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Waterfall ice climbing instruction at Ailsa Stream
Waterfall Ice Climbing Instruction
Learn technical skills on steep ice
Waterfall ice climbing instruction - NZMGA / UIAGM mountain guides
UIAGM / NZMGA mountain guides
Learn from professionals
The Ailsa Stream ice climbing area offer a large range of climbs
Ailsa Stream Ice Crag
A variety of multi-pitch waterfall ice and mixed climbs
Practicing ice climbing technique on steep water ice
Equipment provided
Gear hire is included - try before you buy!
The view down Ailsa Stream from inside an ice cave
Low guide-client ratio
Maximum of 4 participants per guide

Waterfall Ice Climbing Course

Technical ice climbing instruction at Ailsa Stream

Learn ice climbing skills at our stunning venue in the Liebig Range.

Situated in the catchment between Mt. Lucia and Mt Jukes, this south-facing ice crag is accessed by a helicopter flight in from Lake Tekapo, with the option to walk and 4WD back out. At the head of Ailsa Stream, water seeps out of an alpine lake and drips over steep rock each winter to create a winter wonderland of ice climbing goodness.

The instruction course is structured to suit your abilities and experience and will allow you to refresh and develop climbing skills on technical ground. Those who are willing and able to extend themselves may get to try leading on ice. Choose your challenge!




Alpine Recreation provides all ice climbing equipment, except ice climbing boots. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Ice Climbing boots can be hired from Small Planet in Queenstown or MT Outdoors in Wanaka.


Waterfall Ice Climbing & Equipment list