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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.

View events and trips here

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, 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:

Name Role
Simon Williamson (Outgoing) Chair
Eva Duncan Treasurer
Keith Munro Secretary and Club Liaison
Peter Laurenson Vertigo Editor, Section Evening Coordinator
Stacey Wong Trip Coordinator
Emma Hayward Section BANFF Organiser
Guy Dubuis Photo Competition Organiser
Simon Williamson Course Coordinator
Carolyn Ellis Gear Custodian
Naomi Bondi Committee member
Derek Cheng Committee member
Rosie Percival Committee member
James Warren Committee member
John Nankervis Patron


Annual accounts FY 2018/19


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