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Instruction and Trips


The NZAC offers both regional based beginner instruction and nationally organised intermediate to advanced courses. There are courses in youth and adult mountaineering, backcountry skiing,  glacier skiing, leading on technical ice, rock climbing and alpine peak performance. The club also runs annual workshops that may be on mountain photography, or art. course information


An Annual Climbing Camp is usually held in the early New Year that caters for all abilities and is run by a different region each time. Regions organise local trips and some groups get together for regular mid-week outings, or social after-work climbing sessions. trip information

Alpine Journal 2014


The Climber

Quarterly publication

The Climber is New Zealand’s only specialist climbing magazine, published quarterly by the New Zealand Alpine Club. The Climber comes included with primary membership, or can be purchased as a stand-alone subscription.

Our content reflects the varied backgrounds of New Zealand’s climbing community. Contributors include professional journalists and photographers, climbers pushing the boundaries of what has been achieved in NZ and overseas, and ordinary climbers communicating the challenges and joy of being outside among the mountains and crags.

As well as features, the magazine covers climbing news, competitions, people and issues, and has regular columns on equipment, books, techniques and training.

New Zealand Alpine Journal

Issued annually in December

The New Zealand Alpine Journal was first published in March of 1892. It is the premier publication of the NZAC featuring major articles on club members’ climbing activities through the year, both in New Zealand and Overseas.

The Journal also features articles on current and historical climbing topics of interest, regional reports and member obituaries. The Journal comes included with primary membership, or can be purchased as a stand-alone subscription.

Club Guidebooks, Clothing and NZ Title Publications


NZAC guidebooks and clothing can be purchased by members at a discounted rate. The club also keeps a stock of NZ titles releveant to climbers’ interests and is able to offer these to members at a price lower than the recommended retail.

Guidebooks published by the NZAC itself cover most of New Zealand’s mountain regions and rock climbing areas. They are well-respected within the climbing community as a valued and trusted source of information. shop online

The Anvil Cairngorms Scotland by Simon Richardson



Travel insurance for New Zealand residents who are travelling overseas. NZ residents overseas travel insurance.

Travel Insurance
for Professional Guides

Travel Insurance for NZ Nationally Qualified Mountain Guides who are travelling overseas for work and/or recreational purposes. NZ Nationally Qualified Guides overseas travel insurance.

Loss of
Deposit Insurance

Insurance covering the cost of your course for NZAC members resident in New Zealand who are participating in an NZAC, or other instruction course or guided trip within New Zealand. NZ residents loss of course deposit insurance.


Unwin Lodge, Mt Cook
image: Colin Monteath


New Zealand Alpine Club Huts and Lodges

The New Zealand Alpine Club operates a network of 17 huts and lodges throughout New Zealand. NZAC members benefit from a substantial discount to the hut fees paid by public users.

For a full list of the NZAC huts and their locations, please view the HUTS section of this website.

Department of Conservation Huts

A large network of huts are run by the Department of Conservation. NZAC members receive a discount, on producing their current NZAC membership card, at DOC alpine huts. New Zealand NZAC members are also entitled to a 30% discount on the DOC Backcountry Annual Hut Pass. Click here for information on how to purchase one: DOC Backcountry Hut Pass

Reciprocal Hut Rights With Overseas Clubs

NZAC has specific hut reciprocity agreements with many clubs and federations which are members of UIAA, as well as some non-UIAA clubs. These generally give NZAC members discounted, or members’, rates at overseas huts and for members of the relevant overseas clubs, members’ rates at our own 17 huts. For details on the overseas clubs within this agreement please see here: Reciprocal Rights With Overseas Clubs






The New Zealand Alpine Club enjoys a close relationship with many outside organisations; indoor climbing wall, accommodation and travel providers; ski-fields; publishers; gear and clothing retailers. A full list of all the discount providers can be found on the Member Discounts page

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