Peter Hillary

New Zealand
Peter Hillary-1

Celebrity available for hire, based in Victoria

People are inspired by great adventure. And the name Hillary is synonymous with adventure. Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: to the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent of K2 down a vast vertical rock face in a vicious storm. He connects such dramatic achievements to the challenges faced by individuals and teams who are striving for excellence, coping with change, or overcoming obstacles in their own fields.

On 25 May 2002, just four days and forty-nine years after his father made the first ascent of Mt Everest, Peter Hillary stood on the summit of Mt Everest for the second time. As part of the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest, Peter Hillary lead a National Geographic sponsored expedition. Filmed by National Geographic for distribution in 2003 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent.

Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt Everest (twice) and has reached the South Pole overland; widely recognised as two of the most significant accomplishments in the world of adventuring and exploration. Peter also assists with raising funds for the Himalayan Trust, established by his father, which runs 42 schools and hospitals for the villages at the foot of Mt Everest. He has a wealth of stories to tell from a lifetime of high adventure including over 30 alpine expeditions on mountains throughout the world. They are stories of challenge and achievement that are inspirational and entertaining. Peter has spoken to over 500 high-profile organisations in a variety of settings from select executive groups of 12, to a vast audience of 12,000 at the Melbourne Tennis Centre.

His considerable achievements, and his natural speaking style, have led to a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America via satellite live from Antarctica. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald Melbourne’s The Age, and other high profile dailies. He is the author of five books.

Despite the high-risk nature of his expeditions, Peter’s survival is testament to one of his greatest strengths: his sound judgement. In his presentations he talks about developing this and other skills: of seeing excitement in uncertainty; of balancing risk with caution; and of achieving extraordinary goals through preparation, perseverance and passion.

Peter Hillary’s presentations combine heart-stopping excitement and humour with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. They are supported by superb video and / or slide footage.

Give your people the EDGE with a presentation by Peter Hillary!


Hillary focuses on dev fgeloping skills: seeing excitement in uncertainty, balancing risk with caution, and achieving extraordinary goals through preparation and perseverance.

->Climb Your Own Everest

->To the Ends of the Earth

->K2: Survive and Thrive

->Giving Something Back

"Went way above and beyond! We would certainly consider him for any other speaking opportunity." Lucent Technologies Optical Networking Group, USA

"Peter Hillary is an extraordinary person and a delight for anyone to meet. I cannot imagine any setting where he wouldn’t be the talk of the group for years to come. He appeals to all age groups and backgrounds. He is a gentleman and a humanitarian – along with being an extraordinary explorer. Peter Hillary is the real thing."" Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts, USA

"Peter came highly recommended and after hearing him it is easy to understand why. He was sensational, and it would be difficult to find a more appropriate speaker for our sales team to learn about commitment and discipline." Salmat Letterbox Delivery Services