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Queenstown will have the country’s “premier training facility” for the new Olympic sport of indoor climbing, when a centre opens this winter.

Basecamp Adventures Queenstown has been planning its Remarkables Park centre for 18 months.

It’ll go in the same block as SITE Trampoline, Chipmunks and Bodyhub gym – in the unit where two indoor ski slope ventures have failed.

Boss Loz Ogle says: “We initially planned a small bouldering wall, but when this building became available the idea grew and now we are excited to be opening this state-of-the-art facility.”

It will feature walls for lead and speed climbing, and bouldering walls, produced by Christchurch-based Uprising Climbing Walls. All three disciplines make their Olympic debut at Tokyo in 2020.

Ogle says the Events Centre wall is consistently overbooked during winter and the climbing community has been crying out for another facility.

The centre will also feature themed entertainment climbs called Clip n Climb, a vertical drop slide and leap of faith to a flying trapeze.

Guillaume Charton, founder of the Queenstown Climbing Club and author of Queenstown Rock, Ice and Boulders

“This place will provide the perfect location for beginners and expert climbers to train and push their grades throughout the year (including during those long and dark winter months). This is long overdue and the perfect answer to the exponentially-growing climbing scene. It will become the place to be and to meet other like-minded people.”

The club’s annual X-Wye climbing competition takes place this weekend at Wye Creek. The winner will win a three-month membership to the centre.