South Temple Alpine Rock Trip

alpine days


3 days-$2990

4 days-$4025


3 days-$1725 Per Person

4 days-$2245 per person 

Located near Lake Ohau in the Mackenzie Basin of New Zealand's South Island, the South Temple Valley is the keeper of two hidden gems; the "Butterfly Buttress" on Bruce Peak and "Weta Prow" on Steeple Peak.

Both routes climb west-facing buttresses of beautiful red graywacke to the summits of the peaks.

This trip is the quintessential New Zealand climbing trip; Approach via beautiful alpine valleys, alpine camping in a remote meadow and long but easy climbing on hard red graywacke.

Itinerary for the South Temple Valley Alpine Rock Trip:

  1.       Day One:

·   Guests meet their guide at the Wanaka Rock Climbing office.

·   Drive to the trailhead near Lake Ohau.

·   Hike into camp in the south temple valley via Gun-sight pass.

   2.       Day Two:

·   Climb "Butterfly Buttress" on Bruce Peak

·   Enjoy the alpine camping in the South Temple Valley

   3.         Day Three:

·   Climb "Weta Prow" on Steeple Peak

·   Walk out to car via South Temple track

·   Drive back to Wanaka


Approach is via the North Temple Valley and Gun-sight pass, a hike of roughly 5-6 hours to a campsite in the South Temple Valley.

While at camp the team has the opportunity to climb both peaks over a day and a half. Although climbing one of the routes will be a big enough achievement for most climbers! While camping the guide will cook the meals to allow guests relax and take in the area!

Walk out is via the South Temple Valley returning to the car. A hike of roughly 6 hours. 

What is included in the price.

·       All rock climbing equipment

·       All food (vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options                          available)

·       Tents and sleeping equipment if necessary

·       Transport

Route descriptions:

Steeple peak:

Weta Prow: 

This route climbs the right hand side of the west face. From the lowest point on the buttress the climbing starts up a red slab for 6 pitches of enjoyable grade 14 climbing. After reaching the top of the face there is about 200m meters of steep and exciting ridge travel that brings you to the summit! Descent is by an non complicated rap line!

Bruce Peak:

Butterfly Buttress:

This route climbs the prominent south western buttress from its lowest point to the summit of Bruce Peak. A 500 m rock climb with sustained grade 12-14 climbing on excellent rock. A easy non-technical decent down the Bruce-Steeple Col gets you back to our campsite!