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 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, 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 Mt. Cook National Parks regularly for our trips. In addition to this, we also visit other reserves, such as the Catlins 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 was one of 12 New Zealand clubs that, in 1931, set up the FMC.
OTMC Bushcraft 2016
The OTMC will be hiolding a basic tramping instruction course in February and March, 2016. This course is aimed at people who have completed some of the Great Walks (Milford / Routeburn / Kepler) and are looking for the next step. It is also suited to people who want to learn some essential tramping bushcraft skills, or brush up on previous skills.
UPDATE - FEBRUARY 8, 2016:
Due to a very encouraging response to Bushcraft
2016 we now anticipate the course to be over-subscribed,
Assuming that the numbers of registrations continue as we expect, we will now be running a second course in the same date range (starting February 17, with the final evening session on March 9). Check the Bushcraft 2016 link for more details.