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CLIMBING

Climb New Zelands highest mountains. 

MOUNTAINEERING ASCENTS

Queenstown Mountain Guides specialise in privately guided climbs of Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Mitre Peak and other significant New Zealand mountains. From our home base in Queenstown we operate trips to the Mt Cook areas, the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, the Mt Aspiring National Park, and the Darran Mountains.

Aoraki Mt Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain at 3724m. Mt Cook is a prized international summit and world class mountaineering objective suitable for experienced alpine climbers. A typical ascent of Mt Cook takes between 15 to hours via the Linda Glacier route climbed from Plateau Hut.

1 to 2 people

6 days

From $5,900

Mid October to December

Mt Aspiring is one of the most classic alpine peaks in New Zealand and it is also known as the 'the Matterhorn of the South,' for its pyramidal appearance when seen from the the Matukituki valley. Mt Aspiring is suitable for climbers with some previous snow and ice mountaineering experience.

1 to 2 people

5 days

From $5,250

Mid October to April

Knife edge ridges and huge exposure climbing high above Milford Sound with incredible views of the spectacular Fiordland mountains. Come and climb Mitre Peak with Queenstown Mountain Guides... its an unforgettable adventure and one of our favourite mountains to climb!

1 to 2 people

5 days

$5,250

January to April

The 5 day Mountaineering expedition is for climbers looking to climb premier New Zealand mountaineering objectives. This could be ascents of classic New Zealand 3000m peaks or technical alpine routes. Choose a specific objective or go with the guides advice and where the best conditions and weather will be for the trip duration.

1 to 4 people

5 days

From $2,050

October to April

Climbing the East Peak of Mt Earnslaw (2835m) from the Rees valley is a classic New Zealand mountaineering trip and a great mountain to progress your mountaineering skills. Mt Earnslaw is not a technical mountaineering objective like Mt Aspiring or Mt Cook but it does require a good level of fitness and will physically challenge any mountaineer. Unlike other classic New Zealand climbing expeditions a helicopter is not used on this trip so all equipment and food needs to be carried by the climbing party.

1 to 2 people

4 days

From $2,650

December to April

MOUNTAINEERING COURSES

We offer a variety of mountaineering courses for beginner through to advanced climbers. Our beginner courses will teach you the basic mountaineering skills of rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, safety skills and use of equipment, and rope work.

Our advanced courses will take you climbing on some of the amazing big routes in the New Zealand southern alps. You will learn lead climbing skills for multi-pitch alpine and rock terrain. We can help you develop your climbing skills so you can get to the next level.

The Mt Aspiring Course and Ascent is a 7 day mountaineering expedition that includes a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring. Get snow, ice, rock, and glacier mountaineering experience with the goal of climbing a significant New Zealand 3000m peak.

1 to 2 people

7 days

$6,500

Mid October to April

The New Zealand Mountaineering Course is a beginner to intermediate climbing course for learning modern mountaineering skills. The goal of the course is to teach participants how to safely climb independently in high mountain areas and on glaciers. the course covers an introduction to equipment, climbing techniques, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue as well as other essential skills for mountaineering.

3 to 4 people

6 days

$2,750

October to April

The Advanced Climbing Course is for participants with previous climbing experience. The focus of this course is lead climbing and we aim to climb as many peaks as possible on the course. Skills taught on the course include lead climbing techniques, rope work and anchors for multi-pitch climbing on snow, ice, and rock, glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills.

1 to 4 people

5 to 10 days

From $2,050

Mid October to April

Queenstown Mountain Guides 5 day helicopter accessed ice climbing course is located at the premier  New Zealand ice climbing area - Wye Creek in the Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown.  The 5 day Ice Climbing Course focuses on developing modern ice climbing technique, safe practices, and lead climbing skills. By the end of the course you will have the skills to safely independently ice climb in New Zealand or at other ice climbing areas throughout the world.

1 to 4 people

2 to 5 days

From $1,200

July to August

REMARKABLES CLIMBING

The Remarkables mountain range tower above Queenstown and are known as the “Chamonix of the South.” The Remarkables offer easy access and huge amount of climbing options in both the summer and winter seasons. The Remarkables are located  further to the east of the main divide of New Zealands southern Alps so are more sheltered from New Zealands famous weather.

Single Cone is a classic Queenstown climbing experience. The guided Single Cone climb by the standard south ridge is suitable for first time climbers wanting to experience an exhilarating day of climbing and experience the incredible views from the summit of the Remarkables.

1 to 3 people

1 day

From $350

All year

The Grand Traverse of Single and Double Cone is one of the most classic single day alpine routes in New Zealand climbing. The steep, exposed and sustained ridge line provides excellent rock climbing on with incredible views 2000m down the west face of the Remarkables to Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. The eastern side of the ridge line is almost as spectacular as you climb high above Lake Alta.

1 to 2 people

1 day

From $450

December to April

Queenstown Mountain Guides 5 day helicopter accessed ice climbing course is located at the premier  New Zealand ice climbing area - Wye Creek in the Remarkables Mountain Range, Queenstown.  The 5 day Ice Climbing Course focuses on developing modern ice climbing technique, safe practices, and lead climbing skills. By the end of the course you will have the skills to safely independently ice climb in New Zealand or at other ice climbing areas throughout the world.

1 to 4 people

2 to 5 days

From $1,200

July to August

ROCK CLIMBING

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular climbing destinations with the local climbing areas offer high quality rock and spectacular mountain backdrops. The Remarkables mountain range offer easy access to classic and spectacular multi-pitch rock climbing. Close to Queenstown the Darran mountains is the home to New Zealand’s best alpine rock climbing with world class steep granite faces and soaring alpine ridge lines.

Enjoy a full day rock climbing at one of our local climbing areas, climbing some of the best single pitch routes the area has to offer. The Queenstown rock climbing area is known for its good quality rock and incredible scenery with lake and mountain views from the climbing areas.

1 to 6 people

8 hours

From $280

October to April

Queenstown Alpine Rock Climbing on the Remarkables mountain range. The Remarkables offers excellent multi-pitch alpine rock climbing and a variety of different styles and grades of climbing to suit all levels. Options include steep multi-pitch climbs to reach the summit of single and double cone, through to easy scrambles on warm rock in the sun taking in the views on offer in this amazing alpine environment.

1 to 2 people

1 to 2 days

From $385

December to April

Darran Mountains multi-pitch New Zealand alpine rock climbing. The Darrans offer multi-pitch alpine rock routes and world class steep and exposed classic alpine rock ridge lines in an incredible setting. These alpine rock routes are sought after New Zealand rock climbing classics.

1 to 2 people

5 to 10 days

From $2,645

January to April

The 2 Day Outdoor Rock Climbing Course is course for anyone that wants to learn how to climb outdoors. We have designed a course to teach you foundation rock climbing skills. No previous climbing experience is necessary. The focus of the 2 day course is on teaching skills to safely enjoy climbing in the outdoors. On this course you will learn the most current techniques and protocols under the supervision and support of an expert climbing instructor.

1 to 6 people

2 days

from $500

October to April

Learn to lead climb in Queenstown. For many climbers the most challenging and potentially dangerous challenge is making the transition into lead climbing. There are so many new skills to learn and become proficient at to remain safe at all times. The 2 day Lead Climbing Course will give you the skills to safely and successfully lead single pitch bolted climbs while continuing to develop your movement on rock skills.

1 to 6 people

2 days

From $500

October to April