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Climb Mitre Peak

The Mitre Peak climb & guided ascent is varied with steep snow tussock, rock climbing, travel across knife edge ridges, huge exposure and incredible views of Milford Sound and Fiordland's Mountains.

The Mitre Peak climb and guided ascent requires a good level of fitness and climbers should feel comfortable with basic rock climbing and moving on steep exposed terrain.

Mitre Peak is the most prominent peak from Milford Sound and a New Zealand tourism icon. Despite being well known the peak has relatively few ascents every summer season.

The trip starts with a helicopter flight from Milford Sound to above the bush line and to the start of the climb. We spend the night at this spectacular campsite before we make the climb. From here it is a steep demanding climb to the summit. This is a memorable day out and a unique New Zealand mountain experience that can only be offered by experienced professional mountain guides.

Why climb Mitre Peak with Queenstown Mountain Guides?

  • Queenstown Mountain Guides are specialists at guiding on Mitre Peak & the Darran Mountains.
  • Queenstown Mountain Guides are Queenstown's only professionally qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guiding operation. 

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Client review

"Mike is a great man who is a pleasure to hang out with.  He is relaxed but uber professional and has a good understanding of people so as to know how hard he can push.  He definitely helped make this trip one of the most memorable of my life." K Brophy, Auckland NZ


Sample Itinerary

Day 1

On the first day of the trip your guide will meet you at your accommodation at 8.30am. After introductions and a look at the topographical map we will go through a gear check to make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. It is a three and a half hour drive to Milford where we will spend the night. 

Day 2

Climb to Homer Saddle or Gertrude Saddle, ascent of Mt Macpherson, or multi-pitch rock climbing.

Day 3

Helicopter flight from Milford Sound to above the bush on the Mitre Peak ridge. We will make camp at this spectacular campsite for the night.

Day 4 

Dawn start on the ascent of Mitre Peak. The climb involves a steep exposed ridge line, interesting and exposed climbing, and incredible scenery looking down into Milford Sound and the central Darran mountains beyond.

Day 5

Flight back to Milford Sound. Drive back to Queenstown.


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5 days



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Flight in & out included


Summer season -  December through to March

Experience Required

Ideally you have a strong hiking background and a high level of fitness for this trip. You should be comfortable moving in steep exposed terrain where you will be required to rock climb.

Whats Included

The price of the trip includes

  • Guide fees
  • Flight in and out of Mitre Peak Camp
  • Meals and snacks
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment

The price of the trip excludes

  • Technical equipment hire
  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Accomodation in Queenstown & Wanaka

More Information

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