Alpine Guides is New Zealand’s longest established mountain guiding company (since 1966), with a year-round base in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, giving unparalleled access to this incredible area.
They offer everything from easily accessible, short, mountain based adventures, to full mountaineering expeditions and ski guiding.
Their trips include the Tasman Glacier Heli Hike, Tasman Glacier Ice Trek and overnight stays in a remote mountain hut with spectacular views of Aoraki/Mount Cook.
You don’t need to be a mountaineer to appreciate their extraordinary alpine playground!
Hike and explore the “white ice” of New Zealand’s longest glacier at Aoraki/Mount Cook. Heli-hiking on the Tasman Glacier with Alpine Guides offers easy access to the realm of the mountaineer.
Meet at Mount Cook Airport where they provide you with all the required equipment for the trip. You then embark on a scenic helicopter ride into the mountains to land up high on the “white ice” of the glacier.
Accompanied by your professional glacier guide, you will discover an amazing landscape of blue ice features, runnels, moulins and winding streamlets. You will explore the gently undulating terrain, as your crampons bite into 100-year old ice.
If you want more adventure than a 2-hour Heli Hike, plus the benefits of a private guiding experience, then choose Alpine Guides’ Ice Trek.
Hiking on the Ice Trek covers up to 5 km with many diversions. Explore fascinating ice features., squeeze through winding canyons. Peer into moulins and caves and the many surprises the ice delivers. You are on a private Heli-hike, so there is no pressure to go faster (or slower) by people you don’t know. The trip is 100% tailored to your needs, as to how challenging or relaxed you want it to be.
They also have an option to include ice climbing on your ice trek if you want to challenge yourself and have a more adventurous trip.
Looking for an extraordinary experience? Alpine Guides’ Plateau Hut Overnight is the perfect “easy” mountain adventure and a trip to one of New Zealand’s most iconic alpine locations.
Stay at a modern NZ Alpine Hut and enjoy the thrill of glaciated “big mountain” terrain, accompanied by your professional guide. Then, roped up for glacier travel, safely trek to the summit of Glacier Dome (2,452 metres), a beautiful snow-clad but non-technical peak on the flanks of Aoraki/Mount Cook itself.
This is a private trip that is 100% tailored to your goals and objectives.
Upon arriving at Aoraki/Mount Cook Village, turn left onto Bowen Drive and follow this through the village. Alpine Guides base is at 98 Bowen Drive opposite the DOC Information Centre carpark.