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about the region

The Nelson Marlborough region has plenty to offer mountaineers, rock climbers and skiers alike. The Nelson Lakes and Kaikoura ranges offer numerous stimulating and varied mountaineering objectives at relatively low altitudes, especially in winter. The Paynes Ford rock climbing area in Golden Bay is an NZ sport climbing mecca, with a huge array of quality bolted limestone routes. The Rainbow skifield is friendly and user-friendly, as well as providing good access for backcountry skiers. A lifetime of adventures is on offer to anyone who chooses to live in this beautiful and lifestyle-focused area.


The Section

The Nelson Marlborough Section prides itself on a good schedule of trips into the hills. It also runs a screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival and a basic snowcraft course each year.


The Nelson/Marlborough section runs a basic snowcraft course each winter, based out of the Rainbow Skifield. Find out about upcoming courses here, or learn more about NZAC instruction in general here


The section runs a range of trips throughout the year and included here are several information and planning documents for trip leaders and participants. Find out more about upcoming trips here.


A closed Facebook Group for Section members to plan trips, borrow gear, or chat with others can be joined by entering your active NZAC membership number: Nelson Marlborough Facebook Group.


Anyone interested in the section or its activities is welcome at our meetings, which are usually held at The Honest Lawyer in Monaco at 7.30pm. No regular schedule. Meetings depend on the venue and speaker availability and will be advertised in the section newsletter (below) and the public Nelson/Marlborough Facebook Page.


Brandon Kay, Chairman – or 027 200 1494 

Jerome Waldron Marlborough Rep – 027 572 9214 

Ben Winnubst, Trips Coordinator – or 03 548 7357

Liz Roberts, Secretary –

Liam Sullivan, Club Gear Loans and Treasurer –

Bruce Davies, Meetings – or 547 2620

Joshua Knox, Newsletter –

Reuben McCormack, CCM Rep –

Russell Adams, Banff and Facebook –

Brandon Kay, Facebook –

Glen Aspin, Facebook –



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