• Kura Tawhiti / Castle Hill, Saturday 15 March 2014

The World's First Bouldergaine!

Online sales have wrapped up but there will still be ticket sales on the day $20 NZAC/PAPO members with ID, $30 non-members. Be there before 10am on Saturday morning so we can get you set up!

You have reached the website of the New Zealand Alpine Club's bouldering events.

This year we have turned everything on it's head and invented a new sport:


Wait. What?

That's right. Bouldergaine.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to be part of a world first!

March 15th 2014 - Castle Hill

Rock climbing and map sport collide in this brand-new event

Bouldering is a type of rock climbing on boulders to a safe height without the need for ropes and harnesses.

Rogaining is an endurance form of orienteering involving locating electronic checkpoints in cross-country terrain.

Combine the two and you have one extreme new pursuit. Castle Hill is one of the most spectacular boulder fields in the world, the ideal location!

So how does it work?

Participants will work in teams of two to locate checkpoints all around the Castle Hill area, and score points with an electronic tag at each one they reach. At each checkpoint there are also bonus point clickers that can be reached by climbing, scrambling or jumping. You have 3 hours to score as many points as possibel!

Who is it for?

There is no need for any experience in climbing or in rogaining, and although it is pretty rough terrain you can take it at your own pace. Participants under 14 years on March 15th will need to partner up with someone 18 years or older.

Awesome. Sign me up!

Grab a friend who is keen, or if you don't have a partner lined up we can pair you up on the day.
Then click here to buy your tickets.


Competition placings are awarded in several sections based on the age and gender composition of teams. Competition categories shall be provided as follows:

i) There shall be three gender classes of competition:

  • Men (both team members must be male)
  • Women both team members must be female)
  • Mixed (teams must contain one female and one male)

ii) There shall be three age categories of competition within each gender class:

  • Open (no age restriction)
  • Masters (all team members must be 35 years of age or over on the day of competition)
  • Junior (all team members must be under 18 years of age on the day of competition)

iv) Teams are deemed to compete in every category for which they are eligible.


Click here to download the rules of this new sport. (PDF, 28KB)

What do I need to bring?

  • Trail running shoes (you can bring climbing shoes but swapping them will take time)
  • Hydration pack or backpack with water bottle.
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Compass
  • Whistle

Optional but useful:

  • Energy bars or gels
  • A3 map bag (to keep the map dry if the weather is bad)
  • Short length of string for route measuring and planning
  • A limited number of compasses and whistles will be available on the day to hire but we recommend bringing them if you can.


Following the event there will be a complementary barbeque, we will have some saussies, bread and salads there but feel free to bring something extra (especially vegetarians / gluten free) if you like.

Is it really competitive? (hell no!)

NZAC events are more about participation than anything else. Most people come along to enjoy the buzz of the bouldering scene, hang out and have a good workout. There is a healthy dose of friendly competitive spirit, usually where up and coming young climbers are trying to better their peers or out-do established gurus. This shouldn't discourage people just starting out.


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