Calum Hudson did some work here in 1992–93, but it was Steve Carr who almost single-handedly developed this crag in 1997. The crag is currently (as of 2012/13) having a makeover. Many routes are being extended to the tops of the wall - often being aggressively cleaned and retrobolted. Many new sport routes are being opened up. Caution needs to be exercised with some holds as rock that may appear stable can sometimes flake off under pressure. That said, the crag is cleaning up very nicely. Bolts are stainless steel 10 x 75 mm.
Access: At 21 km on the road to Long Beach, turn off left at the ‘Osborne’ sign soon after passing Purakaunui School and descend to Purakaunui Inlet. Drive around the left side of the inlet until the road turns to sand. Brave the soft sand, and if you don’t get bogged a genuine roadside crag will be your reward, 100m inland from Purakaunui Beach and the Mapoutahi Peninsula.
Attribution: Dave Brash
1st Crag from left
All routes on the Dome by Steve Carr, 1998
Right of the Dome
Right of Gumps
Attribution: Dunedin Climbing facebook page. Steve Carr.
The Pinnacle in front of the Main Wall
The central line on the Eldorado Wall remains and has been retrobolted to the big ledge where it takes a line up the crack in the wall above (currently a closed project as at April 2013). Fire Walker also starts from ground level on the right hand side of Eldorado Wall.