Christchurch, South Island

YMCA Climbing Wall

The YMCA Adventure Centre Climbing Wall offers indoor climbing for all levels and ages.


YMCA has one of the largest walls in the South Island, with over 75 routes.


YMCA Climbing Wall – the climbs range in difficulty from grade 12 to 20 and over.


YMCA Climbing Wall, Christchurch

The Adventure Centre

The Adventure Centre Climbing Wall offers indoor climbing for all levels and ages.  It's one of the largest walls in the South Island, with over 75 routes.  The climbs range in difficulty from grade 12 to 20 and over.  70% are between grades 14 and 20, and while most children will find the lower grades a piece of cake and a whole heap of fun, we find that many quickly progress to our highest grades!   Casual Climbing - please note that children aged 14 and under must be superviised. Cafe and toilets are on-site.  Beginners' instruction always available.  Friendly staff and a great location for birthday parties!

Little Monkeys @ Clip n Climb

Come and join our interactive climbing session with toys and games at Clip ‘n Climb!
Held every Thursday morning in term time between 12pm-1pm, there is no need to book just come along (unless you are bringing a large group).
$5 per child, adults supervise for free.

Rock Stars @ Clip n Climb

6-7 years
Rock Stars at Clip ‘n Climb is fun-based climbing time to boost the confidence and physical skills of the participants. Rock Stars serves as a basic introduction to climbing and is focused on having fun rather than learning new skills. Parent participation not required but encouraged.

Tree Frogs @ Clip n Climb

7-9 years
Tree Frogs is skills development focused programme, allowing participants to cross over from climbing on auto belays to top rope climbing on the rock climbing wall. Our instructor will actively encourage and teach participants entry level climbing skills, rather than just being a fun-based programme. Tree Frogs is designed to bridge the gap between Rock Stars and Billy Goats.

Billy Goats ~ on the Climbing Wall

9-13 years
A great introduction to climbing.  Students will learn and develop skills in basic climbing technique and the safe belaying of others. 
This course is designed for school students (minimum 9yrs of age) who are keen to experience indoor top rope climbing in a fun, safe and controlled environment with a friendly, experienced instructor.

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are our speciality!  For a party which is safe and full of fun, as well as encouraging positive personal learning and development – come to Clip ‘n Climb.
Catering is provided in a dedicated area for birthday parties, as well as special attention for the birthday person (a minimum of six people are required).
The birthday person also gets a free Leap of Faith or a free Vertical Drop Slide.

Other Activities


Sign up to our archery club and learn the skills, techniques and practice to get you on target!   Our instructors will teach you all you need to know to get you shooting accurately and building on your skills.
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School Holiday Programmes

Here at the Christchurch Adventure Centre we work hard to provide great school holiday programmes that will ensure that your children stay entertained throughout their holidays. We offer a range of activities from Arts & Crafts, to Sports & Outdoor Activities. Our programmes are designed to cater for different ages, genders and cultural backgrounds.
All our programmes are run by talented and responsible staff who are trained to provide a safe and stimulating environment. Ensuring your child is safe and having a great time is at the top of our priority list.

School Holiday Camps

Experience Camp!  New Zealanders are known around the world for our resilience, our ‘can do’ attitude and our skills in outdoor environments. The YMCA believes this hype, but also knows that young people need opportunities to develop these capabilities – we are not born with them. The outdoor camping tradition where children must learn to cope with new people, new environments, new challenges without the comfort of familiar adults and surroundings has long been considered a safe and memorable place to build self confidence, self esteem and self determination.



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Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.