Guiding and instruction associations
New Zealand Mountain Guides Association
The New Zealand Mountain Guides Association is the main umbrella organisation for mountain guiding in New Zealand. Their website has a full directory of current NZMGA members and their qualifications.
New Zealand Outdoor Instructors’ Association
The New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association is the professional body for outdoor instructors in New Zealand and operates a nationally-recognised assessment scheme.
Disclaimer: The New Zealand Alpine Club provides the links on this page for information purposes only and does not endorse or recommend any particular company over any other. The NZMGA link above provides a directory of guides and their qualifications within New Zealand. These qualifications would be especially important for your guide to have if you are considering higher risk activities such as mountaineering. For your own peace of mind, depending on the activity you are wishing to participate in, you should check regarding levels of training with whichever company you decide to approach.
World-renowned international expedition organisers based in Wanaka, New Zealand, where we also run courses and guided ascents in our backyard, the Southern Alps.
Based in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, Alpine Guides is New Zealand’s longest established mountain guiding company. Since 1966 they have focused on safety, commitment to service and realistic goals.
Alpine Recreation Canterbury
Climb or ski tour in the Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo areas, or join a Patagonian Icecap Expedition. Special rates may be available to club members for accommodation at huts owned by Alpine Recreation.
Alpinism and Ski Wanaka
We are about action. We believe you don’t gain mountain skills, sound judgement, and safe practices by being in a lecture room. Our courses take place in the ultimate classroom, the mountains. Special Courses & classic ascents & Black Peak Ice.
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Bill Atkinson Mountain Guides
Bryce's Rock Climbing (central North Island)
Fox Glacier Guides
This company is based in Fox Gacier township and supports the Alpine Club by looking after the key code register for the club’s local Porter Lodge.
Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Hiking New Zealand
High Country Expeditions
Independent Mountain Guides
Southern Alps Guiding
Based in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park next door to the DOC Visitor Information Centre.