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Canterbury / Westland

about the region


The provinces of Canterbury and Westland cover a vast area and have huge interest to any lover of the outdoors. From vast tracts of the southern Alps, numerous skifields and more rock-climbing crags than anywhere else in New Zealand. Most serious rock climbers in NZ eventually gravitate to Christchurch, where after-work cragging and day-trips to Castle Hill/Flock Hill are possible. The sheer quantity of weekend mountaineering trip available to anyone living in Canterbury/Westland are limitless.

The section

Canterbury/Westland is the Club’s largest section, based in Christchurch, which also happens to be the location of NZAC National headquarters “The Home of Mountaineering”. Christchurch has always had a strong base of climbers and club members, with diverse interests. The Section enjoys an historical and friendly rivalry with their blue-collared counterparts in the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (CMC) and have in recent years had a combined Christmas function. The Canterbury/Westland section looks after the Arthurs Pass Lodge

Canterbury/Westland Facebook page


Anyone is welcome to attend the regular section evenings held (usually) on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm in the Garden Bar at the Cashmere Club,
50 Colombo Street, Christchurch.


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 covering rock climbing (Summer) and snow craft (Winter). Keep an eye on the Section Newsletter for details

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. If you are interested, please contact Ashlee on

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.

 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 contact Pat Prendergast on 337 0 079 or

 Section Library

The contents of the C/W Section library can be found online here: (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 us (see section committee contact details) and we 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 contact

Gear Hire

All equipment is $10 day per item and $5 each extra day unless stated.

The Canterbury / Westland Section has the following equipment available for members to hire:

EPIRB( emergency locator beacon ) x 1.

Avalanche kit( Transceiver/shovel and probe ) x 12.

Snow Shoes x 2.

Plastic / rigid leather mountaineering boots x 22 pairs of various sizes.

Crampons x 9.

Walking ice axe x 6. Ice hammers x 2.

Technical ice tools x 5 pairs of various models.

Harnesses x 2.

Alpine ropes x 5 – 60 m dry( Instruction courses only ).

Snow stakes x 6( $5 first day / $2.50 each extra day ).

Ice screws x 6( $5 day for 2 / $2.50 each extra day ).

Helmets x 6( $5 day / $2.50 each extra day ).

Petrol drill( own fuel must be provided ).

Trad rack x 4( Instruction courses only ).

Terms and Conditions: For members only with club trips and instruction first priority.  Those hiring equipment from the C/W section are reminded that it must be delivered back within 24hrs of return to Christchurch (unless by prior arrangement). The hirer is responsible for any loss or damage of equipment and gear must be returned in a clean and undamaged state. Penalties for non-compliance to T&Cs may be an additional fee being applied, and/or the hirer losing the ability to hire gear from the section in future.

Gear hire is cash only( receipt provided ) upon pick up and available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings only after 5 pm. Please contact Clayton on email or text during the day on 027 446 1562 .




Jim Petersen email


Adam Humphries email


Ashlee Peeters email


John Roper-Lindsay email

Instruction Coordinator

Clayton Garbes email

027 446 1562

Trips Coordinator


Rock Climbing Coordinator

Clayton Garbes and Ashlee Peeters email


John Roper-Lindsay email


James Thornton email

027 260 8924

Arthur’s Pass Lodge

John Henson email

Section Evenings


Online coordinator

Shannon van Til email

Crag Maintenance

Grant Piper email

Recreational Advocacy

Lindsay Main email

Section NZAC Accommodation Committee Rep.

Phillip Tree email

Section NZAC National Committee Rep.

Yvonne Pfluger email

027 600 4679



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