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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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Trekkers on the Ball Pass Alpine Crossing.

Trekkers on the Ball Pass Alpine Crossing.

Introductory Climbing Course at Caroline Hut.

Introductory Climbing Course at Caroline Hut.

Tasman Glacier Ski Touring.

Tasman Glacier Ski Touring.

Snowshoe Expedition to Caroline Hut.

Snowshoe Expedition to Caroline Hut.

Email: climb@alpinerecreation.com

Website: Alpine Recreation

Phone: 0800 006 096

Phone (intl): +64 3 680 6736

Lake Tekapo Address:
PO Box 75, Lake Tekapo 7945

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Our office: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo

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Smith Reynolds

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Alpine Recreation was a pleasure to work with from planning through the end of the trip. Clear information was available, excellent equipment was provided as needed, comfortable, quaint and clean accommodations for both nights on the mountain and a confident, caring, experienced and effective guide led us throughout the journey. The experience was one of the best I've ever had. I love beauty, challenge and solitude and this adventure provided that and so much more. Viewing Mt. Cook from our hut window, hearing the avalanches crash down on the face of Mt. Cook and seeing the brilliant and innumerable stars at night were experiences I will cherish forever. Bia was an excellent guide and was quick to assess our skill and fitness level, equipment needs and appropriate techniques to use throughout. She was patient, confident, fun and ready to teach at all times over the course of our three day trip. I highly recommend this trip to fit experienced hikers desiring a true challenge.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Smith, for sharing your experience of Ball Pass and the Caroline Hut. Yes it truly is a special place to be and we are privileged to have such a good guide working for us.

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Giovanni Sansoni

Italy

Ranking: 9/10

I live in Italy, we have the Alps and the Apennines, but the way we do ski-touring is heavily affected by the high degree of humanization of almost any area, so it's a challenge to go for tracks and landscapes one can feel fresh and freedom inspiring. I did not have much time for my first trip to New Zealand, so I decided that getting some guidance would have optimized my experience. Guidance means wise choices about where to go and what slope ski, technical skills , safe trips first, open mind and capability to relate with the customers especially those from far away countries. Well, I (me and another customer from USA) experienced all this in our 5 days trip with Paul Aubrey and Axel Reiser , exploring the area close to Lady Emily Hut. Two days of bad weather and fresh snow made more difficult the activties (evaluating snow conditions to avoid danger, spending the time in a profitable way reviewing theory and practice of rescue , making conversation not just because you are eating, by the way food was abundant and various); however these two days were well balanced by the climbing of the two beautiful valleys surrounding the hut the other days, enlightened by the midday North sun , so unusual for me. But what really makes me happy with this journey to the Southern Alps is the cultural approach of Paul and Axel in all their interactions with me, their focus on the environment so unique, their up to date knowledge of the art of living the mountains, so there is always to learn from people like them.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Giovanni, for allowing to see this trip through your eyes. Yes, New Zealand is so different from Europe for ski touring - wilder, remoter, far fewer people, more challenging and adventurous. So pleased you enjoyed the experience and the personal interaction with the guides. Anne.

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Carol and Ian

Ranking: 10/10

08/09 We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Two Thumb Range. We had walked here about 10 yrs ago so were interested to see what it was like in winter conditions. Terrain provided a good workout - undulating with some quite steep sections; relatively warm weather and rain made ground conditions sometimes challenging. Hut had spectacular views – grand peaks, approaching storms and the whole of the Tekapo valley. Our guide Steve looked after us well, was patient and professional & entertained us with stories of bee-keeping. We enjoyed his cooking – toasted sandwiches were a big hit - as well as Paul’s (Paul was at the hut guiding another group).
Rex Simpson Hut is luxurious compared to some of the backcountry & high country huts we’ve been in. Good sleeping & cooking facilities, very clean toilet, even a well-stocked library which came in handy on a rainy afternoon. We appreciated the ‘extras’, like gumboots to wear to the toilet so your own boots stay dry + lots of hooks for indoor drying. On the last morning we toured Snake Ridge – steep, icy & windy conditions but felt safe with expert guiding from Steve.
Road leading back to Tekapo was washed out & muddy because of heavy rain during our trip, however with Paul turning up and providing a ‘rescue’ tow, we made it back with no problems – thanks, Paul! Will definitely be returning for more trips.
14/09 Caroline Hut, was not accessible due to avalanche danger. The change of venue turned out to be an excellent alternative. Superb mountain terrain, huts full of character and history - Memorial Hut with rustic charm & the delights of cooking over an open fire, which also gave us wonderful warmth; Lady Emily Hut, about 600m higher in an atmospheric position on a ridge, peaks leaping up on all sides and ground diving away in between – spectacular! Highlight of the trip was snowshoeing further up the steep valley on the 2nd day – mountains towering all around & a perfectly sunny day; magical white-&-blue landscape.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Carol and Ian. You were unlucky in that you did strike a period of very heavy rain during your trip. It is an exceptional event if it closes the road, even if for half a day. We are glad you enjoyed the trip despite this and were able to appreciate everything else. Your details are very helpful, Im sure, for other hikers thinking about doing a snowshoeing trip.

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Lachlan Kennedy

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Alpine Recreation Rex Simpson Hut Trip. My partner and I had a wonderful 4 days guided trip to Alpine Recreation's Rex Simpson Hut in the 2 Thumbs Range near Tekapo. Our guide, Paul Aubrey, was very professional and an all round good bloke to share the mountains with. The rolling terrain around the hut provided some excellent opportunities for doing telemark turns, although the visibility was affected at times by drifting low cloud. Alpine Recreation provided our transport to the trail head from Tekapo, and any equipment we needed, and didn't have. The food was simple, but fresh and tasty, and the hut was warm. There is an outside pit toilet, and no shower, but these were slight disadvantages to be able to ski in a place with views of alpine peaks, including Mt Cook and Elie de Beaumont. Such a stunning place to ski, we really hope we can come back one day. Alpine Recreation were really easy to deal with, and we would no hesitate to use their services again. Maybe Paul will take us to Lady Emily hut next year??!!

Alpine Recreation responds:

It was a pleasure to have you with us again, Lachlan and Victoria. Yes, there are plenty of good runs for Telemark skiers to choose from in the Two Thumb Range. Thank you for sharing your experience of this area. Hope to see you back for another trip next July-September. Anne.

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david john

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very well planned and organised. A great 4 day alpine trip in the middle of winter. The guide, Paul was really good. Very safe and experienced. He was patient and understanding and great company and also a good cook !
During the booking and enquiry process the staff were very good and followed up, answered questions promptly etc.
I am definitely planning more trips with Alpine Recreation and I would thoroughly recommend them to others.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you so much, David for your heartening comments. This is our best reward for the hard work our guides and other staff put in - to have happy clients!

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Louise

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommened taking a tour with this company! I did the 'Lake Tekapo High Country' cross-country ski tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. This 4 day/3 night tour was aimed at beginners and was perfect for those with minimal/no ski experience but good fitness and plenty of enthusiasm; they also offer many tours for people with more experience too. The admin guys are super helpful at finding a tour suited to your interests and fitness levels.

We had a fantastic guided, Elke, who was friendly, knowledgeable and very patient. Alpine Recreation was well organised, all required equipment was provided, the hut was comfortable and warm, I felt safe at all times and the scenery was absolutely amazing...be prepared for some awesome pics! I had a fabulous time and can't recommend these guys highly enough to anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to explore the backcountry and see some stunning views!

Alpine Recreation responds:

So glad you had a good time, Louise, and we'd love to have you back!

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Pim Willemstein

Ranking: 9/10

Between 17 and 20 July 2017 we did a nordic ski touring trip with Alpine Recreation. We had a fantastic trip due to Alpine Recreation (and the good weather). Our guide was Elke Braun-Elwert and I give the whole trip 9 out of 10. The trip was well organised, safety taken seriously, the guiding was good and tailored to the experience levels in the group. The hut we stayed in was very nice, warm and clean. I would recommended this company and the trip to others.

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Sam Walters

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent professional tour company with a longstanding and deep connection with treks in the Mt Cook region. We had a brilliant time trekking to the Caroline Hut and seeing views over Mt Cook. Every detail had been considered and the whole experience was very enjoyable. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Alpine Recreation responds:

We are glad you enjoyed your experience of the Aoraki Mt Cook Trek in May, even though we usually close the season end of April. Pleased you had good weather and not too much snow.

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Emily Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

In early Feb, my sister and I did the Balls Pass crossing, with Bia as our guide - what a trip! The setting and location speaks for itself - but it's not until you get to the Caroline Hut, do you realise just how special this trip is. The views are absolutely incredible - and barely another person in sight. The equipment/kit provided is first class, as was the professionalism and knowledge of our guide, thanks Bia. I'll never forget sitting at 6pm, after the day one scramble up the ridge, surrounded by Kea, sipping at some red vino, munching on cheese and crackers and watching the sun set over Mount Cook - just superb. My advice to anyone thinking about this trip - do it!

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you Emily for taking the time to record your impressions of the Ball Pass Crossing. You obviously lapped up the challenge of this trek and truly appreciated this special place in the heart of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

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Julia Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We chose Alpine Recreation to do a 3 day trek called the Balls Pass Crossing near Mount Cook. Alpine Recreation were professional, informative, organised and fun! We had very good communication before and during the trip and a high quality of equipment used. The trip was a trip of a lifetime with incredible views, fun scrambling and a good level of new mountaineering skills learnt. It is a tough trek that needs a good level of fitness but our guide Bia Boucinhas guided us through it brilliantly. She was extremely knowledgable and tailored the trip to our fitnesss and skill level making it fun as well. The view overlooking Mount Cook from the hut was breathtaking and the hut was cosy and well kitted out.

I'd highly reccommend Alpine Recreation and would use them again. Thank you for a fantastic trip!

Alpine Recreation responds:

Great you enjoyed this demanding trek, Julia, and our guide, Bia, who just loves her job!

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Steve Levy

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing experience on the Ball Pass Crossing trek. Ewan was the consummate professional in all respects (and a damn good cook, as well). The hike was challenging and appropriately tough - this is NOT the Milford trak :-). Because of a late snowstorm, we didn't get over the pass, but made up for it with 3 days of incredible hikes and clearing weather. I'd recommend this trip to experienced hikers in good condition. Wish I'd had more time to practice with crampons and ice axe.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Steve, we're pleased you found the trip worthwhile even without being able to cross the pass on the last day. Getting so close to Aoraki/Mt Cook certainly is rewarding - a place that commands a lot of respect.

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Christina Clarke

Ranking: 10/10

I recently went on a 5 day custom guiding trip with Elke Braun-Elwert from Alpine Recreation. Our aim was to climb Mt Green, and anything else we could! We were a little unlucky with the weather but still managed to squeeze in a climb of Mt Green and made the most of the other weather windows. Elke was an excellent guide and I will definitely go with her on my next climbing trip. 10 out of 10!

Alpine Recreation responds:

Many thanks, Christina. So pleased you found the trip worthwhile, even if the weather wasn't as kind as we might have hoped.

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Smith Reynolds

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Alpine Recreation was a pleasure to work with from planning through the end of the trip. Clear information was available, excellent equipment was provided as needed, comfortable, quaint and clean accommodations for both nights on the mountain and a confident, caring, experienced and effective guide led us throughout the journey. The experience was one of the best I've ever had. I love beauty, challenge and solitude and this adventure provided that and so much more. Viewing Mt. Cook from our hut window, hearing the avalanches crash down on the face of Mt. Cook and seeing the brilliant and innumerable stars at night were experiences I will cherish forever. Bia was an excellent guide and was quick to assess our skill and fitness level, equipment needs and appropriate techniques to use throughout. She was patient, confident, fun and ready to teach at all times over the course of our three day trip. I highly recommend this trip to fit experienced hikers desiring a true challenge.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Smith, for sharing your experience of Ball Pass and the Caroline Hut. Yes it truly is a special place to be and we are privileged to have such a good guide working for us.

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Jane McRae

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I joined a small party in August to snow shoe in the Two Thumb Conservation Area. Alpine Rec were very professional in all my dealings with them. There was plenty of useful information on the website for booking, preparing for and getting to Tekapo. Our guide Stella was excellent; concerned for our safety at all times, her experience and knowledge of the region was great. The Rex Simpson Hut had everything we needed. All equipment was supplied at no additional charge. A terrific experience, thank you!

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Jane, for taking the time to write this helpful review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your snowshoeing trek with Alpine Recreation.