Private Mountain Guiding in NZ

November - April individuals and teams have the opportunity to engage the service of Gary Dickson, internationally qualified, highly experienced mountain guide, to enjoy climbing fine summits.

About our Private Mountain Guiding - Pure Alpinism

The Southern Alps in New Zealand offer mountain guiding adventures second to none - some of the most stunning alpine wilderness and mountain climbing terrain on the earth's crust is in NZ's National Parks. There are 26 peaks over 3000m in New Zealand, some very remote and others easily accessible. Numerous magnificent peaks below this altitude also offer a great range of climbing from steep and hard to classic and easy....there is something for every alpinist.

Summit weeks on the Eastern side of the Main Divide or West Coast are a common feature of the Alpinism and Ski private mountain guiding program. A ratio of 1:2 is possible on easy to moderate peaks, especially if the climbers have previous experience together with ice axe and crampons. 1:1 is appropriate for the icy classics.

What to expect on our private mountain guiding trips

A very successful way to approach mountaineering in NZ is to set aside a week but no specific goal. When meeting your mountain guide, Gaz, and after looking at weather patterns and conditions, you'll leave for the most appropriate venue to maximize your precious alpine mountain climbing adventure.

Tasman Saddle hut at the head of the Tasman Glacier on the Eastern side of the divide is one of the bases for a pure alpinism week. Centennial or Pioneer huts on the West Coast are the epicenter of some of the country’s finest private mountain guiding.

Pre-Requisites for Private Mountain Guiding

If you bring a reasonable amount of fitness and enthusiasm, we can choose together the appropriate peaks(s) for your level of experience and stamina.

For bookings and enquiries: please e-mail us

Logistics: all trips fly in and fly out

*Price: Ratio 1:1 6 days - 5100 7 days - 5900
Ratio 1:2 6 days - 3030 pp 7 days - 3530 pp
Price 2019-20 Includes: Guide fee for 6/7 days, hut fees, transport Wanaka-Mt Cook village or Fox glacier return, accommodation during trip days, high quality food, party technical equipment e.g. rope, stove, fuel etc.
Price doesn't include: Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and out of mountains, personal rental equipment. The flight cost can vary, depending on aircraft and loadings of the day. More about flights please ask for details

*note:prices are in NZ$ and include GST (our goods & services tax of 15 %)


Do you have dreams for NZ summer 2020-21 and need help to organize your very own private and tailor made

mountain guiding adventure?


Right now it's time for ski touring in the Southern Alps

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All mountain guiding trips in NZ with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.

Bookings will go through their office and will be subject to their booking conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL's concession and safety management system requirements.

Pre-trip information and discussions are available from us anytime.


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Private Mountain Guiding Clients say

From Phil Melchior, returning again and again, our most loyal alpinism addict : his special Thank you

and we have the pleasure to announce that Phil has been back for more mountaineering again in Feb 2017. Champion!

"Gaz, Iris, thanks again for making my trip memorable and fulfilling. I was never bored or frustrated from the bad weather as your hospitality and contingency plans filled the trip with some rewarding climbing, great walks, good food and most of all, good company. Looking forward to another climb with Gary and another smile from Iris".
Monty, Australia

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Private Mountain Guiding Images

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Guiding Qualifications

To become an internationally fully qualified mountain guide takes approximately five years of training and assessment. Kiwi guides are trained and assessed through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) which is overseen by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).

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Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz