logo
mountain background mountain background
Icon mountain

Climb

Innovative and personalised climbing experiences to meet your needs

explore now
Icon ski

Ski

Private backcountry huts across four local ski areas leads to the ultimate skiing experience

explore now
Icon walks

Trek

Take the road less travelled and explore the true wilderness with our qualified guides

explore now
Icon international

International

Guided tours to some of the world's top ski, climb and hiking adventures

explore now
Icon mountain

Online Courses

We spend time studying now so we can play later !

explore now
mountain background mountain background

Featured Trips

Aoraki/Mt Cook
Introduction
It is heavily glaciated and there are no easy routes to the summit. Standing out on its summit motivates climbers the world over.Aoraki / Mount Cook is a serious mountain and not t...
Price
Featured
5 days 3724m 3 3
Explore now
Blue sky summits Mt Aspiring
Introduction
Whichever route you do, this is a beautiful mountain and is a highlight of many people's climbing trip in New Zealand.Mount Aspiring is a classic horned peak often called the "Matt...
Price
Featured
5 days 3033m 2 2
Explore now
Treble Cone Backcountry Ski Touring
Introduction
Are you an experienced backcountry skier who wants to learn where the local powder is? Our Treble Cone day tour offers you an easy way to experience some of the best lift accessed ...
Price
Featured
1 days 2 2
Explore now
Glacier Ski Tour hut with Aspiring Guides
Introduction
These are massive areas of snow and ice that are linked by a system of four huts. In winter and spring when the snow piles up and the crevasses are filled, this becomes a ski touri...
Price
Featured
5 days 3 2
Explore now
Backcountry boarding
Introduction
Become familiar with the equipment and techniques before embarking on one of our more advanced backcountry or avalanche courses. Whether you are a beginner or expert skier we will ...
Price
Featured
1 days 2 2
Explore now
Fern Burn Track
Introduction
The Motatapu Valley links lakes Wanaka and Wakatipu. Long before a road was carved through Cardrona Valley and over the Crown Range, the route via the Motatapu was the way Māori tr...
Price
Featured
3 days 2 2
Explore now
Young Valley
Introduction
Following the main divide of the South Island this route is surrounded by unspoilt forests, alpine meadows, huge waterfalls, alpine lakes and views of the highest peaks, including ...
Price
Featured
8 days 3 3
Explore now
Lake Lucidus
Introduction
This hiking adventure will take you deep into the NZ backcountry - away from crowded huts and manicured trails of the more well-known and busier New Zealand hiking trails.Ideal for...
Price
Featured
4 days 2 2
Explore now
Avo course photo shop version
Introduction
This course can be stand alone or you can use it to work towards our 1.5 Avalanche Awareness Course. The lockdown lesson will cover;Trip Planning and PreparationDefining the avalan...
Price
Featured
1 1
Explore now
Checking out that snowpack
Introduction
If you have done an avalanache course before, such as our 4 Day Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Course or our 1.5 Avalanche Awareness Course, and want to use our lockdown time to g...
Price
Featured
1 1
Explore now
Hut day
Introduction
Let's get into the specifics now, covering how and where to gain current weather data and understanding the differences between forecasting models. In this session you'll also lear...
Price
Featured
1 1
Explore now
mountain background mountain background
quotes

It was an absolute privilege to be able to go to the Darran Range - it's an incredibly remote and beautiful area. It was my first trip in 17 years for climbing and I did more than I ever thought possible. I'm still looking at the photos of McPherson ...read more

Sue, Australia, Darrans Climbing

This was a life-changing experience! Having been with Aspiring Guides for 3 other adventures, I was very confident you would be the best company to lead us on our most challenging project to date. Apart from climbing Aspiring, I knew we would be well...read more

Graham, New Zealand, Mt Aspiring

mountain background mountain background logo
mountain background mountain background logo
About us

WHY CHOOSE ASPIRING GUIDES?

Diving into Lake Crucible

Our high level of expertise, comprehensive logistics support and refreshing personalities are the basis of Aspiring Guides' internationally renowned reputation for providing a quality and personalised service. Along with have internationally experienced, professional and qualified guides we put a lot of effort into the background to ensure each trip runs as smoothly as possible and treat each person individually.

For over 25 years Aspiring Guides has been providing guided ascents of New Zealand's highest mountains and iconic peaks such as Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and Mt Tasman as well as offering comprehensive mountaineering instruction, climbing courses and multi-day wilderness hiking adventures in the spectacular NZ Southern Alps. In winter join Aspiring Guides for breathtaking backcountry skiing & snowboard touring on New Zealand's vast glaciated terrain or from our private hut network. Learn backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness & ice-climbing skills by joining one of our comprehensive courses run from private mountain huts located near our base in Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

Read more
TIA Member Green Square Ifmca logo Newzealand mountain logo Outdoor markslogo Departmentofconversation logo