Wānaka Mountain Guides offers personalised mountaineering, ski and splitboard touring, climbing, and trekking adventures and instruction. Based on the shores of Lake Wānaka and operating throughout the Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Achieve your mountain goals by working directly with some of New Zealand’s most experienced mountain guides and instructors.
Guided rock climbing and instruction at local Wānaka crags and alpine rock of the Southern Lakes region and the Darran mountains of Fiordland.
Alpine and Glacier Trekking
For trekkers seeking to explore above the bush line and the glaciers of Mount Aspiring and Aoraki / Mount Cook National Parks. Day and overnight heli-hikes and multi-day journeys to visit remote alpine and wilderness areas.
Helicopter-accessed alpine hiking and glacier trekking day or overnight trips to glacier camps, alpine huts, or luxury mountain chalets. Helicopters provide access to remote locations deep in the Southern Alps allowing us to provide an uncrowded pristine alpine experience.
Our favourite mountain journeys through our backyard of Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. These remote trips cater to a range of abilities and take in beech valleys, alpine passes, off-track routes, and ridgeline traverses.
Ski and Splitboard Touring
Group or private ski touring trips. Helicopter access to more remote regions of our local mountains. Multi-day trips to high glaciers, Whare Kea Chalet, and the private huts of the Cass Valley.
Ice and Mixed Climbing
Winter ice climbing guiding and instruction. Venues include Wye Creek, The Remarkables mountain range to the classic alpine ice ascents of the Tasman, Fox, or Franz Josef glaciers.
Instruction covering all mountaineering skills from beginner to advanced and from short locally-based courses to intensive multi-day mountain-based courses. Wānaka based courses in rock climbing, technical rope skills, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, alpine climbing, and ski mountaineering.
Rock Climbing Courses
Skill development for all experience levels in sport, traditional and multi-pitch rock climbing techniques.
Avalanche skills courses provide the skills to keep you safe on your ski and splitboard touring adventures in the backcountry. These NZ Mountain Safety Council-endorsed courses are run as day trips from Wānaka or staying overnight in the mountains.
Ski and Splitboard Touring Courses
Ski and splitboard touring courses from introduction to advanced including glacier ski touring and ski mountaineering.
About Wānaka Mountain Guides
We are proudly owned and operated by certified NZ mountain guides and utilise a small team of locally based, established guides who have extensive knowledge of playing and working in the New Zealand and worldwide mountains. For more information visit Our Story.
These are just a selection of the adventures possible in our backyard of Mount Aspiring National Park and the Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana of New Zealand. Get in touch early so we can share advice and guide you in the right direction to help you achieve your mountain goals.
‘A very professional guide and great company. He took time to explain to us what walks were possible/practical each day depending on the weather and the impact it would have on the surrounding rivers. If you are city dwellers it is very comforting to know that your guide is thinking of the safety of the group. [He] certainly kept us well fed as well. We are looking forward to future trips in the beautiful mountains around Wānaka which is a refreshing change and takes us out of our comfort zone for a few days at least.’
— Michael, Siberia Hut Trip
‘It was 4 days I’ll never forget! The experiences I had I only want to grow on. I set out to accomplish a task, but I got so much more! You showed me a whole new world with your sport and I can’t thank you enough! Thanks so much for doing a great job at coaching someone who had no idea what they were doing lol. I work with some great leaders so I know one when I see one! I am a beginner climber and he gave excellent instruction on how to be safe while taking me out of my comfort zone. I’ve found a new love for this sport and it’s thanks to him! Absolutely exceeded my expectations!!! Thanks Wanaka Mountain Guides!
— Landen, Mitre Peak Ascent
‘I Learnt heaps on my course, it was a wonderful experience. WMG has very experienced and knowledgeable guides who share this knowledge with skill, expertise, and grace. Highly recommended.’
— Stuart, Avalanche Skills Course
Our trusted suppliers and friends
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