Queenstown Climbing - Detailed Trip Notes


Meeting at the start of your trip
What to bring on your climbing trip
Clothing & equipment
Accommodation during the trip
Climbing season
Daily trip logistics
Guide to participant ratios


Meeting at the start of your trip

Please meet us at our office at 8.30am on the morning of the trip. Our address is: Unit 403, Marina Apartments, 875 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Alternatively if you do not have transport we can pick you up from your accomodation if you are staying in the central Queenstown area. Please let us know your accomodation details if you would like to choose this option. Pick up will be at 8.30am.


What to bring on your climbing trip

In addition to the clothing and equipment you will need to bring food and snacks for the day, and enough water for the day. the amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1litre of water.


Clothing & Equipment

Climbing in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. Please organise to have your extra equipment stored at your accomodation for the duration of the trip.

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible. If your guide is meeting you at your accomodation for the start of the trip it would be helpful if you have all your equipment and clothing organised and laid out in a logical fashion so they can check that everyone has the right equipment and clothing for the trip.


Accomodation during the trip

To organise accomodation in Queenstown we recommend www.booking.com here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget. The cost of accomodation in Queenstown is not included in your trip costs.


Climbing Season

Queenstown Mountain Guides run guided mountaineering trips all year round on the Remarkables. The nature of the climbing changes with the season.

Winter - Expect heavy snow cover on the Remarkables. This time of year is more suited to snow and ice climbing.

Spring - Remarkables are covered in snow but the rock faces and ridge lines are now free of snow making it possible to climb the rock alpine ridge lines. This is a good time of year for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone.

Summer - The winter snow is now mostly melted away leaving only the occasional snow field. By the end of the summer there will be no snow left on the Remarkables. This time of year suits climbing rock routes to the summits of Single and Double Cone and is also a great time of year for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone.


Daily Trip Logistics

Every day in the mountains is different with changing weather, snowpack, and access conditions. When you book your trip with Queenstown Mountain Guides we will discuss your goals for the trip and the general plan. When you meet with your guide on the first morning of your trip your guide will discuss with you the weather forecast and current conditions and make a final plan for the trip. It is best to be flexible so we can ensure that you will make the most of your time with us.

From Queenstown it is a 30 minute drive to the top of the Remarkables Ski area road. From here the high alpine climbing areas are easily approached. We like to think of the Remarkables Mountain range as the southern hemispheres equivalent of Chamonix and the easily accessed climbing. 

It is possible to climb a route on Single Cone or do the Grand Traverse and be back at the carpark between 3.30pm and 5.00pm. We should be able to have you back at your accomodation in Queenstown by 5.30pm after a big day of climbing.


Guide to participant ratios

We operate at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 4 participants when alpine climbing in the Remarkables. For some routes for example the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone we operate at a 1 guide to 2 participants maximum ratio with very experienced participants in good conditions. For less experienced clients or in more difficult conditions (for example winter & spring) we operate at a 1:1 participant guide ratio.