This page has details about how club activities are impacted by COVID-19. As the situation changes, we will continue to make updates to this webpage and post updates on our Facebook page.

Update: September 2022

The Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club COVID policy will align with current government policy.

With the ending of the traffic light system WTMC now has no restrictions in the participation of Club activities or to use Club facilities.
Mask wearing is no longer required at Club meetings.

Please do not participate in Club activities or use Club facilities if you are unwell.

This policy may change in future as the COVID situation changes and if government advice changes.

Tony Stephens


Update emailed to club members on 3 December 2021

Tēna koutou katoa

WTMC’s first priority continues to be the health, safety and well-being of our members and community. This includes in relation to Covid-19 risks.

While club activities can continue to go ahead under the new traffic light system, Government information and advice stresses the importance of vaccination against Covid-19 to help protect our members and community.

The General Committee agreed that from today (3 December 2021), eligible people, aged 12 years three months and over and without a genuine medical exemption, must be fully vaccinated to take part in any club activities or to use any club facilities. This includes:

  • All club trips – including Families Group trips
  • All club events – including club nights
  • WTMC’s Ruapehu Lodge (anyone staying as well as visiting)
  • WTMC’s Paua Hut (anyone staying as well as visiting)

WTMC continues to rely on the honesty and support of its members. For example, we now ask that you please declare your vaccination status when signing up for club trips. Also note that random checks can also be conducted by leaders and other club activity organisers, who may ask for your vaccination status or to see your ‘’MyVaccinePass” .

We still actively encourage you to use other measures as appropriate to reduce Covid-19 risks, such as wearing masks, ensuring good hygiene and physically distancing. Contact tracing will remain mandatory.

If you are not well and showing any signs or symptoms of covid-19, please stay at home and call the Healthline or contact your doctor.

We know that the uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and how it impacts recreation in the outdoors continues to be challenging. Thanks for your understanding and continued support.

Kia noho ora ra, koutou katoa (May you all stay safe and well),

Maj-Britt & Anne
(President & Chief Guide)


Helpful links

Official website Unite Against COVID-19, particularly sections relevant to Sports and Recreation, and Events and Public Facilities.

DoC’s response to COVID-19.

Looking after your well-being

For many of us, WTMC is an important part of our social lives and getting into the outdoors helps maintain our mental and physical well-being. We encourage people to use the WTMC Facebook group to connect online.

Also see some helpful tips specific to these uncertain times from the Ministry of Health and the Mental Health Foundation.