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Much maligned by the rest of the country, Auckland is New Zealands only large city and the commercial capital. 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. The Auckland Grammar “Quarry” rockwall breeds a purist and mentally strong ethic of trad climber. Long trips down to the Central Volcanoes generate an 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


We meet on the second Monday of every month upstairs at ‘The Dominion Bar’ 234 Dominion Road, Mt Eden. Meetings normally start around 7:30 pm. Come and socialise with others from 7 pm. Upcoming meeting details.


The section organises an excellent beginner alpine instruction course that runs over two weekends, plus two theory nights, as well as rock climbing instruction courses over two weekends. Details are advertised in the section newsletter.


The section runs a range of trips throughout the year and included here are several information and planning documents for trip leaders and participants. 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.

Contact our gear officer on to see what equipment is available and to confirm pick-up and drop-off times.
For large groups, please make one collection and drop off.

Charges are $10 each item over the weekend or $20 for any 7-day period. A bond of $50 per item is requested on pick-up (please have cash ready). Bond will be refunded when item is returned in good and clean condition.

  • Pick-up is after 8 pm on Thursday night.
  • Gear must be returned between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Tuesday night, or by arrangement.Otherwise, $10/day extra charges apply for each item.




Michael Pavitt  email

Vice Chairperson

Magnus Hammarsal email


Ant Stead  email


Rachel Richards and Lucas Stone email


Ocean Belcher and Sam McEwan email


Callan Cooper (Banff) and Will Guy (Reel Rocks) email


Nancy Frederickx email

Rock Instruction and Snowcraft Organisers

Rock Instruction (vacant) and Sarah Best (Snowcraft) email


Steve Burgess email

Hut Manager

Michael Richardson email

Hire Gear

Chris Munro email


Margaret McMahon
Ph:(03) 377 7595 during office hours

Ruapehu Hut Bookings

What’s New

Auckland Section Snowcraft

More details here

AGS Rockwall Register

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Trips and instruction

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