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Southern Alps Guiding

Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
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James Blaze wrote a review Jun 2020
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During our explorations of our Kiwi Backyard we were lucky enough to fit in a Heli Hiking trip to the Tasman Glacier, guided by Ollie and Charlie. We lucked out with the weather and some near perfect flying conditions. Exploring the caves was a magical experience, wandering across the top of the glacier with such impressive views will stick in our memories forever. Ollie and Charlie were superb guides and extremely knowledgeable of the ever changing environment the glacier brings. I highly doubt a larger group would have made their guiding or the experience any different. Thank you!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Sarah B wrote a review Apr 2020
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We had the absolute best time during our glacier hike. Our original plans were altered due to road flooding and Charlie was so quick to respond and accommodate our last minute booking. The guides were amazing - so friendly and knowledgeable. The helicopter ride had great views and then we lucked out to be able to see one of the remarkable ice caves during our hike. Everyone tells me that they think our pictures are fake. We even got to drink glacier water! 10/10 recommend!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Amber Fitzgerald wrote a review Mar 2020
Seattle, Washington6 contributions
We didn't expect to be in this National Park during our time on the South Island but plans changed and here we were! We learned about the glacier sea kayaking trip through a quick Google and decided to do a last minute booking for the following day. We are so glad we did! What an awesome experience to be able to kayak right up to and touch gigantic icebergs in the lake from when the glacier was originally in that valley. Our guide Grant was so knowledgeable and passionate about the glacier and the surrounding mountains. We had a lovely time with him and the other couple on the trip! Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Hopelly wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions2 helpful votes
I enjoyed the helicopter ride but felt a bit disappointed about my experience on the glacier. We did not get a chance to see the ice caves that we saw on the pictures. The experience of the guide makes a lot of difference. Ollie appeared to be inexperienced and a bit grumpy on the trip. He was visibly annoyed with Asians taking pictures, even though he told the group to take plenty of pictures during the hike. With a different guide, I suppose the experience could be different.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding
Responded 22 Jan 2020
Hi and thanks for your comments. As per our advertising the glacier is an ever changing environment and we just can't guarantee that some features that are visible one day will be there the next. Ollie is a fine and honest young guide and has a great future ahead especially with the skills he has to offer. He's kind and has empathy with his clients. When you are with a group that wants to stop regularly and take many photos then this does slow the journey and can affect what the group has time to visit. This could give the guide cause for concern because he has the responsibility of making sure everyone has a good time. Regards Charlie
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WSY11 wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore77 contributions63 helpful votes
On the day of our booing, we attempted to go twice but twice the flights were cancelled due to bad weather. The following day, we managed to get up with Ant. The views were scenic but we could not see the large cave due to the cave being covered by snow. We had a fun time walking and balancing our selves on the glacier. Its sad to see the glacier receding rapidly though.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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