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Abseil and Rock Climbing

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) stopped delivering abseil and rock training courses from 31 May 2015.

To find out more about the changes the MSC is making and why, visit the One MSC page.

There are several providers offering abseil and/or rock training courses across New Zealand. We’ve collated a list of potential providers below. However, it is worth noting that these providers all deliver different services/products, they may not be available in the area you live and they don’t necessarily deliver courses in all disciplines to all levels.

Note: This list has been compiled by the MSC to assist you in finding another abseil or rock training course provider. It is not an exhaustive list of providers and there may be others you wish to contact. The MSC does not specifically endorse any of these providers, and recommends you undertake your own research in order to find a abseil or rock training course provider that suits you.

If you are aware of another abseil or rock training course provider that has not been included in the list below, please let us know by emailing qualifications@mountainsafety.org.nz.

Climbing clubs

There are a number of climbing clubs throughout New Zealand that offer instruction and training to their members. Joining a club is also a great way to connect with other like-minded people and learn through practical experience.

Rotorua Climbing Club (RCC) 

Auckland University Rock and Alpine Club (AURAC)

University of Canterbury Climbing Club

Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club



Great Barrier Island / Tongariro

Hillary Outdoors  


OENZ - Outdoor Education New Zealand Ltd


Horizons Unlimited 

Wanaka and Queenstown

Wanaka Rock Climbing

Climbing Queenstown

Independent Mountain Guides (IMG)


Adventure Southland

Independently qualified instructors and guides

Individually qualified instructors are available through the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA).

Skills Active Aotearoa (Skills Active) has a pool of qualified assessors who can be contracted to deliver outdoor training and assessment. To contact an assessor, visit the Skills Active website.


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