Planning a Climb of Mt Aspiring, New Zealand | Useful Links

Mt Aspiring, NW ridge, ramp, SW ridge, seen from Mt Barff (to SW)

Mt Aspiring (3033m) in the south island is New Zealand’s  second highest mountain and is set amongst some spectacular alpine scenery. While a serious mountaineering challenge, comparable to many more famous climbs in Europe, guides are available for those with little experience.

Weather can be unpredictable and extreme, as in all alpine areas, and the terrain life threatening. Fortunately, it is easily accessible by road or helicopter from nearby Wanaka which can make selecting a safe weather window easier.


The links below collate some of the information I have collected from commercial, government web sites and personal blogs in preparation for a climb later this year.


Mountain Recreation Equipment List

Aspiring Guides Equipment List (download pdf)

Boots and Footwear (Alpine Guides)

Equipment and Clothing | Aoraki/Mount Cook Expedition (download pdf) (Alpine Guides)

Pre-trip Information (Alpine Guides)

Guide to Equipment and Clothing | Gear for Mountaineering in New Zealand (Alpine Guides)

Equipment and Clothing Check-lists (Alpine Guides)

NZ Ascents Equipment  (download pdf) (Adventure Consultants)

NZ Summer Equipment Notes (download pdf) (Adventure Consultants)

Mountaineering Instruction Course Equipment (download pdf) (Adventure Consultants)

Equipment Hire

New Zealand Alpine Club

Bivouac Outdoor (Christchurch +10 other locations)

Outside Sports  Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau specialise in hiking, biking, camping, fishing, skiing, snowboarding )

Bev’s Tramping Gear Hire (based in Te Anau)

Mainly Camping (Wanaka) rental and retail: climbing, mountaineering

Wanaka Sports beacons for hire

Guided Climbs

Mt Aspiring Guided Climb (Mountain Recreation)

Mt Aspiring/Tititea (Mt Aspiring Guides. com)

Guided Ascent of Mt Aspiring/Tititea  (Alpinism and Ski Ltd )

Guided Tour Mt Aspiring / Tititea  (Adventure Consultants)

Sunrockice Mount Aspiring 5 Day Program (SunRockIce New Zealand Mountain and Ski Guides )

Commercial Resources

From Alpinism and Ski Ltd

News from the Mountain and Ski Guiding Experts (Alpinism and Ski Ltd)

Posts related to Mt Aspiring Ascent (Alpinism and Ski Ltd)

Guided Tour Mt Aspiring / Tititea  (Download pdf) (Adventure Consultants)

Sunrockice Mount Aspiring 5 Day Program (download trip information pdf) Sunrockice New Zealand Mountain and Ski Guides

Conditions: Mt Aspiring National Park (Aspiring Guides)

**** Backcountry Tips-October 2008 (download pdf)

The proof is in the pudding – SW Ridge Mt Aspiring  Jean Clairmonte (Aspiring Guides)

Safety and rivers in the New Zealand backcountry (Aspiring Guides)

Department of Conservation Resources (DOC)

Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre Contact Details

Mt Aspiring National Park: introduction, features , places to stay, plan and prepare (DOC)

Mount Aspiring National Park Alerts

Prepare and Plan Links to alerts, safety, weather, minimising your impact, online booking, maps, licences and permits

Planning a trip in the backcountry? (pdf , 415K)

Safety: equip yourself well

plus much more

Mountain Safety Council Resources (MSC)


Safety Tips

MSC online resources  for download include pamplets such as

  • Using Avalanche Transceivers
  • Bushcraft – Going Bush
  • River Safety
  • Outdoor First Aid -Preventing Hypothermia

MSC Resources: Equipment: pack liners and survival bags for online purchase (NZ only)

MSC Resources: Free Downloads: Mountain Radio Contacts, Bushcraft – Intentions form pads

MSC Radio Communications Pamphlet (pdf download)

plus much more


Eric and Lucie’s Bus Trip Mt Aspiring, Southwest Ridge, New Zealand December  2008 

**** Ascent of Mount Aspiring (3033 m), New Zealand

**** Tramping and Climbing in New Zealand: Mt Aspiring and the North West Routeby by Jaz Morris  


Mountaineering Instruction Course  (Adventure Consultants)

Mountaineering Instruction Course Notes (download pdf) (Adventure Consultants)

Sunrockice New Zealand Mountain and Ski Guides (download pdf)   for  Alpine Instruction Course


Fitness for Mountaineering (Alpine Guides)

Training Fitness Mountaineering (Google Search)


Aspiring Images

Mt Aspiring Powerpoint  (Bob Bell)

Mt Aspiring

Mt Aspiring Virtual Tour ( Adventure Consultants)

See also the blogs above.


Mt Aspiring (miroar)

Mountain Climbing Mt Aspiring New Zealand Alps  (nightguy75)

Summit of Mt. Aspiring (avipoodle)

View from French Ridge Hut (hellosailor1982)

Aspiring – Flyin to Bevan Col (Part1) (craigwigglesworth)

Aspiring – Summit Day (Part 2) (craigwigglesworth)

Aspiring – Bonar French Ridge Out(Part 3) (craigwigglesworth) 

Mount Aspiring NZ Flight (palevo7)


Wanaka Regional Map (download, pdf)

Wanaka Town Map (download pdf)

Changing Garmin GPS units from NZMG to NZTM factsheet (PDF, 360K)

Topo50 CA11 Aspiring Flats (LINZ) free download or from map shops.


Small section of CA11

Weather Reports

Mountain Conditions (MetService)

Backcountry Avalanche Advisory

Mountain Safety Council Backcountry Advisory

Severe Weather Warnings (MetService)

Severe Weather Outlook (MetService)

Severe Weather Watch (MetService)


Alpine Coachlines (Wanaka): shuttles to Mt Aspiring

Aircraft Access

Aspiring Helicopters 

Atomic Shuttles (online bookings)

South Link Travel

Newspaper/magazine  Articles

Just the Tonic by Maina Perrot (Wild Adventure) Outdoor Australia March 2009 (pdf download)

Climbing Mt Aspiring (pdf dowload) Marc Connors Outdoor Australia March 2009

Warning about NZ weather

Climber dies on Aspiring

Body retrieval first task with team

Mt Aspiring (3032m) by Geoff Wayatt

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