Alpine Recreation

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7 Face-to-Face

1 Snow and Ice

2 Hiking Tours

1 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.

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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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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieLake Tekapo

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  • Snow and Ice
  • Climbing
  • Hiking Tours

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This review was selected by Alpine Recreation of Alpine Recreation on Thu 22 Dec, 2016.

Smith Reynolds's avatar

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 3 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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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 about 1 month ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

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

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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 3 months 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.

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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 4 months 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.
Anne

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Louis Manley

Australia

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 4 months 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.
Anne

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Alex Jenner

Australia

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 7 months 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.

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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 7 months 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.

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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 8 months ago and experienced in February 2017

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Annie Wang

Ranking: 10/10

We four, have done Balls Pass Crossing with Alpine Recreation 23-25 February 2019. It was an amazing trip and would rank it 10 out of 10. We really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. The view and the professional service make the trip unforgettable. Looking forward to going another trip with these guys again.
Cheers
Annie, Jack, Sam and Amanda

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Mark Geyle

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I just completed the Intensive Mountaineering Course with Alpine Recreation. Our guide Elke was exceptionally professional in all aspects of the course and whilst our team ranged from good to little previous experience, Elke was able to provide the training and support to make us all feel safe and enjoy the challenges that this course provides. A very professional company and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to safely enjoy alpine environments around the world

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Matt McGilton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience completing the introductory mountaineering course.
Great guide, awesome group and a fun and challenging experience which was very rewarding.
Great facilitates too and good equipment and food supplies.
The experience with Alpine Recreation was excellent from start to finish.
I would highly recommend them and would absolutely do another course / trek with them.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Matt. Really good to know you were totally happy with your mountaineering course mid-January.

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Richard Everingham

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A group of friends and I used Alpine Recreation to do the Ball Pass Crossing. In the end we did not complete the crossing (due to bad weather) but still had a fantastic time. This was due to the quality and calibre of our guides who crafted up a challenging and interesting plan B, cooked us great meals in cosy Caroline Hut, and were liberal in parting with their extensive alpine experience (they were also happy to engage in endless rounds of good humoured banter which for my mates was a big plus!!). Pre and post trip the company was very easy to deal with and the cost represented good "value for experience". I would recommend them and would use them again.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Richard, for taking the time to write this review. I'm sure it will be helpful for anyone thinking about doing a Ball Pass Crossing.Yes, our guides certainly work hard to give you a good time. The fact you came back happy, despite bad weather on the last day, shows that.

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Michelle Martin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I have just completed my 4th trip with Alpine Recreation and would highly recommend them if you have an alpine venture in mind. They have a huge amount of experience in the NZ mountains with their guides operating to the highest standards. The guides are also really fun to hang out with. All of my trips have been life highlights. New Zealand's alps are jaw droppingly stunning and you won't be disappointed. If the weather doesn't co-operate with your trip plans, they are able to offer alternate experiences.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Thank you, Michelle, for your warm endorsement. Yes, the weather can be challenging, but our guides are well practised at making best use of the time booked with them.

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Rob Morehead

United States

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I did the four-day Introductory Mountaineering course. Our experience with Alpine Recreation was excellent, from a quick response to our initial inquiry (thank you Anne!) to the four days in the mountains with John learning abseiling, alpine roping systems, movement and safety. Lodging at the Caroline Hut - the only private hut in Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park - was excellent. Food was great, gear was comprehensive and high-quality. Instruction was highly personalized, deeply experienced, and highly professional. We are looking forward to our next trip to NZ, and our next chance to climb with AR.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Alpine Recreation responds:

Beginning of December was a particularly busy time for us, so I'm pleased you booked early enough so we could fit you in. Thank you for detailed comments, Rob, which will be very helpful I'm sure for anyone contemplating signing up for the Introductory Climbing Course. Good choice to go private with just a 1:2 guide-client ratio, so the course could be tailored specifically to your needs.