A snow-capped conical volcano with cloud formations

Central North Island


The Central North Island is a vast area, incorporating numerous outlets for any adventure-minded person. Mt Ruapehu and the central volcanoes are ground zero for mountaineers in the North Island and offer spectacular alpine, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing and ski touring opportunities. Numerous high-quality crags abound from Waikato in the north to Kawakawa Bay to Whanganui Bay.

The Section

The Central North Island (CNI) Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club was established in 1987, it includes the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Taupo.

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

Central North Island also has the main responsibility for the upkeep of Whangaehu Hut.

Link to the Section Facebook page: Alpine Central


Monthly section meetings are held 7:30 pm, on the second Wednesday of the month. Please check the latest newsletter for any changes to the venue, but usually, they are held at the House on Hood, 27 Hood Street, Hamilton Central


The section organises excellent beginner and intermediate level snow-craft instruction courses every year These are held at the Whakapapa ski field. Details are advertised in the section newsletter, or email the Instruction Coordinator for more information.

Gear Hire

NZAC Member Weekend Single Item Hire Rate (NZD)Non Member Weekend Single Item Hire Rate (NZD)NZAC Member Week Single Item Hire Rate     (NZD)Non Member Week Single Item Hire Rate (NZD)

Ice Axe $10 $15 $20 $30

Ice Hammer $10 $15 $20 $30

Helmet $10 $15 $20 $30

Transceiver $10 $15 $20 $30

Probe 10 $15 $20 $30

Shovel $10 $15 $20 $30

3 Item Combo – Ice Axe, Ice Hammer, Helmet $20 $30 $40 $60

3 Item Combo – Probe Transceiver Shovel $20 $30 $40 $60

NOTE: CNI Section members receive 30% discount on standard rates
Email: Dennis Sanders or phone 027 436 6703


Section Chairman and CCM Rep

Len Caley

Snowcraft Coordinator

Michael Greer


Marcus Bai



Gear Hire

Dennis Sanders

Banff Coordinator

Andrew Beggs



Trip Co-ordinator

Mike Greer


Lars Brabyn


The NZAC Ski Touring Meet is a fun sociable weekend, and a great opportunity to get out and do some ski touring. 

The meet is

Over the past three months the Aotearoa Climbing Access Trust (ACAT) has been in access discussions with the new owner of prominent Waikato crag Wharepapa / Castle Rock, Bryan Heapy.

Kia ora koutou e hoa

In December last year I was pleased to announce the

East Side, Mt Ruapehu

East Side, Mt Ruapehu

Whakapapa, North-West Side, Mt Ruapehu