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.
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.
NEW ZEALAND ALPINE JOURNAL
Issued bi-annually in autumn and spring
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.
No longer published
The Climber was New Zealand’s only specialist climbing magazine, published quarterly by the New Zealand Alpine Club from 1992–2020. The Climber has been replaced by this website and the content it used to include is now shared between being included in print in the New Zealand Alpine Journal, or online right here.
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.
NZAC guidebooks and clothing can be purchased by members at a discounted rate. The club also keeps a stock of NZ titles relevant 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.
Travel insurance for New Zealand residents who are travelling overseas.
TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
Travel Insurance for NZ Nationally Qualified Mountain Guides who are travelling overseas for work and/or recreational purposes.
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.
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.
Grants and Funds
NZAC members planning an overseas trip with defined and significant climbing objectives can apply for a grant from the Club’s Expedition Fund. Assistance may be given for rock climbing but, because of the smaller financial commitment for such trips, they are less likely to qualify. Trekking trips with climbs of minor peaks or informal trips without defined objectives do not usually qualify. Grants are only made to Club members.
DOW HALL PUBLICATIONS FUND
On the 10th March 1975, Wanda Alice Margaret Hall (1912 – 2005), the widow of the late David Oswald William Hall (1909 -1971), set aside $2000 via a trust deed to ‘provide financial assistance for the publication of alpine literature’. The first recipient of this fund was Hugh Wilson, towards the publication of Field Guide; Wild Plants of Mount Cook National Park in 1978.
Since then, the DOW Hall Fund has helped support the publication of many other books. The fund is replenished with donations from those who wish to encourage others with a passion for our mountain environment to record their knowledge and experiences in print.
BOLTING FUND GRANT
The New Zealand Alpine Club supports the development of climbing in New Zealand, maintenance of climbing areas in New Zealand, and access to New Zealand’s climbing areas.
Unfortunately, some of the fixed equipment at our crags is inadequate and/or requires replacement due to corrosion.
The New Zealand Alpine Club is committed to helping the New Zealand climbing community replace substandard equipment, helping with other amenities at climbing areas that help to foster good relationships between climbers and landowners, and supporting community actions that encourage access to climbing areas.
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.