About Us

We take you to the heart of adventure

Connecting with the outdoors is a pursuit that we’ve been sharing for generations. For over 30 years we’ve been taking you with us into New Zealand’s backcountry. Aspiring Guides was started by pioneers of the ascent, and their legacy lives on in our values and approach to adventure today.

conservation and sustainability

Stewards of tomorrow.

We instil stewardship in every generation, fostering respect for this taoka, this treasured place.
our guides

Our guides are hand-picked, qualified to international standards, and there with you from first contact. Whether you are ascending the peaks, backcountry skiing or trekking the valleys and passes, you’re paired with people that live and breathe guiding. Their mountaineering achievements are matched only with their level of passion for creating experiences for clients that linger in your soul long after the descent. They’re there as you accomplish lifelong ambitions, reach new heights, and dig deep as you pursue the grittiest of adventure experiences. Overcome your limits, and discover the moments that lead to enduring achievement and pride of what you can accomplish with us.

why us

Adventure
elevated.

We don’t do adventure the way others do. This is the real world. Come and see it for yourself—dip your toes into adventure and sink your teeth into the outdoors.

You are the Pioneer

To pioneer is to life of ‘firsts’. Being outdoors is first nature to us. Rain? We’ve got you. Snow? Even better. Is it time for another ‘first’ in your life?

Always on the Ascent

Our expertise guides adventurers to new heights, inspiring them to step beyond the everyday and embrace the challenges that will draw them back for more.

Go Beyond.

Go beyond the every day. Our goal; an unparalleled and uplifting journey for every adventurer.

Every expedition, every adventure is different; a fresh challenge that beckons us back time and again.

The Next Generation

Beyond guiding, we’re nurturing the new generation of guides. From exploration to education, we’re igniting a passion within them to share, improve and safeguard our playground.

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Our Team

Our Expert Guides

Our guides are hand-picked, qualified to international standards, and there with you from first contact. Whether you are ascending the peaks, backcountry skiing or trekking the valleys and passes, you’re paired with people that live and breathe guiding.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole

Our Team

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Kim Ladiges

Kim Ladiges

Our Team

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Bronwen Waters

Bronwen Waters

Our Team

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Jimmy Armstrong

Jimmy Armstrong

Our Team

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Frankie Sanders

Frankie Sanders

Our Team

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Emily Warne

Emily Warne

Our Team

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Always on the ascent

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PEOPLE

Our expertise guides adventurers to new heights, inspiring them to step beyond the everyday and embrace the challenges that will draw them back for more.

Stewards of tomorrow

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PLACE

We instil stewardship in every generation, fostering respect for this taoka, this treasured place.

Champions of Safety

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ADVENTURES

AdventuresSafety comes first, always. The best kind of adventure is knowing there’ll be a next one.

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Adventures
Aoraki / Mount Cook Ascent
Tititea / Mount Aspiring Ascent
4 Day Intro to Ice Climbing - Town Based
4 Day Intro to Ice Climbing - Hut Based
7 Day Advanced Mountaineering Course
Guided Rock Climbing
Mount Tasman Ascent
Mount Walter Ascent
Mount Ellie De Beaumont Ascent
3 Day Beginner Rock Climbing Course
The Minarets Ascent
Mount Madeline Ascent
3 Day Intro to Mountaineering Skills Course
Mount Dixon Ascent
Mount Haidinger Ascent
Mount Green Ascent
3 Day Intermediate Rock Climbing Course
1 Day Remarkables Grand Traverse
5 Day Intermediate Mountaineering Skills Course
Malte Brun Ascent
Mount Tutoko Ascent
Mount Aspiring South-West Ridge
5 Day Darrans Advanced Rock Climbing
Trek

Trek

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Heli, Hike, Jet Boat Experience
8 Day Gillespie Pass + Rabbit Pass Traverse
6 Day Upper Wilkin + Gillespie Pass Traverse
Whare Kea Chalet Heli Hike
3 Day Glacier Trek Experience
Guided Day Hike
Remote Heli-Hike
4 Day Rabbit Pass
3 Day Siberia Discovery
3 Day Upper Wilkin Experience
4 Day Gillespie Pass
4 Day Lake Nerine
Ski

Ski

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7 Day Ski Mountaineering Course
1 Day Intro to Backcountry Touring Course
Backcountry Day Tour
4 Day Rob Rosa Hut Trip - Heli Accessed
4 Day Backcountry Touring Course - Hut Based
2 Day Avalanche Skill Course Level 1
4 Day Avalanche Skills Course Level 2 - Town Based
4 Day Avalanche Skills Course Level 2 - Hut Based
5 Day Glacier Ski Tour
Whare Kea Chalet Luxury Ski Experience
4 Day Black Peak Hut Trip

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