Alpine Recreation


139 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

9 Hiking Tours

5 Snow and Ice

2 Lake Tekapo

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Trekkers on the Ball Pass Alpine Crossing.
Introductory Climbing Course at Caroline Hut.
Tasman Glacier Ski Touring.
Snowshoe Expedition to Caroline Hut.


Welcome to Alpine Recreation! We are all about outdoor adventures, specifically trekking, climbing, skiing & snowshoeing - plan your next adventure with us!

Alpine Recreation is a company based in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, specializing in trekking, climbing, ski touring and snowshoeing trips in the Southern Alps. We offer a range of guided hikes, alpine treks and ascents as well as climbing instruction courses based at our two private huts in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park.


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Alpine Recreation

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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieLake Tekapo


  • Hiking Tours
  • Climbing
  • Snow and Ice


Showing 8 reviews of 139.

A. Mullins 's avatar

A. Mullins

Ranking: 10/10

Caroline Hut Winter Hiking Skills Course, in July 2020: A challenging, rewarding, thoroughly enabling, food-filled, skill-gaining and beautiful trip. We were so satisfied with ourselves at the end of the day. We did this trip to learn skills that would allow us to go on a wider variety of treks and feel safe about it! We got that, with the opportunity to lead the day treks through the snow, learning how to scout the land with instant feedback. It was a great way to learn.

We had not expected the trip to be so soul-nourishing also. Good exercise, with the most beautiful views. I’ve never been anywhere so silent and so still.

Our wonderful guide, Jane, was phenomenal. She was a force to be reckoned with; incredibly skilled, and amazing teacher mixed with terrific kindness, encouragement and cooking skills! Such a joy! She asked us what we wanted to learn, and then catered to that.

The company were so accomodating, taking into consideration our lack of experience and lack of a car!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

David Mansel's avatar

David Mansel

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We went ski touring with Axel from Alpine Recreation 2-6 October 2019. We walked in from the Tasman Glacier to their private hut. Caroline Hut. Up on the Ball ridge right in front of Mount Cook. The terrain is fantastic for ski touring and Axels knowledge of the area and of snow conditions meant we had great skiing on every run. The hut was well stocked and meant we had to carry minimal gear in. Its heated with a great little pot belly which Axel lit morning and night. This is my eighth trip with Alpine Rec and each year they take me somewhere new to explore. Next years trip is already booked.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, David. It’s always a great pleasure having you on our trips.

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Andrew Isb's avatar

Andrew Isb

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Did the introductory mountaineering course with Alpine Recreation recently. Two words: Bloody Awesome!! The best 5 days I've had in the mountains in NZ in years. If you think you want to learn more about how to travel safely above the snow line, and have a hoot doing so, do a course with these guys, seriously a great time.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in June 2019

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Andrew. Great to know you found the time worthwhile and fun on the Introductory Climbing Course at Caroline Hut.

Ash S's avatar

Ash S

Ranking: 10/10

Just attended the Introduction to Mountaineering course held by Alpine Recreation. The guides were brilliant and the facilities provided were great. All gear was top notch. Most amazing part was the experience, informative yet incredible as well.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Great you learnt lots on this course in June. The conditions certainly are more challenging in winter, but you obviously responded well to that challenge.

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Louis Manley


Ranking: 10/10

I attended the Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course In early July with Dave Alderson as my guide. Alpine Recreation were terrific, with all aspects of the course taken care of. Dave really knew his stuff and at all times felt safe while also learning a lot.
Would highly recommend doing the IMS course with Alpine Recreation!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Early July, being mid-winter in NZ, is not the easiest time to be doing a mountaineering course with short daylight hours, cold temperatures and deep snow. We're really pleased you met those challenges well and found the instruction worthwhile.

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Alex Jenner's avatar

Alex Jenner


Ranking: 10/10

Alpine Recreation is one of the best companies I have ever dealt with. Their communication was excellent and they where always willing to help. We did the introduction to mountaineering course and it was great value for money as it included gear hire, accommodation and meals. The guides we had (Gideon and Henry) where fantastic and really tailored the course to our needs. They where incredibly knowledgeable and easy to get along with and gave us ample support throughout the course.
I would highly recommend any course by Alpine Recreation

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you so much, Alex, for such a positive review. I'm sure it will be very helpful to other readers.

Oliver Keaveney's avatar

Oliver Keaveney

Ranking: 10/10

Did a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring on 29th March with Dave Alderson, the trip got held up for three days with bad weather so we rock climbed and relaxed in the companies accomodation in Tekapo. Flew up on the 28th and summited on the 29th on a beautiful sunny day. Dave was very professional and i felt safe in his care. Great trip and would highly recommend Alpine Recreation and of course Dave.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Oliver, for your helpful comments. Really glad it worked with the weather in the end - that's why we allow extra days to give a fair chance of submitting. Thank you for your patience while waiting for the right weather and undoing alternative activities.

Benoit Berty's avatar

Benoit Berty

Ranking: 8/10

I made a great ascent with this company. They asked exactly what I wanted. Really friendly and professional. The guide was very technical and safe. I learned a lot of things and I hope one day to return for a new trip.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017