The much-anticipated Queenstown Climbing Centre will open this Winter
Queenstown Climbing Centre, Basecamp Adventures Queenstown, will open in Winter 2019. The new centre will address the increasing demand from the climbing community as well as offering a new budget-friendly activity to both tourists and locals.
18 months in the planning, the centre was initially planned as a small bouldering wall. However, when a unit at 15 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton became available the idea grew into the state of the art facility that is currently under construction. Managing Director, Loz Ogle, says “the current QLDC-run facility in the Events Centre is consistently overbooked during the winter months and the climbing community has been crying out for another facility. When considering this, combined with the busy tourist market that Queenstown is famous for, a centre offering both technical climbing routes as well as indoor entertainment in the form of Clip ‘n Climb is an ideal combination.”
Clip n’ Climb latest addition to Entertainment Hub
Basecamp Adventures Queenstown will be the latest addition to the burgeoning ‘entertainment hub’ on Red Oaks Drive which thus far includes Site Trampolining, Game Over, and Chipmunks. The centre’s Clip ‘n Climb arena will house a variety of individually themed climbing challenges, as well as a Vertical Drop Slide and ‘Leap of Faith’ to a flying trapeze!
Olympic grade training facility
The climbing and bouldering walls will be produced by Christchurch-based Uprising Climbing Walls. Director Sefton Priestley commented that “the climbing wall will include speed climbing, lead climbing and bouldering – making it the first wall in New Zealand to cover all three Olympic disciplines. Sport Climbing is a rapidly growing sport around the world and is making its Olympic debut at Tokyo in 2020. Basecamp Adventures Queenstown will be the country’s premier training facility for this format of competition, in addition to having a wide range of challenges for climbers of all level of abilities and those trying the sport for the first time.”
Excitement from local climbers
The Queenstown climbing community are justifiably excited. Guillaume Charton, founder of the Queenstown Climbing Club and Author of Queenstown Rock, Ice and Boulders, says “I can’t believe it… this is finally happening: a 21st-century indoor climbing facility in Queenstown! This place will provide the perfect location for beginners and experts climbers to train and push their grades throughout the year (including during those long and dark winter months). This is long overdue and the perfect answer to the exponentially growing climbing scene. It will become the place to be and to meet other like-minded people.”
Construction of the new facility is underway and is scheduled for opening this winter. Follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.