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Aspiring Guides offers specialised, innovative & personalised mountain guiding services

We take pride in delivering a trip that meets your needs.  From ascents of NZ's most challenging peaks to personalized instruction, we understand that all clients are different. Our friendly staff and guides will go the extra mile to deliver the best possible experience.

To see what trips we offer see our list of:

Climb Ascents

Mt Aspiring

Mt Aspiring

Summit: 3033m (10,827ft)Aspiring Guides has more experience climbing Mount Aspiring than any other mountain guide company in the world. Whichever route you do, this is a beautif...

5DAYS
1:1PEOPLE
OCT - APRPERIOD
From $5250PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Mt Cook

Mt Cook

Summit : 3724m (12,218 ft.)  Latest height measurementRising virtually from sea level,  Mount Cook is BIG by the standards of any mountain in the world. It is heavily ...

5DAYS
1:1PEOPLE
OCT - DECPERIOD
From $4890PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Helicopter ACCESS OUT
Alpine Summit Week

Alpine Summit Week

This is the easiest way to make sure that you get the best climbing trip possible. Seven days with a top guide and some of the greatest mountains in the world!  You decide ...

7DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
NOV - APRPERIOD
From $3450PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION
Aspiring Cook Combo

Aspiring Cook Combo

There are different reasons why people want to combine New Zealand's two most popular peaks  - Mt Cook (NZ's highest) and Mt Aspiring (arguably one of the most aest...

10DAYS
1:1PEOPLE
OCT - DECPERIOD
From $POAPER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION
Four day climbing expeditions

Four day climbing expeditions

Alpine climbing in New Zealand means that most climbs require a day or two for access.  For this reason most summits require 3-4 days return.  There is a wide variety ...

4DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
OCT - APRPERIOD
From $2050PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION
Mt Brewster

Mt Brewster

Summit: 2515m (8251 ft)This is one of the best non-helicopter climbing options New Zealand has to offer.  Make no mistake - Mt Brewster is a major alpine summit and a feath...

4DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
OCT - APRPERIOD
From $2050PER PERSON
Walk ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Darrans Mountaineering

Darrans Mountaineering

The Darran Mountains are remotely located in Fiordland National Park and are one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. It is an area where snow-capped mounta...

4DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
JAN - APRPERIOD
From $2250PER PERSON
Walk ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Darrans Alpine Rock

Darrans Alpine Rock

The Darran Mountains are remotely located in Fiordland National Park and are one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. It is an area where snow-capped mounta...

5DAYS
1:1PEOPLE
JAN - APRPERIOD
From $5650PER PERSON
Walk ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Southern Lakes Alpine Rock

Southern Lakes Alpine Rock

The magnificent landscapes of the Southern Lakes region and Mount Aspiring National Park provide a variety of multi-pitch crags and alpine rock that make for some fun and advent...

3DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
JAN - JANPERIOD
From $$550PER PERSON
Walk ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Private guiding and instruction

Private guiding and instruction

A trip designed just for you... if you want a shorter or longer trip, or you have a larger group, we can tailor a trip to match your group or individual needs. Whether you are 1...

6DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
OCT - SEPTPERIOD
From $POAPER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION

Climb Courses

Mountaineering Skills Course

Mountaineering Skills Course

Big Challenges – Big Rewards – Supportive EnvironmentThis is an intensive 7-day mountaineering course with comprehensive instruction in all facets of alpine climbing...

7DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
NOV - APRPERIOD
From $2740PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION
Mt Aspiring Expedition Course

Mt Aspiring Expedition Course

This course is designed for budding climbing partners to learn to work together under the tutelage of a professional guide/ instructor. The course is run on the slopes and glaci...

8DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
OCT - JUNEPERIOD
From $4350PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Advanced Mountaineering Course

Advanced Mountaineering Course

This course is for climbers with previous experience who want to concentrate on more advanced skills.  The course is based from Pioneer Hut because of the close proximity t...

8DAYS
1:3PEOPLE
OCT - JANPERIOD
From $3250PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION
Private Instruction Course

Private Instruction Course

Our Private Instruction Courses are ideal for a group looking for an introduction to mountaineering or to further developing their alpine climbing techniques. Essentially you no...

5DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
OCT - JUNEPERIOD
From $2250PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION
Rock Climbing Courses

Rock Climbing Courses

Wanaka has a variety of beautiful locations for rock climbing suitable for anyone from beginners to experts.  The area boasts thousands of single and multi-pitch,...

1DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JAN - JANPERIOD
From $260PER PERSON
Walk ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Winter Ice Climbing

Winter Ice Climbing

Sport climbing on ice! Whether you are already a strong rock climber and want to transition to this new medium, a mountaineer who wants to get more experience on steeper ice, or...

4DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JUNE - AUGPERIOD
From $1990PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Helicopter ACCESS OUT
Winter Alpine Mountaineering

Winter Alpine Mountaineering

Winter in the Southern Lakes of New Zealand provides unique access to the snow, rock and ice of the alpine environment. Whether you have no mountaineering experience or want to ...

4DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JUNE - SEPTPERIOD
From $1495PER PERSON
Walk ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Backcountry Avalanche Course

Backcountry Avalanche Course

For climbers and hikers - a NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited courseRecognized by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, this Backcountry Avalanche Course is designe...

4DAYS
1:6PEOPLE
JULY - SEPTPERIOD
From $950PER PERSON

Client Comments:

"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

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 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...."

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Mike Dixon, UK

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

"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


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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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!

Check out this video of Gary and Graham reaching the top : click here

 

Graham, New Zealand, Mt Aspiring, March 2017

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

Bivvying up in the Remarkables and waking up to the views was my favourite part of the course.   I learnt enough to keep me going for a couple of years and the scenery was amazing.

Peter, Australia

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

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