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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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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

120 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 10.

Peter Good's avatar

Peter Good

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Seven Aussies travelled with AR to the Two Thumbs range for a mainly telemark tour from Rex Simpson hut. I was the main contact for the group in Oz and our Ops manager Axel who was on our whole trip helped organise things before the trip. As it was not a great snow year Axel provided alternative locations and access methods for the group which was greatly appreciated. We had 2 other guides join us in succession, Manu and Anna. They hunted out fresh stashes of snow in the best locations and looked after our tiring legs on the commute up snake ridge each day. They were also responsive to various skiing and apprehension levels within the group in terms of ski locations to ensure everyone had a challenging, safe and rewarding ski. The hut is warm, comfortable and the cooks and food are exceptional. Axel paid strict attention to hygiene and order within the hut as well as making the best cinnamon porridge each morning. We all agreed this was a trip to remember.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Graeme Woodward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that I learned quite a lot in a very safe environment.

A very well run trip.

Elke was exceptional as a guide. Very knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

It is great that you provide the equipment, particularly for such intro courses. For new comers to the sport, having to sort out rental equipment, as is required with other companies, would be a hassle & prone to errors (e.g. hiring unsuitable gear).

I look forward to practising my skills in the backcountry, and coming back again in the future for a more adventurous tour.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Graeme, for sharing your experience of Alpine Recreation's Backcountry Ski Course. We are pleased you appreciate the professionalism of the guide and the fact we include the transceiver, probe, shovel, skis and skins...and any other outdoor clothing you require.
Anne

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Cheryl Cottine

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Ball Pass crossing, and this trip is as good as it sounds! Alpine Recreation was a pleasure to work with from arranging dates all the way through to the end of the trip. Everyone I communicated with in the office leading up to the trip was helpful, as was all the information they shared. Anna, my guide, was excellent. Her passion for and knowledge of the mountains was evident throughout, and her ability to read the weather and the terrain, appreciated. We ended up doing the crossing on the second day due to an incoming weather system, and as a result we had unbelievably good conditions, with breathtaking views from the pass and on the descent. Staying at Caroline Hut was lovely and the meals provided were excellent. Since we did the crossing a day early, we had a third day for other activities. We talked over various options and settled on doing some rock climbing in the Mt. Cook area and navigation practice on an orienteering course in Lake Tekapo. I very much appreciated the opportunity to practice some skills under the watchful eye of my guide, as well as her willingness to tailor the experience to my interests. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who is keen to do the crossing. I will certainly book with them again for future outings!

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in April 2018

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to share your experience of a Ball Pass Crossing with others who are keen on mountain hiking. We're really pleased you found the time worthwhile, despite the bad weather forecast for Mt Cook on the third day. Anna, your guide, certainly made sure the time was well utilised with teaching you new skills.
Anne

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Mohammed Khudhari

Saudi Arabia

Ranking: 10/10

Great place to start your Alpine climbing adventures just try to book in the early season for a better weather.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you Mohammed for sharing your experience of the Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course in April, right near the end of our summer season. Yes, early season November-December can give you better weather, but of course there is no guarantee of that. New Zealand is a long narrow strip of land surrounded by wide expanses of ocean, so weather changes can come in fast, but it clears up quickly too!

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Carita Johnsson

Ranking: 9/10

My husband and I completed the Balls Pass Crossing late February with Alpine Recreation. We were originally booked for a few days earlier but due to extreme weather conditions we managed to organise alternative dates which was great. We had a window of 2 good days so we agreed to do the trek in 2 days and do local activities on the third day weather permitting. There were 3 of us in the group with our guide Jono leading the way. The walk was tough with lots of fresh soft snow but truly enjoyable. Jono was a fantastic guide and ensured a safe and enjoyable crossing. He was also a super chef cooking up a storm in quite basic conditions. Caroline Hut was perfect for the night.
I would recommend the trek highly to anyone interested in mountain trekking but caution that the weather is really unpredictable. Had we not been able to reschedule and ended up doing alternative activities would have been very disappointing.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Carita, for your helpful feedback. Yes, in this mountain environment we do have to respect the weather and be flexible with alternative dates, activities or venues if necessary. It is surprisingly seldom, however, that we cannot stick to original plans. You book the guide, not the weather, and the guides are well trained to make good use of the time with useful instruction on things such as map reading, navigation, local history...if the middle day has to be spent indoors.

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Susan Langridge

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Jon-o is the perfect mountaineering guide, moving from rock to rock with his arms folded and a sheer drop on one side, carefree with perfect balance! He has quite the sense of humour and was good company as well as a confidence-building guide. His culinary skills are superb, managing to produce exceptionally interesting food out of nowhere - especially impressive as I am vegetarian and he is not.

We tackled the Ball Pass Crossing, which included an interesting, picturesque ascent to the magnificent Caroline Hut, and a long, occasionally challenging descent on a slightly different route to the normal one. This route avoided a long, less enjoyable scree descent and included one particularly challenging area for which there was the option of being roped up.

Caroline Hut is a magical place, wonderful to just hang out or use as a base to explore the area.

Despite the challenges, I really enjoyed this trip which fulfilled a personal ambition of climbing close to Mt Cook, so it was well worth it. This is just about as close to Mt Cook as you can get, without actually climbing it.

I had read a review suggesting not to look down, but had ignored it as being from a less experienced climber. They were absolutely right! Just don't look down!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Susan, it's great to have your detailed description of what it was like for you doing the Ball Pass Crossing. Yes, because you are so close to Aoraki/Mt Cook itself, it really is awe-inspiring. We're really pleased you enjoyed the whole experience, including being served well in terms of vegetarian meals. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Anne

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Halla Malik

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Ball Pass Crossing hike with Alpine Recreation and had a fantastic experience. They were very helpful in initially working out the most suitable trip for my ability and dates in New Zealand. The trip was very organised but still allowed flexibility, with a very user friendly website for information on what the trip entailed. Jonathan our guide was fantastic - very experienced and knowledgeable of the local area, he was able to cater to the differing needs of our group of 4 and has a very calming presence which helped build group confidence through the more challenging sections of the track. I would highly recommend Alpine Recreation and look forward to organising another trip in the near future - thanks again and keep up the great work!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Halla, for taking the time to share your experience of the Ball Pass Crossing. Your words will help others gain an impression of what this demanding trek is like.

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Nat Luxton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I wanted to gain some experience, and confidence, after completing a mountaineering course last summer, so felt a trip with an experienced guide would be best. I phoned Alpine Recreation and spoke with Axel, who answered all of my questions, and advised that Elke would be the guide for me. I loved this confident assurance, and the idea of having a female guide, so booked a 5-day, 1:1 trip with her. This was the best decision I could have made, especially given that I have a terrible fear of heights!

I felt comfortable with Elke from the outset, from checking my gear to discussing her thoughts for our time in the mountains. She led me through unfamiliar, sometimes terrifying, terrain; schooled me in the art of crevasse rescue and navigation when bad weather made us hut-bound, and was somehow able to coax me to my very first summit, all with the patience of a saint. Until you're faced with your worst fear you don't realise just how emotionally exposed you are, yet with Elke this felt safe; there was no judgement, only support. Whilst reaching a summit was not an essential element of the trip, I'm so glad that I did, and know I could not have done it without the constant support & reassurance from Elke. It would be so easy to quit now that I've had my summit, but this has been such a positive experience that I want to continue, to push myself further, try to overcome my fear so that I can further evolve in the mountains I've come to feel at peace in. I can but hope that Elke will be with me on this journey.

So, would I recommend Alpine Recreation- hell yes!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Wow, Nat! Thank you so much for this feedback. It is really heartening to know what this private Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course meant to you and we are so glad that Elke, our Co-Director, could help you deal with your fear of heights. Well done on summiting Turner Peak!

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Warren Howe

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A great experience on the Aoraki/Mt.Cook trek with Henriette Beikirch and Alpine Recreation. Spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt. Cook and surrounds from the comfort of Caroline Hut.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you for joining us early December for this trek, Warren. We are pleased you were impressed with the views.

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Tim Clarke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Specialist Alpine Course was everything that I wanted and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect. Booking was easy. Company was very informative when it came to choosing the most appropriate course. Elke was patient and thorough.
Highly recommended.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Great that you were prepared to go with a 1:1 guide-client ratio, meaning that Elke could tailor the course specifically to your needs. You chose a good time to come, end of November.

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Mark Hillman

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

I was one of 3 mates who has just completed the Ball Pass Crossing. A fantastic experience. The guide was very welcoming and provided both a fun and safe experience - albeit very challenging!! I would highly recommend Alpine Recreation and will be using them again for further adventures.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you for your review, Mark. Yes, the Ball Pass Crossing is a challenging trek. It's a great way to get a taste of mountaineering fin just 3 days. We're pleased you found the experience fun and safe.

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Michael Colavita

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Took the intensive mountaineering course and had a great time. Had a great guide, great experience, and learned a lot. I took the course comming in with some trad climbing experience and a little mountain experience doing a few winter summits in California. I was looking to learn and boost my snow craft and travel. The course was perfect for this. I did some research and looked into some competitors before I choose this course and was glad I ended up choosing them. Here are a few things that really set them apart from their competitors: One is that they are more affordable by a few hundred dollars than the competitors which leads to the second reason which is that they don’t fly in or out. You have to get in and out on your own this means more time actually learning to move over snow, rock, and ice. This means putting all your skills to use on the last day to take a more difficult way out rather than just fly out. Another great thing about Alpine Rec is that they have their own private hut in a great location with and amazing view of Mt Cook. This means that everything in the hut is geared for your learning and enjoyment and not just to anyone comming through. They keep their own food, snacks, deserts, library, equipment, clean bedding, water, power, and anything you could need. Alpine rec is the way to go it’s is a great time with experienced knowledgeable guides, you will learn a lot.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Michael, for your enthusiastic response. It's so good for our hard-working staff to receive such a pat on the back, and it's great to know your perspective with regard to our competition.

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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.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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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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.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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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Peter Good

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Seven Aussies travelled with AR to the Two Thumbs range for a mainly telemark tour from Rex Simpson hut. I was the main contact for the group in Oz and our Ops manager Axel who was on our whole trip helped organise things before the trip. As it was not a great snow year Axel provided alternative locations and access methods for the group which was greatly appreciated. We had 2 other guides join us in succession, Manu and Anna. They hunted out fresh stashes of snow in the best locations and looked after our tiring legs on the commute up snake ridge each day. They were also responsive to various skiing and apprehension levels within the group in terms of ski locations to ensure everyone had a challenging, safe and rewarding ski. The hut is warm, comfortable and the cooks and food are exceptional. Axel paid strict attention to hygiene and order within the hut as well as making the best cinnamon porridge each morning. We all agreed this was a trip to remember.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Graeme Woodward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that I learned quite a lot in a very safe environment.

A very well run trip.

Elke was exceptional as a guide. Very knowledgeable, professional and friendly.

It is great that you provide the equipment, particularly for such intro courses. For new comers to the sport, having to sort out rental equipment, as is required with other companies, would be a hassle & prone to errors (e.g. hiring unsuitable gear).

I look forward to practising my skills in the backcountry, and coming back again in the future for a more adventurous tour.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Graeme, for sharing your experience of Alpine Recreation's Backcountry Ski Course. We are pleased you appreciate the professionalism of the guide and the fact we include the transceiver, probe, shovel, skis and skins...and any other outdoor clothing you require.
Anne

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Cheryl Cottine

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Ball Pass crossing, and this trip is as good as it sounds! Alpine Recreation was a pleasure to work with from arranging dates all the way through to the end of the trip. Everyone I communicated with in the office leading up to the trip was helpful, as was all the information they shared. Anna, my guide, was excellent. Her passion for and knowledge of the mountains was evident throughout, and her ability to read the weather and the terrain, appreciated. We ended up doing the crossing on the second day due to an incoming weather system, and as a result we had unbelievably good conditions, with breathtaking views from the pass and on the descent. Staying at Caroline Hut was lovely and the meals provided were excellent. Since we did the crossing a day early, we had a third day for other activities. We talked over various options and settled on doing some rock climbing in the Mt. Cook area and navigation practice on an orienteering course in Lake Tekapo. I very much appreciated the opportunity to practice some skills under the watchful eye of my guide, as well as her willingness to tailor the experience to my interests. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who is keen to do the crossing. I will certainly book with them again for future outings!

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in April 2018

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to share your experience of a Ball Pass Crossing with others who are keen on mountain hiking. We're really pleased you found the time worthwhile, despite the bad weather forecast for Mt Cook on the third day. Anna, your guide, certainly made sure the time was well utilised with teaching you new skills.
Anne

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Mohammed Khudhari

Saudi Arabia

Ranking: 10/10

Great place to start your Alpine climbing adventures just try to book in the early season for a better weather.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you Mohammed for sharing your experience of the Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course in April, right near the end of our summer season. Yes, early season November-December can give you better weather, but of course there is no guarantee of that. New Zealand is a long narrow strip of land surrounded by wide expanses of ocean, so weather changes can come in fast, but it clears up quickly too!

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Carita Johnsson

Ranking: 9/10

My husband and I completed the Balls Pass Crossing late February with Alpine Recreation. We were originally booked for a few days earlier but due to extreme weather conditions we managed to organise alternative dates which was great. We had a window of 2 good days so we agreed to do the trek in 2 days and do local activities on the third day weather permitting. There were 3 of us in the group with our guide Jono leading the way. The walk was tough with lots of fresh soft snow but truly enjoyable. Jono was a fantastic guide and ensured a safe and enjoyable crossing. He was also a super chef cooking up a storm in quite basic conditions. Caroline Hut was perfect for the night.
I would recommend the trek highly to anyone interested in mountain trekking but caution that the weather is really unpredictable. Had we not been able to reschedule and ended up doing alternative activities would have been very disappointing.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Carita, for your helpful feedback. Yes, in this mountain environment we do have to respect the weather and be flexible with alternative dates, activities or venues if necessary. It is surprisingly seldom, however, that we cannot stick to original plans. You book the guide, not the weather, and the guides are well trained to make good use of the time with useful instruction on things such as map reading, navigation, local history...if the middle day has to be spent indoors.

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Susan Langridge

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Jon-o is the perfect mountaineering guide, moving from rock to rock with his arms folded and a sheer drop on one side, carefree with perfect balance! He has quite the sense of humour and was good company as well as a confidence-building guide. His culinary skills are superb, managing to produce exceptionally interesting food out of nowhere - especially impressive as I am vegetarian and he is not.

We tackled the Ball Pass Crossing, which included an interesting, picturesque ascent to the magnificent Caroline Hut, and a long, occasionally challenging descent on a slightly different route to the normal one. This route avoided a long, less enjoyable scree descent and included one particularly challenging area for which there was the option of being roped up.

Caroline Hut is a magical place, wonderful to just hang out or use as a base to explore the area.

Despite the challenges, I really enjoyed this trip which fulfilled a personal ambition of climbing close to Mt Cook, so it was well worth it. This is just about as close to Mt Cook as you can get, without actually climbing it.

I had read a review suggesting not to look down, but had ignored it as being from a less experienced climber. They were absolutely right! Just don't look down!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Susan, it's great to have your detailed description of what it was like for you doing the Ball Pass Crossing. Yes, because you are so close to Aoraki/Mt Cook itself, it really is awe-inspiring. We're really pleased you enjoyed the whole experience, including being served well in terms of vegetarian meals. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Anne

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Halla Malik

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Ball Pass Crossing hike with Alpine Recreation and had a fantastic experience. They were very helpful in initially working out the most suitable trip for my ability and dates in New Zealand. The trip was very organised but still allowed flexibility, with a very user friendly website for information on what the trip entailed. Jonathan our guide was fantastic - very experienced and knowledgeable of the local area, he was able to cater to the differing needs of our group of 4 and has a very calming presence which helped build group confidence through the more challenging sections of the track. I would highly recommend Alpine Recreation and look forward to organising another trip in the near future - thanks again and keep up the great work!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Halla, for taking the time to share your experience of the Ball Pass Crossing. Your words will help others gain an impression of what this demanding trek is like.

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Nat Luxton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I wanted to gain some experience, and confidence, after completing a mountaineering course last summer, so felt a trip with an experienced guide would be best. I phoned Alpine Recreation and spoke with Axel, who answered all of my questions, and advised that Elke would be the guide for me. I loved this confident assurance, and the idea of having a female guide, so booked a 5-day, 1:1 trip with her. This was the best decision I could have made, especially given that I have a terrible fear of heights!

I felt comfortable with Elke from the outset, from checking my gear to discussing her thoughts for our time in the mountains. She led me through unfamiliar, sometimes terrifying, terrain; schooled me in the art of crevasse rescue and navigation when bad weather made us hut-bound, and was somehow able to coax me to my very first summit, all with the patience of a saint. Until you're faced with your worst fear you don't realise just how emotionally exposed you are, yet with Elke this felt safe; there was no judgement, only support. Whilst reaching a summit was not an essential element of the trip, I'm so glad that I did, and know I could not have done it without the constant support & reassurance from Elke. It would be so easy to quit now that I've had my summit, but this has been such a positive experience that I want to continue, to push myself further, try to overcome my fear so that I can further evolve in the mountains I've come to feel at peace in. I can but hope that Elke will be with me on this journey.

So, would I recommend Alpine Recreation- hell yes!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Wow, Nat! Thank you so much for this feedback. It is really heartening to know what this private Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course meant to you and we are so glad that Elke, our Co-Director, could help you deal with your fear of heights. Well done on summiting Turner Peak!

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Warren Howe

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A great experience on the Aoraki/Mt.Cook trek with Henriette Beikirch and Alpine Recreation. Spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt. Cook and surrounds from the comfort of Caroline Hut.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you for joining us early December for this trek, Warren. We are pleased you were impressed with the views.

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Tim Clarke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Specialist Alpine Course was everything that I wanted and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect. Booking was easy. Company was very informative when it came to choosing the most appropriate course. Elke was patient and thorough.
Highly recommended.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Great that you were prepared to go with a 1:1 guide-client ratio, meaning that Elke could tailor the course specifically to your needs. You chose a good time to come, end of November.

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Mark Hillman

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

I was one of 3 mates who has just completed the Ball Pass Crossing. A fantastic experience. The guide was very welcoming and provided both a fun and safe experience - albeit very challenging!! I would highly recommend Alpine Recreation and will be using them again for further adventures.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you for your review, Mark. Yes, the Ball Pass Crossing is a challenging trek. It's a great way to get a taste of mountaineering fin just 3 days. We're pleased you found the experience fun and safe.

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Michael Colavita

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Took the intensive mountaineering course and had a great time. Had a great guide, great experience, and learned a lot. I took the course comming in with some trad climbing experience and a little mountain experience doing a few winter summits in California. I was looking to learn and boost my snow craft and travel. The course was perfect for this. I did some research and looked into some competitors before I choose this course and was glad I ended up choosing them. Here are a few things that really set them apart from their competitors: One is that they are more affordable by a few hundred dollars than the competitors which leads to the second reason which is that they don’t fly in or out. You have to get in and out on your own this means more time actually learning to move over snow, rock, and ice. This means putting all your skills to use on the last day to take a more difficult way out rather than just fly out. Another great thing about Alpine Rec is that they have their own private hut in a great location with and amazing view of Mt Cook. This means that everything in the hut is geared for your learning and enjoyment and not just to anyone comming through. They keep their own food, snacks, deserts, library, equipment, clean bedding, water, power, and anything you could need. Alpine rec is the way to go it’s is a great time with experienced knowledgeable guides, you will learn a lot.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Michael, for your enthusiastic response. It's so good for our hard-working staff to receive such a pat on the back, and it's great to know your perspective with regard to our competition.

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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.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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.