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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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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.

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Danguole

Ranking: 10/10

I have been very fortunate to be able to discover the Lake Tekapo region with Alpine Recreation. Two day hike is extremely rewarding in terms of a good workout and scenery. The guide of Alpine Recreation, Stephen is a very experienced guide who is willing to share his insights into the landscape and is very patient with any pace of a hiker. Thank you for both Stephen and Alpine Recreation's care and guidance during this tour.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Many thanks, Danguole, for taking the time to write this review. We are pleased you had a good time and responded well to the challenge of doing the Tekapo Trek in just a day and a half.
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Liz Roberts

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I have had multiple trips with this company now. Always professional. Always friendly and helpful. Great communication. Great guides. Family business, which is nice too. Highly recommend.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Liz. It is always great to have you back again.

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Rohan Muir

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

My partner and I attended the 4-day Introductory Mountaineering Course based out of the private Caroline Hutt in Mt Cook National Park. Our guide Martin Hess was amazing, he was very experienced, personable and a great cook! Everything went great, we felt very safe and felt we were able to get everything and more out of the trip. We have already done a bit of rock climbing and have both spent a lot of time in the outdoors having done walks above the bush line throughout New Zealand. As it was just us and Martin, we were able to tailor the course to meet our needs and focus on what we were most interested in. Communication, logistics, food, and the location were absolutely superb. The fact that Alpine Recreation was able to provide the technical gear as part of the course cost was a huge plus and the gear itself was great. We loved the 'leave no trace' approach Alpine Recreation takes to its courses, and appreciate their passion for 'true' mountaineering and the environment around them as opposed to other companies who may be more focused on the more commercial 'conquer the mountain' approach. We would recommend this course to our friends who are wanting to get a taste for mountaineering and understand what it is all about, we definitely feel a lot of people do not really understand what mountaineering really is. We have a new appreciation for mountaineering and the skills you need to be safe in the mountains. We are already planning more trips and would love to progress our skills further with Alpine Recreation in the future!

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you so much, Rohan, for making the time and effort to write this feedback. We are really pleased you found the course worthwhile and appreciated Alpine Recreation's ethos and Martin's conscientious approach.

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Tim Bloch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised and safe, considering the environment.
Amazing trip / adventure because of our superb guide Ewan.
Amazing scenery and views.
There was nothing negative but you should be prepared for a tough hike with heavy pack on day one and of course be used to the mountain long drop!

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Tim, for taking the time to write a review. Yes, the Ball Pass Crossing is a challenging alpine crossing. You have to make some effort to get close to such a mighty mountain as Aoraki/Mt Cook! Glad you thought the effort was worth it!

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Judith Goodyear

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

We managed to do some ski touring, despite the bad weather! The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The first and last days consisted mainly in walking to and from the hut - we weren't made aware that there isn't usually enough snow to go to ski touring on all three days.

Alpine Recreation responds:

Not quite sure about this comment: it would definitely not have been experienced in December 2015 because that is during our summer and we run ski touring trips only during our winter months, July-September. In our description of the itinerary for the Two Thumb Range ski touring on Day 1 we do say it is 3 hours hiking and/or skinning with a climb of 550m up to the hut and that there is time only for a short ski tour that afternoon. Obviously it depends how far down the snow is below the hut and that varies throughout the season and can change from week to week. If there is not skiable snow from the hut upwards we do not operate. When we operate there is definitely enough snow to do a half-day's touring on the first, a full day's touring on the second day and another half-day's touring on the last day, if it's only a 3-day trip. I tried to look up your client record, Judith, to see when you came, but could not find it in our database! If you could help me out there, that would be much appreciated.