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 (past issues below)September 2015 newsletter: (past issues below)

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.

Gear Hire

Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel hire. r [dot] m [dot] mcleod [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz (Ron McLeod) +64 (0)3 217 6727

Alistair's Darran Gnomes

Alistair's Darran Gnomes are a keen group of young and older Southland Section members who especially enjoy winter climbing in the Darran Mountains. Southland Section members wanting to join the ADG's, or to team up with someone to climb with in the mountains should contact mealluaine [at] yrless [dot] co [dot] nz (Alistair Walker) +64 (0)21 583 320. Link to the Winter Climbing Meet 2014

Trans-alpine tramping

Fiordland in summer and the Takitimu Mountains in winter, offer more exciting trans-alpine tramping opportunities than you could poke a stick at. Contact resident Moir's Guide South editor, robin [at] venturesouthland [dot] co [dot] nz (Robin McNeill) +64 (0)3 214 4508 or 021516366.

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 r [dot] m [dot] mcleod [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz (Ron McLeod) +64 (0)3 217 6727.


Bill Gordon, +64 (0)3 236 4156 and r [dot] m [dot] mcleod [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz (Ron McLeod), +64 (0)3 217 6727

Postal Address: The Secretary, Southland Section, Vonnie Crawford,  171 Earn St, Appleby, Invercargill 9812,New Zealand.

Associated Links

Southland Section Bulletin Board
Southland Tramping Club


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.

2015 Section Events Programme (PDF 452kb) 

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.

Other information: 


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