Rock Climbing at Sebastopol Bluffs

Mount Cook's Sebastopol Bluffs rock climbing area is located only 3 km from Alpine Guides base. With unbeatable views and reliable red greywacke, it is the perfect venue to learn rock climbing, develop your multi-pitch rock skills, or begin your trad rock climbing adventures.

Alpine Guides rock climbing trips run every fine day, from mid-October through April. We need advance bookings to ensure we have a guide available. All our guides are NZMGA/IFMGA or NZOIA Rock qualified professionals. All the gear is provided and also lunch for full-day trips.

All rock climbing trips are weather dependent. A full refund is provided if we can’t operate due to bad weather. Please read through our Terms and Conditions, so you understand our cancellation policy.

Here’s a handy chart showing a comparison of the Ewbank (AU/NZ) rock climbing grades to US, UK, French and UIAA systems.

2019 Prices

Full Day rock climbs

  • 1 person $530

  • 2 people, $290 per person

  • 3 people, $220 per person

  • 4 people, $170 per person


  • Lunch

  • Free use of all technical gear

Half-day rock climbs

  • 1 person - $280

  • 2 people - $170 per person


  • Free use of all technical gear (ropes, harness, helmet, shoes, karabiners, etc.)

Red Arête half-day climb

The classic Sebastopol Bluffs climb, Red Arête is perfect for a quick half-day guided climb and ideal for people new to rock . Its’ 3 slabby sport pitches are great for developing technique and confidence.

  • Times: daily at 08:30 to 12:00, or 13:00 to 16:30

  • 3 pitches, 2 abseils.

  • Grade: Ewbank 13

  • Maximum guide/participant ratio 1:2

Intro to Rock climbing - Full Day

Learn all the basics on this full-day rock climbing experience. You’ll receive an intro to knots, instruction on belaying, top roping, leading tips, anchor cleaning and much more. No experience necessary, just basic fitness.

  • Times: 08:30 to 16:00

  • Maximum guide/participant ratio 1:4

Intro to Multi-pitch Rock - Full Day

Learn to lead multi-pitch climbs, manage your stances and abseils. Ideal for those already leading grade 13-14 sports routes.

  • Time: 08:30 to 16:00

  • Maximum guide/participant ratio 1:4

Trad Climbing Clinic - Full Day

A full-day course for the more experienced climber who wants to learn to use traditional anchors. We start off working on natural pro and work up to leading some routes. Minimum experience - you should be leading Ewbank 16-17 sport routes.

  • Time: 08:30 to 16:00

  • Maximum guide/participant ratio 1:4