Climb Client Comments

Our clients are our best advertising. Click on the links below to read what others have said about their mountaineering and climbing trips with us.

Top choice on Mt Dixon Tim!

"It was an awesome day.  Tim lead up a gully maybe only 10-15m in length at the start of the climb on Dixon.  That climb up the gully was awesome, something I haven't experienced before! Tim pushed me out of my comfort zone a few times which afterwards was very satisfying. As a punter, It's possible to climb in an amazing part of the world.  You can push yourself (or be pushed) and be really satisfied with the outcome.  

I know the safety of climbers is paramount with Aspiring Guides and Tim displayed all the safety aspects I could have hoped for which is always reassuring.

I also know that the back up support from the guys in the office will ensure a trip will run smoothly. Last minute travel and accommodation changes help to make these trips special. "

James Spaile, Australia

Advanced Mountaineering Course

“exactly what I needed”

Ash, Australia 2018

All staff were fantastic. I enjoyed all of it.

(Brent was) very professional, gave time to each of us, as and when needed. Very patient, always joined in for a laugh, knew when to be serious and looked after us really well. Always positive and friendly. All staff were fantastic. I enjoyed all of it. Brent really catered to us in every situation. When the weather sucked, we did theory and practiced what we could. When the weather cleared, we went for it.  Helpful, friendly staff. Well run courses and well run trips.

Hamish, Australia - Mountaineering Skills Course

Pushed within my comfort zone.

The guide I can not speak highly enough! I was pushed within my comfort zone, every bit of knowledge and skill was explained from the book you provided to how it is used when in the mountain.

Courtney, Australia - Winter Alpine Mountaineering Course

Well designed and professional.

Everything has been super organised and the whole Aspiring team has been super helpful, definitely one of the most well designed and professional mountaineering training experience I have had. Beauty of this course is it can be tailor made for all levels, and the flexibility it offers.

Kerry, Hong Kong - 6 Day Private Instruction Course

Definitely many more NZ ascents to come in the future with Aspiring Guides. 

Once again guys thanks for an awesome time! I achieved exactly what I set out to do and definitely came away with a sense of achievement. The climb was without a doubt a challenge, however not one that I felt was beyond my capability. Definitely many more NZ ascents to come in the future with Aspiring Guides. 

I had an awesome time on Aspiring and the walk out on the Bonar glacier over the Quaterdeck pass on to French Ridge Hut and down to Aspiring Hut through the west Matukituki Valley was the icing on the cake.

I highly recommend the walk out as I got see see a part of the NZ Alpine environment that I have never seen before.  I would do the walk out again in an heart beat, after another climb of-course.

Alistair, Australia - Aspiring Ascent

We're coming back for more

"This trip all went so well. Not only finally bagged my peak, but really pleased that we did it in such a good time, and that I still felt so good at the end of it all."

Marcus Bai, NZ

Thanks team!

"Greatest experience we could have wished for, hats off to the guides and the team. You guys are awesome! See you in the future."

Sean McLeod, Australia

More than just ice-climbing

Got heaps more then just the ice-climbing done. Everyone was so nice! Thanks for making my first snow experience kick ass!


James Combes, Australia

"This was a life changing experience!"

Having been with Aspiring Guides for 3 other adventures, I was very confident you would be the best company to lead us on our most challenging project to date. Apart from climbing Aspiring, I knew we would be well looked after in terms of food and every possible comfort, based on most recent experience on the Gillespie. Carla and the rest of the Team at Aspiring Guides were great in terms of providing the information / reassurance of our ability / and clear understanding of the challenge ahead. Also very helpful advising us on training before arriving in Wanaka, which proved to be invaluable on the climb, and meant we got up to speed with our guides on the 2 training days we had. The climb was a stretch even though I was very fit, I gave it my all and had an amazing climb.  I leant a new meaning of ‘exposure’. I thought it related to wind and rain, but now see it is more about ‘drop’…. The pre training ensured we were safe, but equally importantly so were the guides. The tranquility of the mountains, so peaceful and surreal when you’re up there. Still hard to believe I achieved my goal! Now I believe I can do anything if I put my mind to it!

Check out this video of Gary and Graham reaching the top : click here


Graham, New Zealand, Mt Aspiring, March 2017

Comprehensive knowledge for Mt Aspiring...

"I arrived home yesterday.  I come back to reality and will soon start working again for going back to New Zealand.  As I write in the following feedback, it was absolutely right choice for me to choose Aspiring guides.  When I sent some queries for availability of my trip, answers and responses were quick.  Thanks to Alitza's comprehensive knowledge for Mt. Aspiring and skills, I arrived at the summit.  It could be difficult, if I were solo or with colleagues with similar level. Thank your very much for your all the effort for planning, instructing, guiding, and managing of my trip. Awesome!"

Kenji Tsubota, Japan

.. I never felt like I was being 'baby-sat'

Thank you for all your help making the trip such a success, I had a great time with Aritza. Before the trip I received a comprehensive overview of what to expect and preparation advice. I felt comfortable after your careful review of my experience. On the ascent I never felt like I was being 'baby-sat' and had a part to play in the ascent. I felt comfortable and could speak out if not. The walk out was long but a great experience still.  It was a great next step up in terms of technical progression and a long day. Being able to delay a day due to weather and get some rock climbing was also great. Thanks again and I look forward to more climbs in the future.

Charlie, Jan 2017

"...genuine commitment to our enjoying the experience"

"I have never considered using a guide previously, preferring to manage under my own steam. Realised for this objective this was not appropriate. It was a privilege to be guided by Ervin who was gentle with us, rather than domineering, and extremely “steady”.Ervin ensured he took into account our levels of fitness and capabilities effectively and professionally. It was good having my son along and him enjoying the trip, All office staff were extremely helpful, friendly and approachable.  I would recommend Aspiring Guides for their competence, genuine commitment to our enjoying the experience, flexibility, generosity, and employing excellent guides."

Martyn, Australia, 2017

...realising that i was capable of more than I thought.

Mt Aspiring Expedition Course 8-day:  "I was challenged physically, mentally and technically which enabled me to feel satisfied (albeit exhausted!) at the end of the trip due to realising that I was capable of more than I thought.  Aritza’s general professionalism, organisation, efficiency and technical knowledge were faultless and the overall experience of the trip ran well because of this. Not to mention he was a good cook and photographer!"

Kirsty O'Neill, Australia someone confidence in making the plunge to sign up.

Having someone get back to you quickly with a personalised response is crucial in giving someone confidence in making the plunge to sign up. I was also sent some links to photos etc of the recent trip, which once again helped in getting me excited and to follow through with the trip.

Chris Pogson, Australia

Darrans Alpine Rock- Mt Sabre

"Not only did I learn/update some skills but I was pushed hard with my fitness on rock and all round physical ability.  Federico was very good at looking out for my safety. I think I would trust my grandma with him (if she were still around). He also has a calm, easy-going manner and I thought him very professional. As far as his performance and ability as a guide, I thought him outstanding. Achieved everything I wanted to do on this trip and more.  Climbing the North buttress of Sabre was definitely the highlight of the trip."

Richard Kimberley

McPherson Talbot Traverse

"It was an absolute privilege to be able to go to the Darran Range - it's an incredibly remote and beautiful area.  It was my first trip in 17 years for climbing and I did more than I ever thought possible. I'm still looking at the photos of McPherson and thinking - holy cow, I was up there!!!   Andrea has a relaxed and easy going manner, so on the second day when  I stopped short of the end of the Gertrude Saddle, I felt very comfortable. He is a lovely person, a great guide and a Michelin star alpine chef. Andrea belayed at any of the tricky sections and spotted me as necessary.  He also gave me some great tips for descending the scree slopes (not something I'd encountered previously). Having Andrea take care of all of the details meant that I could truly relax, which was a real treat. I could not have had a better time and I'm looking forward to the next trip."

Sue, Australia

Professional, patient, fantastic.

(Brent was) very professional, gave time to each of us, as and when needed. Very patient, always joined in for a laugh, knew when to be serious and looked after us really well. Always positive and friendly. All staff were fantastic. I enjoyed all of it. Brent really catered to us in every situation. When the weather sucked, we did theory and practiced what we could. When the weather cleared, we went for it.  Helpful, friendly staff. Well run courses and well run trips.

Hamish, Australia 2018

Mountaineering Skills Course Nov 2016

"I felt seven days was a good time to be in the "classroom" for. Took me a bit out of my comfort zone everyday, which is the only way I think you can improve yourself. A great week away, full of rewarding things to learn and experience.  And I enjoyed the group's companionship, too. Ultimately it all made for an overall great experience. "

Dave Coorey, Australia

The course was invaluable...

"Its awesome!!!! Some things were hard mentally and physically. Looking back now, there's a lot more I need to learn. The course was invaluable and has given me some of the key tools I'll need to achieve some of my big objectives. Xavier was an excellent guide and did an awesome job of changing up our days and showing us new stuff every day.  Thanks so much for the adventure."

Luke Ellis, Australia

" A well structured, well paced course"

"We had the freedom to be on our own rope teams but with the right level of supervision and guidance particularly when doing our practice scenarios eg crevasse rescue - go at our own pace and steps, but Andrea was there and watching and stepped in when we needed it.  I feel like I have a sound understanding, and appreciation to practice everything before heading back out, on what I need to do for basic mountaineering adventures to build my skill set. Were still able to get great learning on bad weather days. Andrea was really personable and worked with us. A very professional, entertaining, and fun course to give us the basics and confidence to mountaineer."


Travis, Brisbane, Australia

"A spectacular experience!"

"Andrea is an AMAZING AND REAL MOUNTAINEERING GUIDE from his soul. Certainly he's an inspiration for me and he was really patient when I was not fast enough learning and applying what he was teaching. Every second was perfect since the begining! The course really helps to achieve the mountaineering skills a person needs to climb with the proper knowledge in every aspect involved area. A spectacular experience!" 

Alejandra, February 2017

A real team approach...

"A real team approach from the Aspiring Guides outfit ( and I mean everyone from the office to the guides). Wanaka a lovely base. We really felt we had experienced climbing in New Zealand rather than just another Alpine climb."

Simon Laker, UK

A real team approach...

“Great fun, big tough endurance mountains, a real team approach from the Aspiring Guides outfit (and I mean everyone from the office to the guides). Wanaka a lovely base. We really felt we had experienced climbing in New Zealand rather than just another Alpine climb.”

Simon Laker

Everything was perfect

Grey's Peak was identified as a suitable goal. Tai kept a tight rein on us initially, and as he saw our level of skill, he released his grip. I never felt too restricted or completely out of my depth. I really appreciated his experience in this regard.  His level of knowledge was amazing, he quickly assessed where we were at, and was flexible in setting goals for each day. I felt in very safe hands, and appreciated his efficiency in getting us out of the hut each morning.  We traversed glaciated terrain, climbed a peak, did some skills work and the weather was mostly kind to us. Loved the helicopter in and out, and enjoyed the drive to the west coast. The whole package came together very nicely. Just being up in the mountains on the glacier was incredible. The landscape blew me away.

Daniel, Australia, April 2017

.. a magical experience

Thanks so much.  I had a wonderful trip.  Plateau Hut was a magical experience.  I really enjoyed being in the environment and the community.  From my perspective, Tim did an amazing job of juggling multiple agendas to deliver an unforgettable adventure.  


If I get the opportunity again...I will definitely go.

I thought Aritza and his team were amazing. They all worked hard for us and each other to make the trip a success.  I have been on a lot of trips to mountains where camp food is prepared for me. I found on this trip the food was exceptional. Really good food was served up in sometimes quite difficult circumstances and conditions. It was a credit to the cook  Achilles. I thought the logistics of the trip were really good. Transport was there when we arrived at various locations from the mountains. Aritza had a very good support team of porters who worked well together and were happy in their work. This came across to me strongly. They were very helpful to both Simon and me and were keen for the trip to be a success.  If I get the opportunity to go to Peru again in the future and climb with Aritza in the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca I will definitely go.

Roger Phillips

It was perfect...

"It was perfect. We didn't repeat anything that we already knew, and we learnt a lot of new techniques and basic skills to be independent in the mountain.  I wanted to learn as much as I could and above all, I wanted to feel independent. And I got that. The trip to Bonar Glacier was amazing. Very well organized, even when we had to change all the plans [because of the weather], Tim made everything work perfectly. Excellent."


Maria, 5 day Private Instruction Course, Jan 2016

"...a great transition from rock climbing to mountaineering"

"It was an amazing week regardless of the weather conditions. Gianni was a great guide and took time to understand our goals and current experience levels. He then tailored the course objectives to suit. He would watch everything closely and correct any mistakes if we didn't fix them ourselves. Gianni was passionate about climbing and the mountains, and he had a wealth of knowledge. It was great transition from rock climbing to mountaineering."

James Graham, Australia, January 2017

a day of professional training was well worth it...

"Llewellyn was awesome! I feel like I could now head out climbing as part of a group and have a solid skill base to build from. I enjoyed the variety of climbs that Llewellyn showed me and (finally) making it to the top of the last 2 routes we did. It was great to learn the correct skills the correct way, rather than an interpretation of how to do things. I feel confident in what I have learnt and would say to others that the small investment for a day (at least) of professional training was well worth it.  A very professional and friendly crew."

Sam Ruddenklau, New Zealand

I achieved more than what I wanted from the trip

"I achieved more than what I wanted from the trip. Instead of just a guided trip, Andy took the iniative to teach how to abseil, lead climb and belay as well, and set up anchors. He commented this was to improve our rock climbing management skills so we could become more independent. I thought this was a fantastic idea I had not forseen and thoroughly thank Andy for."

Jozef, Wellington NZ (aged 16)

‘What was your favourite part of the trip?’

“The moment you head onto the pass and the whole East Matukituki opens up in front of you. It's a staggering view from what was previously a somewhat enclosed environment. The thrill of climbing the waterfall face would be a close second.”

Matthew Pike, NZ

Fede is a mountain goat in disguise.

“Both Tony and Fede are very professional.   At no time was I pushed beyond my limits,  and I was not micro-managed either.  Fede has the ability to recognise clients strengths an weaknesses and encourages the client to use and develop their strengths and overcome or manage their weaknesses. Tony and Fede are great to talk to and have a laugh with.  I am sure that Fede is a mountain goat in disguise.”

Elsje Dines, Australia

A very enjoyable and worthwhile mountaineering course

Steep Ice Course 8-day:  "A very enjoyable and worthwhile mountaineering course set in a fantastic location,and conducted in a very professional, non-intimidating manner by a highly dedicated team... Stefan and Tim are terrific guides, and really nice blokes as well...I gleaned numerous technical tips from them; furthermore, somewhat through conversations with both guides, I have developed a clearer sense of future mountaineering directions/objectives and realistic expectations in relation to these - I had a great week! - I am very keen to do further mountaineering with AG"

Marcus Pickett, South Australia

"...tailored to my needs and wishes"

I was in Wanaka and had a free day, weather was perfect so a day of rock climbing sounded like a good idea.  Individual lesson, so it was tailored to my needs and wishes.  I wish I had more time and spent a few more days climbing...I enjoyed all of it.


Scenery was amazing

Bivvying up in the Remarkables and waking up to the views was my favourite part of the course.   I learnt enough to keep me going for a couple of years and the scenery was amazing.

Peter, Australia

Can't speak highly enough!

The guide I can not speak highly enough! I was pushed within my comfort zone, every bit of knowledge and skill was explained from the book you provided to how it is used when in the mountain.

Courtney, Australia 2018

"My first call for any future guided activities in the area."

Dan did a great job through his extensive knowledge and experience and with his approach to guiding and interacting with course participants. Dan and Aspiring Guides would be my first call for any future guided activities in the area. The course exceeded my expectations. It was a great experience. High standard of guiding as above, but also very good administration and office support. Carla and Ross were great to deal with and very welcoming. Service was personalized. Clients were clearly valued and appreciated.


Martin, New Zealand 2018

Black Peak Ice Climing

Tai was fantastic. He was thorough, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He was always safety conscious and provided excellent feedback both during and after the climbs. He also got us to practice some skills such as ice anchors and ice screw placement. This really demonstrated how much more there was to learn and how to better our ice climbing skills. 
Would recommend you guys to all my friends and family as the premier guide company of New Zealand.
The ice climbing was definitely a highlight, especially seeing how quickly you progressed. But the heli ride in and out was also fantastic. Even walking up and down that hill every day was a highlight.
The whole trip was fantastic. Vastly exceeded my expectations.  Thanks guys for a wonderful experience I will never forget!

Fraser Francis-Pester

Absolutely recommend

I would absolutely recommend this course to any aspiring mountaineer and ice climber needing to improve their technical proficiency and experience on steep ice. This course teaches you to climb smarter not harder. A lot of focus is put in to being able to identify safe climbing routes on the ice fall, good axe and foot placement and body positioning. This course has helped me develop more efficient techniques and safer climbing habits necessary to pursue the larger mountaineering objectives. 

Alistair, Australia 2018

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