Read what others have said about their adventures with us.
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
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
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
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