Become a member

To become a member, please register into our membership system (HelloClub) and pay your membership fee. Click on a button below to register, log in, or get help. If you have any questions please get in touch at


Why Choose Us?

Our club has over 600 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
  • Priority on some oversubscribed trips
  • Federated Mountain Club membership (including a free quarterly magazine and pretty awesome discount card that we send you in June every year)
  • 30% discount off a DOC Annual Backcountry Hut pass (FMC card needed)
  • Preferential bookings and rates at the WTMC Lodge on Mt Ruapehu
  • Preferential rates for Paua Hut in the Orongorongo Valley
  • 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 aged 18 or over. Junior membership for those under 18.

With your partner and family

  • A Household membership gives full membership rights to you, your partner and any children under 18 living with you.

Current Members

Memberships are for a year.

Membership Costs 2023:

AdultIndividual member who is 18 or over. Eligible to vote at general meetings and receive club discounts.$70
HouseholdOne or two adults and all children under 18 who live at the same address. Adult members are eligible to vote at general meetings and receive club discounts.$115
JuniorIndividual member who is under 18 (for instance, a teenager whose parents are not members)$45
VeteranIndividual who has been a member for 20 years or more. Eligible to vote at general meetings and receive club discounts.$60
Veteran HouseholdOne or two adults (one of whom must be a Veteran member) and all children under 18 who live at the same address. Adult members are eligible to vote at general meetings and receive club discounts.$90
Friend of the clubMembers who are not currently active in the club but want to continue their connection. Not eligible to member benefits such as discounts and voting rights, but continue to receive club notifications and publications.$45
Life MemberA select few of our members are elected Life Members to acknowledge outstanding service to WTMC.$0

How to Become a Member

Click on a button below to register, log in, or get help about the new membership system (Hello Club)

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 has gone on the beautiful printed copy. From 2018 this will be distributed electronically with a printed copy available as an extra cost option.

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% – Clubroom rental, covering the hall, 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% – When the newsletter was printed.

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. These are each expected to be self-funding from trip fees, accommodation charges.

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