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ABOUT US

Queenstown Mountain Guides goal is to present you some of the best climbing and skiing experiences you’ve ever had. We are a small boutique guiding company based in Queenstown New Zealand. Queenstown Mountain Guides offers personalised climbing, skiing, and trekking experiences. Before the start of your trip with us we can offer you personal advice about selecting the right trip for you. We are a company that cares about our clients experiences. If you are looking for a large commercial guiding operator you have come to the wrong place.

Safety is an important issue in the mountains. To achieve a high level of safety and success in the mountains Queenstown Mountain Guides employ a small team of professionally qualified guides and instructors. Our guides and instructors are qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association which is a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA). We also use New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) instructors & guides for mountaineering and rock climbing guiding in Queenstown and on the Remarkables.

Queenstown Mountain Guides is a Department of Conservation Approved Business. We have  passed the environmental standards set by DOC, as well as safety standards set by an independent auditor, and been approved to operate in public conservation areas.

Queenstown Mountain Guides is Safety Audit Certified. This certification demonstrates that an operator’s Safety Management System complies with the Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities.  Certification enables the operator to be registered by WorkSafe NZ as an authorised adventure activity operator. This certification is JAS-ANZ accredited.

 

MIKE MADDEN

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE – OWNER & CHIEF GUIDE

Mike has over 20 years of experience mountaineering, climbing, skiing, guiding, and teaching in New Zealand’s Southern Alps and many other mountain ranges around the world including the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska, Europe, and Canada.

Over the winter season Mike is the Chief Guide for Harris Mountains Heli-skiing, chasing the best powder skiing that New Zealand has to offer. In his spare time Mike chases waves with a kite and a surf board on New Zealand’s wild south coast and other wave kite surfing destinations throughout the world.

The challenge of matching different skill levels, locations, and mountain activities keeps Mike motivated to continue this lifestyle.

MARINA MATHEWS

BUSINESS MANAGER
Marina has a Bachelor of Business degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology. Marina worked as a financial controller for large multinational companies in Singapore and Australia and had her last corporate stint at media giant Publishing & Broadcasting Limited.
 
Since leaving city & corporate life, she started her own Queenstown based architectural photography business.  With her financial management background she now takes care of business matters for Queenstown Mountain Guides.

CHRIS PRUDDEN

NZOIA ALPINE 2 

Chris has over 30 years of guiding experience and is an alpine assessor for the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association. A keen conversationalist Chris is a very patient guide and instructor with more experience than anyone guiding on the Remarkables mountain range.

Chris has given a lifetime of voluntary service to New Zealand mountain rescue and is currently with the Queenstown Alpine Cliff Rescue Team where he is an assessor for NZ Land SAR.

Before moving to Queenstown Chris lived in Taranaki operating his own guiding business there for 20 years.This included multiple ascents of Mt Taranaki, culminating in a huge 1320 ascents over a 30 year period.

KATERINA MACESKOVA

NZMGA ASSISTANT SKI GUIDE

Kat is an avid skier and powder seeker. Born and raised in the Czech republic, she has spent her childhood and adolescent years skiing in the Alps and Dolomites. Fifteen years ago she discovered ski touring and immediately fell in love with the sport and life style. Since then, she has explored the backcountry in the European Alps, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand and Japan.

Kat is currently ski guiding in New Zealand and Japan. When she is not skiing, she likes rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking. She is also passionate about getting more girls and women into the outdoors by organising All girls trips.

TIM ROBERTSON

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

Tim is a laidback but highly professional kiwi mountain guide with an attention safety and detail. Tim started his guiding career in New Zealand and has extensive experience in the southern alps guiding mountaineering, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing.

Tim’s experience includes 6 seasons of heli-skiing in New Zealand, guiding in the Himalayas, Norway and Europe. Tim’s second home is Interlaken Switzerland where he regularly guides Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Eiger and other classic 4000m peaks.

MARK AUSTIN

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

A Queenstown local, Mark has climbed, skied, and guided throughout the worlds mountain ranges. Marks experience includes avalanche forecasting, heliskiing guiding, and leading international expeditions.

Mark is also a qualified teacher and a talented instructor when teaching mountaineering and backcountry skiing skills. Mark is a an assessor and the Training Officer for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.

SAM BOSSHARD

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

Sam has over 25 years of guiding and mountain instruction experience and is a passionate and professional mountain and ski guide with incredible attention to detail.

A talented guide, climber, skier, and mountaineer, and instructor – Sam’s main passion is rock climbing and he is credited with many first ascents. His favourite climbing area is the Darran Mountains in Fiordland. Sam is a trainer and assessor for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.

WILL ROUNTREE

NZMGA ASSISTANT SKI GUIDE & ASSISTANT CLIMBING GUIDE

Will is a Queenstown local with a background in ski patrol and alpine rescue and currently runs the avalanche forecasting program for the Remarkables Ski Field in Queenstown.

An avid skier and climber both within NZ and overseas and currently travels between Japan and New Zealand to work as a backcountry skiing guide in Hakuba Japan.

 

PETER WHITWORTH

NZMGA SKI GUIDE & ASSISTANT CLIMBING GUIDE

A super nice guy Peter is a talented and patient guide and instructor that is very popular with our clients. Originally coming to mountaineering from a skiing background Peter spent 8 years working as a ski patroller and was the avalanche forecaster for the Remarkables ski field in Queenstown as well as working for the Mt Cook Alpine Search and Rescue team. Peter has skied and travelled in Europe, India, North America and Japan. Currently peter is guiding mountaineering and rock climbing in the summer season and is heli-skiing in the winter.

 

MANU GREER

NZMGA ASSISTANT SKI GUIDE

Manu started working in the South Island’s mountains as a ski patroller in winters and a backcountry ranger in summers. Now chasing winters, he has worked seasons in China, Canada, Japan, USA and the Republic of Georgia, as a guide, patroller and avalanche forecaster.

He has a patient and calm approach, and loves to pass on tips and knowledge about touring and snow safety.

 

RUPERT GARDINER

NZOIA ALPINE 2 & ROCK 2

Rupert grew up in Queenstown and over the past 20 years has made first ascents and established many new alpine, mixed, and rock routes in the local mountains and climbing areas. Rupert is a talented climber, guide, and instructor and having grown up in Queenstown he has a great knowledge the local mountains and rock climbing areas. Rupert is a team leader for the Queenstown Alpine Cliff Rescue Team.