Guided New Zealand mountain climbing

guided alpinism in NZBe guided in the spectacular Southern Alps by one of NZ’s most experienced mountain guides.

A guided climb with me can achieve  a mountain adventure of a fine selection of classic NewZealand  peaks with  my 30 years of experience and the associated safety benefits this brings when  calling the shots and organizing the trip.

Alpinism at its best in New Zealand

The NZ southern alps has spectacular snow and ice summits, that offer a feeling of wilderness. Fortunately some of the best of this can be accessed by helicopter, making for pleasant access and egress, and there are medium sized and reasonably comfortable  alpine huts to base from.

wind cloudsClimbing a peak or several peaks in NewZealand is like a mini expedition. One of the main reasons being the geographical situation and location of being in the ‘roaring forties’, so very much weather dependent. Everything on a kiwi trip revolves around the weather as it influences greatly access, egress, snow conditions and climbing conditions.  NZ peaks are fantastic objectives, but can often involve complex decision making – YOU can benefit from my 30 years of kiwi mountaineering.

As a small , boutique operation I often can offer a weather contingency. It is indeed ideal if climbers have a day or two up their sleeves in their travel plans/international flight plans for this contingency, giving success of the ascent(s) a much better chance.

mountain climbing vistasPure Alpinism

I offer my guiding services to  individuals and teams of two (depending on the difficulty of the objective(s).)

I specialize in trips to the West Coast of the Southern Alps, where there are a good number of classic, easy and moderate difficulty spectacular snow and mixed peaks.  The views from the westcoast neves down to the surf  only 20km distant are quite remarkable and makes this a special area to climb.  This however sits in a complex environment of glaciation and weather. Mountaineering here has its challenges, but the rewards are worth it.

The kiwi weather is very affected by the North/South direction of the Southern Alps. With a predominant Westerly airstream, it is often chalk and cheese between the weather East or West.

We have mountains on the Eastern side of the southern alps too, so if the weather forcast is not looking suitable  for the Western side of the main divide, East we go.

Logistics for guided mountain climbing in NZ

All trips fly in and fly out

*Price for 6 days: 1 person 2 people
$4690 $2700 pp
*Price for 7 days: 1 person 2 people
$5230 $3130 pp
Price Includes: Guide fee for 6/7 days, hut fees, accommodation and vehicle transport during trip days, high quality food, party technical equipment e.g. rope, snow pickets, ice screws
Price doesn’t include: Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and out of mountains, personal rental equipment. The flight cost varies according to aircraft used and loadings of the day. More about flights and please ask us for details

*note:prices are in NZ$ and include GST (our goods & services tax of 15%)

Being a small, boutique company it has become impossible due to recent government beauracracy to continue to  operate under our own department of conservation  concession, so all guided mountain climbing trips in NZ with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.

Bookings will go through their office and will be subject to their booking conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL’s concession and safety management system requirements.

Pre-trip information, discussions  and trips will as far as you are concerned, continue to run as they previously did.