Ice Climbing Course



We place emphasis on providing nutritious meals and a good supply of snack food throughout the trip.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. 

For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation.

Clothing & Equipment

Climbing in winter in the New Zealand mountains requires good personal gear due to the potential cold weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment, whilst keeping pack weights as light as possible for your comfort and ease of travel.

The accompanying equipment list is a guideline to your equipment requirements. Your Guide will go through the equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your course. All group equipment including ropes will be organised by your Guide.

Adventure Consultants can help with all your equipment needs prior to your trip departing. We have a dedicated equipment coordinator that can answer any questions you may have, or you can also read the following equipment notes which are designed to help you when making decisions about which equipment best suits your personal needs.  

We carry a good range of modern rental equipment. If you will be renting equipment from us please advise your requirements in advance to ensure correct sizing and availability.  

In addition, our extensive retail catalogue and gear store provide the added service of purchasing your clothing and equipment needs directly from us. We are regularly outfitting climbers from head to toe to help them prepare for their course, ascent or trek! We also have a range of products available at our headquarters for any last minute purchases on the day of departure.


In Queenstown...Queenstown has a range of accommodation from backpackers, motels, hotels and luxury lodges.

We are happy to assist with your accommodation arrangements pre and post couse.

During the course...The best thing of all about the Adventure Consultants Ice Climbing Course is that it operates from our innovative Expedition Base Camp tents that are set up very close to the ice climbing area. The tents provide a cosy atmosphere to enjoy the evening meals and reflect on each days climbing before a well-earned sleep. The tents have wooden floors and are large enough so that you can stand up in them. The mess tent is heated whilst cooking and the sleeping tent has stretcher bunks for communal style living, like all our backcountry huts in New Zealand. A smaller personal mountain sleeping tent can be provided if you wish. See the Ice Climbing photo gallery or Alpine Huts page for more information and images of our Wye Creek Camp.


Air New Zealand and Jetstar provide daily services between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International airports and Queenstown, and there are also direct flights from Australian cities to Queenstown on a limited basis.

Bus services operate daily between Christchurch and Queenstown (approximately 6 hours travel time).

We are happy to assist with your bus transfer arrangements.

Please note: Adventure Consultants will provide food and accommodation while the course is running which is from 9.00am on Day 1 until 5.00pm on Day 5. All food and accommodation outside this time will be at your expense

Guide Books & Maps

 Included in your course fee is a complimentary copy of ‘A Climbers Guide to New Zealand Mountaineering Techniques’. Written by Adventure Consultants guides Guy Cotter, Dean Staples and Mark Sedon, the ‘ACG’ was published specifically as reference material which you will find useful before, during, and long after your course has finished.

Books and maps can be purchased from our office in Wanaka. 



Communication & Messages

Our guides are in radio/cell/sat phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, helicopter coordination and safety back up. Urgent messages can be relayed via our office to the field if required. Each course carries a locator beacon for additional security.


Leaning to lead climb on an AC ice climbing course at Wye Creek, Queenstown © Oliver Hirschau



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