Read what others have said about their adventures with us.
Great people, great guides, great venues, resourceful people, great organisation and so on! I enjoyed the time on the mountain. We would have liked to spend more time up there but weather conditions dictated otherwise. That did not prevent Tai from instructing us tons of things. I really liked how he listened to our personal objectives (he asked that at the start of the course and half way through the course) and managed to fit it all in! He managed to cover what we wanted and what we didn’t know we wanted!
Claude, New Zealand, Advanced Mountaineering Course
Andrea was the best guide we could have asked for. Was extremely knowledgeable and tirelessly and happily answered a constant barrage of questions from us at all hours of the day and night. I liked the methodology of learning a technique the night or day before and then practicing it out in the field the following day. I really liked that he also referred to certain techniques or standards from Europe and America as well as NZ and I felt that I got a really broad knowledge and learnt a hybrid of the best international techniques.
Edward, New Zealand, Mountaineering Skills Course
This trip was a huge deal for us... a trip of a lifetime for Warwick and I - to take our daughters out to do something so different and challenging! Then with Andrea’s excellent support, we were able together to: summit Single Cone, experience a night in a snow cave, gain a real insight into mountaineering and have three wonderful dinners / evenings together. All up, just a fantastic trip. Thank You Andrea.
Patrick, New Zealand, Winter Alpine Mountaineering Course
I was very impressed with both the Aspiring Guides set up, systems and support and Joel as a guide. I felt that he was always attempting to add as much value as possible to our experience. The night skiing was a real bonus. He constantly pushed us to get the most out of the trip. Regardless of the weather or conditions. Everything from the interactions with Carla and Jess to briefly meeting Tim and then Joel’s professionalism all excelled.
Richard, New Zealand, Robrosa Ski Tour
I thought the course was excellent, and exceeded my expectations. Course content was very thorough and well delivered. Bronwen was amazing, and put a lot of effort into the course. Very enthusiastic, and a great teacher, thanks Bron!
Clare, New Zealand, 4 Day Backcountry Avalanche Course
It was super well organised, really professional, covered off everything we wanted to learn.
Jo, New Zealand, Backcountry Splitboard Course
I would 100% recommend Aspiring Guides. It was a once in a lifetime trip for me. Our guide Dan made sure we got the most out of the conditions that were available to us and actually it meant we got to experience three different back country areas instead of just one, so it worked out better than I even hoped for. Despite being the least experienced ski tourer in the group I felt comfortable and safe at all times.
Friyana, United Kingdom, Glacier Ski Tour
Did not previously appreciate the risks, and feel significantly more competent and aware in the back country now. Great course! Would recommend to anyone looking at doing more back country. Thanks for a great 4 days!
Andy, New Zealand, 4 Day Backcountry Avalanche Course
Really delighted to get to spend the day exploring new places with some enthusiastic outdoor guys.
Miriam, New Zealand, Remarkables Backcountry Ski Tour
MAD AS! I would absolutely recommend this course to any aspiring mountaineer and ice climber needing to improve their technical proficiency and experience on steep ice. This course teaches you to climb smarter not harder. A lot of focus is put in to being able to identify safe climbing routes on the ice fall, good axe and foot placement and body positioning. This course has helped me develop more efficient techniques and safer climbing habits necessary to pursue the larger mountaineering objectives.
Alistair, Australia, Winter Ice Climbing Course
The course exceeded my expectations. It was a great experience. My favourite parts were the ridge climbing on day 2 and the Single Cone ascent. Dan did a great job through his extensive knowledge and experience and with his approach to guiding and interacting with course participants. Dan and Aspiring Guides would be my first call for any future guided activities in the area. High standard of guiding as above, but also very good administration and office support. Carla and Ross were great to deal with and very welcoming. Service was personalized. Clients were clearly valued and appreciated.
Martin, New Zealand, Winter Alpine Mountaineering Course
It was perfect. Couldn’t speak highly enough about the guides and the trip. Top drawer.
Bill, New Zealand, Robrosa Backcountry Ski Tour
The guide I can not speak highly enough! I was pushed within my comfort zone, every bit of knowledge and skill was explained from the book you provided to how it is used when in the mountain.
Courtney, Australia, Winter Alpine Mountaineering Course
(Brent was) very professional, gave time to each of us, as and when needed. Very patient, always joined in for a laugh, knew when to be serious and looked after us really well. Always positive and friendly. All staff were fantastic. I enjoyed all of it. Brent really catered to us in every situation. When the weather sucked, we did theory and practiced what we could. When the weather cleared, we went for it. Helpful, friendly staff. Well run courses and well run trips.
Hamish, Australia, Mountaineering Skills Course
Exactly what I needed.
Ash, Australia, Advanced Mountaineering Course
I had an awesome time on Aspiring, and the walk out on the Bonar glacier over the Quaterdeck pass on to French Ridge Hut and down to Aspiring Hut through the west Matukituki Valley was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend the walk out as I got see see a part of the NZ alpine environment that I have never seen before. I would do the walk out again in an heart beat, after another climb of course.
Alistair, Australia, Mt Aspiring Ascent
Everything has been super organised and the whole Aspiring team has been super helpful. Definitely one of the most well designed and professional mountaineering training experiences I have had. Beauty of this course is it can be tailor made for all levels, and the flexibility it offers.
Kerry, Hong Kong, Private Instruction Course
Yes, I would absolutely recommend this trip. Great way to experience the beauty of New Zealand. This was the highlight of our 3 week trip to New Zealand.
Mitch, USA, Upper Wilkin Gillespie Pass
Favorite part: Camaraderie with clients and guide, initial crag climbs/intro, helicopter trips, hut stay, glacier walks, hard snow/ice climbs, climbs at the Remarks. Hard to choose, so many.
Zubin, Malaysia, Mountaineering Skills Course
I wanted to learn the skills of alpine travel and not just have someone do all the work for me and just get me up a mountain. It pushed me just enough and taught me the skills to know that I need to learn a lot more.
Jackie, New Zealand, Mountaineering Skills Course
That feeling inside when you’ve summitted and you’re nearly back down, and you see the Colin Todd hut and can relax feeling you’ve done it... Met my very high expectations, and exceeded them really. An amazing experience. Andrea was again a dream guide – patient, calm, calming, very chatty without being in your face. I feel supported and guided and I know he has my back both in terms of safety, but also in terms of expecting me to do things I can do even if I don’t particularly believe I can myself.
Nick, Australia, Mt Aspiring Ascent
The Rabbit Pass / Waterfall section required expertise that was beyond anything I would try on my own or with contemporaries. Rabbit Pass fills a niche for those who are experienced trampers looking for something special. It was a chance to do something interesting safely. Otherwise I could easily manage other tracks & huts without a guide. Brilliant experience. Great trip which was magnified by the weather and conditions. I continue to rave to anyone who does or does not wish to hear it.
Peter, New Zealand, Gillespie Rabbit Pass
Fantastic trip with a great guide. One of the best I’ve ever done.
Nigel, New Zealand, Lake Nerine
I have been with Aspiring Guides twice before. On both occasions I had a rad as time and had no questions whether or not I was coming back with Aspiring Guides. As always the information that I received prior to and leading up to the course was more than adequate. The staff made a real effort in answering any questions I had about the guide available and equipment necessary for the course. Was totally stoked I got to do some lead ice climbing and practice multi pitch climbing. Definitely improved my ability to identify and assess avalanche terrain and the best path to avoid maximum exposure. It gives you some good exposure to the alpine environment that you are likely to encounter on the more aggressive alpine routes. Improved my multi pitching ability, mixed rock and ice climbing ability including the ability to make solid anchors. The least favourite part of the trip was the ending. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end.
Alistair, Australia, Winter Alpine Mountaineering Course
Thanks for your great work to make my first trip into the NZ Alps so memorable and thoroughly enjoyable. You are blessed with an awesome landscape - thank you for sharing it with me. A special thanks to Bron for her leadership, friendliness and professionalism out in the hills. I believe we all learnt heaps through Bron’s teaching and guiding. I was the weaker skier of the group and Bron ensured there were always options within my capability and also encouraged me with useful tips. Risks were always well explained and we had some great safety training. The trip was modified according to weather conditions appropriately. I realised how ignorant of avalanche risk myself and those I normally ski with are. A professionally guided trip is a great option. Great trip and great people - clients and staff and Bron as a guide.
John, Australia, Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Touring Course
The experience is highly unique and away from the crowds which appealed to me. Great set of information to prepare fitness and equipment wise. Tom kept a great eye on all of us to help if needed and tailored runs to each of us if need be. Powder runs, helicopter rides and pristine environment. Experience I’ll never forget.
Jason, Australia, Backcountry Splitboarding Course
I thought Aritza and his team were amazing. They all worked hard for us and each other to make the trip a success. I have been on a lot of trips to mountains where camp food is prepared for me. I found on this trip the food was exceptional. Really good food was served up in sometimes quite difficult circumstances and conditions. It was a credit to the cook Achilles. I thought the logistics of the trip were really good. Transport was there when we arrived at various locations from the mountains. Aritza had a very good support team of porters who worked well together and were happy in their work. This came across to me strongly. They were very helpful to both Simon and me and were keen for the trip to be a success. If I get the opportunity to go to Peru again in the future and climb with Aritza in the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca I will definitely go.
Roger, United Kingdom, Peru - Tres Montanas
Magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps. Spectacular views. Special thanks to Phil for a memorable 3 days - an excellent, experienced, competent guide. A trip you couldn't really succeed on your own unless very experienced. All staff very friendly and willing to answer any queries. Well organised.
Kevin, New Zealand, Aspiring Glacier Expedition
We were very confident that Aspiring Guides would give us the small group experience we were looking for. I loved the Valley walking and the experience of the other people on the trip. I also loved how beautiful the scenery was, just so unlike what we get in Australia. It was stunning. I was so impressed by Michael as our guide. He actually made the trip for me. While relatively young in years, his experience really shone and the way he dealt with people of differing ages and experiences was just so impressive. I learned a lot from him over the few days. My overall impression of Aspiring Guides from this particular trip was that it's a very professionally run organisation and you guys know what you're doing. It must get exhausting trying to make everyone's experience special and unique when you've done a trip so many times - but you guys do an excellent job of this and I felt very grateful. I survived and am looking forward to my next hike :)
Jess, Australia, Gillespie Pass
I like a bit of a challenge and like pushing myself just a little more than I am comfortable. This was definitely achieved especially with the river walks. We saw beautiful scenery, got some very good exercise and spent some quality time with friends, both old and new. The walk up to the foot of Rabbit Pass was my favourite - there was a variety of terrain, a beautiful day, a nice long walk and a great lunch spot!
Pat & Greg, Canada, Upper Wilkin Experience
Tai was fantastic. He was thorough, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He was always safety conscious and provided excellent feedback both during and after the climbs. He also got us to practise some skills such as ice anchors and ice screw placement. This really demonstrated how much more there was to learn and how to better our ice climbing skills.
Would recommend you guys to all my friends and family as the premier guide company of New Zealand. The ice climbing was definitely a highlight, especially seeing how quickly you progressed. But the heli ride in and out was also fantastic. Even walking up and down that hill every day was a highlight. The whole trip was fantastic. Vastly exceeded my expectations. Thanks guys for a wonderful experience I will never forget!
Fraser, Australia, Winter Ice Climbing Course
A well structured, well-paced course.
We had the freedom to be on our own rope teams but with the right level of supervision and guidance particularly when doing our practice scenarios eg crevasse rescue - go at our own pace and steps, but Andrea was there and watching and stepped in when we needed it. I feel like I have a sound understanding, and appreciation to practice everything before heading back out, on what I need to do for basic mountaineering adventures to build my skill set. Were still able to get great learning on bad weather days. Andrea was really personable and worked with us. A very professional, entertaining and fun course to give us the basics and confidence to mountaineer.
Travis, Australia, Mountaineering Skills Course
We’ve always enjoyed Wanaka and the surrounding area, so it was the opportunity to do a walk in the area with an experienced guide, and also being able to hire backpacks etc rather than having to carry camping gear with us to NZ. Tim was always very professional, friendly and easy going. He was very patient and when he realised we were going to take longer than expected he adjusted breaks/lunch to fit in with our pace and the time it took us to get to the camp. It was great to have the flexibility of having your own guide and being able to go at your own pace without worrying about slowing down the rest of a group.
Jo-Anne & Jerome, Australia, Aspiring Discovery
It was very challenging but we chose to have a guide due to the difficulty of this route. Our day across the saddle was long and pretty arduous with thigh deep creek crossing at the end..!! But the view was spectacular and well worth it! Jess was thoroughly professional and focused on safety. She did a great job in getting us to the top. Thank you so much for your patience and guidance... I doubt we would have made it otherwise (and still be on speaking terms anyway). I would recommend this trip for friends who wanted a real challenge and had done the 'easy' walks already. Amazingly fulfilling experience for all of us! The girls are planning their next trip of course...
Hewitt Family, Australia, Cascade Saddle Assisted Trek
We all had fun together and spent some valuable bonding time in the midst of the most beautiful landscape. We would recommend this trip absolutely. It was great for our family because it is a good, safe and a less stressful way of having this wonderful experience (having a guide, cook, motivator, organiser with you).
Susanne and Family, Australia, Upper Wilkin Experience
The course met my expectations and pushed me quite a bit beyond my existing experience & knowledge levels. I felt completely confident & at ease at all times with our guide Andrea. I really enjoyed the safety tutorials/classes (avalanche safety, snow anchor theory, skinning technique, steep ski descents), the practical tips & hints on a range of techniques & activities (eg ski crampon usage, belaying without a belay device), the awesome terrain & landscape, and Andrea's cooking. I was impressed by the calmly positive & friendly attitude of all the Aspiring Guides team I interacted with - no big egos or haughty manners! Thanks for a great time, Andrea & everyone. You have a very slick, smooth service that really provides great value for $.
Kirk, Australia, Advanced Ski Mountaineering Course
I was looking for a challenging back country snowboarding opportunity for myself and my 12 year old son. It was a father and son trip so I wanted it to be memorable, fun, but also a big learning opportunity. Splitboarding was something neither of us had done. The opportunity to stay at Robrosa Hut was ideal also. Day 2 was an absolutely beautiful day with great snow, total isolation, and the whole mountain to ourselves. The trip wouldn’t have been the same without our guide Jimmy's good nature, knowledge and professionalism. Ben and I now have a well embedded mantra of “what would Jimmy do” whenever decisions need to be made. The backcountry is a perfect metaphor for lifelong learning given the varying conditions on a daily basis. Jimmy was able to make that very clear to Ben in a very teachable way.
Michael, Australia, Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Touring Course
How can I say enough about this experience? The location: OMG simply stunning backdrop. The private Rob Rosa huts are well organised and, well, very private. The 15 minute heli ride in was pure joy and anticipation. The course: they delivered big time on avalanche knowledge including theory & practical; a relevant and succinct manual was provided (to keep), as well as a laminated map for each course participant; I learned much more than expected. The skiing: we were fortunate with 3 great weather days plus one snow/rain day in the middle that was firmly seized to deliver theory & practical; meaning that the fair-weather days were used for ski touring & on-mountain snowpack analysis from sun-up to sun-down, most of it on virgin powder. This course is not for the unfit, or for the beginning skier. However if you love nature, skiing, earning your thrills and taking responsibility for your own safety then I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Steve, Australia, Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Touring Course
I feel more knowledgeable, yet realistic that there's so much more to learn and get time in the mountains. There's so much to know and it's super interesting. Four days is just the tip of the iceberg, but it really supports everything else I know about the outdoors. It's great doing the back country skiing (of course) but learning all the time about the NZ mountain weather and snow just adds to the bigger picture.
Nik, New Zealand, Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Touring Course
I took part in the one and half day avalanche awareness course with Aspiring Guides and learnt so much!! All the staff and guides are super lovely people, very knowledgeable and experienced, and I came away from the course with some awesome photos, very achy legs and most importantly a new respect for the mountains! The course taught me a lot about avalanches, and in the field we practised things like safe travel techniques, recognising avalanche terrain, and the proper use of shovel, probe and transceiver in a rescue effort. I would highly recommend this course and the whole company for anyone wanting to experience the wild outdoors!
Bethany, New Zealand, 1.5 Day Avalanche Awareness Course
The trip was everything I'd dreamt of ski touring the Southern Alps, and much more! I enjoyed this trip soooo much! I can't wait to return in a couple years.
Bill, USA, Glacier Ski Tour
Grey's Peak was identified as a suitable goal. Tai kept a tight rein on us initially, and as he saw our level of skill, he released his grip. I never felt too restricted or completely out of my depth. I really appreciated his experience in this regard. His level of knowledge was amazing, he quickly assessed where we were at, and was flexible in setting goals for each day. I felt in very safe hands, and appreciated his efficiency in getting us out of the hut each morning. We traversed glaciated terrain, climbed a peak, did some skills work and the weather was mostly kind to us. Loved the helicopter in and out, and enjoyed the drive to the west coast. The whole package came together very nicely. Just being up in the mountains on the glacier was incredible. The landscape blew me away.
Daniel, Australia, Mountaineering Skills Course
A relaxing getaway with an old mate combined with a cool lodge and back country skiing. Awesome slopes. Staying at Whare Kea Chalet was an amazing place with awesome facilities and luxury beds with a view of the Milky Way! Back country ski touring with a guide in remote locations takes all the stress out of making decisions.
Murray, New Zealand, Whare Kea Ski Chalet
Positive ski mountaineering experience and beautiful glacier environment! Great experienced guide in Dan, super professional, extremely hard working. Food was great and plentiful.
David, USA, Glacier Ski Mountaineering
It was a wonderful learning experience. It was great to learn safe travel practices for glaciers, ski the glaciers and experience the mountains of NZ. Trip of a lifetime! It opened up a whole new world to me.
Aaron, USA, Glacier Ski Tour
Thanks so much for such an awesome few days in the Pisa Range - remote location, amazing conditions, Dan, our guide, was super informative re snow conditions, safety and general mountain tips. Loved skiing a line and looking back up at it and then the relief of making it back to the top again - that satisfaction of getting some great lines after you have done all the hard work to get there! And thanks for the big, hearty, warm meals. Smooth and professional operation, amazing experience.
Poppy & Joel, Australia, Backcountry Ski Touring
You guys are JUST THE BEST! Skiing untracked powder snow where you earn the turns. A truly wilderness experience yet so close to Wanaka. High class authentic NZ experience.
Graeme, New Zealand, Backcountry Ski Touring
I had an awesome day. Adrian was fantastic and did an amazing job of meeting the group's needs. He found us great snow along with some great touring info.
Anthony, Australia, Backcountry Ski Touring
My mates and I went on a single day backcountry tour in the Wye Saddle/Wye creek out the back of the Remarkables. It was 3 days after a storm that delivered 30cm of fresh snow. While the resort was tracked out days before, our guide took us to some stashes where we found some fantastic fresh turns. Some of my mates had not been in the backcountry before and the guide was very helpful in showing them how to use the Alpine Touring gear and skins. He also conducted a quick training session on avalanche safety gear. We had a truly fantasitc day with Andrea.
David, Australia, Remarkables Backcountry Ski Tour
Really enjoyed our trip to the backcountry of Treble Cone. The guide made us feel safe and confident, and showed us some incredible places to ski. Would highly recommend.
Riley, Australia, Treble Cone Backcountry Ski Tour
I was in Wanaka and had a free day, weather was perfect so a day of rock climbing sounded like a good idea. Individual lesson, so it was tailored to my needs and wishes. I wish I had more time and spent a few more days climbing ... I enjoyed all of it.
Piotr, Australia, Rock Climbing
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 and thinking - holy cow, I was up there!!! Andrea has a relaxed and easy-going manner, so on the second day when I stopped short of the end of the Gertrude Saddle, I felt very comfortable. He is a lovely person, a great guide and a Michelin star alpine chef. Andrea belayed at any of the tricky sections and spotted me as necessary. He also gave me some great tips for descending the scree slopes (not something I'd encountered previously). Having Andrea take care of all of the details meant that I could truly relax, which was a real treat. I could not have had a better time and I'm looking forward to the next trip.
Sue, Australia, Darrans Climbing
Top choice on Mt Dixon, Tim! It was an awesome day. Tim lead up a gully maybe only 10-15m in length at the start of the climb on Dixon. That climb up the gully was awesome, something I haven't experienced before! Tim pushed me out of my comfort zone a few times which afterwards was very satisfying. As a punter, it's possible to climb in an amazing part of the world. You can push yourself (or be pushed) and be really satisfied with the outcome. I know the safety of climbers is paramount with Aspiring Guides and Tim displayed all the safety aspects I could have hoped for which is always reassuring. I also know that the backup support from the guys in the office will ensure a trip will run smoothly. Last minute travel and accommodation changes help to make these trips special.
James, Australia, Mt Dixon
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 looked after in terms of food and every possible comfort, based on most recent experience on the Gillespie. Carla and the rest of the Team at Aspiring Guides were great in terms of providing the information / reassurance of our ability / and clear understanding of the challenge ahead. Also very helpful advising us on training before arriving in Wanaka, which proved to be invaluable on the climb, and meant we got up to speed with our guides on the 2 training days we had. The climb was a stretch even though I was very fit, I gave it my all and had an amazing climb. I learnt a new meaning of ‘exposure’. I thought it related to wind and rain, but now see it is more about ‘drop’…. The pre-training ensured we were safe, but equally importantly so were the guides. The tranquillity of the mountains, so peaceful and surreal when you’re up there. Still hard to believe I achieved my goal! Now I believe I can do anything if I put my mind to it!Check out this video of Gary and Graham reaching the top : click here
Graham, New Zealand, Mt Aspiring