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About Waipapa:

Waipapa offers trad, sport and mixed climbing on a number of cliffs around the lake and dam, with marvelous views over the lake and surrounding area. Grades range from 13-26 on lines up to 30m. A complete guide can be downloaded from
Nearest town or city: Taupo
Directions: The Waipapa Dam is located on the Waikato River right along side Waipapa Rd.The Waipapa Dam is about 30 km south of “Wharepapa South ” (Bryce's Cafe) and 15 km North of Mangakino. Once at Waipapa, drive across the dam and park in the car park on the opposite side of the powerhouse. The main climbing area is about 1 km down river from the dam.
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Access Issues: None, park clear of the gate and access road.
When to Climb: Autumn Spring Summer
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