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    Climb NZ's highest mountains

    Achieve your dream of climbing NZ's highest mountains and most iconic peaks. Climb  3000+ m peaks including Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring or book a guide for a week of technical climbing on NZ's most challenging mountaineering routes.

    "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

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    Backcountry Ski Touring

    Ski & ride NZ's true backcountry.  Endless untracked terrain on NZ's vast glaciated regions and from our private huts located at Black Peak and Pisa Range near Wanaka - NZ's premier ski & snowboarding destination.

    "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

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    Wilderness Hiking in New Zealand

    Wild Walks by Aspiring Guides offers guided hiking trips to some of NZ's most remote wilderness areas. Challenge yourself on NZ's hardest guided treks or choose a more laid back option or family hiking experience.

    “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


    Ice Climbing

    Learn to ice climb.  Comprehensive ice-climbing courses for beginners to advanced climbers are based from our private hut at Black Peak, near Wanaka.  Fly in & out to MAXIMISE your time on the ICE!

    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

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    Rock Climbing

    Learn to rock climb in New Zealand - from introductory 1 day rock-climbing courses to advanced multi-pitch rockclimbing expeditions in some of NZ's best climbing regions.

    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

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    Climbing Courses

    Learn to climb with the NZ mountain experts. From introductory group mountaineering instruction courses to advanced private instruction courses. Practical not theoretical - we believe in learning by doing!

    "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

Keep Up To Date

It's that time of year again !  Have you thought about your winter plans, do you need to brush up on your avalanche knowledge before heading into the backcountry this winter? 

Start switching your brain to winter mode with our 2019 Avalanche Quiz

  1. What is the most likely trigger of fatal avalanches?  
  2. What snowpack characteristics can you expect when a danger of slab avalanches is identified in the Avalanche Advisory?  
  3. In what circumstances can can small point release avalanches be especially dangerous?  
  4. During periods of what level of avalanche danger are the most fatalities likely to occur?
  5. Which is the most important warning sign of dangerous avalanche conditions?
  6. Around what features can you expect the snowpack to be thinner and how does this affect the likelihood of triggering avalanches?  
  7. What size of avalanches can be expected during times of MODERATE avalanche danger? 
  8. What biases can affect our decision making when travelling in avalanche terrain and how can they be mitigated against?
  9. If you are buried in an avalanche, how long before your probability of survival drops below 20%?  

Want to know your score?  Email your answers though to us at climb@aspiringguides.com and we will let you know how you scored.


Mountaineering & Hiking in NZ!

Learn to climb in New Zealand.   Join one of our 7 day Mountaineering Skills Courses.  Gain the experience to climb Mt Aspiring or Mt Cook (NZ's highest).     Extend your skills with our Advanced Mountaineering Course, or our 8 day Aspiring Expedition Course where you learn to climb Mt Aspiring independently.

Guided hiking in the New Zealand backcountry.  If you want to get away from the crowds on the well known NZ Great Walks and challenge yourself in the remote wilderness areas of the Mt Aspiring National Park - then our Wild Walks trekking program is for you!    Whether you want a family camping adventure, venture above the tree-line to experience NZ's vast glaciated regions or push your limits on NZ's hardest guided trek - our 8 day Gillespie Rabbit Pass Traverse - Aspiring Guides & our Wild Walks team are the guides to choose for your adventure!

Backcountry Ski Touring & Snowboarding

Located in New Zealand's premier skiing & snowboarding region near Treble Cone & Cardrona ski resorts, Aspiring Guides offers true backcountry ski touring & snowboarding.  Rent our private huts on the Pisa Range or experience multi-day expedition glacier ski touring on New Zealand's highest glaciers.  Take an Avalanche Awareness Course or an Advanced Ski Touring & Mountaineering Course.   Learn the smart way to ski tour & snowboard in the NZ backcountry with our team of expert ski guides.

Ice Climbing

Learn to ice climb.  Whether you're already a rock climber wanting to try your hand at this new medium or you've never climbed before, our 4 day ice-climbing course based from our private hut at Black Peak, Wanaka NZ is a perfect place to learn & hone your ice-climbing skills.  This remote ice-field is not readily accessible by the public - so there's no competing for routes and you can maximise your time climbing on the ice with a helicopter flight in and out of the mountains and return each night to our snug private mountain hut.

More about Aspiring Guides

For over 20 years Aspiring Guides has been providing guided ascents of New Zealand's highest mountains and iconic peaks such as Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and Mt Tasman as well as offering comprehensive mountaineering instruction, climbing courses  and multi-day wilderness hiking adventures in the spectacular NZ Southern Alps.   In winter join Aspiring Guides for breathtaking backcountry skiing & snowboard touring on New Zealand's vast glaciated terrain or from our private hut network.  Learn backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness & ice-climbing skills by joining one of comprehensive winter ski touring or ice-climbing courses run from private mountain huts located near our base in Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

Climb Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring
& New Zealand's highest mountains

Guided ascents with Aspiring Guides offer you an endless variety of technically challenging alpine routes on NZ's highest mountains. We have ascents to  challenge climbers of all abilities.  Book a trip to climb just one peak or a week long adventure to test your mountaineering skills on a range of 3000+m peaks.

Mountaineering Instruction Courses

NZ is a world famous location to learn to climb mountains.   Aspiring Guides offers a vast range of group or private instruction alpine courses from introductory to advanced : mountaineering instruction, multi-pitch rock climbing and ice climbing.

Wilderness Hiking

In summer, join Aspiring Guides for remote multi-day trekking in the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park.  Experience New Zealand's hardest guided hiking trips, the 8 day Gillespie-Rabbit Pass  Traverse and Glacier Hiking on our highest glaciated regions, or an introductory wilderness walking and camping holiday suitable for the whole family.   Aspiring Guides takes care of all the logistics so you can concentrate on the walk and enjoying the breathtaking scenery.   In winter we provide multi-day tours hiking with snowshoes.  Small groups,  light backpacks, engaging & knowledgeable trekking guides are our specialty. 

Why choose Aspiring Guides?

Our focus is New Zealand Mountain Guiding.  While we have some specialist international climbing & trekking trips from time to time - the mountains of the NZ Southern Alps are our playground!

Our guiding team are not only highly skilled professionally qualified mountain guides with experience in New Zealand and worldwide - they are fun people to be in the mountains with.    They are also supported by our office staff who provide the attention to detail and logistic support to ensure the best possible experience for our clients.

Safety is a priority for all our trips.  Aspiring Guides was the first NZ Mountain Guiding Company to receive the externally audited Outdoors Mark certification & we are registered with the NZ Government as an Adventure Activity Operator.   Our high guiding team are all qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association - an affiliate of the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), the professional body governing mountain guiding worldwide.

Best Location.  With our base in Wanaka, 1 hours drive from the Queenstown International Airport we are at the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park for remote wilderness trekking.  In winter, Wanaka is widely regarded as New Zealand's best winter ski & snowboarding destination.  For mountaineering we are not locked into just one climbing region.  We have the Westland, Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Remarkables & Fiordland National Parks all easily accessible by ground transport from our Wanaka base.  When weather or mountain conditions are unfavourable, our clients benefit from the vast range of climbing region options we have available to us.