Rock climbing Christchurch

Spend a day on the Port Hills at one of Christchurch’s most spectacular climbing areas. If you’re entirely new to climbing and want to give it a go or, a seasoned climber looking for some local tips, this is the trip for you.

Rock Climbing Tour Highlights

  • Visit Port Hills
  • Explore Lyttelton
  • Local guide
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Climbing 2000+ routes
  • Have a go at abseiling.
  • All gear & safety equipment provided


Morning- scenic drive & rock climbing

From the city centre, it’s a 30 minutes drive up to the rock climbing area. The drive up the hill will take you through some of Christchurch’s most affluent suburbs, affording uninterrupted views from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps in the west. The climbing areas use scattered across the summit of an enormous extinct volcano that formed Banks Penninsula and Lyttelton Harbour. With over 2000 established climbing routes, Christchurch is one of the largest and most popular climbing areas in New Zealand. From the carpark, it’s only a short walk to the crag (climbing area). Your guide will set up the ropes and give you a safety briefing and belay lesson before you start your first climb. Once you’re feeling confident with the climbing systems, your guide will help you to improve your climbing. Throughout the day, your guide will continue to set up climbs that will be challenging, achievable and safe for the group. We will have lunch up at the crag overlooking either Christchurch City or Lyttelton Harbour.

Afternoon- Abseiling & Rock Climbing

After lunch, we have a go at abseiling (controlled lower) where you will have the opportunity to lower yourself off one of the crags. If you’re keen for some more climbing or abseiling your guide will be happy to find the perfect spot to finish the day.

Rock Climbing FAQ’s

Can I do this day tour as a shore excursion from Lyttelton Port?

Yes, we are happy to collect you from Lyttelton port.

Where does the tour start & finish?

This tour starts and finishes in Christchurch.

Is transport included?

Yes. We will collect you from your accommodation or one of the meeting spots listed below.

Is lunch included?

Yes, we will provide morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea.

Do I need to have prior rock climbing experience?

Prior experience is not necessary.

Is this trip family-friendly?

Yes, we are happy to cater to family groups. However, we do recommend that family groups book a private guide.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommended that you complete your booking at least 24hrs in advance to avoid missing out.

Are there minimum numbers for this tour?

We have a minimum number of two people for this tour.

What is the maximum group size?

The largest group with one guide is eight people.

What should I bring with me?

All you will need for this tour is your walking/sport shoes and active clothing. We will send you a full gear list after your booking is complete.

Where are the meeting spots?

Directly from your hotel – any accommodation within 3.5 km’s of Christchurch city centre – See on google maps -Canterbury Museum meeting location- See on Google maps -Princess Margaret Hospital meeting location (free all day parking) – See on Google maps -Lyttelton Port meeting location (for shore excursions) – See on google maps

1 Day  |  $349 pp

Pick-up Time

9:00-9:30 am

Finish Time

4:00-4:30 pm





Gear & Equipment


Prior Experience

Prior experience is not necessary.

Shore Excursion friendly?

Yes, we are happy to collect cruise ship passengers from Lyttelton Port.

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