New Zealand offers mountaineering opportunities for climbers of all abilities.

These pages provide general information about the major climbing areas.

Nelson Lakes National Park
Arthur’s Pass National Park
The Canterbury Westland Alps
Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks
Barron Saddle south to Mt Brewster
Central Otago
The Darran Mountains

For further information please see our large range of specialty climbing guidebooks and visit

Two further sources of inspiration are the 100 Great Peaks (PDF, 9KB) list, compiled for the NZAC centenary in 1991, and The Mountains of New Zealand (PDF, 1MB) by Paul Clarke, a listing of New Zealand peaks 2,000 metres and higher.

Please email if there is an area you would like to see described on this page: Margaret.