Alpine Trips

Fixed Alpine Trip Schedule

Below is the list of WTMC alpine trips that are scheduled to go to specific destinations on specific weekends in Winter 2020.

Scroll down the page to find out more information about the WTMC ‘Flexible Alpine Schedule’, which is for “short notice” trips to enable more alpine trips to go ahead and more club members to get out and practice their skills.

For all trips, go to main trip page…

Fixed schedule for the 2022 season

If you are interested in leading alpine trips, please contact the Chief Guide. For all tramping and alpine trips, go to the trip schedule...

22-24 Jul

  • Alp1(M) Seaward Kaikōura Range, Mt Fyffe from Chapmans Rd. map (Jon Keyzer), signup closes: 29 Jun 2022. Ocean views from the snowy tops of the Kāikoura range. Sign up online

5-7 Aug

  • Alp1(M) Egmont NP, Panitahi/Fanthams Peak or Taranaki summit from Dawson Falls. map (Jon Keyzer), signup closes: 20 Jul 2022. Climb up Panitahi/Fanthams Peak and/or Taranaki Summit and come back to a warm fire at Kapuni Lodge. Max group size of 4. Sign up online

12-14 Aug

  • Alp1+(MF) Tongariro NP, Ringatoto Peak from Tukino Access Rd. map (James Johnston), signup closes: 27 Jul 2022. Walk to Rangipo Hut on Friday night. Sat up East Ridge of Ringatoto with a possible extension to Tahurangi. Some exposed sections, two tools required. Sign up online

19-21 Aug

  • Alp1(M) Tongariro NP, Red Crater and Nga Rotopounamu/Emerald Lakes from Mangatepopo Rd. map (Tereza Bublikova), signup closes: 03 Aug 2022. Traverse to Oturere Hut via the Red Crater and Emerald Lakes. Circle the base of Ngāuruhoe to return to the road end the next day. Max group size of 6. Sign up online

26-28 Aug

  • Alp1(tbc) Tongariro NP, Leader’s pick. from Ruapehu lodge. map (Leader required), signup closes: 10 Aug 2022. Destination tbc. Contact  if you would like to organise an alpine trip. Max group size of 4.
  • Inst(M) Tongariro NP, Avalanche Awareness Course from Ruapehu lodge. map (Hillary Outdoors (Coordinator Anne de Ferron)), signup closes: 10 Aug 2022. Avalanche awareness day-course ran for the club + a spare day to enjoy the mountain. Stay at the lodge. Max group size of 8. Sign up online

2-4 Sept

  • Alp1(M) Tongariro NP, Paretetaitonga from Ruapehu lodge. map (Mike Wilson/Caryl Ramos), signup closes: 17 Aug 2022. Climb the third highest peak of the Ruapehu massif. Great views of the other peaks and crater of the volcano. Max group size of 6. Sign up online

16-18 Sept

  • Alp1(F) Seaward Kaikōura Range, Mt Snowflake from Kowhai River. map (Emily Shrosbree), signup closes: 31 Aug 2022. Time off required. Fri walk in via Kowhai river, camp at Snowflake Stream or Snowflake Spur. Summit on Sat. Walk out on Sun. Sign up online

23-25 Sept

  • Alp1 (M) Aoraki/Mt Cook NP, Mueller Hut from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village. (Maj-Britt Engelhardt), signup closes: 07 Sep 2022. A 360-degree panorama encompassing glaciers, ice cliffs, vertical rock faces and New Zealand’s highest peaks. Friday off required. Max group size of 6. Sign up online

30 Sept-2 Oct

  • Alp1(tbc) tbc, Leader’s pick. from tbc. (Leader required), signup closes: 14 Sep 2022. Destination tbc. Contact  if you would like to organise an alpine trip. Sign up online

7-9 Oct

  • Alp1(tbc) tbc, Leader’s pick. from tbc. (Leader required), signup closes: 21 Sep 2022. Destination tbc. Contact  if you would like to organise an alpine trip. Sign up online

14-16 Oct

  • Alp1(tbc) tbc, Leader’s pick. from tbc. (Leader required), signup closes: 28 Sep 2022. Destination tbc. Contact  if you would like to organise an alpine trip. Sign up online

21-24 Oct (Labour weekend)

  • Alp1(tbc) tbc, Leader’s pick. from South Island. (Leader required), signup closes: 28 Sep 2022. Destination tbc. Contact  if you would like to organise an alpine trip. Sign up online

Flexible Alpine Trip Schedule

The Flexible Alpine Schedule is based on using a Wednesday weather forecast to pinpoint where the best weather conditions are for that weekend, and then plan an alpine trip in that area. These “short notice” trips are to enable more alpine trips to go ahead and more club members to get out and practice their skills.

Flexible schedule for the 2022 season
The flexible alpine trip schedule is not available yet. Please contact the chief guide if you would like to lead a trip on the flexible schedule.

As with tramping trips, Trip Leaders have the right to refuse people on trips if they are unsure about their capabilities. This is even more important in an alpine environment, where the risks and consequences are often more serious. 

To register your interest for a trip, please email the address in column F by 12pm the Wednesday before the trip. Please include in that email:

  • Any relevant medical conditions
  • Any relevant dietary requirements 
  • If you have a cooker/gas you are willing to bring
  • If you have a car you are willing to bring
  • If you have a tent for alpine camping and how many it can sleep
  • Confirmation you can meet the trip leader’s requirements (see column E)
  • If you do not know the leader, a short description of your alpine experience
  • An emergency contact person
  • A cell phone number if the leader needs to get hold of you urgently

The Trip Leader or Facilitator will email you by 6pm Wednesday evening to let you know if you need to pick up any club gear.

They will also email you as soon as they are able to let you know:

  • The trip plan (or that the trip is cancelled due to weather)
  • Gear and food requirements/allocations
  • Any costs you are required to pay before the trip departs

It is up to you to be watching your emails and be responsive to Trip Leader or Facilitator directions and deadlines from the Wednesday onwards. The Trip Leader or Facilitator will not chase you if they do not hear from you.