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Draft Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park Plan

You may be aware from recent media releases that the Department of Conservation (DOC) released a draft of the management plan for the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. 

DOC are proposing some significant changes to the management of the Park that will have implications for CMC members.  The most notable of these are:

  • A proposal to restrict vehicle access into the Park and to promote a "park and ride" system;
  • Future management of the CMC Wyn Irwin Lodge in the Park; and
  • Additional aircraft access to areas of the Park where aircraft were previously restricted.

The document can be found at the following site:



The CMC committee are reviewing the draft management plan and will be preparing a formal submission on behalf of the CMC. 

We encourage all members to review the Plan and to also make their own submission.

The CMC was formed on the 10th April 1925 with a membership base of around 27 adventurers. Originally formed as a tramping club, outings on the Port Hills around Christchurch, and further afield to the foothills of Canterbury were the usual activity.

The original aims of the Club have been maintained ever since - the encouragement of a love for the mountains and nature, with increased facilities for enjoying the beauties that lie in the heart of the ranges.

CMC has built huts in the Arthurs Pass, Rakaia, and Mount Cook regions, and climbing and exploration in these areas have become very popular with members.

In the modern age, the CMC is a very active club for climbers - alpine, ice & mixed, sport and trad rock climbing, and other mountain adventure activities.

Monthly Meetings: We meet every third Thursday of the month 7:30pm at Pioneer Leisure Centre, upstairs for a social chat to other members, and a talk starting 8pm on some climbing / outdoors / conservation topic or trip, usually accompanied by slides or movies. Prospective members are most welcome to come to some meetings to find how the club works and the benefits.

Pioneer Centre location information: 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield:
click here for a map of the location.

Upcoming events:

Kennedy Lodge Working Bee - Work will be carried out on the 1/2 October at Kennedy Lodge. Contact Robin Muirson phone 
027 434 4122 if you would like to assist.

Club Trips:
Bealey  - Avalanche Peak Traverse
30th September 2018
contact George Gerard
0274 474 807