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Nelson / Marlborough

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 a NZ sport climbing mecca, with a huge array of quality bolted limestone routes. The Rainbow skifeld is friendly and user-friendly, as well as providing good access for back country skiers. A lifetime of adventures are on offer to anyone who chooses to live in this beautiful and lifestyle-focused area.



The section

The Nelson Marlbourough Section prides itself on good scehdule 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.


Jerome Waldron, Chairman & Marl Rep – or 03 572 9214

Ben Winnubst, Trips Coordinator – or 548 7357

Phil Doole, Secretary & Gear – or 544 5281

Liz Roberts –

Bruce Davies, Meetings – or 547 2620

Brandon Kay, Facebook –

John Price –

Pete Wilkie, Treasurer –

Gerard Mayes, Newsletter – or 547 9488

Glen Aspin –

Reuben McCormack –


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Committee Contacts

Jerome Waldron Chairman
Nelson/Marlborough Section, New Zealand Alpine Club, 254 Rapaura Road, RD3, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand


Anyone interested in the section or its activities can visit the regular section meetings at the Nelson Hospital Seminar Centre, Braemar Campus, Waimea Road (opposite Emergency Dept). 7:30pm, 3rd Wednesday each month March to November. Gold coin donation.

Hut Responsibilities

The Nelson/Marlborough Section is responsible for the Porter Lodge maintenance programme.


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