A new Queenstown company offering professional mountain
guiding services is promising to fill ''a huge gap'' in the
Queenstown Mountain Holidays owner and founder Mike Madden
said there were no other major professional mountain guiding
operations based in the resort, with the main guiding
companies based in Wanaka and Mt Cook.
''For most overseas visitors coming to New Zealand for
mountaineering and back-country skiing Queenstown is the
gateway, so we're providing a service which means they stay
in Queenstown longer and can appreciate all the town has to
The company offered guided ascents of New Zealand's highest
mountains - Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and Mt Tasman - as well as
back-country skiing and helicopter-accessed hiking trips in
remote areas of the Southern Alps.
''New Zealand's Southern Alps are a world-class climbing
destination with climbers coming from all over the world to
attempt climbing our highest mountains.
''Our goal is to provide our guests with world-class mountain
guiding services and unique mountain experiences that only a
professionally qualified mountain guide can offer.''
Mr Madden had more than seven years' experience as a
professional mountain guide and was New Zealand's youngest
International Federation of Mountain Guiding qualified
mountain and ski guide.
He said the company was working with accommodation providers
to offer comprehensive and inclusive accommodation and
guiding packages, providing visitors a ''personalised and
bespoke'' experience by hosting clients during their stay.
''There's so much on offer in Queenstown ... We want to show
our guests from overseas the best of Queenstown.''