About our sport – Sport Climbing

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

Climbing New Zealand (formerly New Zealand Sportclimbing Federation) is the National Body 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 National events each year: National Championships and an overall National Cup.


In 2019 there will be National Lead Championships and National Bouldering Championships, National Paraclimbing Championships and a Combined Lead, Speed and Boulder Opens event. All results go towards determining the overall National Cup winner – a team trophy.

Competition Categories

Competitors fall into the following categories based on age:

The Youth categories are:
Youth D – Under 12
Youth C – Under 14
Youth B – Under 16
Youth A – Under 18
Junior – Under 20

Note these categories are based on the age a competitor will be on Dec 31st of the relevant competition year.

The Senior categories are:

Open – age 16 and older

Masters – age 35 and older

Males and females compete separately.

Results and Rankings

Results from all National events are used to calculate National Rankings. Results for all CNZ National events are available here. The results are also available live to track progress during the events (Chrome browser is recommended).

International Competitions
Climbing Competitions are organised throughout the world and at Senior level there is an annual IFSC World Cup Series. There is also an IFSC World Youth Championships each year. In 2019 the WYCH will be held in Arco, Italy. Every second year the IFSC World Championships and Paraclimbing Championships are held.

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will see climbing included in the programme for the first time ever. The qualification event for these Olympics is to be held in Sydney in April 2020.

Current international rules for 2019 are available here.

Climbing New Zealand selects and enables NZ athletes to attend these international events. In 2019 a full Opens team of 10 will attend World Cups in China and a Youth Team of 15 will attend the WYCH.

The international calendar of international competitions can be found here.

Oceania Continental Championships: teams of climbers from New Zealand Australia and New Caledonia compete at the Oceania Championships. This event determines the Oceania Champion in each Junior and Senior category for the disciplines of Lead Speed and Bouldering and also determines the overall Combined Champions.

Our constitution and current strategic plan are available here.