Membership

Why Choose Us?

Our club has over 500 members from all walks of life. We are mostly aged between 20 and 40, and range from casual walkers to hard core wilderness experts.

Whether you are new to this, or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, we will have an adventure to suit you.  You don’t need to become a member to come on our daywalks, overnight tramps and other activities – Come along to any club night to find out more and maybe to sign up for your first trip with us!

On our trips you will meet new people, experience new challenges, and achieve things you never thought possible. Come and explore the best of New Zealand’s incredible wild places with us.

We also hold an introduction night once a year in February where we showcase what we do, however you can join us at any time. For more information on the introduction night, contact our promotions officer.

Membership Benefits

You don’t need to become a member to come on our trips, but we think you’ll want to once you’ve experienced how much fun they are.

Some of the benefits of being a member are:

  • Discounted rates for overnight trips
  • Access to member-only events and training courses such as our popular snowcraft course
  • Federated Mountain Club membership (including a free monthly magazine and pretty awesome discount card that we send you in June every year)
  • 30% discount off a DOC annual backcountry hut pass
  • Preferential bookings and rates at the WTMC Lodge on Mt Ruapehu
  • Paua Hut access and free accommodation
  • Annual club journal. Produced in a coffee-table format featuring stunning photos and the best articles from our members
  • Getting involved. Our club has a strong voice on development and use of our local wilderness areas; as a member you have a voice and vote at our AGMs; you could gain confidence in public speaking by giving slide show presentations at club nights and you could also gain navigation and leadership experience by leading trips.

Membership Types and Costs

We offer a range of membership types to suit you, your partner and family, depending on your circumstances.

Joining on your own

  • Adult membership for an individual is $67 per annum (just over $5.50 per month)

With your partner and family

  • A Household membership for $105 per annum (just over $8.50 per month) gives full membership rights to you, your partner and any children under 18 living with you.

Discount after June

The time of year you join the club may entitle you to a discount on the membership cost

Application Date Discount
1 February to 31 May N/A
1 June to 30 September 33%
1 October to 31 January 66%

Current Members

Annual memberships are due 1 Feb each year. There is a prompt payment discount of $6 or $4 depending on the membership type.

Type Meaning Cost
Adult Individual member who is 18 or over $67
Household 1-2 adults and all children under 18 who live in the same household $105
Junior Individual member who is under 18 (for instance, a teenager whose parents are not members) $43
Veteran A member for over 20 years $57
Veteran Household 1 or 2 adults (one of whom must be a Veteran member) and all children under 18 who live in the same household $85
Friend of the club Members who are not currently active in the club but want to continue their connection.

You no longer have access to member benefits, but you stay on our mailing list and receive our Journal every year; and you not have to re-apply when you want to rejoin as a full member.

$43
Life Member A select few of our members are elected Life Members to acknowledge outstanding service to WTMC $0

How to Become a Member

To apply for Individual membership, Household membership or Friend of the Club

  1. Fill in an application form (copy attached to the bottom of this webpage).
  2. Email your completed form to the membership officer (the email address is at the top of the form).
  3. All membership applications are considered at the monthly committee meeting. The membership officer will contact you after the meeting.
  4. Make your membership payment by internet banking to:

Kiwibank 38-9017-0330533-00, using your name and “subs” as payment references

If you have any questions about becoming a member, please contact our Membership Officer.

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Where Does Your Membership Fee Go?

We make membership subs work hard!  If pay membership subs or you pay a non-member surcharge on a club tramping trip, then here’s where that money goes, broken down into the different costs that we incur.

These are the averaged figures for the last three years.

Fees Pie Chart

Journal 30% – This goes on the beautiful coffee table book that you receive at the end of each year.

FMC subscription 18% – the Federated Mountain Clubs promote and lobby on behalf of all New Zealanders involved in the outdoors, and make sure there will still be places to tramp and enjoy wilderness areas in the years to come.  They also provide members with a quarterly FMC bulletin, and your FMC discount card.

Postage, printing, stationery 14% – This is for posting out the journal, FMC bulletins, trip schedules and so on.  This cost has halved over the last 3 years, simply because we do more on the web and less in the post.

Gear and Training 13% – This is the money we spend on insuring and repairing our club gear, as well as building up a nest egg to buy new gear as the old stuff wears out.  It’s also the money we use to help out members get trained in areas like outdoor first aid, leadership and alpine skills to make our trips safer.

Clubrooms 10% – your $2 at the door only pays for half the clubroom rental.  We take the other half out of your subs to cover gear storage and various other uses like snowcraft briefings, trip planning nights and committee meetings.

Paua Hut & DOC 5% – Maintenance and lease costs for Paua Hut, as well as other leases and fees we pay to DOC for the things we do.

Newsletter 5% – The cost of printing the paper newsletter.  This cost’s also dropped markedly over the years, as more people opt for the electronic version of the newsletter.

Promotions and Donations 4% – Covers advertising, fliers, and so on for events like our New Members’ Nights.  It also includes donations we make to other organisations; for instance, last year we gave a substantial sum to the Life Flight Trust.  Pray you don’t have to collect on that donation, but they’ll be there if you need them.

Sundry 1% – This covers bank fees and a few other miscellaneous expenses.

One thing you don’t see on the breakdown above is costs for the club vans, the club Lodge and the Wednesday night meetings.  These are each expected to be self funding from trip fees, accommodation charges and the $2 at the door respectively, so your subs don’t go directly on these things.

If you’re a non-member and you come on a club trip, the extra cost above the member rate is also used to pay for the costs outlined above.