Rock Climbing Courses


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

Sam Ruddenklau, New Zealand

"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."

More Information

Rock climbing with Aspiring Guides offers quality instruction, guiding and climbing.  We have a huge variety of climbing available, we start with the basics and progress you through all the essential skills.  Rock Climbing is available for corporate team building programs and school groups. Contact us directly for details.

Introduction to Rock Climbing in Wanaka (1-3 days)

We use the local Wanaka crags where there are are routes for all abilities. For new climbers this is an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of rock climbing movement and footwork. You will gain confidence in your skills, exposure to heights and trusting the rope. You will get more comfortable handling the ropes in the principles of pitching and belaying.

Intermediate Rock Climbing - Leading on sport and/or traditionally protected routes
(1-3 days)

Progress from top roping to leading; adapt from gym climbing to rock; from clipping bolts to placing gear. Push your grade and fill those gaps which may be in your technical repertoire such as anchor building or rescue techniques. Having a concentrated burst of climbing with professional instructors can let you step up to a new level of skill.

Advanced Rock Climbing - Multi-Pitch and Rescue (1-3 days)

This is for climbers with some experience of leading climbs and wishing to progress to multi-pitch and alpine routes. The focus is on efficient techniques and systems to climb safely and quicker on longer and committing multi-pitch and alpine rock routes.  Experienced climbers will love doing some of the local classics.  

Available Dates

Scheduled courses on the following dates (subject to minimum numbers).  
Private courses available at any time, subject to guide availability

Course Level Status
3 day course : Nov 9 - 11 Intro Open
1 day course : Dec 2 Intro  Open
1 day course : Dec 15 Intro Open
3 day course : Jan 11 - 13 Intermed Open
3 day course :  Feb 2 - 4 Advanced  Open
Inquire about dates later in Feb, March, April  

If the above dates/level don't suit please get in touch and we can try and schedule in a course that works for you


Technical Difficulty

Rock Courses can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.  A good level of fitness and comfort with heights is desired but many people use this course to test themselves for the first time.  Whether you are brand new or looking to push your limits your guide will be able to take you as far as you want to go.
Your guide will explain the basics of climbing and if you want to learn all about it or just grab and go, you guide will ensure your safety at all times.

Physical Difficulty

If you enjoy heights and are of average fitness there are rock climbs that you will be able to enjoy.  Initially it is all about balance and using your feet.  Rock shoes allow you to use your toes so strong legs, especially your calf muscles, are important.  As you progress and the climbs get steeper the weight shifts to you hands and arms.  This is where training is important to give you the endurance to do longer climbs.  We have climbs for all abilities and your guide will only tackle objectives that are within your grasp.

Price Details

Guide: Client Ratio Price per person
1 day course  
1:1 NZ $575
1:2 NZ $350
1:3 or 1:4 NZ $260
3 day course  
1:1 NZ $1,850
1:2 NZ $975
1:3 or 1:4 NZ $750
What's Included
  • NZMGA/ IFMGA or NZOIA qualified guide/instructor
  • permit fees
  • lunch each day 
  • climbing equipment (except for rock shoe rental) 
Not included :
  • ground transport - if you don't have your own car, we can arrange (additional cost may apply)
  • accommodation (wide range avail from NZ$30 per night), 
  • breakfast and dinner.


Frequently Asked Questions About This Trip

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Intro to Rock Climbing

strong> Day 1 : Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. This is a beautiful valley and with over 400 named climbs, is one of New Zealand's premier climbing locations.  We start with the basics of footwork and get you comfortable with the idea of exposure to heights.  Learning to trust the protection systems is a big part of day one.  Your guide will push you without burning you out. We often stop for a swim at one of the many local swimming holes.

Day 2 : Using your new skills you can begin to tackle longer climbs; with the guide leading, you are safe at all times.  Pitching and belaying are refined and you begin to get a feel for how the protection systems work.  Movement on rock comes naturally to some but to others it is a struggle.  However, with a wide variety of climbs to choose from the guide can keep you on the edge of you comfort zone without pushing you past the point of having a good time.  Falling is all part of the game and once you trust the rope a whole world of possibilities will open up for you.
Day 3 : Pushing further up the valley we explore some hidden gems.  At Wishbone Falls you get your first taste of multi-pitch climbing. Getting much further off the ground gives you a great chance to have a look around this amazing area.  When you are ready, your guide will introduce you to leading.  The goal is to give you the skills, confidence and judgment to climb independently.  Working on some easier climbs you can experience the thrill of being "on the sharp end" and gain the experience to safely climb on your own.


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