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The Southland Section is an active section of around 79 members, based in the far south of New Zealand.

Section members consider their backyard to include Fiordland, Takitimu Mountains, Eyre Mountains, the Forbes Mountains (Mt Earnslaw) and the Hector Mountains (The Remarkables). Winter ski-touring is also to be had close to home.

The section

The Wellington section of the NZ Alpine Club has a large, active membership. The section runs both rock and alpine courses each year and provides support to enable members to develop their climbing skills through subsidised club trips. An annual photo competition takes place in the middle of the year providing budding photographers with an opportunity to show off their skills and be in for a prize or two.



The Southland Section warmly welcomes members and others to their Section evenings. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every second month in members homes as advertised int he section newsletter at 7:30pm. Non members are warmly invited to come along and join us.


The Southland Section has recently reinstated basic snowcraft courses, held in Winter.

Hut Responsibilities

The Section built Homer Hut in 1965 and in 2005-6 extensively refurbished it. They proudly take on the responsibility of looking after it. Only 2¼ hours from Invercargill, it provides a superb climbing base for summer alpine rock climbing, winter ice climbing and all year round mountaineering

YMCA Climbing Wall

The Section established the YMCA climbing wall. Section members are eligible for discounted fees of $3.00 per session. The section climbs at both the YMCA climbing wall and the Stadium Southland climbing wall.

Cliff Rescue Team

Regular team training evenings and weekends are held throughout the year. Newcomers to the mountains and Southland, are welcome to attend. There are a few perks to be had from belonging to the CR Team and it’s all good fun.
Contact Ron McLeod +64 (0)3 217 6727

Gear Hire

Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel hire. Ron McLeod +64 (0)3 217 6727



Chair – Pete O’Neill 


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