The rock climbing area of Charleston with its sea cliffs of granite is about 30km south of Westport. This coastal crag has only limited access, so you will need to choose a low tide in order to access many of the climbs.

bulletRoutes: Over 190 climbs and boulder problems
bulletGrades: 10 to 24
bulletProtection: Bolts and natural protection
bulletRock: Granite
bulletGuide: South Island Rock

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Lookout for the locals


To access the beach and southern rocks take the road just north of the camping ground. The cemetery referred to in the guide is just north of the settlement, at the end of the signposted road to your left. The track leads left just before the cemetery entrance and the other track (referred to in the guide) is near the top right hand corner.

Refer to the guide book for more detailed descriptions, but most climbs can be easily accessed after a short  10 to 30 minutes walk.


There are climbs and boulder problems at both the southern and northern ends of the beach.

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