A climber on the AGS Rockwall


Despite a reputation as latte-sipping, real estate obsessed urbanites, Aucklanders continue to great things in the outdoors and claim Sir Edmund Hillary as their own. Climbing in or near Auckland is available at Mt Wellington, Maungarei Springs and Ti Point. Wharepapa / Castle Rock access remains open and is operating as it always has.  For more information on Wharepapa/Castle Rock click here.

Long trips down to the Central Volcanoes generate enthusiasm for the white stuff that other regions struggle to match. Visitors and residents alike will find a collegial and vibrant climbing community with a wide variety of interests.

The Section

The Auckland Section is a large active section based in the North Island of New Zealand. Our main forms of communication are our stand-alone website and Facebook page.


We meet on the second Monday of every month upstairs in The Loft function room at The Horse and Trap Mt Eden. Meetings normally start at 7:00 pm.  Upcoming meeting details.


The section organises a range of courses including;

  • Basic Snowcraft: This is an introductory course focused on taking participants new to mountaineering into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment. Held over a long weekend (Friday to Sunday), two theory nights and including a grad trip (second weekend) to practice your new skills and gain confidence this course is a great way to develop a love of alpine environments.
  • Basic Navigation: This is an introductory navigation course with the intention to go beyond basic map and compass work
  • Avalanche Awareness This course is NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited introductory level course. It is the first step to understanding avalanches and gaining an appreciation of the avalanche phenomenon, and what is required to make decisions regarding personal safety when traveling in avalanche terrain.


The section runs a range of trips throughout the year. Find out more about upcoming trips here.

Hut Responsibilities

The Auckland and Central North Island Sections are responsible for the Ruapehu Hut maintenance programme.

Gear Hire

The following equipment is available to NZ Alpine Club members:

  • Crampons – flexible, suitable for stiff leather boots or plastics (NOT suitable for soft boots)
  • Ice axes – very light, straight axe
  • Helmets – light & comfortable, one size fits all, different colours!
  • Avalanche transceivers – easy-to-use, suitable for all trips in avalanche-prone areas, e.g. Mt Ruapehu
  • Shovel and Probe part of the essential avo kit.

To hire gear please visit the website here


For full details on our committee please see our website here

This weekend we’re headed to the Turoa side of Mt Ruapehu for the Turoa climbing meet. You may have objectives such as climbing Girdlestone (2,658m) or Tahurangi (2,797 m). It could also be a chance to get out the rope out if you’ve completed Intermediate Snowcraft.
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