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New Zealand Climbing

Mountaineering, Guided Treks, Alpine Guides and New Zealand Snow Safety Institute Courses

New Zealand is better suited to mountaineering than rock climbing, though most of what is available is fairly serious stuff, suitable only for well-equipped climbing parties with a good deal of experience. New Zealand's mountain weather is very changeable and mountaineers need to be prepared for sudden climatic changes. For most people the only way to get above the snow line is to tackle the easy summit of Mount Ruapehu, the North Island's highest point, or pay for a guided ascent of one of New Zealand's classic peaks. Prime candidates here are the country's highest mountain, Mount Cook (3754m), accessed from the climbers' heartland of Mount Cook Village, and New Zealand's single most beautiful peak, the pyramidal Mount Aspiring (3030mI, approached from Wanaka. In both areas there is a comprehensive system of climbers huts used as bases for what are typically twenty-hour attempts on the summit.


New Zealand Adventure Specialists has qualified Mountain Guides available for guided ascents within:

  • Mount Cook National Park
  • Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Arthurs Pass National Park

...... plus other locations upon request

For more additional information about alpine courses and guided ascents please e-mail guides@nzadventure.com


MOUNT COOK - Ball Pass Alpine Trek

Located near Mount Cook Ball Pass is a demanding 3 day trek which crosses the Mount Cook Range from the Tasman to the Hooker Valley. The route follows the Ball Ridge, vis a vis the Caroline Face of Mount Cook, and overlooks the Tasman Glacier. Guided walkers spend two nights at the fully furbished Caroline Hut at 1830m/6000ft.

Breathtaking views of Mount Cook and New Zealand's highest mountains. Rich alpine flora and unique bird life. Moderate snow and glacier travel. You need to have previous backpacking, tramping or bushwalking experience. All equipment is provided.

For more information about Ball Pass Alpine Trek click here

For information about the alternative Mount Cook Trek click here


Image of Trek Located within Tongariro National Park the Tongariro Trek offers spectacular volcanic scenery. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is just one of the various treks that can be done.

Experience the majestic beauty of one of the world's most dramatic parks. You'll enjoy fully guided walks through low-lying forests as well as the unusual rock, tussock and alpine herb fields, usually buried by snow on the upper reaches. And after each day's walk, you'll return to the comfort of New Zealand's most luxuriously elegant hotel - The Grand Chateau.

For more information about the Tongariro Trek click here


New Zealand Snow Safety Institute Mountaineering Courses
Winter Instruction Courses

The New Zealand Snow Safety Institute offers various mountaineering courses durring the winter; which include:

  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Glacier Travel for Climbers, Backcountry Skiers & Snowboarders
  • Mountain Skill Course - Level 1
  • Mountain Skill Course - Level 2
  • Mountain Skill Course - Level 3
  • 5-day Mountain Skills for Climbers & Trampers
  • 5-day Backcountry Skills for Skiers & Snowboarders
  • 7-day Multi Skill Mountaineering Course

For more information about New Zealand Snow Safety Institute Courses click here


Explosives - Approved Handler for Snow Blasting , Awakino Ski Field, Canterbury, 14-15 Sept 2013

This course is being run over 2 days at Awakino Ski Field. The first day will be mostly training and the second mostly assessment. Successful participants will receive their Approved Handlers for Snow Blasting Certificate and can then go on to apply for their Controlled Substance License. The course fee $450 plus GST covers the course tuition, assessments and Approved Handler certification only.

The Controlled Substance License (CSL) is a seperate entity and will cost participants an extra $100 plus GST for their application to be processed.

The course will involve backround theory followed by pratical demonstrations and plenty of hands on work. There will be written as well as practical assessments. As such bring all the alpine equipment you need to move around in avalanche terrain incl transceiver, shovel and probe and lots of warm gear as it doesn't work to be inside for this course. Skis or snowboards will be necessary as well.

The course is designed for those working (or wanting to work) in the NZ Ski Industry i.e Ski Patrollers.

Maximum Students: 12 (space is limited - book early)

For additional information about the Snow Blasting Course click here

Any questions please contact Peak Safety:
Website: http://www.peaksafety.co.nz
E-mail info@peaksafety.co.nz
Mobile: Budgie 021 555 904
Mobile: Henry 021 385 623


St John - Pre Hospital Emergency Care

St John First Aid The St John Pre Hospital Emergency Care course is designed to motivate and train you so you’re capable of providing immediate advanced first aid assistance in any situation. The course uses tutor and peer assessment to ensure a high standard is reached and graduates receive a certificate of competence. Because gaining confidence and becoming skilled in using the techniques taught is key, more than 50% of the course is practical. You will become familiar with basic emergency care equipment, airway care and respiratory support.

This course is ideal for people who require advanced first aid skills or a pre hospital emergency care qualification for their work, for instance mountain guides and ski patrollers. NZQA unit standards 14470, 14471, 14472 and 14473

For more information about St John First Aid Courses click here