Posts tagged: Guided trekking Wanaka

Guided trekking from Wanaka, NZ

comments Comments Off
By , February 14, 2014 9:40 am
Edelweiss in Mt Aspiring National Park

New Zealand flora at its best on a guided trek: Edelweiss

February is always pretty nice for guided trekking excursions from Wanaka and here some feedback from a couple of visitors, one trip was to the Rob Roy Glacier Cirque and the other to Brewster hut, both guided trekking trips in Mt Aspiring National Park.

Jessie from Canada about the Brewster hut visit: “Iris, thanks so much for the wonderful guiding and lovely company! I learned tons about New Zealand”

Chris from Stockholm in Sweden: “it was a lovely day and I enjoyed every minute in the mountains with you” and more:” This tour was a real pleasure for me. You are a  good guide with your deep knowledge of the nature and a very nice walking companion”

Thank you ladies!

Guided trekking from Wanaka, New Zealand – #gigatownwanaka

comments Comments Off
By , December 18, 2013 7:31 pm
hiking to Pakituhi hut

Lake Hawea views

We are so lucky that there is such an amazing number of excellent hikes in the area. One of them takes you up to Pakituhi hut, high above lake Hawea. It is steep but rewarding with fantastic scenery. The flora is pretty special too and yesterday even the temperature was perfect for Lorraine and Iris.

While we are keeping busy with hiking, walking and trekking in the Wanaka area, mountain guide Gaz is based in an alpine hut in Westland National Park with a team of four mountaineers who are learning tricks and techniques for alpine climbing.

And Wanaka, that charming small town which is our home, is gearing up for a busy festive season. The buzz about #gigatownwanaka is of course still going on and feel free to give us your support.

Guided trekking excursions, guided hikes and walks from Wanaka

comments Comments Off
By , September 25, 2013 4:57 pm
guided half day walks Wanaka

lake Wanaka from the summit of Rocky Crop, Diamond lake loop track

As the ski season is coming to an end, the trekking boots will replace the ski boots, though there might be a ski touring adventure still to be enjoyed. Spring is the time of newly appearing buds and flowers, cute little lambs and beautiful young cattle frolicking about. The Matukituki valley is the perfect place to observe them while driving up to the end of the road for a visit to Rob Roy glacier cirque, or about half way along for the stunning Diamond lake loop track. Great trips for bird watching, sightseeing and hiking. Inspired yet?

bird watching with Alpinism & Ski Wanaka

Native bird of NZ, the charming little Tomtit

Enjoying the views at lake Diamond

bird watching and sightseeing: part of  guided trekking

bird watching on a guided trek

Mountain parrot of the South Island of NZ




Alpinism Adventures from Wanaka

comments Comments Off
By , September 11, 2013 7:26 am
Alpinism home base

Wanaka base of Alpinism & Ski

Back in Wanaka, fresh snow has arrived with our return and all around it is as beautiful as ever. The first ski day for Iris has come and gone and chief mountain guide Gaz is preparing for a week of rope rescue course with the experts of the industry. As the present storm goes through, we are catching up with the latest Climber, Forest & Bird and Fish & Game mags. In Wanaka, the Wanakafest addicts are already busy preparing for the event late October, (24-27th) should you have spare time and/or cash to help, get in touch through

Ski touring is on our immediate alpinism activity menu and so are the soft recreational trekking excursions. Just ask if you are interested.

Guided trekking and mountaineering in the Southern Alps

comments Comments Off
By , March 11, 2013 10:27 am
guided trekking

Mt Avalanche Glacier

This autumn, guided trekking to Rob Roy Glacier cirque will end 1st of April as the bridge is going to be closed for replacement. How about trying out the guided trek up the Eastern branch of the Matukituki valley instead? Glacier Burn and views of Avalanche glacier might be just the right alternative.

Summer continues to spoil us with perfect weather. A few good weeks for mountaineering in the Southern Alps are still available.

Planning a visit to Wanaka?  our Alpinism studio is there for your independent holiday, be it over Easter, during the Festival of Colour or the Autumn Art School.


Guided Trekking and Mountaineering Instruction Course in NZ

comments Comments Off
By , December 20, 2012 12:48 pm

Alpinism & Ski wishing you Merry ChristmasWanaka is just stunning as we near Christmas – find our greetings and latest news here at the bottom of the page. Mountaineering conditions are fantastic at the moment and guided trekking excursions are on the menu as well. Iris will soon be heading to Mt Cook National Park for an overnight trip to Mueller hut and is looking forward to revisit this magic spot with guests from Finland. The Total Alpinism course from 6-12 Jan. has still two spots available for keen and fit climbers. The holiday studio at the Alpinism & Ski base is busy for the coming week but available from January onwards for visitors to our awesome paradise.

The chief guide Gaz has again been on TV with episode four of the Search and Rescue series check it out here


Wanaka, base of Alpinism adventures

comments Comments Off
By , October 31, 2012 3:05 pm

Spring in Wanaka and it is beautiful watching the various native flowers emerge, from Patotara to Kowhai, now the delicate looking New Zealand Iris and dark red delicious Pittostorum are appearing. Ski touring season has come and gone, guided trekking to Rob Roy glacier cirque started and our mountaineering season is shaping up.

For any interested mountaineers, we have a Technical Mountaineering Course from 6-12th Jan. 2013 with 3 spots left. An alpine climbing instruction course with top New Zealand instructor Gary Dickson in person.

Matukituki valley, Wanaka

Black Swan family, Matukituki valley Wanaka

from ski touring to mountaineering and guided trekking in New Zealand

comments Comments Off
By , October 11, 2012 10:04 am
Alpinism in New Zealand

Fresh snow again on the hills around Wanaka

For those of you following this and still keen on ski touring this season, here a fantastic site for information: great job Jo and Jethro!

Alpinism & Ski has finished the ski touring season, a bit earlier then usual as chief Gaz is off sailing, back for alpine climbing in November. The first spot of our Total Alpinism mountaineering course in January is taken now, three more places available, email if you are interested.

Guided trekking is again happening, from now until 8th November and again after 8th December.

Enjoy Spring adventures if you are Downunder and autumnal beauty if in the Northern Hemisphere.


Ski Touring in New Zealand

comments Comments Off
By , August 8, 2012 10:47 pm

We are still  in Switzerland, currently enjoying a week of rock climbing sessions on beautiful lime stone formations above Leysin.  Only a few weeks before we are back in Wanaka and welcoming our first ski touring team of the season for a trip mid September. Guided trekking excursions will start up again and we are counting on some more snow to fall for our return, to have some fun on the local ski fields. The best times for ski touring adventures in the Southern Alps of New Zealand in our humble opinion is during September and October. Days are longer and snow conditions often optimal, with participants having had time to acquire winter fitness on skis or snowboard.

Back country ski touring in New Zealand

Fabulous terrain for back country adventures

Rob Roy Glacier Cirque guided hiking, trekking excursion from Wanaka

comments Comments Off
By , March 5, 2012 10:40 am
Waterfalls from Rob Roy glacier

Views from the guided hiking excursion to Rob Roy glacier

February guided hiking included visits to Rob Roy glacier and here some feedback:

“Iris, thank  you for a terrific day! We got a lot more out of the hike to Rob Roy glacier by doing it with you. We hope we can remember half of what you told us! We will be sure to recommend you. Bart & Jean Alfano”

and more from where they stayed in Wanaka: “The guests absolutely loved their time with you- we wanted to pass on the written comments that they left from their stay…..

“Iris, of Alpinism + Ski (recommended by Craig) did a great job guiding us on the Rob Roy Glacier hike- a good choice for a couple in their mid 60’s who are reasonably fit. “

Thank you for providing our guests such an enjoyable excursion!

Warm regards, Carole, Whare Kea Lodge

Guided hiking photos can be seen here and more comments this last summer:

” Dear Iris, Today was a brilliant hike, thanks so much for guiding me on the trek, it was brilliant to be able to learn about the local flora and fauna, something I’ve always been curious about! All the best, Atif” 13.12.2011

” This is one of my best one day hikes. The weather is nice and the scenery is beautiful and of course the guide Iris was so knowledgeable on plants, birds and history etc. It was memorable, I will come back again.” Yang Yue from Singapore, 3.12.2011

Panorama Theme by Themocracy