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Course Summaries: Alpine Skills

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) will no longer be delivering Alpine training courses. 

To find out more about the changes the MSC is making and why, visit the One MSC page.

There are several providers offering alpine training courses across New Zealand. We’ve collated a list of potential providers below. However, it is worth noting that these providers all deliver different services/products, they may not be available in the area you live and they don’t necessarily deliver courses in all disciplines to all levels.  

Note: This list has been compiled by the MSC to assist you in finding another alpine training course provider. It is not an exhaustive list of providers and there may be others you wish to contact. The MSC does not specifically endorse any of these providers, and recommends you undertake your own research in order to find an alpine training course provider that suits you.  

If you are aware of another alpine training course provider that has not been included in the list below, please let us know by qualifications@mountainsafety.org.nz.


Joining a club is a great way to connect with other like-minded people and learn through practical experience.

The New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) is a community of over 3000 members who are active in the mountains and in climbing locations across NZ. The club exists to support and foster climbing at all levels.

The NZAC offers an extensive range of instruction and training opportunities to its members through both nationally run events and section (local community) based initiatives.

If you’re interested in gaining more alpine skills and experience through instruction and training, we highly recommend you make contact with the NZAC through their website.

There are a number of other tramping and mountaineering clubs throughout NZ that offer instruction and training for their members.

You can find contact information for most tramping and mountaineering clubs on the Federated Mountain Clubs website.

There are also a number of alpine and mountaineering training courses delivered by other providers:


OENZ - Outdoor Education New Zealand Ltd

NZ Southern Alps

Alpine Guides

Alpine Recreation

Alpinism & Ski

NZ Snow Safety Institute


Adventure Southland

NZ Southern Alps / Fiordland

Adventure Consultants

Aspiring Guides

Updated: September 2016


www.avalanche.net.nz is fantastic for getting the most recent information on avalanche risk levels at popular mountains around the country.

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