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The provinces of Canterbury and Westland cover a vast area and have a huge interest to any lover of the outdoors. From vast tracts of the southern Alps, numerous ski-fields 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 is 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 a historical and friendly rivalry with their blue-collared counterparts in the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (CMC) and has 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 7:30 pm in the ‘The Cashmere Club’, 50 Colombo St, Christchurch. That’s at the Port Hills end of Colombo St.


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.

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 o

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 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

CW Gear Hire 2019 PDF













Chairperson and NZAC Governance Board Section Rep

Jim Petersen email


Adam Humphries email


Paulina Woch email


John Roper-Lindsay email

Instruction Coordinator/Rock Climbing Coordinator/Mid-week Climbing

Clayton Garbes email

027 446 1562

Trips Coordinator

Richard McGill email
Robert Gallagher email


John Roper-Lindsay email


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

Section NZAC Accommodation Committee Rep.

Phillip Tree email

Winter Gear Custodian

Jim Peterson email



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