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About Mangaokewa:

The town of Te Kuiti is 1hr south of Hamilton on State Highway 3.  From Te Kuiti, head south on State Highway 30 (by the large statue of a sheep shearer) towards Taupo for 2km. After cresting the first big hill, the turn-off is located on the left-hand side and is sign posted "Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve" with both a large wooden sign and a small yellow sign on the opposite side of the road. If you are coming up highway 30 from the direction of Taupo, do not be confused and drive down Mangaokewa Road as that this does not lead to the cliff at all. After turning into the reserve, drive down the hill to the carpark/camping area. The best access to the crag is by crossing the swing bridge and following the track to the right. Within 5 meters, there is a smaller track which cuts left up the hill. Take this left for only a few meters until a "climber track" appears on the right (marked with two piles of stones). This track treads up the hill diagonally to the right and will bring you directly up to the Colosseum.
Nearest town or city: Te Kuiti
Directions: Driving south from Hamilton/Auckland on the motorway: When entering Te Kuiti, take a left towards the Warehouse on the main road. Drive through town until you get to the intersection with the sheep shearing statue. Go straight through the world's most complicated intersection. Leaving town, you will crest a hill. Descending the hill, the entrance to the Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve will be signposted on your left. Driving from Taupo/Wellington: Take
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Access Issues: Area climbers have agreed to a bolting moratorium on other cliffs in the scenic reserve, as well as all routes right of the Bat Cave wall.
Camping: Free
When to Climb: Autumn Spring Summer
Quantity of Climbs: Week

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