About us

The purpose of the organisation is to facilitate the development the sport of competition climbing in New Zealand.

Climbing New Zealand (formerly New Zealand Sportclimbing Federation) is the National Sporting Organisation administering Sport Climbing in New Zealand. Climbing New Zealand is a proud member of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC)

New Zealand Competitions

Climbing New Zealand organises a calendar of climbing competitions each year. The competition season generally starts in March with Regional Climbing Festivals around the country. These are fun ‘give it a go’ type events which all climbers are encouraged to enter.

These are followed by the National Cup and National Championship events.

In 2019 there will be National Championships for Lead and Bouldering, National Paraclimbing Championships and an Open Combined Lead, Speed and Bouldering. Results from all events determine National Cup Team Trophy winner

Competitor Categories

The Junior categories are:

  • Youth D – Under 12
  • Youth C – Under 14
  • Youth B – Under 16
  • Youth A – Under 18
  • Junior – U20

The Senior categories are:

  • Open – 16 and older
  • Masters over 35
  • Males and females compete separately.

International Competitions

IFSC World Championship and Paraclimbing Championships are held every two years – 2018 Innsbruck. Each year sees IFSC World Cup Series in Lead, Speed and Bouldering. Additionally Climbing will feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time – a Combined Lead, Speed and Boulder format.

Each year IFSC World Youth Championships (WYCH) are held (2019 – Arco, Italy).

Climbing New Zealand selects and enables NZ climbers to attend these events. In 2019 a full team of 10 Opens climbers will go to China for World Cup events in Speed and Bouldering. A team of 15 Youth climbers will be attending the WYCH in Arco.

The international calendar of international competitions can be found here: www.ifsc-climbing.org

Climbers from New Zealand and Australia and New Caledonia also compete at Oceania Championships. The last Oceanias was held in Noumea 2017 and served as a qualifier for the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018 which also featured climbing for the first time at YOG. The next Oceanias will be in Sydney April 2020 and will serve as the qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics.