A glacier terminus lake with mountain peak beyond

Canterbury Westland

CW Section

The Section

Canterbury Westland is the Club’s largest section, based in Christchurch. Christchurch has always had a large number of climbers and club members, with diverse interests. The Section enjoys a historical and friendly rivalry with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (CMC). Many climbers are members of both clubs. The Canterbury Westland section looks after the Arthurs Pass Lodge.

Canterbury/Westland Facebook page


Members and the public are welcome to attend the regular section evenings held usually on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at The Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo St, Christchurch. That’s at the Port Hills end of Colombo Street.


The section runs numerous trips throughout the year and is a great way to meet people and get into the outdoors.


The Canterbury Westland Section has a comprehensive programme of instruction in rock climbing during summer and snow craft in winter. Keep an eye on the section newsletter for details.

Mt. Rolleston Mentoring Programme: Winter-Spring 2021

The Canterbury Westland section will run a mentoring programme for newer alpinists who have come through the NZAC Snowcraft Pathway.  The main objective being a climb of Mt. Rolleston in Arthur's Pass.

Please click here for more information and how to register.

Mid-week Rock Climbing

Runs weekly on various evenings. It happens, indoor or outdoors, depending on the weather. An email is sent out to the climbing group at the beginning of the week with details about when, where and who is organizing it. You are also welcome/encouraged to use the climbing group to organize climbing at any time, including weekend trips.

We are also looking for a few more people who are willing to run a mid-week climbing session from time to time. Please put your hand up if you are able to help. Email: Clayton Garbes  or text 027 446 1562

Mid-week Mountaineering

The mid-week group are mainly fairly mature mountaineers who still manage to plod up a few peaks, usually on Wednesdays, depending on the weather. If you are interested in joining us, please email Pat Prendergast or phone 337 0 079.

Section Library

The contents of the C/W Section library can be found online here: http://bit.ly/CWLibrary (Note: There is a list of DVDs on the second tab of the spreadsheet).

If you would like to borrow a book or DVD then please email John Roper-Lindsay and he can arrange a good time to meet – preferably at a Section meeting. You must have a current NZAC membership card to borrow and we will take a $10 refundable bond for each DVD borrowed. We expect books to be returned within 2 months of the date of borrowing, and DVDs within 2 weeks, and returned either at a section meeting or to John.

Gear Hire

Update to come.

Section Newsletter

April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021


Chair and NZAC Board Member

Jim Petersen email


Adam Humphries email


Position vacant


John Roper-Lindsay email

Summer Instruction Coordinator

Clayton Garbes email

027 446 1562

Winter Instruction Coordinator

Sam White email

Midweek Rock Climbing Coordinator

James Skeggs email

Trips Coordinator

Findal Proebst email


John Roper-Lindsay email

Newsletter and Online

Shannon Cook email

021 209 6757

Arthur’s Pass Lodge

John Henson email

Section Evenings

Helen Sinclair email

Online Co-ordinator

Shannon Cook email

Crag Maintenance

Grant Piper email

Recreational Advocacy

Lindsay Main email

NZAC Accommodation Subcommittee

Phillip Tree email

Gear Custodian

Ben Scott email


By Jane Morris

Photo by Geoff Spearpoint


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