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Central North Island

about the region


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.



Monthly section meetings are held 7:30pm, 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 Good George: 32A Somerset Street, Frankton, Hamilton



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. Email: Marcus Daws or phone 021 262 7549


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 021 130 2245



Section Chairman

Michael Donovan

021 0239 1332


Snowcraft Coordinator

Ray Long

027 461 8336



Marcus Bai

027 305 4533



Scott Robertson

021 221 8448


Gear Hire

Dennis Sanders

021 130 2245


Banff Coordinator

Marcus Daws

021 262 7549




Vacant (phone)


Social Media

Norbert Abel

022 185 7046



Cliff Ellery

027 455 3256



Lars Brabyn

07 855 8344


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