Tradition - Safety - Professionalism

Alpine Guides was first established in 1966 as "Alpine Instruction Ltd". The main business was running instruction courses out of Ball Hut, but the company's roots stretch back to the great NZ guiding era of the 1880's to 1950's. The Hermitage guides of the Mt Cook area established a tradition of professional service, technical skill, and sound judgment - which Alpine Guides carries through to today.

We offer a professional, personalised, and reliable guiding service - with unsurpassed support from our base. Our mountaineering trips are based on realistic goals, within realistic time frames - given the weather, conditions, and terrain of the Southern Alps.

Alpine Guides Today

"AGL" has been privately owned since 2000  by New Zealand IFMGA mountain guides Bryan Carter and Kevin Boekholt. 

Since inception Alpine Guides set the standards of safety and professionalism for New Zealand mountain and ski guiding. We employ only qualified mountain guides (NZMGA / IFMGA certified).

AGL mentored many of New Zealand's most recognised mountain guides, and today we continue to lead upcoming guides' development and training. Read more about our commitment to safety.

Location: Southern Alps, New Zealand

Alpine Guides is based year round in Mt Cook Village, at the heart of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. All but one of NZ's 3,000 metre peaks are on our doorstep. We also guide at:

  • Mt Aspiring National Park (including Mount Aspiring)
  • Westland National Park
  • Fiordland National Park (The Darrans)
  • The Remarkables (Queenstown)
  • The Arrowsmiths (in Canterbury)
  • Across the wider Mackenzie region, from the Ahuriri to Lake Tekapo