Paynes Ford Scenic Reserve

Takaka

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Time: 1 hour return

This is an EXTREMELY popular rock climbing area and is known for its impressive line of limestone bluffs. There is a large picnic area beside the highway bridge. At the southern end of this area is a toilet, where the Paynes Ford Tramline Track (a 30 minute walk) begins. There are awesome swimming holes to hang out in while you watch the lithe climbers do their thing (or not)...... And when you have had enough, cruise down the road for a coffee in Takaka. Primo.

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10 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect limestone walls for climbing. So many spots to climb. Amazing.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Max

France

Ranking: 8/10

Go to Paynes Ford if you love climbing! Many walls and routes from all levels!! Very nice people to meet and you can even swim in the river for relaxation. You can rent gear at the Hangdog Campground.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jan

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Climbing for every level.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Steph

England

Ranking: 10/10

I have limited experience with rock climbing but there was loads of crags with different gradings, really friendly climbers - stay at Hangdog campsite for meeting climbing buddies and location - just a short walk to Paynes Ford. Also an amazing river just across the road to cool off in after a climb!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Loic Deltier

France

Ranking: 10/10

Those lime stone walls are just perfect! Everything was well indicated. I will be stopping there on my way back through, for sure!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Guillaume

France

Ranking: 7/10

Great place and good moment.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Galen Licht

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great climbing and great community. One of the best swimming holes in New Zealand.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Patrick O'Connell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Spent four days climbing at Paynes Ford near Takaka. Great climbs and even better people.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ruben Kunze

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Across the bridge, 3km before you arrive in Takaka. Nice climbing, nice camp (hang dog)

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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mnm

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

the ultimate place to go rockclimbing - beautiful surroundings, a swimming hole nearby, campground nearby, small town with great eateries nearby, challenging climbs more in the upper grades, steep and slopy limestone. Perfect day in summer - climb all day, go for a swim, go into town for a meal, then back to camp for some beers. RIP Willy.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

10 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Tom Teuber's avatar

Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect limestone walls for climbing. So many spots to climb. Amazing.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Max

France

Ranking: 8/10

Go to Paynes Ford if you love climbing! Many walls and routes from all levels!! Very nice people to meet and you can even swim in the river for relaxation. You can rent gear at the Hangdog Campground.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jan's avatar

Jan

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Climbing for every level.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Steph

England

Ranking: 10/10

I have limited experience with rock climbing but there was loads of crags with different gradings, really friendly climbers - stay at Hangdog campsite for meeting climbing buddies and location - just a short walk to Paynes Ford. Also an amazing river just across the road to cool off in after a climb!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Loic Deltier

France

Ranking: 10/10

Those lime stone walls are just perfect! Everything was well indicated. I will be stopping there on my way back through, for sure!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Guillaume

France

Ranking: 7/10

Great place and good moment.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Galen Licht

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great climbing and great community. One of the best swimming holes in New Zealand.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Patrick O'Connell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Spent four days climbing at Paynes Ford near Takaka. Great climbs and even better people.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ruben Kunze

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Across the bridge, 3km before you arrive in Takaka. Nice climbing, nice camp (hang dog)

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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mnm

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

the ultimate place to go rockclimbing - beautiful surroundings, a swimming hole nearby, campground nearby, small town with great eateries nearby, challenging climbs more in the upper grades, steep and slopy limestone. Perfect day in summer - climb all day, go for a swim, go into town for a meal, then back to camp for some beers. RIP Willy.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago