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.