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Wellington is famous for the breeze that’s been known to pick up from time to time but perhaps not so well known for being a rock climbing destination. In truth the greater Wellington region provides a range of rock climbing opportunities for climbers at all levels and all within easy travelling distance. From the bouldering opportunities at Baring Head to some other delightful seaside climbing, Wellington has a lot to offer. When it comes to alpine climbing, generally you will find Wellington climbers heading north to the Tongariro area and across to Taranaki or making the trek to the South Island. The Tararua range in the winter also provide climbers with a chance to get their crampons and axes out.

The section

The Wellington section of the NZ Alpine Club has a large, active membership. The section runs both rock and alpine courses each year and provides support to enable members to develop their climbing skills through subsidised club trips. An annual photo competition takes place in the middle of the year providing budding photographers with an opportunity to show off their skills and be in for a prize or two.


The Wellington section meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the Third Eye Tuatara Brewery on Arthur Street, Wellington. Generally the evening will consist of a brief update from the committee, a presentation from a climbing personality and an opportunity to chat and network with other section members over a drink.

Social Media Links

We’re on Facebook and Instagram. Our Instagram account is nzacwellington.

Summer Rock 2019

The details for Summer Rock 2019 are now available.

Course Aims:
Introduction to gear and techniques for safe rock climbing on single pitch, bolted routes, covering top rope climbing, abseiling and starting to lead climb on rock
Transition from indoor climbing to an outdoor climbing environment
Note: trad-climbing and multi-pitch techniques are not in the scope of this course

The maximum number of participants for the course is 12 and the course is super popular each year so get your registration in quick.

The course consists of 6 evening indoor sessions (13 Feb, 20 Feb, 27 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar), a day at Baring Head (23 Feb or 24 Feb – depending on weather), a weekend at Kinloch (8 Mar – 10 Mar) and a weekend at Wharepapa (29 Mar – 31 Mar – with the possibility of staying for the Monday too).

The course costs $795.

Registration form is available here.


The club runs a variety of trips in both the North and South Islands. Trips are pitched at different levels to provide opportunities to those who are just starting out as climbers through to those climbers with more experience. Tukino is proving to be a popular destination for rock, general alpine and ice climbing as well as ski touring.

Gear Hire

The club has a number of PLBs available for section members to use – club trips have priority over individuals. There is no charge for PLBs, just a deposit. We also have ice axes, avo gear and crampons available for hire to section members only. Complete the form if you’d like to hire gear. Please give as much notice as possible for gear hire (at least a week).

Wellington Section committee

Committee Email:

Name Role
Simon Williamson Chair
Carolyn Ellis Treasurer
Stacey Wong Secretary
Genevieve Luketina Gear custodian
Eric Duggan Trip co-ordinator
Peter Laurenson Vertigo Editor, Section night co-ordinator
Keith Munro Club liaison
Marie Kelly Social media
Guy Dubuis
Committee member, photo comp
Rosie Percival Committee member
Alexis Belton Committee member
Derek Cheng Committee member
Naomi Bondi Committee member
Scott Harper Committee member
John Nankervis Patron


Annual accounts FY 2017/18


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