Welcome, Nau mai, haere mai to The Canterbury Westland Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club. 

The CW section stands as the largest section within the club with 1,240 members as of April 2024. The section encompasses the Canterbury Westland Alps, with the Canterbury Alps situated to the east of the divide and the Westland Alps to the west. The Southern Alps are renowned for their rugged terrain, towering peaks, and breathtaking landscapes, drawing outdoor enthusiasts, climbers, and adventurers to the region. Ōtautahi Christchurch serves as a haven for climbers, offering numerous local crags in the port hills for day trips and more challenging landscapes. The section maintains a friendly rivalry with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (CMC), with many members enjoying the benefits of both clubs. 

The CW Section are kaitiaki/guardian of the Arthurs Pass Lodge, a 28-bunk accommodation nestled in the heart of Arthurs Pass National Park, serving as a hub for climbing, tramping, walking, and skiing activities. 

Stay updated by visiting out Facebook and Instagram pages, and make sure to check out our monthly newsletter for the latest news and updates. Our website holds all the information for section courses, trips, meets, trapping and much more 

Canterbury Westland Section Evening
Wednesday 14  August

Yes! Our August section evening is on a Wednesday :)

Beyond Cape Horn - from Cerro Torre to Mont Francais

Join Colin Monteath for a winter adventure in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego followed by a yachting trip to attempt Mont Francais, highest peak on the northern Antarctic peninsula.

The Cashmere Club
50 Colombo Street

Wednesday 14 August
Doors open: 7pm
Talk starts: 7:30pm

If you want to purchase an alcoholic drink from the bar, you must show a Guest pass. You can pick one of these up inside the room we meet in where they’ll be on a table near the door.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be an NZAC member to attend. 

New Aspiring Guidebook 

Just released, the essential guide to these peaks has been completely revised for this edition. 

Published June 2024 (5th Edition)

Available at a discounted price of $45 for NZAC member.

Section Evenings 

Members and the public are welcome to attend our regular section evenings usually held on the second Thursday of the month. Talks start at 7.30pm and the evening is located at The Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo St, Christchurch, That's at the Port Hills end of Colombo Street. Check out the calendar below for further information. 

The section runs numerous trips throughout the year which are a great way to meet people and get into the outdoors. We also organise numerous meets for the CW community including Banks Peninsula Rock Climbing meet, Dunedin meet, and Aoraki meet.

We have a comprehensive programme of instruction in rock climbing during summer and snow craft in winter. Keep an eye on the section newsletter and website for more details. 

We hire gear out to members for a nominal fee. Our equipment is available only to NZ Alpine Club Canterbury Westland section members and you will be asked for your membership number on checkout; please also bring your membership card along with you when you pick up the gear. 

Midweek Mountaineering

The midweek group are mainly fairly mature mountaineers who still manage to plod up a few peaks, usually on Wednesdays, depending on the weather. If you are interested in joining us, please email Pat Pendergast or phone 03370079. 

Join our midweek crew for a variety of local climbing opportunities year-round. Whether you're up for a quick indoor session post-work or eager to hit the hills for some outdoor rock action, we've got you covered. 

Did you know that the section has its own Library and that you can borrow the books? 

Arthurs Pass Lodge 

In the heart of Arthurs Pass National Park, this warm little lodge provides a great base for exploring the surrounding mountains with peaks suitable for beginners to advanced climbers alike. 

Bookings are required via the NZAC National page.