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Mount Egmont Alpine Club

About Us

While we call ourselves an 'Alpine' Club, nowadays we engage in ALL outdoor activities,  the bulk of which are day walks and over-night weekend tramps. 

People of all ages and fitness levels are catered for.

Many activities are suitable for families with school age children.

Activities include:-
  • day walks
  • kayaking
  • overnight tramps
  • skiing
  • canoeing 
  • rock climbing
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • photography
  • and anything else club members want to have a go at
  • We run snowcraft courses for those wanting to venture to higher altitudes.
  • We run a club summit climb each year for club members and friends.
  • We have our own private, well appointed lodge, on the slopes of Fanthams Peak (above Dawson Falls) which is available for club members. Kapuni Lodge was built 1948-52 and extensively renovated 1996-2002.  This is our home base for courses and social events.
The Mt Egmont Alpine Club (Inc) was formed in 1928 by Hawera identity Rod Syme.

Membership quickly reached around 350. In those days the club focussed mainly on climbing, skiing and tramping.

The club built Syme Hut on top of Fanthams Peak in 1930, later Hooker Hut, Kapuni Lodge and the Search and Rescue HQ building at Dawson Falls. The Club has been involved in all aspects of Egmont National Park connected with Dawson Falls and the South side of the mountain.
Membership is stable at over 100 members.
In Hawera, we have our own clubrooms next to the Hub where we meet regularly.
The Club is also involved in Search and Rescue, with many members on the general Callout list.
Current and past Search Advisers and members  active in the Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue team.
Social events on the calendar include the Midwinter Christmas at Kapuni Lodge, the annual "At Home" dinner, Christmas barbecue.

CLUB EVENINGS Held monthly on Wednesdays at the MEAC Clubrooms, Hicks Park, Hawera (behind the TSB  Hub Waihi / Camberwell Road).
CLUB TRIPS Trips departing from Hawera leave from the MEAC Clubrooms at the Hub.
Please contact the trip leader beforehand, especially if you require or are able to provide transport.
BULLETIN Quarterly magazine published in March, June, September and December.
Editor Jan Fleming phone/fax 06 278 4460 or e-mail

Postal PO Box 62, Hawera
Patron Ross Corrigan MNZM (06) 278 4223
President Graham Thompson (06) 278 5408
027 434 2104
Cathy Thompson
(06) 278 5408
Treasurer Marilyn Finer (06) 272 8138
Club Captain &
Al Barkla (06) 273 4090
027 618 9002
Bulletin Editor Jan Fleming (06) 278 4460
Lodge Bookings Graham Thompson
(06) 278 5408
027 434 2104
Equipment Hire David Sattler 027 209 9375

Adult/Family subscription $65
Junior subscription (under 18) $30

To join, download a Membership Form and forward the form with payment to the Treasurer.

Links, Friends and Affiliations

Nga Taonga Film Archive in Wellington have made available online the 1930 film of the opening of Syme Hut. Click this link to view it.
Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC)
Taranaki Alpine Club (TAC)
Kahui Outdoor Pursuits and Alpine Club (KOPAC)
New Plymouth Tramping Club
NZ Tramper
New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC)
Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue (TACR)
Mountain Safety Council Taranaki Section (MSC)
Department of Conservation (weather)
MetService (NZ mountain weather)
Avalanche Conditions
Taranaki Regional Council (rainfall/rivers)
NZ Land Search and Rescue
Tramping in NZ
Emergency Locator Beacons
Waitotara Forests
Outdoor Training New Zealand (OTNZ)