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Guided trekking from Wanaka, New Zealand – #gigatownwanaka

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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

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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




Rob Roy Glacier Cirque guided hiking, trekking excursion from Wanaka

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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

Guided walks and hiking

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By , February 25, 2012 2:09 pm
best half day walking excursion in Wanaka

Christy on a guided walk around lake Diamond loop track

trekking near the Motatapu valley

Hiking in native beech forest near Wanaka

Lake Alta, Remarkables

Brilliant scenery up in the Remarkables

February 2012 by Christy Thompson: ” Dear Iris, I am so glad I found you in the Lonely Planet. I thoroughly enjoyed our walks + talks together and the hikes and the education of the birds, plants and animals. I also really enjoyed staying at your home stay and all the fresh fruit and delicious sandwiches with avocado and brie. The next time I come to the Wanaka area I will let you know. Hopefully it will work out for Chamonix too!”


Guided trekking, guided hikes and walks, Wanaka New Zealand

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By , February 14, 2012 1:14 pm

The last couple of weeks have been most enjoyable for a number of good outings. Iris was checking out the latest flowers, berries and other fauna & flora subjects: with Christy from the US a quick trip around Diamond lake loop track, also called Rocky Mountain, 775 m with incredible views:

Wanaka guided walks

Christy taking in the views at 775 m altitude

Views from Diamond lake look track Wanaka

one of the best half day excursions near Wanaka

Snow berries

Snow berries, sweet and delicious, gaultheria crassa var.

then off to visit Fern Burn hut in Stacks conservation area in the Motatapu valley, Remarkables next and another visit to Rob Roy glacier cirque with Jean & Bart from the US. Keas in the air,  avalanche activity and bird watching plus more edible berries on the treks were all part of great little missions.

Iris on personal Trekking, hiking, walking mission

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By , January 16, 2012 1:31 pm

This morning Iris headed   off with one other friend to do some personal trekking in the Greenstone/Caples/Steeple creek area.  The weather is perfect for 3 days, which is how long they expect to be out there.

Guided trekking , hiking or walks with Iris is the perfect way to enjoy time whilist staying in the Wanaka area. When Iris gets back from this personal trek, she’ll catch her breath as she has a person arriving for some guided trekking over a couple of days.

You can look forward to some photos of flora, fauna and classic Southern Alps landscapes in a few days.

trekking guide Iris

Come and enjoy the wealth of local knowledge trekking guide Iris knows

Trekking, hiking, walks – Wanaka area

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By , January 5, 2012 12:06 pm
tramping huts in NZ

Cameron hut and Mount Cook lillies - giant buttercup

Guided trek to Rob Roy glacier cirque

Magnificient views on the Rob Roy glacier track

Protected mountain parrots: Keas

Keas, welcoming you to Rob Roy glacier cirque

Beginning of January and the weather has been outstanding here for at least three weeks, fantastic for all sorts of walks and hiking adventures. Iris has been on her guided trekking excrusions to Rob Roy a couple of times and privately for personal recreation, hiking to Cameron hut and Breast Hill. For more recreation, the Alpinism & Ski team has climbed Sharks Tooth in the Matukituki valley with friends Gordy and Katrin. Also on the program a few sailing excursions on lake Wanaka, perfect alternative to the mountains. Want to join us for some fun? just ask!

Going up Shark's Tooth

Climbing up and up towards Shark's Tooth with brilliant views of Mt Rob Roy

Wanaka, perfect to start a guided walk or mountaineering adventures

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By , December 20, 2011 1:50 pm

The last month of the year and our Sustainability Statement is now available. Also our latest newsletter is out, check it here and you can sign up for the next one by sending us an email.  We promise not to spam you as time outside is too precious! Here some photos from a recent walking adventure, up to Breast Hill above Lake Hawea, a great one day walk unless you go from hut to hut…

from Breast Hill, Lake Hawea

high above Lake Hawea

On a hike up to Breast Hill

having fun going for a good walk

Pakituhi hut

On the way to Breast Hill: Cameron hut

Mountaineering Instruction course, mountain guiding and guided walks

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By , November 29, 2011 12:13 pm

Working  as a trainer for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Assn, Gaz and his small team  flew up to Centennial hut in windy, cold South West conditions. His crew made up of 3 Fox Glacier  guides who are keen on the NZMGA Alpine Trekking Pathway and one from Invercargill/Queenstown  keen on becoming a NZMGA ski guide. There is an excellent amount of snow cover on the glaciers and lots of good guide techniques taught to the students . After a couple of days in that location they then re-located  to Pioneer hut and finished the 6 day mountaineering instruction course at Chancellor hut from where they flew back down to Fox. A good week in the Southern Alps to improve technical skills and knowledge.

Need a mountain guide during December/January?

Due to a cancellation, Gaz is  available  for personalized mountain guiding or offer you a great mountaineering  instruction course…

Guided walks in the Wanaka area and Mt Aspiring National Park.  There are Rob Roy Glacier Cirque, Glacier Burn taking the Eastern branch of the Matukituki, Diamond lake loop track for those with only a small half day to spare: great views of Mt Aspiring, the river and Lake Wanaka. Even if you only have a couple of hours, they are so worth while checking out the best view points and eco tours in our Wanaka paradise…. call Iris for suggestions

Alpinism & Ski Wanaka

Life is too short , let's get out and play

Spring flowering in Wanaka – what you’d see right now.

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By , November 28, 2011 8:18 pm
Manuka annd Kanuka, tre tea

Manuka, one of the fine smelling native plants of NZ

Native plants along lake Wanaka shores

The purple Bladderwort is found along the lake edge in Wanaka

Wild Irishman or Matagouri

Native plant of NZ, Matagouri or Wild Irishman

Come on a guided trekking trip, hiking or guided walk  with us and you can see right now :

Panakenake and orchid flowers are appearing, ground covering daisies and the amazing vegetable sheep; dark, like wine colored pittosporum flowers have come and gone, also the fragrant Matagari or Wild Irishmen with the amazing thorns shows flowering buds.

We have another announcement with regard to our sustainable  business practices: the statement or policy is now available through our website from the home page at the very bottom or from the ‘about us‘ page. This sustainability statement is a growing document, thanks for your patience.

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