Tarn on Mt. Cook Range

Welcome to the OTMC

The Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club (OTMC) is based in Dunedin, New Zealand. We organise regular meetings and tramping trips for all ages and abilities primariliy in the lower South Island of New Zealand.

The OTMC is an ideal place for people who have enjoyed some of the great walks, like the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler, and are wondering what's next. The club provides both advice and companions to allow people to enjoy our wonderful hills and mountains with confidence and safety.

The Otago Tramping Club was formed in Dunedin on the 23rd of August, 1923. Ever since then the club has promoted and participated in many types of outdoor recreation activities, with our main activity still being tramping.

We are fortunate in Dunedin / Otago to have a wide variety of excellent tramping country within easy reach. A lot of our weekly day trips visit the Silver Peaks Reserve, to the north of Dunedin.

Weekend trampers generally head for the National Parks - we use Fiordland, Mt. Aspiring and Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Parks regularly for our trips. In addition to this, we also visit other reserves and conservation areas, such as The Catlin's and the Lake Ohau area.

This site will tell you what you need to know about the OTMC, and a little about tramping in general. We welcome new members to all the OTMC's activities - the easiest way to find more out about us to come along to one of our meetings. We hold weekly meetings nearly every Thursday evening - Click here for more information.

We also make a point of respecting the environment we walk in. We recommend the code for minimising impact on the back country. This code was prepared for trampers by the Federated Mountain Clubs of NZ, to which we belong. The OTMC joined the FMC in it's first year in 1931.


Please note that Leaning Lodge, located on the Rock and Pillar Range above Middlemarch, is OFFICIALLY CLOSED and not available for public use. The OTMC and the Leaning Lodge Trust are working closely with the Dunedin City Council, and the Department of Conservation in regard to finalising a  building consent and concession to occupy the site.

Until these are in place, the hut is closed for all day and overnight use.

The hut is located here (Topomap Link)