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Planning a Climb of Mt Aspiring, New Zealand | Flying In and Out

How do I organise a helicopter into and out of Mt Aspiring? Where does the helicopter land? How much will it cost for hut fees and landing permit? Where do I get more information?

Helicopter to and from Mt Aspiring

DOC Wanaka Advice

A ‘One-off Landing permit’ is required for your flight in and out of the Mt Aspiring National Park (landing at Bevan Col with the assumption you will be staying at Colin Todd Hut).

Note that unless you are using your own helicopter, there is an administration fee of $109.30 plus an additional crown fee of $17.30 per passenger.

Depending on which company you choose to fly with, the one-off landing permit cost may or may not be included in their transport price so it pays to ask them when you are arranging your flight. Note these permits are non-refundable but that they are date transferable if you call no later than the morning of your scheduled flight (for example if the weather is too stormy).

To stay in Colin Todd or French Ridge huts there is a fee of $20 per person per night (unless you are an alpine club member – in this instance it would be $10 per person per night). Identification is required.

Further information can be obtained from:

1. Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Department of Conservation—Te Papa Atawhai
PO Box 93 | Ardmore Street | Wanaka 9305

DDI: +64 3 443 7660
VPN: 5730
Fax: +64 3 443 8777


2. Aspiring Helicopters

Cattle Flat Station
Mt Aspiring Road
Phone:     +64 (03) 443 7152
Fax:     +64 (03) 443 7102
Postal:     P.O. Box 168, Wanaka
Email:     info@aspiringhelicopters.co.nz

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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 http://www.mountainrec.co.nz
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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