Top Nav


Club History

Back to NZAC Heritage

The inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Alpine Club was held on the 11th of March 1891 and was called by a notice signed by G E Mannering and A P Harper. The latter was elected as the Club’s first Secretary and Treasurer, while his father, Leonard Harper, was elected first President.


Our motto was suggested by Leonard Harper, who was elected the New Zealand Alpine Club’s first President in 1891. It can be translated: ‘Take Action and Pursue Our Goals with Enthusiasm’.

Club Colours

In 1947 the club adopted the feather colours of the Kea, namely Box Elder Green and Tangerine.

Navy Blue and White have since become the present club colours.

Club Badges

Originally (post-WWII) NZAC member badges were created in bronze (as pictured), while associate members’ badges were white metal.

The logo on club badges was redesigned in the early 2000’s. Sew-on patches were also made available, but not widely adopted. The club logo now only appears on club apparel, available to all from our online shop.


The objectives of the Club are to encourage mountaineering, rock climbing and allied activities, and the enjoyment and conservation of mountain regions; and to bring together those interested in climbing (Club Rule 2a).

The Club aims to provide services for climbers, protect the interests and safety of climbers, and promote climbing activities (Club Rule 2b).

Running the Club

To understand the Club structure of authority, please see ‘How the Club is run

Running the day-to-day administration and business of the wider Club is done out of the ‘Home of Mountaineering‘, our National Office, based in Christchurch.

Web Design & Development by Publica