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Guides & Staff

Our friendly team at Alpine Recreation

Whether it's a friendly voice at the end of the phone or guiding you in the mountains, our enthusiastic team is here to look after you and provide advice. We pride ourselves in being a small, family-run business with high standards - many of our clients return year after year. Many of our guides speak a second language. Wir sprechen deutsch!

The New Zealand Mountain Guides Association, NZMGA, has international accreditation with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, IFMGA / UIAGM.

Anne Braun-Elwert

Anne Braun-Elwert


Director & General Manager

Together with husband Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, Anne helped set up Alpine Recreation in 1981 and was codirector with Gottlieb until his untimely passing in 2008. She now continues to run the company, supported by a loyal team of guides and family. Anne considers herself a tramper rather than a climber, but climbed Aoraki Mount Cook in winter and joined Gottlieb on many ski tours and on two Patagonian Ice ski traverses. After their climb of Mt Blanc via the Brenva Spur in 1978 they decided to marry! She has a BA in English and was formerly a secondary school teacher.

Elke Braun-Elwert
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Elke Braun-Elwert


Assistant Director

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Elke's passion is ski mountaineering, alpine climbing and mountain biking. She has climbed and skied throughout the New Zealand Alps for most of her life, spent numerous seasons ski instructing in Switzerland, has ski guided in Japan and climbed in Peru. When not guiding, Elke helps run Alpine Recreation - this can involve anything from web design, IT support, marketing and advertising, to logistics, hut restocks and staff training. Elke is also an internationally qualified ski instructor and has a Masters degree in Computational Biomechanics.

Paul Aubrey
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Paul Aubrey


Chief Guide

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Paul takes an active role in mentoring our younger guides and assisting with staff training. Paul has a huge depth of experience as an international mountain and ski guide, with ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, Mt Vinson and in Europe and Canada. In New Zealand he has done several first ascents in the Southern Alps and for many years has been Director of Snow Safety at Cardrona Ski Area. Paul is also a paragliding and Harley Davidson fan.

Wolfgang Maier
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Wolfgang Maier


IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Wolfgang has been guiding summer seasons for Alpine Recreation since 2007 and oversees the safety of our team in the field and the training and supervision of trainee and assistant guides. Wolfgang has guided extensively throughout the European Alps where he has guided full time over some 20 years. He is a passionate rock climber and ski tourer.

Stephan Göbel
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Stephan Göbel


IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Stephan is a new addition to the Alpine Recreation team. He takes pride in creating enjoyable trips, sharing experiences and the natural beauty of the mountains with his clients. He enjoys all phases of mountain trips, planning, problem-solving and completion. Most of his experience has been in Europe, but in the last two years he has been the expedition leader for expeditions in Nepal and India.

Jane Morris
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Jane Morris


IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Jane began trawling around the mountains during Otago University days in 1994, where mountain huts were a good substitute for lecture theatres. After a number of years working in outdoor related industries, in 2010 she began working full time as a mountain and ski guide, based out of Mount Cook Village.

Jane enjoys the simplicity that comes from being in the mountains and the lessons that can be learned from the environment - Mother Nature is a brilliant teacher!

Ewan Paterson
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Ewan Paterson


NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide

Ewan has been guiding in New Zealand for many years and is an expert in the Ball Pass area. He has broad experience as a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council instructor, a member of the Mount Cook Search and Rescue Team, a Field Officer for Antarctica New Zealand, Outdoor Instructor for Otago University School of Physical Education, Mountain craft Instructor for the New Zealand Alpine Club and Otago Tramping Clubs. He is well trained in search and rescue work for the Department of Conservation, the police and Antarctica New Zealand. Ewan also has experience as an ambulance officer and is a qualified fitter and turner.

Martin Hess
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Martin Hess


NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide

Martin first joined Alpine Recreation in 2006. His role involves guiding and instructing on our Ball Pass operation. Other employment has seen him glacier guiding on the west coast, working for the Department of Conservation and Australian Antarctic Division, instructing for many polytechnics and companies as well as supporting personal development. Martin has worked with adults of all ages, families, groups and individuals from all continents. His passion is encouraging people of all ages to understand the importance of our outdoor environment and inspiring them to safely explore and protect it. Home is the rural Central Otago, in his spare time he can be found anywhere around the world climbing, trekking, meeting new folks or cooking up storms.

Lewis Ainsworth
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Lewis Ainsworth


NZMGA Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide

Born and raised in Auckland, Lewis headed South in his early 20s to study history and politics and quickly found his calling climbing in the Southern Alps. General mountain marauding quickly led to an interest in guiding and Lewis got his first dose of the guiding life as a 'Glacier Slug' on the rainy and temperate Fox Glacier. A couple of seasons working on ski fields in the Southern Lakes and more recently Alpine Trekking guiding and instructing have reinforced his commitment to the outdoor lifestyle. Since then Lewis has pursued his passion with gusto, highlights including climbs of the Hooker Face of Aoraki Mt Cook, the West Ridge of Malte Brun and the South Face of Mt Sealy. When not in the hills Lewis can be found on the frisbiee golf course, cooking a delicious meal or strumming a reggae tune on his guitar.

Bia Bouchinas
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Bia Boucinhas


NZMGA Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide

Bia was born and raised in Brazil, but her desire to travel and explore the great outdoors soon took her overseas where she she has climbed and lived in South and North America, as well as Europe and Australasia. Before becoming a guide, Bia worked as a horse trainer and equestrian instructor as well as a language teacher. Her new classroom is now located in the mountains of New Zealand, where she shares her passion for the snow capped mountains she so much loves. Bia has fulfilled multiple roles working in the alpine environment - from supporting science in Antarctica as a Field Safety Officer to spending time glacier guiding in Iceland or instructing polytechnic students here in the South Island - her permanent home since 2010. In her spare time Bia enjoys all types of climbing, hiking, rafting, horse riding, caving, photography and reading.

Tom Stubbs
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Tom Stubbs


NZMGA Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide

Originally from the northwest of England, Tom trained and qualified as an electrician. After been on a climbing trip to New Zealand he fell in love with the place he now calls home. Tom wound up living on the west coast working for Franz Josef Glacier Guides for many years. More recently working as a ski patroller for Mt Hutt ski area. The summer months working as an Alpine trekking guide/instructor and ski guiding in Hokkaido, Japan. Tom is also an active member of the Alpine cliff rescue team in South Westland and Canterbury. When not in the mountains, on the rock or in the ocean, Tom can be found drinking coffee, listening to vinyl and riding his fixie.

Keith Payne

Keith Payne


Equipment & Maintenance, Photography

Keith is a keen photographer and has taken over Gottlieb's role of providing high quality images to promote all our activities. He helps keep things running smoothly in the background, with gear and hut maintenance, hut restocks and assisting Anne in the office. Keith has recently submitted his PhD thesis on electronic bird tracking at Otago University and is currently helping out part-time with work in and around our base in Lake Tekapo while he develops his own venture. He has climbed several of New Zealand's 3000m peaks and completed the Symphony on Skis with his wife, Elke.