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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 normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Third Eye Tuatara Brewery, 30 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. Occasionally this pattern varies a bit so if in doubt, check the latest Vertigo (our mostly monthly digital newsletter) or go to our Facebook page. Both are linked below here.

Social Media Links

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


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.


The section runs a number of snowcraft courses each year. Details for these, including registration form, are usually available in January each year. The section also runs Summer Rock with details and registration form available in December each year.

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. In addition to the PLBs the section now has an InReach for hire.

We also have ice axes, avo gear, helmets, hammers 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: [email protected]

Name Role
Keith Munro Acting Chair
Eva Duncan Treasurer
Keith Munro Secretary and Club Liaison
Peter Laurenson Section Evening Coordinator
Adam Power Trip Coordinator
Emma Hayward Section BANFF Organiser
Guy Dubuis Photo Competition Organiser
Alex Waterworth Snowcraft Course Coordinator
Scott Taylor Summer Rock Coordinator
Manu Lange Gear Custodian
Sam Brown Social Media
Andy Carruthers Vertigo Editor
Richard Graham Committee member
Jurgen Oesterle Committee member
Catherine O’Shaughnessy Committee member
Stephen Hunt Committee member
John Nankervis Patron

Wanted – a new Section Chairperson!

After five years in the Section Chair role, Simon feels it’s time to give someone new a chance to take our Wellington Section further. He has kindly agreed to act as outgoing Chair until the next AGM; and will remain an active member of the Section for the foreseeable future, so the new person will have support from him to answer questions and seek clarifications as required.

The Chair plays a pivotal leadership role in shaping the direction of the Wellington Section and ensuring that the Section Committee functions effectively, so that all facets of the Section are managed well. The Chair also represents the Section in an outward facing capacity with the national NZAC office, other Sections and the general public.

NZAC has a long proud history and is constantly evolving to reflect changes in our wider society. The Section Chair role offers someone wanting to give back to our club, while being both stimulated and challenged, a special opportunity to make a positive difference. If you’re interested, click here to see a Role Description and contact Keith to discuss the role further –
[email protected] .


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