A remarkable day in the mountains

Remarkables Guided Climbing

The jewel in the Southern Alps and one of Queenstown’s most understated adventure destinations, the Remarkables Range is the perfect place to stage a quick mountaineering getaway.

With easy access from the bustle of town, this stunning natural arena is the perfect location to join some of New Zealand's top guides for an unforgettable shot of climbing action.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 1 or 2 Days
Elevation 2,300M / 7,546FT
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A cosy bivvy spot for the night - Guy Cotter

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Great terrain for an alpine mission - Guy Cotter

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Our passionate and experienced guides will show you the best of the Remarkables - Guy Cotter

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A climber on steep terrain - Guy Cotter

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Choose an objective to suit your goals - Guy Cotter

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Preparing for the ascent! - Guy Cotter

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Spectacular views across the Queenstown Lakes District from the summit - Guy Cotter

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Fabulous alpine rock routes in the summer months - Guy Cotter

From January to December
Departs from Wanaka or Queenstown, New Zealand
RATIOS 1 DAYS 2 DAYS
1:1 $890 NZD $ $1,700 NZD $
  • Overview

    • Exciting mixed climbing only a short drive from Queenstown
    • Experienced guides who know the range like no others
    • Perfect for a quick mountain fix


    Join our experienced team for an unforgettable foray into the mountains, as we show you the best of the rock, ice or snow of the Southern Alps Remarkables Range.

    With easy access from the busy hub of Queenstown and its international airport, this is the perfect day excursion or overnight camp in a stunning and rugged range.

    We climb at a 1:1 guided ratio in order to enjoy as many opportunities for winter peaks and technical climbing as possible, with options for mixed and ice routes such as Cookies & Cream or Touchdown, etc.

    For our 1-day trips, we will offer a single day contingency for the following day if the designated trip date is not appropriate due to weather or conditions.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants guides are NZMGA and/or IFMGA qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards.

    Being a great climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well.

    You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    Adventure Consultants employs only IFMGA or NZMGA qualified guides, the most advanced training and certification program internationally. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years (5–7) to attain and ensures you are getting a world-class professional service.

  • Payment Conditions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Guide and permit fees
    • All trip related meals (2-Day trip only)
    • Group technical equipment such as ropes, tents and stoves
    • Avalanche rescue equipment
    • Transport ex Wanaka or Queenstown
    • 15% NZ Goods and Services Tax

    Registration & Payment

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require full payment upon booking.

    Please note that in order to reserve a guide we recommend that you book well in advance. 

    Payment Options

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank: Bank of New Zealand
    For the account of: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Account number: 02 0673 0043443 00
    Account Type: NZ Dollars

    We can also accept your payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) plus a 3% credit card payment fee.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your trip is confirmed. A course member may then cancel their participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days incur a NZ$250 cancellation fee.
    • For cancellations made within 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations made within 30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 15 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We highly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent. Trip cancellation insurance is usually packaged together with your travel insurance and covers you for loss of deposits should you not be able to make the trip for personal reasons.

  • Trip Notes

    Remarkables Guided Climbing 2020 CoverThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Remarkables Guided Climbing.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Remarkables Guided Climbing Trip Notes 2020

    Remarkables Guided Climbing Trip Notes 2021

    Our Guides

    NZMGA IFMGA LogoThe instructors on our New Zealand courses are all NZMGA/IFMGA qualified guides with many years experience, not only in pursuing their own climbing careers, but also in learning how to pass these skills on in an environment which is conducive to accelerated learning.

    Our focus is to pass on knowledge that will assist your development towards becoming a competent climber. Many courses focus primarily on techniques that are taught as skills in isolation yet we recognise that you need to learn those skills in context while you are actually climbing the mountain so you know where and when to utilise each technique learned.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    A founding principle at Adventure Consultants is to recognise the necessity of positive communication within the group to foster an open and friendly approach to communicating and reinforcing learning processes.

    Adventure Consultants employs only IFMGA or NZMGA qualified guides, the most advanced training and certification program internationally. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes around five years to attain and ensures you are getting a world-class professional service.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Suze KellySuze Kelly, General Manager

    Suze has been coordinating the office at AC headquarters since 1996 and was our Everest Base Camp Manager in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Much of the quality of our expeditions and the way we go about things here at AC is owed to the attention to detail which Suze applies in her role. Suze has skied and climbed in New Zealand all her life, including ascents of Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook and internationally she has climbed Island Peak, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Lhotse, Everest and Vinson.

     

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    Your Health

    Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. You will find that training with a 20 kg + pack on is the best preparation for the mountains, with the aim of getting ‘pack fit’ and building your endurance. Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your course.

    Food

    Members on our 1-Day trip will be asked to provide their own lunch. During the 2-Day trip, we will provide nutritious meals throughout. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration.

    Accommodation

    Wanaka has a range of accommodation from backpackers, youth hostels, motels, and hotels to luxury lodges. We are happy to assist with your accommodation and bus transfer arrangements.

    For the 2-Day trip, Adventure Consultants will provide your overnight accommodation in the Remarkable range. This will likely be spent in tents or bivvies where you will be more exposed to the elements but the final decision on this will be made by the guides after weighing up all the factors. 

    Clothing & Equipment

    Climbing 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.

    Click here for a comprehensive equipment list. Your guide will go through the equipment checklist with you prior to the trip, just after you meet on day one. All group equipment 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.

    Communication & Messages

    Our guides are in radio/cell/sat phone communication with our operations base and Department of Conservation headquarters 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.

    Travel

    We commence this trip from our base in Wanaka. The nearest airport is located in Queenstown, approximately one hour's drive away. Air New Zealand and Jetstar airlines provide daily services to Queenstown from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. There are also direct international flights from most major Australian cities.

    A shuttle service operates several times daily between Queenstown and Wanaka (from $35 each way), see https://www.ritchies.co.nz/wanaka. We are happy to assist with your transfer arrangements.

    Bus services also operate daily between Christchurch and Wanaka (approximately 6 hours' travel time).

    Return ground transport from Wanaka to the course venue is included in the course fee.

  • Itinerary

    We operate this trip in the Remarkables Mountain Range, outside Queenstown, New Zealand, which offers a wide variety of snow, ice and rock routes in close proximity to town.

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    Our Remarkables Guided Climbing trips begin at 8.30am in Queenstown or our head office in Wanaka, New Zealand.

    We will run through a morning equipment and safety briefing before we drive up to the Remarkables Ski Field base building for a full day of snow, rock, ice or mixed climbing with your expert guide. Your guide will discuss your ambitions to help choose the best programme for the day.

    Those participating in the 1-Day trip will return back to the start point that evening, tired but fulfilled!

    Our 2-Day trip will spend a night in the mountains either in a snow camp or bivy, from where we can make an early start to make the most of a second full day of climbing!

    Trips departing from Wanaka begin at 8.30am at our office, at 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka. Please arrive just on 8.30am as the guides will be preparing prior to that time. You will need to arrive in town the night prior to the course commencing. Please give us a call to confirm your arrival in town.

    For trips departing from Queenstown, please meet your guide at the base of the Remarkables Ski Field Road at 8.30am.

    Please contact us if you have any difficulties with transport and we can liaise with you about an appropriate pick up time from you accommodation.

  • Add Ons

    Wanaka and Queenstown have some of the most relaxing and beautiful accommodation in New Zealand. Let your friendly liaison know if you would like to discover some of the potential options that they have to offer.

    IMG 00170Take a private transfer between Queenstown Airport and Wanaka in a Jaguar F-Pace S.

    Available any time of the day or week, the service is personalised and includes an airport meet and greet at the gate.

    A Frankton shopping stop can be included in this service, as can a brief Wanaka orientation tour upon arrival.

    Each transfer can be tailor-made to meet your needs and transport can be included for up to 4 passengers.

    Please see Wanaka Chauffeured for more information.

    (Photo: Wanaka Chauffeured)

    Wild Wire - Top Pick!

    Experience a via ferrata (iron rung) climb on soaring waterfall whilst in Wanaka! Wild Wire is a truly great guided day out climbing a private via ferrata at Twin Falls in the Matukituki Valley. A safe and fun active activity for all ages.

    Scenic Flights

    In Wanaka we are surrounded by a myriad of lakes and mountain ranges as well as South Westland and Fiordland National Park, with the world famous Milford Sound. Seeing such sights from above by helicopter or plane is a must whilst visiting the South Island. Talk to our office about booking a flight.

    Bike and Boat Tour

    Enjoy a fun and adventurous half day boat and bike tour which combines a scenic lake cruise on the pristine Lake Wanaka with a mountain bike tour skirting the lakeshore with our friends at Wanaka Bike Guides.

    Wanaka Wine Tours

    Discover the scenery, history, food and wine of Wanaka and Central Otago with Wanaka Wine Tours. Catering to all, from complete wine novices to dedicated wine connoisseurs, their explorations of the local vineyards are a delight to the senses!

    Bungy Jumping / Canyon Swing

    Bungy… the quintessential New Zealand activity that speaks for itself. And Canyon Swing! Let us organise this for you after your trip with us and take the hassle out of it. Talk to our staff about it today!

    Fiordland Helicopter Flight, Cruise or Remote Scuba Dive

    Take an incredible scenic helicopter flight through Fiordland National Park, a listed World Heritage Area, where you will land on a private boat in the very remote Dusky Sound. Enjoy a cruise of the Sounds and if you're feeling adventurous then don your dive gear and head underwater for a phenomenal dive in the unique underwater world that Fiordland has to offer. Feast on an amazing lunch of fresh seafood, before heading back to civilisation. Truly an experience not to be forgotten.

    Multi-Pitch Ice Climbing

    After your trip/course you could add-on a multi-pitch single day 1:1 ice climbing ascent with your guide. Depending on your skill level, there is a range of excellent options within a couple of hours walk. or a short helicopter flight near Queenstown. Contact us to learn more.

    Have a camera man join your trip and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full-colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family. Contact us or see our specialty Film and Photo Services page for more information.

    Let us take the hassle out of buying new gear. We can sort all of your equipment requirements for you from head to toe with specific personal purchases that will leave you with all of the best gear on the mountain. Contact us or see our specialty Gear Store page for more information.

    Your friends or family may wish to join you on your holiday but don't like the idea of heading into the backcountry for skiing or ice climbing. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so have a chat with us and we will put together the perfect program.

  • Travel Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your trekking and mountaineering adventures can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance


    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

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