Read what others have said about their adventures with us.
We were privileged to have Frankie as our guide, she enabled us to achieve something which tested our limits, and her cooking was awesome. Frankie inspired all of us with her storytelling, fitness and achievements, and we all feel motivated to continue our trekking interest that has now been started.
Ngaire, New Zealand, Upper Wilkin Experience
Adam was clear and concise with his instructions. He never hesitated and assured me of all his decisions. Very friendly confidant and made the whole experience very relaxing. His preparation and quality of food are also of a very high standard. His ability to engage and communicate was excellent.
Judith, New Zealand, Gillespie Pass
Rabbit Pass was a goal of mine ever since reading a blog/article about it a few years ago. Aspiring Guides made it simple for me to achieve that goal. We were trekking through the most awe-inspiring landscape I have ever set foot in, drinking fresh glacial water without a filter. I could test my limits in high exposure situations while being safely guided. Adam was filled with backcountry knowledge, and it was a joy talking with him along the way.
Ryan, United States, Rabbit Pass Alpine Traverse
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 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