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Queenstown Mountain Guides Mountaineering School. Learn climbing & skiing skills from a professional mountain guide.


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 Queenstown Mountaineering Course is a 3 day course for climbers wanting an introduction to mountaineering. On this course you will learn mountaineering and climbing skills on snow, ice and rock. Learn about and become confident in the use of climbing equipment such as harnesses, belay and abseil devices, carabiners. Develop your knowledge of rope work skills and gain a love of climbing.

1 to 4 people

3 days*


All year

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

From $7,250

Mid October to March

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


October to March

The Private Mountaineering Course allows you to choose the dates and level of challenge that suits you. This course can be tailored to suit beginners looking to learn the basic montaineering skills through to advanced climbers wanting to focus on lead climbing in the alpine environment.

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


Beginner through to advanced rock climbing courses. On the beginner rock climbing course you will learn the basics of rock climbing – rock climbimg movement, safety skills, use of equipment, and rope work, how to build an anchor, and abseiling techniques.

On the advanced rock climbing courses you can learn lead climbing skills, anchor building, multi-pitch techniques, traditional gear placements, anchor building, and rope rescue skills. 

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


Learn the skills  to travel safely in the backcountry. Our focus is to teach backcountry travellers the skills needed to travel efficiently through the backcountry. You will also learn about equipment, clothing, avalanche decision making, planning, and rescue skills. On our ski mountaineering courses you will learn the skills needed to travel, ski, and climb in big mountain glaciated terrain
6 day big mountain skiing program designed for skiers & snowboarders to learn ski mountaineering and backcountry avalanche skills in glaciated terrain. The 6 day course includes the NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) Backcountry Avalanche Qualification.

3 to 4 people

6 days


July to October

The Backcountry Travel Course is for recreational backcountry skiers and boarders. Learn avalanche skills & backcountry travel techniques - proper use of backcountry equipment, navigation & route planning, group management, route setting, assessing mountain terrain for safest routes of ascent & descent & identifying mountain & snowpack areas of concern.

3 to 10 people

2.5 days


July to August

A New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course for skiers & snowboarders. Focus on skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain and rescue skills if someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.

3 to 12 people

1.5 days


June to August

The 4 day Backcountry Avalanche Course is a comprehensive backcountry avalanche skills course. The 4 day Backcountry Avalanche  Course is for recreational backcountry skiers and snow boarders. This course is the next step course is you have previously participated on an Avalanche Awareness Course or the Backcountry Travel Course. As part of the course you will receive the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council MSC Backcountry Avalanche Certificate and Avalanche Transceiver Certificate of Competency.

2 to 4 people

4 days


July to September