Find out about facilities and contacts for climbing and mountaineering in Fiordland, where the steep granite peaks of the Darran Mountains offer some of the finest alpine rock climbing in New Zealand.

Places to climb in Fiordland

The Darran Mountains provide the greatest climbing challenge in the Fiordland area.

The most popular access is via the upper Hollyford Valley just off the Milford Road, south-east of the Homer Tunnel. Accommodation is available at the Homer Hut (NZ Alpine Club website).

Borland Road has an easily accessible rock climbing area commonly used by outdoor education groups.

Access is off the Borland Road, approximately 5 km from Borland Lodge (Borland Lodge Adventure and Education Trust website) where there is accommodation available.

Freestone Hill is a rock climbing area near Manapouri (but outside Fiordland National Park).

Permission from the landowners is required – Wendy and Cam McDonald, ph: +64 3 249 6614.

Further information is available in Moir's Guide South edited by Robin McNeill.

Contacts for climbing in Fiordland

NZ Alpine Club - Southern section

Robin McNeill
Ph: +64 3 214 4508 or + 64 21 516 366

Ron McLeod
Ph: +64 3 217 6727

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