Safe rock climbing on the Port Hills has been limited by the earthquakes. Many other crags have been severely damaged.

Christchurch City Council does not actively manage rock climbing cliffs (crags) on their land except Cattlestop crag.

Cattlestop crag

Open for use by outdoor education groups and individuals. You must comply with all signage.

This is the only crag on Council land that has been formally assessed and is managed for climbing.

Contact us or email PortHillsGeotech@ccc.govt.nz to report any safety concerns.


Department of Conservation (DOC) land

There is an increased likelihood of rock falls and cliff collapse. Climbers must make careful choices about where they climb. The risk is unknown for the following DOC crags:

  • Lyttelton Rock
  • Crag X
  • Black Wall
  • Farm Park
  • Breeze Bay
  • Boulder Bay

Contact the Department of Conservation (external link) for further information.


Private land

Albert Terrace Crag (external link) is open. This is managed by the Mt Vernon Park Management Committee (external link) .

Gibraltar Rock (external link) is open. It is managed by the Summit Road Society (external link) .


New bolting

You must get approval from the Christchurch City Council ranger team before any new bolting can take place.

Contact us to request a new bolting.