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The New Zealand Alpine Club has a long tradition of introducing new climbers to the mountains and crags of Aotearoa in a safe and sustainable way.

We are lucky to be able to draw upon the expertise of experienced volunteer and professional instructors who are keen to share their knowledge and love of the hills. 

Upcoming Rock Climbing Alpine Climbing Skiing & Touring

Volunteer-led instruction

Many of our regional club sections offer introductory level instruction courses for those wanting to learn core climbing skills. These are delivered by experienced volunteer club members, and as we are not-for-profit are affordable and very popular. They are the most important service the club provides, and they almost always book out very quickly.

Professional-led instruction

For intermediate and advanced skills we turn to some of the top instructors and guides in the country to learn the skills required for serious climbing objectives. No matter what discipline you want to master, we can put you in front of the experts.

Alpine Climbing

Alpine climbing, from basic snowcraft to technical ice and advanced mountaineering skills are the cornerstone of NZAC instruction. You can find a page devoted to our alpine instruction pathway here.

Rock Climbing

Several sections offer regular outdoor rock courses in the summer months, and advanced courses are available too – find out more here.

Skiing & Touring

While we don’t offer basic learn-to-ski courses (there are ample opportunities at the ski fields for this), our intermediate-advanced Ski Touring, Glacier Skiing & Ski Mountaineering courses are regularly full.


The NZAC has a safety management system covering all club instruction courses, trips and meets. Find out more about our commitment to safe and sustainable practices in the hills here.


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