Tucked away in Golden Bay, at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, Hangdog Camp is a climber’s retreat that blends rugged outdoor adventures with the warm camaraderie of a close-knit community. Established in the late 1990s, this campsite has become a beloved hub for both seasoned climbers and novices, drawn here by the world-class Paines Ford climbing crags just a short walk away.

Hangdog offers a variety of camping options from tent sites nestled among native bush to shared accommodations for those who prefer a roof over their heads. The facilities are deliberately minimalistic, encouraging a return to simplicity and a focus on the natural environment and climbing pursuits. This setup fosters a communal atmosphere where life stories and climbing tips are exchanged over communal dinners or a bonfire under the stars.

The ethos of Hangdog Camp is deeply rooted in environmental sustainability and a love for the great outdoors. It’s a place where you can disconnect from digital distractions and reconnect with nature. Activities extend beyond climbing, with opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and exploring the rich cultural and natural history of Golden Bay.

Whether you come to Hangdog to challenge yourself on the renowned limestone routes or to find peace away from the bustling city life, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and lasting memories of fireside friendships and breathtaking climbs.


CountryNew Zealand
AddressTākaka 7183
TypeCamping, Dormitories, Van parking
Nearest cragPaynes Ford
Distance< 2 km
FacilitiesHot showers, Kitchen space
ServicesGear rental
Official websitehttp://hangdogcamp.co.nz/
Google Maps Listinghttps://maps.app.goo.gl/Z7V2hcsX9b2DC8Ev9


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