Custom Tours with a private guide

Want to create a custom tour from scratch?
I’ve explored just about every inch of the South Island and can help narrow down the best options for you based on how much time you have, the time of year you’re arriving, how far you want to travel, what type of scenery you enjoy and how hard you want to work for that view. Keep in mind that every adventure will be customised to make it just challenging enough for you and there are plenty of upgrades available if you’d like to add a chopper ride, limousine transfer, lunch prepared by a private chef alfresco, etc.

Create your one-of-a-kind adventure that’s completely off the radar
Alternatively, tell me what experiences are on your bucket list and we’ll make it happen. Or I’ve got many, many more unique adventures up my sleeve, whether you’d like to walk on a glacier, learn how to build a nest to sleep out under the stars or ride into an historic 19th century gold mining settlement on horseback — I thought you’d never ask!

For more inspiration, take a look at these custom itineraries:

6-Day Queenstown Family Adventure

I designed this itinerary with plenty of wow moments (helicopters, jetboats, Milford Sound) as well as the simple pleasure of hanging out together as a family away from distractions. Would suit families who walk together regularly or want an excuse to start. Day 1:...

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Group/Incentive Heli Picnic

The Mazda NZ Group wanted to treat their staff to an unforgettable day in Queenstown. We arranged for helicopters to pick them up at Blanket Bay, where they were staying, and take them for a jaw-dropping scenic flight to Milford Sound followed by an unforgettable...

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12-Day New Zealand Backcountry Hiking Itinerary

Last year Ahipara Luxury Travel asked me to take one of their clients hiking on the South Island for 10 days.  Daria, a solo traveler from Moscow, is an avid hiker and wanted a private guide to accompany her on some day hikes on the East coast of the South Island,...

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Reviews of Alpine Adventures

Middle Earth Waterfalls
What a fabulous experience!!!👍😁👏. We chose the gourmet picnic and middle earth flight. The scenery was breathtaking , the flight over the glacier awe inspiring and the picnic fare was delicious, especially with the chilled ch...


Queenstown: our guide was really good, we had such a good time. We really like that it was very exclusive and personalized. He was very flexible when it came to what to do, etc.. added more activities that we wanted to try like canyon swing, horse...

Milford Sound Heli Tour and Cruise with Snow Landing
Kym and I have just got back to Wanaka.


If you're dreaming of a holiday in Queenstown, now is the time to book for the busy summer season. Hire a private guide for a half day, full day or the entire week to explore at your own pace. Options available for all fitness levels. Check back often for unique adventures you won't find anywhere else!

Celebrate a Special occasion in style

I’ve found that the best way to mark a special occasion is by creating memories with loved ones that you’ll treasure for years to come. I’ve helped plan marriage proposals, birthday surprises, anniversary trips and all sorts of celebrations over the years. When in doubt, add a helicopter ride! Personalise one of our tours or contact me to create a one-of-a-kind adventure. 

Lee Saunders

Owner and Guide, Alpine Adventures