professional mountain guidesAlpinism and Ski Wanaka

Alpinism & Ski Wanaka, NZ's finest boutique mountain and ski guiding company operating in the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Specializing in high quality experiences for small groups and individuals in the Southern Alps of New Zealand with world class, internationally qualified mountain guide Gary Dickson, who received a Queens Service Order for search and rescue services in 2020.

Mountaineering Courses

Instruction in the mountains doesn't come any better than on an Alpinism and Ski course. From introductory through intermediate to advanced or maximising your learning curve with private mountaineering instruction. Gary Dickson is New Zealand's leading expert instructor and examiner of professional mountain guides. He has been chosen by special forces and European guiding companies to hone their skills. Let Gary help you realise your potential in the mountains.

Guided Mountain ascents

For New Zealand alpinism activities, the Southern Alps offer mountaineering challenges second to none, providing a great taste of wilderness while climbing classic peaks with the safety and comfort of a top quality mountain guide.

Skiing and Snow Board Touring Sept/Oct

Come NZ late winter we specialize in back country ski touring and offer an avalanche course for back country enthusiasts either on skis or snow boards. Experience and discover the glaciated wilderness of the Southern Alps. Learn some avalanche skills to travel safely in snow and ice. Sept./Oct. are the best months for ski touring in New Zealand. Please note that since Covid, we can't guarantee guides availability during winter as chief Gaz has committed to ski patrol at Cardrona, just get in touch:)

Wanaka is the base of Alpinism and Ski, a perfect location to start your alpine climbing adventures. If you as an alpinist in NZ need a place to stay, try our Alpinism studio holiday accommodation or ask Iris about other options, obviously Covid depending now!


If you are looking for a boutique guiding company that has a passion for quality, personalized service with a highly experienced and qualified guide with world wide connections, please enter our world.

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Please call or email with any inquiries for future mountaineering, climbing / ski touring adventures and/or instruction courses


  • guided mountain climbing
  • mountaineering instruction courses
  • ski touring / snow board touring
  • ice climbing and rock climbing
  • back country avalanche courses
  • alpinism accommodation
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From October 2015 onwards:

all mountain guiding and instruction courses 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 and discussions are available from us anytime.


Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz