All Client Comments

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 back up 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 Spaile, Australia

Avalanche Awareness Course

Professional.  Quite extensive for an intro.  [The guide] was always calm, thorough and clear with his intentions. Precise. Everyone I know who is into snowsports should invest in this knowledge.  I have prompted our members. 

Bridget Jones – President Wanaka Ski Snowsports Club

Outstanding job...

Aspiring Cook Combo -

"Aritza did an outstanding job in difficult conditions.  I have enjoyed contact with all the office staff: Jess, Carla, Henrik, Robyn and Tim who did their best to make the 2 trips work despite the vagaries of NZ weather. I would have no hesitation in using Aspiring Guides again or recommending them to friends in the UK. I would also put people in contact with Aritza if they had a summer trip to Peru...."

Join Aritza in Peru for our Tres Montanas Expedition

Mike Dixon, UK

...lovely scenery, challenging..

I chose this Wild Walk because there are no huts, few people, and it's wild. I recommend it for the lovely scenery, and the walk is challenging. Tim is a superb guide. High quality walk. I liked it.

Francsois, Feb 2017

Off the beaten track

"Off the beaten track trips appeal to me. Loved the impressive views all the way along. Bivying out.  Accessing an area that few people get to see. Being away from crowded tracks. Oh...and the tomato relish :0)))) I'm delighted to have had an enjoyable trip in and out of this hidden gem."

Michelle, New Zealand, Feb 2017

Wanaka Walk

Aspiring Discovery 3-day:  "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, Sydney, Australia

We're coming back for more

"This trip all went so well. Not only finally bagged my peak, but really pleased that we did it in such a good time, and that I still felt so good at the end of it all."

Marcus Bai, NZ

Thanks team!

"Greatest experience we could have wished for, hats off to the guides and the team. You guys are awesome! See you in the future."

Sean McLeod, Australia

More than just ice-climbing

Got heaps more then just the ice-climbing done. Everyone was so nice! Thanks for making my first snow experience kick ass!

 

James Combes, Australia

Banner Rock

I feel like I could now head out climbing as part of a group and have a solid skill base to build from. It was great to learn the correct skills the correct way, rather than an interpretation of how to do things.

Sam Ruddenklau, NZ

Loved the ski tour!

What did I love about the ski tour? All of it! I had the biggest grin on my face, I think my face muscles were going to cramp!

Jesse Sago, Australia

Something different from a Great Walk!

Finding a tramp that wasn't one of the Great Walks and that was achievable for us who haven't tramped in a while.Many thanks for a memorable trip for John and myself, that was what we wanted and we got it.

Carole Handin, NZ

Perfect father and son experience

Mt Aspiring Glacier Expedition 3-day:  " It .. was a perfect father and son experience with my 15 year old son. We were after a memorable adventure, and we sure got it. It was the two of us with an experienced guide, Tony.  We trekked along the valley, crossed freezing rivers barefoot, battled gravity 1,000m with our packs up very steep NZ  mountains, stayed in a mountaineering hut amongst the mountains. And that was Day 1. Day 2 involved crampons, ice axes and ropes. We came very close to crevices, but stayed away. Another 900m straight up, before descending down to the hut. For anyone in need of a serious challenge, a memorable experience and a heap of fun - try this one.  The company is very experienced, the guides good and the pricing reasonable given the low ratio of clients per guide.”  

Alastair, Sydney, Australia

Magnificent scenery..

"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, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

"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 leant 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 tranquility 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!

 

Graham, New Zealand, Mt Aspiring, March 2017

Comprehensive knowledge for Mt Aspiring...


"I arrived home yesterday.  I come back to reality and will soon start working again for going back to New Zealand.  As I write in the following feedback, it was absolutely right choice for me to choose Aspiring guides.  When I sent some queries for availability of my trip, answers and responses were quick.  Thanks to Alitza's comprehensive knowledge for Mt. Aspiring and skills, I arrived at the summit.  It could be difficult, if I were solo or with colleagues with similar level. Thank your very much for your all the effort for planning, instructing, guiding, and managing of my trip. Awesome!"

Kenji Tsubota, Japan

.. I never felt like I was being 'baby-sat'

Thank you for all your help making the trip such a success, I had a great time with Aritza. Before the trip I received a comprehensive overview of what to expect and preparation advice. I felt comfortable after your careful review of my experience. On the ascent I never felt like I was being 'baby-sat' and had a part to play in the ascent. I felt comfortable and could speak out if not. The walk out was long but a great experience still.  It was a great next step up in terms of technical progression and a long day. Being able to delay a day due to weather and get some rock climbing was also great. Thanks again and I look forward to more climbs in the future.

Charlie, Jan 2017

"...genuine commitment to our enjoying the experience"

"I have never considered using a guide previously, preferring to manage under my own steam. Realised for this objective this was not appropriate. It was a privilege to be guided by Ervin who was gentle with us, rather than domineering, and extremely “steady”.Ervin ensured he took into account our levels of fitness and capabilities effectively and professionally. It was good having my son along and him enjoying the trip, All office staff were extremely helpful, friendly and approachable.  I would recommend Aspiring Guides for their competence, genuine commitment to our enjoying the experience, flexibility, generosity, and employing excellent guides."

Martyn, Australia, 2017

...realising that i was capable of more than I thought.

Mt Aspiring Expedition Course 8-day:  "I was challenged physically, mentally and technically which enabled me to feel satisfied (albeit exhausted!) at the end of the trip due to realising that I was capable of more than I thought.  Aritza’s general professionalism, organisation, efficiency and technical knowledge were faultless and the overall experience of the trip ran well because of this. Not to mention he was a good cook and photographer!"

Kirsty O'Neill, Australia

Understandable Format...

Gordie has a very good teaching method, enabling him to relate a complex topic in a simplified, tangible, and understandable format for the novice student. He didn't get sidetracked and start speaking beyond our comprehension. Very approachable, and positive and upbeat when talking about the subject. Provided supportive constructive criticism when needed. Kept the focus on safety.

David Cleary

Backcountry Avalanche Awareness

I told a fellow skier it was the best $690 I had ever spent..

Richard Jackson, NZ

If there was a rating out of 10, I’d give Gordie 1000!

What was your favourite part of the course?   Practical application of theory and through the ability of Gordie to bring his knowledge (which is obviously extensive and complex) into layperson’s terms and be understandable and useful for newbies. And the last day up TC was pretty special :)

Frankie Sanders

4 day Backcountry Avalanche Course

Tim did a great job presenting a wide range of information. Learned more about avalanches to start going out with like-minded tourers. It was great to get into the backcountry and apply the skills we were learning. Everyone should have an appreciation for the mountains and learn more about avalanches if they want to go out in that terrain.Great class, lots of information !

Alec, July 2016

Black Peak 2016

"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 Kennerley

Mt Brewster is demanding

"NZ mountains are awesome, walk in lovely. Mt Brewster is demanding and a good end in itself. I am impressed that the guide had the energy to take me up Remarkables. Roy Smith is indefatigable!"

Francois Fouche

Backcountry Snowboard & Ski Touring Course

I liked the ability to stay on mountain at Rob Rosa hut during course and the fact that the course was more tailored for beginners. Good to get hands on experience and exposure to avalanche skills suitable to NZ & Australian conditions.  It has increased my confidence level (to a safe level) in moving around safely in avalanche terrain (or best still avoiding it all together) 

 

David Michell

Backcountry Snowboard & Ski Touring Course

Some really great runs but overall just being out in the backcountry and being able to appreciate the incredible mountain landscape free from the crowded/commercial resort world, as well as improving my understanding of the dangers/risks.  Geoff was a fantastic guide and although he pushed us outside our comfort zone we always felt safe in his hands and he was always checking with us as to whether we were feeling okay and getting the information and experience we wanted. Amazing trip all up and I’d do it all again in a flash. 

Jeremy Morse

Highly professional guide

"Andy did a great job of easing us into the trip on day 1. He was thorough in his assessment of weather and conditions. Absolutely supervised our safety at all times.  Andy was  easy to get along with and highly professional in his approach. He cooks a mean bowl of porridge as well."

Jim, USA

Aoraki - Mt Cook

"Igor and Ervin were amazing, they are both very talented, their rope skills and general ingenuity, was most impressive!  I think they were the difference between us being successful (or not)."

Chris Stead

Wonderful and refreshing ...

I'm really impressed with the way you guys do things. How you went out of your way to try to accomodate my plans and make things happen with my best interests in mind was wonderful and quite refreshing. Working with you feels a more personal relationship than I imagine it would be with other companies, which is how I like to run things with my business too.

Marcus Bai, NZ

...feel alive and free...

"If you want to see nature, mountains, learn about yourself and other's, push yourself, feel alive and free, than book with Aspiring Guides and you'll get all that and more."

Daniel Carter, Australia

Allowing us to relax and enjoy...

Cassade Saddle Assisted Trek 2 day:  "Having Whit along as we ascended the saddle gave us some extra security, allowing us to relax and enjoy the tramp more than if we had been alone.  We wouldn't hesitate in recommending Whit and Aspiring Guides".

Kate, Auckland, NZ

The right amount of everything

My overall impression was that the trip and company itself ran quite efficiently – organisation was easy and things went to plan. I gained everything I could have imagined and more from [the trip], I didn’t leave thinking  ‘Geez, I wish we’d done more of this’. Everything was just in the right amount. 

Kristy O'Neill, Australia

...giving someone confidence in making the plunge to sign up.

Having someone get back to you quickly with a personalised response is crucial in giving someone confidence in making the plunge to sign up. I was also sent some links to photos etc of the recent trip, which once again helped in getting me excited and to follow through with the trip.

Chris Pogson, Australia

I was very impressed.

The company has the feel of a small scale, intimate, welcoming operation. It treats clients as friends and avoids the aura of imperious, smug, self-inflated egotists that one can sometimes associate with mountain guiding companies. I was very impressed.  Thanks, again for a great experience with a fantastic guide. Ervin was everything you could want in a guide.

Michael, Australia

Aspiring Guides is an organisation that is passionate

8 day Gillespie-Rabbit Pass : Aspiring Guides is an organisation that is passionate about mountain adventures (hiking or climbing) but is also very professional in the way it conducts itself.  I could not have done the Rabbit Pass without Emma’s & Jess’s guidance & help - it’s as simple as that. However, with them looking after us I always felt safe & in very good hands. Their professionalism & experience shone through in everything they did.

Chris 2016

Jess was thoroughly professional and focused on safety.

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

Everything I'd dreamt of...

“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 Lingle, USA

Great teacher with the skills...

Backcountry Day Tour:  "Whit knew I was a bit nervous about this new adventure and was great in giving me confidence about the whole activity. He was friendly, approachable, great teacher with the skins. I loved being in an area where there were no other skiers around, but still felt safe." 

Barbara, NZ

Keen to come back

Custom Wild Walk:  "I loved NZ, the people, the wildlife, the picturesque scenery, and the humor, efficiency, and professionalism of the AG staff.  I would definitely like to come back. "

Mary Miller, USA

Darrans Alpine Rock- Mt Sabre

"Not only did I learn/update some skills but I was pushed hard with my fitness on rock and all round physical ability.  Federico was very good at looking out for my safety. I think I would trust my grandma with him (if she were still around). He also has a calm, easy-going manner and I thought him very professional. As far as his performance and ability as a guide, I thought him outstanding. Achieved everything I wanted to do on this trip and more.  Climbing the North buttress of Sabre was definitely the highlight of the trip."

Richard Kimberley

McPherson Talbot Traverse

"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

Gillespie Pass : A small group experience...

"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

Sitting up on Gillespie Pass on such a beautiful day for a few hours was just magnificent.

Gillespie Pass 2017 : "Often in Australia the news broadcast starts off with "a tourist was completely under-prepared for the conditions….', and either died or had to be rescued.  I knew that I could trust Carla to keep me safe so that I could focus on just enjoying my trip.  The Train2Trek program was a great asset for Jo especially (simply because she is unfortunate enough to be chained to a desk 8 hours a day). The training helped her with muscle strength, fitness and endurance. Carla made sure that the pace of the walk was suited to us both. I knew that crossing that mountain would be tough, and I loved it.  Sitting up there on such a beautiful day for a few hours was just magnificent."

Dan & Jo, Australia

Amazing view made it all worth it...

Gillespie Pass 4-day:  “Although it was difficult steep route- the end result and amazing view made it all worth it.  We were able to relax while enjoying the beautiful views of the natural scenery . A very relaxing, stress free trip. George ensured river crossings were safe before we attempted them and the regular weather updates also ensured that we didn't end up in a dangerous situation on Gillepsie Pass. Everything from food to accommodation was very well organised making it an enjoyable trip. ”  

George and teenage children, Sydney Australia

The best tramp in NZ?

The impression given of the level of difficulty was very accurate. It was just right for me - sometimes demanding but not exhausting. The precautions on the potentially dangerous areas were absolutely great - I never felt at risk. George was very hands-off at other times but we were experienced walkers, so I think he judged it pretty well. I'd highly recommended this Wild Walk to anyone who's after a spectacular walk and fit enough to do it. The best tramp in NZ? Would do it again in a heartbeat. Superbly organised with the food and gear stashes. 

Philip, Australia - Gillespie-Rabbit 2017

An incredible experience

"It was such an incredible experience, I felt so proud to have made it over both passes and it has certainly boosted my enthusiasm to get out into the wilderness more regularly. Stunning scenery.
I've told so many friends about Aspiring Guides and specifically the walk we did."

 

Cat Owen, Australia

Incredible beauty around every corner!

8 day Gillespie-Rabbit Pass Traverse : "Neil was relaxed, capable and ensured we all enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings.  He was a wealth of knowledge and considerate and professional with a friendly manner. Jess was professional and definitely knew what she was doing and had everything all sorted and organised. So between the two it was a good balance. The entire trip was enjoyable with incredible beauty around every corner.  A collection of great photos and lasting memories that ensure we can't wait to return."

Melissa Nakhle

...such a beautiful place!

Thank you for everything, just loved the experience (warts and all) - hard not too in such a beautiful place!

Melissa, Australia 2017 Italian Ski Tour

An amazing ski touring adventure!

I wanted a ski touring adventure where I could spend a full day skinning up over high passes, skiing down the glaciers and pull up at a stone-and-timber lodge at over 7,000 ft, sit my weary bones down at an outside table to admire the stunning view over the valley into the French Alps, and have an Italian come over and ask if I would like to try their home-brew wheat beer, ice cold, before dinner. I was not disappointed!

Doug : Italian Ski Touring

Mountaineering Skills Course Nov 2016


Whit handled our safety amazingling, making sure we had the basics under wraps and keeping a discrete eye on us so we didn't feel like we were being babied. Yet when you knew things needed to get moving they never stressed anyone out. They just told us what needed to be done and we got on with it. A really well run course. I thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed every minute and learnt so much. 

Jake Anderson, Australia

Mountaineering Skills Course Nov 2016

"I felt seven days was a good time to be in the "classroom" for. Took me a bit out of my comfort zone everyday, which is the only way I think you can improve yourself. A great week away, full of rewarding things to learn and experience.  And I enjoyed the group's companionship, too. Ultimately it all made for an overall great experience. "

Dave Coorey, Australia

The course was invaluable...

"Its awesome!!!! Some things were hard mentally and physically. Looking back now, there's a lot more I need to learn. The course was invaluable and has given me some of the key tools I'll need to achieve some of my big objectives. Xavier was an excellent guide and did an awesome job of changing up our days and showing us new stuff every day.  Thanks so much for the adventure."

Luke Ellis, Australia

" 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, Brisbane, Australia

"A spectacular experience!"

"Andrea is an AMAZING AND REAL MOUNTAINEERING GUIDE from his soul. Certainly he's an inspiration for me and he was really patient when I was not fast enough learning and applying what he was teaching. Every second was perfect since the begining! The course really helps to achieve the mountaineering skills a person needs to climb with the proper knowledge in every aspect involved area. A spectacular experience!" 

Alejandra, February 2017

Norway Skiing

"Exquisite snow that goes all the way to the beach! A thoroughly unique and memorable backcountry skiing experience! There are not many places left where outstanding wilderness back country skiing, combined with excellent logistics and accommodation can be had without paying a small fortune.  Somehow Whitney managed to pull it off."

A real team approach...

"A real team approach from the Aspiring Guides outfit ( and I mean everyone from the office to the guides). Wanaka a lovely base. We really felt we had experienced climbing in New Zealand rather than just another Alpine climb."

Simon Laker, UK

A real team approach...

“Great fun, big tough endurance mountains, a real team approach from the Aspiring Guides outfit (and I mean everyone from the office to the guides). Wanaka a lovely base. We really felt we had experienced climbing in New Zealand rather than just another Alpine climb.”

Simon Laker

Everything was perfect

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, April 2017

.. a magical experience

Thanks so much.  I had a wonderful trip.  Plateau Hut was a magical experience.  I really enjoyed being in the environment and the community.  From my perspective, Tim did an amazing job of juggling multiple agendas to deliver an unforgettable adventure.  

Nancie

Peru 2016

I really enjoyed the trip. First time to 6000m mountains and first time in Peru. The experience was all that I hoped.  Aritza's logistics were superb, Everything happened on time and when expected. We were never left waiting for donkeys or transport or people. His tents were first class. Aritza is an extremely competent guide and climber, he offers help when  needed but doesn't fuss. Tackling two mountains before the big one of Chopicalqui worked very well - it ensured our acclimatisation was correct, plus shook down our approach, gear, technques etc .  Aritza has a great team in Peru. Porters were very friendly and extremely helpful and his cook (Achilles) was superb - some of the best food I have had in the mountains.  These are big mountains and you need to be fit and conversant with mountaineering techniques. Hence the trip suited us perfectly. 

Simon Laker

Aritza and his team were amazing...

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 Phillips

It was perfect...

"It was perfect. We didn't repeat anything that we already knew, and we learnt a lot of new techniques and basic skills to be independent in the mountain.  I wanted to learn as much as I could and above all, I wanted to feel independent. And I got that. The trip to Bonar Glacier was amazing. Very well organized, even when we had to change all the plans [because of the weather], Tim made everything work perfectly. Excellent."

 

Maria, 5 day Private Instruction Course, Jan 2016

"...a great transition from rock climbing to mountaineering"

"It was an amazing week regardless of the weather conditions. Gianni was a great guide and took time to understand our goals and current experience levels. He then tailored the course objectives to suit. He would watch everything closely and correct any mistakes if we didn't fix them ourselves. Gianni was passionate about climbing and the mountains, and he had a wealth of knowledge. It was great transition from rock climbing to mountaineering."

James Graham, Australia, January 2017

Great job

Pisa Range Tour 3-day:  "Geoff did a great job! He guided us to some great terrain, the best snow, made regular assessments of the snow pack and also showed us what avalanche dangers to look out for (that is, irregularities in the snow pack, concave and convex slopes, slope gradients, etc.). Also Geoff was a really nice guy, and we got along well with him, which we think also contributed to the success of the trip. Moonlight Skiing on the second day was the highlight!"

Rees Family, UK

a day of professional training was well worth it...

"Llewellyn was awesome! I feel like I could now head out climbing as part of a group and have a solid skill base to build from. I enjoyed the variety of climbs that Llewellyn showed me and (finally) making it to the top of the last 2 routes we did. It was great to learn the correct skills the correct way, rather than an interpretation of how to do things. I feel confident in what I have learnt and would say to others that the small investment for a day (at least) of professional training was well worth it.  A very professional and friendly crew."

Sam Ruddenklau, New Zealand

An amazing powder day in the Remarks!

A friend and I did a day of ski touring up in the remarkables. Fantastic scenery and unbelievable snow. Having skied backcountry in the Alps several times, the conditions up at the Remarks were outstanding! Our guide, Roger, was great and very knowledgable. It was clear he had a detailed understanding of the terrain, conditions and assessing avalanche risk, which was very reassuring and one of the key reasons we chose to do a guided tour. All in all, I cannot recommend Aspiring Guides highly enough!

Tom Barge NZ

I achieved more than what I wanted from the trip

"I achieved more than what I wanted from the trip. Instead of just a guided trip, Andy took the iniative to teach how to abseil, lead climb and belay as well, and set up anchors. He commented this was to improve our rock climbing management skills so we could become more independent. I thought this was a fantastic idea I had not forseen and thoroughly thank Andy for."

Jozef, Wellington NZ (aged 16)

‘What was your favourite part of the trip?’

“The moment you head onto the pass and the whole East Matukituki opens up in front of you. It's a staggering view from what was previously a somewhat enclosed environment. The thrill of climbing the waterfall face would be a close second.”

Matthew Pike, NZ

All features surpassed expectations.

Rabbit Pass 4-day:  Did you achieve what you wanted from your trip?  -  Yes and more!  As it was more challenging than I had expected it made for a different, and more rewarding, experience.  All features surpassed expectations – Jo, the scenery, the weather, the challenge, food and accommodation”  

Liam Prescott, Australia

Robrosa Touring 2016

I wanted to go touring from an existing hut (rather than tenting it) and wanted to learn from a guide.   I felt well informed. The gear lists, training programs etc. were easy to follow. We made lots of traverses and descents in areas we wouldn't normally have traveled through (if Geoff wasn't there) but I felt comfortable and encouraged. In my view, this is the perfect balance for a guided trip. Having a good laugh after we were all blown down by a gust of wind was memorable but I think the highlight would have to be our third day of sunshine and fun skiing just down (east) of the hut - the nice lines, fun skiing, blue skies and nice snow really stands out!

Grace

Robrosa Backcountry Aug 2016

One of the reasons we went on a guided trip was to do things that we would not feel comfortable with doing on our own. We were also keen to learn more about backcountry travel, which Geoff facilitated well.  Good varied terrain to cater for a range of ski / board abilities. A well run, fun trip!

John Fawcett

Robrosa Backcountry Ski Tour July 2016

Both Morgan and Andrea did an outstanding job conducting the trip in a way which challenged the advanced skiers in our group whilst also providing a safe and enjoyable experience for the less advanced skiers in the group.  Good introductory terrain for a big group, great scenery, good way to learn the basics of ski touring, great guides. It was an outstanding experience.  
Looking forward to another trip with Aspiring Guides in the future. 

Will Middleton

Fede is a mountain goat in disguise.

“Both Tony and Fede are very professional.   At no time was I pushed beyond my limits,  and I was not micro-managed either.  Fede has the ability to recognise clients strengths an weaknesses and encourages the client to use and develop their strengths and overcome or manage their weaknesses. Tony and Fede are great to talk to and have a laugh with.  I am sure that Fede is a mountain goat in disguise.”

Elsje Dines, Australia

A very enjoyable and worthwhile mountaineering course

Steep Ice Course 8-day:  "A very enjoyable and worthwhile mountaineering course set in a fantastic location,and conducted in a very professional, non-intimidating manner by a highly dedicated team... Stefan and Tim are terrific guides, and really nice blokes as well...I gleaned numerous technical tips from them; furthermore, somewhat through conversations with both guides, I have developed a clearer sense of future mountaineering directions/objectives and realistic expectations in relation to these - I had a great week! - I am very keen to do further mountaineering with AG"

Marcus Pickett, South Australia

Ski Touring with Aspiring Guides

In my view, an important aspect for a guide and guiding company is to tailor the trip to the clients needs but also push/facilitate the client to achieve/exceed their goals and expectations, while at the same time providing a safe environment. This has been consistently the case in our trips with Aspiring Guides 

David, 2015

I had an awesome day.

“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 Dawkins, Australia

Southern Lakes Alpine Rock

"I really learnt a lot and was out of my comfort zone often.  Adrian was outstanding in all areas, and when I come back I would like to request him as my guide. I was very glad he encouraged me to ‘have another go’ on Little Big Wall.  Top of The Remarkables was fantastic. Everything was explained very well (prior & during) the trip ie the plan, the climbing gear, the weather etc."

Garry, November 2015

Summit to Sea

We continue to be completely happy with the service you provide - great guide (Geoff), great communication, great options for dates and locations to tour, and we know that you are completely organised and will be able to deal with problems. The weather day is also a "plus" factor.  

Geoff is expert at guiding the level and activity to work for the whole group and at being flexible for changes. We have always felt the inherent risks of the outdoors are superbly managed by Geoff and the Aspiring Guides take every practical precaution for our safety too. 

A fantastic time away with friends in the mountains, with a whole lot of beauty, exercise, and some good turns. 

Sara-Jane

Flexibility is key..

Alpine Summit Week - Yes I would recommend this trip. Main reason is the flexibility shown by Aritza as to our capabilities and goals. All our climbing friends are similar to us and have rarely used a guide in the mountains so an outfit that recognises this and adapts things a little is really important to us. Even little things like Aritza being happy for us to lead on the sport routes on the final day - I have heard many outfits absolutely not allowing such a thing.

Simon Laker, UK

Very, very impressed

Treble Cone Backcountry Day Tour:  "... hearing the snow crystals billowing up into your lap as we skied untracked powder.  Excellent way to experience a true alpine environment at such a reasonable cost.   Very very impresed, as usual.  Keep living the dream!"

Graeme, Wanaka, New Zealand

... the most awesome time

Treble Cone 1-day:  "Just wanted to say thank you very very much. I had the most awesome time out there, and the weather was awesome. Nico was great and very informative. Looking forward to doing it again! 

Sam Molyneux, NZ

..an excellent adventure

4 day Upper Wilkin Wild Walk "The flight and jet-boat were the “wow” factors. The fully catered aspect was also appealing as it reduced the load to be carried in and out. And the fact that the walks were based from the same hut, and the day-trips could be tailored to meet the fitness levels gave us the confidence that it would be a good trip. Favourite part of the trip ?  That’s tough… there were great aspects to each day: the flight, scenery, seeing the kids enjoying themselves, the lakes, the forest, and the jet boat ride was a fitting end to an excellent adventure."

Kennedy Family

Our guide was very caring

Upper Wilkin 4-day:  "Our guide was very caring, always there when needed but unobtrusive, so we could also have some private/family time, in control and knowing what he was doing. His caring for our hungry and tired bodies with cups of tea and lovely food was excellent. 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, organizier with you)."

Susanne Mechtersheimer and family, Australia

I felt so completely taken care of

"I cannot thank you enough for this amazing wilderness experience you organized for me! You thought of every detail and threw in extra care and personal touches…With Brenda as a guide I felt so completely taken care of (in my first real river crossings) and she was a delight to be with. No more worries about wet boots! I'm a Kiwi now—and certainly—knees willing, I'll come back for more of the wild (and will spread the word!)."

Rosmarie Bognor, Nelson, NZ

Remarkables Climbing

Robyn and Carla were amazing at replying to emails quickly and helping to design a trip that worked for me!  All my questions/concerns were answered very helpfully in the few months between booking and getting to Wanaka.

I thought Tim was great. He was very friendly and easy to talk to, but also definitely knew what he was doing and made me feel safe the whole time. As well, I appreciated that even though I didn’t have any climbing experience, he didn’t get frustrated when I clearly had no clue what I was doing. I also appreciated how he pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone and got me to do some things that I don’t think I would have otherwise. He was able to recognise that I was scared at times yet still encourage me/help me get through whatever we were doing, and I am glad that I was able to do almost everything on the trip.

I really enjoyed being able to get out into the backcountry and see some amazing views that I wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise

 
 
 
 

Brian Wysolmerski

DIY training

"Challenging trip that really gave me a great base of knowledge and experience to do it myself."

Mark Vivian, NZ

Black Peak Ice Climing

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 practice 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 Francis-Pester

Black Peak Ice Climbing July 2016

Meeting cool people, climbing, awesome food, beautiful setting, awesome walk to/from the hut, helicopter ride…all of it was rad!  I had an amazing time, you guys all do an awesome job and I’m looking forward to booking more adventures with you in future.

Theresa Moore

A great adventure!

Would I recommend this trip ? Absolutely!  A great adventure, with fantastic guides & something that I'm sure we'll be doing again.

Colin Gray, Australia

Relax. Enjoy time with your family!

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, organizier with you).

Mechtersheimer family, Australia

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