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Our History

From the forming of the club in 1958, the opening on the 3rd August 1962 and every volcanic eruption since, we've had a varied and full history.

In this section, our members past & present tell you in words and pictures all about what it's like to be a part of our club, and everything they've done in the surrounding Tongariro region.

If you're a member (or past member) and have anything to contribute, please do contact us!

Letters and Documents


The lodge was officially opened on 3 August 1962. Members present that weekend were:

President Joe Fullagher
Lodge Officer Allan Scott
Booking Officer Doreen Scott
Secretary Beverley Brown
Committee Barry Townsend
Keith Waugh
Janice Townsend
Robin McMaster
Don Frearson
Others Cynthia McLeod
Murray Townsend
Edwin Kay
John Simpson
Lou Morton
Wallace McLeod
Alex Sanson
Roger Crum
Bryan McLeod
Terry Aislabie
Ian Fordyce
Ann Fordyce
Nannette Waugh