Since 1891 NZAC has been the hub of NZ climbing, and as such has amassed a rich and varied history, much of which is well documented. Whilst the Hocken Archives, under the NZAC Collection, remains the primary place for the NZAC paper and image records, we are making increasing amounts of material available online, for example, the NZ Alpine Journal archive. In addition, you will find many back-issues of both the NZ Alpine Journal and The Climber magazine for sale in our online shop.

The inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Alpine Club was held on the 11th of March 1891 and was called by a notice signed by G E Mannering and A P Harper. The latter was elected as the Club’s first Secretary and Treasurer, while his father, Leonard Harper, was elected first President.


Our motto was suggested by Leonard Harper, who was elected the New Zealand Alpine Club’s first President in 1891. It can be translated: ‘Take Action and Pursue Our Goals with Enthusiasm’.


The objectives of the Club are to encourage mountaineering, rock climbing and allied activities, and the enjoyment and conservation of mountain regions; and to bring together those interested in climbing (Club Rule 2a).

The Club aims to provide services for climbers, protect the interests and safety of climbers, and promote climbing activities (Club Rule 2b).

Running the Club

To understand the Club structure of authority, please see The Board.

Running the day-to-day administration and business of the wider Club is done out of the ‘Home of Mountaineering‘, our National Office, based in Christchurch.

Member Heritage

President list

Life Members

Honorary Members