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5-day backcountry skiing in Mt. Cook and Westland Tai Poutini, NZ

New Zealand ski touring program
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Enjoy this unique ski touring trip around Mount Cook and Westland National Park with Taichiro Naka, a local certified mountain guide.

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Southern Alps

5 Days

Jul - Nov




Do you want to explore the most amazing ski touring areas in New Zealand?  I offer this 5-day trip in Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks, skiing on top-quality snow away from the crowds.

Mount Cook (3,754 m.) is New Zealand’s highest mountain. Its name in Mahori is Aoraki, which means “clouds piercer”. Located in the Southern Alps, this peak is part of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, which has almost 20 peaks over 3000m. During the winter this becomes a spectacular ski touring area.

In this amazing 5-day trip we will also enter the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, which borders Aoraki/Mount Cook. It covers 1,320 km² and has imposing glaciers, scenic lakes, and dense forests. Here we will find spectacular powder runs surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

In both parks we can also do some glacier skiing: Tasman and Murchison in the east, and Franz Josef and Fox in the west. There is so much to explore in this area!

We will sleep in different mountains huts, suchs as Kelman, Murchison or Centennial, to live a real mountain adventure. Every morning, after a nutritious breakfast, we will go out to New Zealand's best high alpine terrain.

So, if you are up for this wild skiing experience in the largest mountains and glaciers of New Zealand, please contact me! I am sure this trip will be unforgettable for you!

And if you want to fly into the heart of the Southern Alps for another unique skiing experience, I recommend you my Mount Cook heliskiing day trip.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I grew up skiing in Hokkaido, the island of ‘Japow’ in Japan. I moved to New Zealand in 2001 and I live in Mount Cook village, where the centre of Southern Alps lies.

Since then I'm deeply in love with the natural environment that New Zealand can offer.

I'm an IFMGA-certified mountain guide and a member of New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. I guide all over the Southern Alps of NZ, especially rock climbing, alpine climbing, instruction courses in summer, heliskiing, ski touring, ice climbing in winter.

Please contact me if you are looking for an adventure in NZ both during the summer and during the winter.


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