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When Gottlieb Braun-Elwert emigrated from Germany in 1978 he was already an internationally certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain and ski guide. He was invited to become involved with the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association and assisted them to gain international recognition for their training and assessment scheme. This they gained in 1981 and Gottlieb continued for many years to train and assess many of New Zealand's well-known mountain guides, who went on to set up guiding companies of their own.
Gottlieb founded Alpine Recreation Canterbury Ltd. in 1981, together with his wife, Anne. They were the first outdoor adventure company in New Zealand to offer ski touring using cross-country and Telemark skis. In 1985 they built Rex Simpson Hut in the Two Thumb Range in the high country above Lake Tekapo to use as a base for ski touring and snowshoeing in winter and for the Tekapo Trek in summer. With the building of another private hut in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park they established the Ball Pass Trek operation, recognised by a Tourism Award in 1991. Since 1981 they have been the preferred operator for the German Alpine Club's trekking tours of New Zealand, gaining tourism awards for eco-tourism and natural heritage.
After 32 years of operation Alpine Recreation continues to stay at the forefront of mountain guiding in New Zealand. We are a member of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand TIANZ.
Alpine Recreation reduces its carbon footprint and environmental impact through such things as:
For details please refer to our Environmental Care Action.