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The focus of the 2 day course is learning  skills to safely enjoy climbing in the outdoors. On this course you will learn the most current climbing techniques and protocols.

The 2 Day Outdoor Rock Climbing Course is course for anyone that wants to learn how to climb outdoors. We have designed a course to teach you foundation rock climbing skills. No previous climbing experience is necessary. 

The focus of the 2 day course is on teaching skills to safely enjoy climbing in the outdoors. On this course you will learn the most current techniques and protocols under the supervision and support of an expert climbing instructor. 

We base the 2 Day Outdoor Rock Climbing course at Wye Creek in Queenstown. This is one of the best and most scenic climbing areas in New Zealand and a great place for teaching rock climbing skills.


  • Climbing technique – slab climbing, face climbing, crack climbing
  • Introduction to climbing equipment: use, care, selection
  • Introduction to climbing knots
  • Techniques for belaying
  • Techniques for abseiling/rappelling
  • Climbing communication & commands
  • Introduction to natural protection
  • Anchor construction
  • Setting climbs with a top rope
  • Hazard assessment & safety at climbing areas


Wye Creek & other climbing areas, Queenstown & Wanaka.


Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.


Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.

Day 1

Your guide will pick you up from your accomodation at 8.30am. From Queenstown its a short drive to the Wye Creek climbing area. Topics for the day will include:

  • The use, care, and selection of climbing gear.
  • Introduction of basic climbing knots and hitches. 
  • Introduction to climbing commands and belay technique.
  • Hazard assessment & safety
  • Develop an understanding of climbing grades.
  • Develop techniques for climbing beginner and intermediate rock climbs.
Day 2

Topics for day 2 will include:

  • Introduction of prussic knots, overhand knots, and clove hitch knot
  • Lesson on building an anchor for top rope climbing
  • Learn how to abseil/rappel
  • Continue with techniques for beginner and intermediate rock climbs
  • Introduction to natural protection



1 to 6 people
2 days
from $510
October to April



  • Guide fees
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment


  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Lunch & snack food


Experience required

No experience necessary. Our guided rock climbing trips is individually tailored to the participants level of experience. Please contact us for more information and we can put together a trip that is suitable for your level of experience.

  • good level of physical fitness required
  • motivation to push yourself and learn new skills
What to bring
  • Personal climbing equipment including harness, shoes, chalk bag, belay device, carabiners, prusicks, slings.
  • Food and snacks and enough water for the day. The amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1.5 litres of water.
  • A pack large enough to carry climbing  equipment as well as your spare clothing, food, and water.
  • Warm clothing, windproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Guide to participant ratios

This is a privately booked trip. We guide our rock climbing trips at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 6 participants to ensure a high standard of instruction, supervison, and safety.

Outdoor climbing course, Wye Creek, Queenstown
Learning how to correctly coil a rope
Learning about natural rock protection
Lead climbing on steep rock, Harolds Wall, Wye Creek, Queenstown

If mountaineering or rock climbing is your passion/hobby, Mike Madden and his staff can fulfil your ambition to summit some some of most technical and beautiful mountains that New Zealand has to offer. I’ve had two expeditions with Mike through QMG, to the single cone summit on the Remarkables and the North West Ridge of Mt. Aspiring. I cannot recommend this organisation enough due to their training, the time they take to train their clients if necessary, the food and equipment provided, as well as the guiding experience needed for a safe and successful expedition. Take a camera, though photos can be taken by the guides. The best organisation in New Zealand that i’ve climbed with.

Will, Sydney