about the region
North Otago offers scenic bouldering at Elephant Rocks, and easy to moderate mountaineering and ski mountaineering in the St Mary’s Range. The Southern Alps can be accessed via the nearby Ahuriri, Hopkins and Dobson Valleys.
The North Otago Section is the smallest in the NZAC. The section has a rich history with many first ascents by members over the years. Members have contributed greatly to hut building, hut maintenance, overseas expeditions, and club affairs. In 1952 North Otago Section Member and NZAC President Harry Stevenson wrote the letter of endorsement for a young Edmund Hillary to be a member of the 1953 Everest Expedition.
The Section has core group of climbers who remain very active rock climbing, alpine climbing, ski mountaineering, overseas climbing, and alpine botanising.
Section meetings are usually held 3 or 4 times a year, depending on the availability of guest speakers, but members meet at The Climbing Wall twice weekly. An annual Christmas Barb-B-Que and Bouldering evening is held at Elephant Rocks. See the latest newsletter below for more information on upcoming meetings.
Courses & Trips
The Section does not run formal courses or trips. Local members meet and arrange many private trips in NZ and overseas.
The Waitaki Community Recreation Centre ‘Rock Wall’ is run by the section. It is open on Tuesday 8-10pm, and Thursday 5-6.30pm. Members receive a 25% discount. Click here for full information: Rock Wall.
Elcho Hut, near the confluence the Elcho Stream and the Hopkins River, is the responsibility of the North Otago Section. Annual hut work parties are held, usually in mid-winter.
Avalanche gear – 4 sets includes Ortovox M1 transceivers, shovels and probes. Members $5/day, Non-members $10. Courier costs additional.
Black Diamond Raven Ice axes x4. Members $5/day, Non-members $10.
Personal Locator beacon – free hire to local members, booking essential.
Latest Issue -
Summer National Climbing Camp – Hunter Valley
1st Feb to 8th Feb 2020 The Otago Section are organising a national summer climbing camp to be based at…
17 May 2019
Darrans Winter Climbing Meet 2019
Registrations for the 2019 Darrans Winter Climbing Meet, 13th – 21st July, are now open! There are plenty activity options…
18 April 2019
An Evening With Andy Kirkpatrick
Climber, Mountaineer, Speaker and all round funny guy, Andy Kirkpatrick will be ...
8 July 2019
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour 2019 The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festiva...
1 May 2019