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Alpine Guides, Mt Cook New Zealand

Alpine Guides professional IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guides are based year-round in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and work throughout the Southern Alps.

Summer climbing season is here

In New Zealand summer is the best time of year to learn the basics of alpine mountaineering, or climb one of NZ's highest peaks - Mount Cook, Mt Aspiring, Malte Brun - or your "significant other" objective.

January and February 2015

Conditions are looking good now the weather is settling down. We have guides free from mid-January and spaces on courses through to the end of the season. Drop us a message if you are keen to get into the mountains ›

Guiding the Southern Alps Since 1966

Alpine Guides (a.k.a. AGL) is New Zealand's longest established mountain guiding company. The reasons: professional guides, reliability, location, and a dedication to safety. Discover the Alpine Guides difference ›




Buy our Technical Mountaineering Manual

Alpine Guides Technical Manual

Revised and updated in 2014. Our professionally bound 92 page book is your essential reference for mountaineering

Buy directly from us for NZ$25 ›



Mountain Experience Course

Mountain Experience Course (MEC)

Our 6-day introduction to mountaineering covers all the basics.


Gain new skills and independence for your future mountain adventures.

Based at Mount Cook, all technical gear is provided free of charge.

Read more here ›


Mountaineering - Summer 2014/15

Summer mounatin guiding

Tackle NZ's highest peaks with our expert mountain guides, or develop your skills on our instruction program.


Instruction Courses ›

Mountain Guiding Options ›

New Zealand Expeditions ›


Winter Courses, Guiding, & Ski Touring

Winter courses and guiding.

Winter (July-October) is the time for specialists. Learn to ice climb, avalanche safety skills, or explore the mountains on skis, snowshoes or snowboard...

Winter Mountaineering Courses ›

Winter Mountain Guiding ›

Ski Touring ›

Helicamp ›