlestop, Pop Up Crag and Rapaki Rock climbing areas for this course.



Christchurch City

Accommodation is not included in this course. We recommend staying in Christchurch City Centre or South Christchurch. There are a few accommodation recommendations on our FAQ page. We offer a free pick-up and drop-off service from your accommodation for those travelling from out of town.







This is a self-catered course. Please bring along lunch and snacks and a large drink bottle each day. There are no shops or cafes close to our training locations.  A full packing list and course outline is available to download at the bottom of this page.







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You can meet us at the training location or one of the meeting locations listed below. If you are from out of town, we can collect you directly from your hotel (Please book a Central City or South Christchurch accommodation).

Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you are bringing your car, please meet us at one of the following locations:



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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.  We are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly at the airport at the end of the course.  The earliest we can have you back at the airport is 5 pm.





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Climbing anchor

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 you own.  A full gear list is available at this page’s bottom.







This course runs from October to April. Visit our Course Calendar for course dates and bookings. If you would like to talk to someone about private training or creating a custom course, contact us today.




PRICE: $699*




* This is the early bird booking price. Standard rates are available on the course calendar.

**Conditions apply for youth pricing structure. See FAQ’s page.


This rock climbing course includes


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Introductory Rock climbing course


  • 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 

  • Top rope  Climbing
  • Lead climbing


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Lead climbing

Climbing techniques

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


Climbing Anchors

  • Sport-anchor (using quickdraws)
  • Toprope anchor/y-shape anchor (using sling and carabiners)



  • 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




 How many people will be on my course?

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Intro to Climbing course


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







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Cleaning a climb.

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. 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 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

“A fantastic course provided by enthusiastic friendly and passionate teacher” -Andy Sreath, Auckland



Gear List
Course Outline







Rock climbing courses run from October to May. Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses, private training & guided ascents can be arranged on alternative dates by request.