Tony McCutcheon

Tony McCutcheon is a home-grown Kiwi, born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand and now living in the heart of New Zealand’s adventure playground, Wanaka. He has immersed himself in New Zealand’s mountain lifestyle, skiing, hiking, and climbing. Working as a professional ski guide, he has brought his skiing clients to Chamonix, France, Zermatt, Switzerland, and even to Greenland. After 10 winters in the French and Swiss Alps, he is able to speak French (poorly) and German (fluently, and with a Kiwi accent). “I’m so lucky to have been able to work in some of the world’s most beautiful mountain locations.” With all his years of travel, he loves nothing more than being back home in the South Island of New Zealand. “The amazing thing about New Zealand is its diversity and the spectacular light shows that Mother Nature provides for us all to enjoy.” He lives in Wanaka with his wife and two children.

Upcoming Trips:

New Zealand: South Island Adventure, January 4-16, 2015
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, February 1-13, 2015
New Zealand: South Island Adventure, March 1-13, 2015

Client Testimonials:


You have a gem in Tony. He made it the fun adventure it was and personified the friendly Kiwi spirit. He went above and beyond in many, many ways. Sandy R., Reno, NV
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony did it all with outstanding professionalism, fun, attention to detail, and interaction with clients. Tea at his home with his wife and children was a nice touch. Would travel with him anytime! Judi M., Snoqualmie, WA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was great—enthusiastic, personable, fun, and kept the whole show on track! Michael J., Reno, NV
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony is extraordinary and we'd now go anywhere with him that he wanted to take us! Not only knowledgeable but flexible, ineffably good-humored, sensitive to how each member of our diverse group was feeling and handling the trip. Smart, funny, so aware of the environment, including us.
Pam K., West Dennis, MA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
The trip far exceeded my expectations. I especially enjoyed the wonderful variety of activities on both land and water. Best of all was our terrific guide, Tony McCutcheon, who went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable experience for all. Wilderness Travel comes through again! Wally I., Honolulu, HI
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was a ‘spectacular’ guide (he used this word often to enthusiastically introduce us to his country!). His people management skills were superb, and he was organized, thorough, and a lot of fun. He has a great sense of humor and we did a lot of laughing on this trip. Cheryl N., Fort Bragg, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was a superb guide in every aspect of the guiding process; I feel like I made a new friend. Neil N., Fort Bragg, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
How wonderful to experience New Zealand with Tony! His enthusiasm, humor, energy, flexibility, knowledge, and love of his homeland made this an exceptional experience. He is a GEM! He truly wanted us to love NZ the way he does and we did. June S., San Anselmo, CA
New Zealand: South Island Adventure
Tony was a great part of why our trip was so much fun! Very informed, concerned for everyone's enjoyment and safety and totally personable. Dee S., Okauchee, WI
New Zealand: South Island Adventure