Welcome to Whanganui Bay. Climbing access to the area is by the grace of Ngāti Te Maunga and the Whanganui Bay Māori Reservation Trust and in partnership with the Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust. Please comply with all access notices and restrictions in order for this privilege to continue into the future.

Climber registration

You must register and pay a $20 registration fee for every day you intend to access Whanganui Bay.

After registering you will receive an email receipt, please have this available on a mobile device and be prepared to show it if asked for proof of your registration.

Access points

Access tracks to crags are shown on the access map. Climbers are not permitted to access any other parts of the Whanganui Bay reservation without written permission from the Whanganui Bay Māori Reservation Trust.


The climb known as Tibia (which ascends the chimney feature behind the large pinnacle at Whekenui) is permanently closed to climbers.


Camping is permitted in the camping area shown on the access map. Do not camp elsewhere. No fires except in the designated fire pit.


CAUTION: the access road is steep and rough and is not suitable for many 2WD vehicles, especially when wet. It is recommended that all 2WD vehicles park at the top carpark, with walking access thereafter.

Before entering, check for updates on the Bay road status here.

Parking is only permitted at the areas shown on the access map. Do not park anywhere else. Strictly no stopping on the access road.
Drive safely at all times and watch out for pedestrians.

Please be considerate of residents when accessing Whanganui Bay by car and, where possible, avoid arriving late at night or early in the morning.

Climber responsibilities

You must read and comply with:

Whanganui Bay registration terms
NZAC’s Code of Conduct for climbers

NO: Fishing | Littering | Drugs | Dogs | Guns | Drones

Failure to abide by these may result in loss of access for you or for all climbers.

No commercial use

Access for commercial operators and clients is not permitted without written permission from the Whanganui Bay Māori Reservation Trust.


As a visitor to this area, please show the land and people who live here the deserved respect.

If you have any issues or concerns, please contact ACAT: