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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 7:30 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 Little George: 15 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. Email: Michael Donovan


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

Ray Long
027 461 8336

Snowcraft Coordinator

Michael Donovan
021 0239 1332 


Marcus Bai
027 305 4533



Gear Hire

Dennis Sanders
021 130 2245

Banff Coordinator

Marcus Daws
021 262 7549


Robert Scott
021 0243 5100

Trip Co-ordinator

Mike Greer
021 619 564


Lars Brabyn
07 855 8344


Latest Issue -



Whakapapa Gondola Project 2019 – Access Information

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts new Gondola Project has begun and subsequently, there will be some access issues at Whakapapa while this…

22 November 2018

NZAC Governance Proposal – Member Vote

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11 September 2018


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14 December 2018

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8 February 2019


NZAC High Alpine Skills Courses 2018-2019

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1 November 2018

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