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An ordinary Kiwi doing extraordinary things

Your goals, your dreams… go out and conquer your mountains.

Airline pilot, Everest mountaineer, adventurer and extreme marathon competitor Mike Allsop is an ordinary family man proving that anybody can accomplish extraordinary things.

Mike Allsop grew up in a single parent home in Auckland. Life wasn’t always easy. But Mike never wavered in his dream of becoming an airline pilot with Air New Zealand. He single-mindedly pursued this goal, breaking it down into smaller parts then focusing on each step in turn. He began by obtaining a pilot’s licence and a job with a small commuter airline. Things took a dramatic turn when a flight to deliver a Twin Otter aircraft from the USA to New Zealand led to a crash landing into the sea hundreds of kilometres off the coast of Hawaii in the dark of night. The US Coast Guard colonel who eventually rescued Mike and his crew commented that nobody else had ever survived a crash landing into that part of the ocean!

As well as becoming an Air New Zealand captain, Mike harboured another ambition. One day, he wanted to stand upon the roof of the world and summit Everest. True to form, he broke the goal down and gained the necessary skills and experience by testing himself on difficult and potentially hazardous climbs across 6 different continents. Many were usually only tackled by vastly more experienced climbers. However, Mike is living proof of his philosophy: ‘if you believe you can, you will’. He has reached every goal in spectacular fashion, including becoming an international airline pilot with Air New Zealand and ascending Everest in an unguided expedition.

He has since gone on to conquer numerous other mountains, pitting himself against the limits of human endurance and the unpredictable weather conditions that abound at extreme altitudes. He’s narrowly dodged a fatal avalanche in Peru, risked being shot in Russia and returned a replica of a stolen Yeti hand to a monastery in Nepal.

Mike has since returned to the Himalayas to run the world’s highest marathon around Everest - a feat never before attempted. Backed only by a Sherpa team, he trekked to 5,630 metres above sea level. There he ran a distance of 42.2 kilometres (22.6 miles) in temperatures of -30 degC (-22degF), setting a new world record. This feat is captured in the documentary ‘Chasing Altitude’ aimed at young people everywhere, showing that they too can achieve their dreams and ambitions overcoming the fear of failure and breaking each goal into a series of smaller steps.

Mike is also one of a handful of athletes who have ever run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. This raised NZ$75,000 for New Zealand charity KidsCan.

As a presenter, Mike speaks from the heart when he tells his audiences about the power of goal-setting to make just about anything possible. Audiences have described Mike’s presentations as “inspiring”, “motivational” and “amazing”.

When Mike’s not captaining a 787 aircraft or planning his next inspiring adventure, he is at home sharing his stories with wife Wendy and their three children Ethan, Maya and Dylan.

Mike was awesome, cool, calm but spoke with such passion. His story was amazing! Barfoot & Thompson

Mike was an incredibly powerful speaker - humble, motivating and passionate. He was really easy to deal with and a total professional. Thanks Mike!

ANZ Bank

Mike was outstanding! He truly is just an everyday Kiwi guy who has managed to achieve some amazing things. His down to earth nature and typical understated Kiwi style meant he was able to build rapport with the team and engage them in a very genuine way. He also did not beat about the bush, emphasizing that to succeed takes hard work, passion, commitment and a never give in attitude. What resonated for the team was Mike’s mantra that if you never give in, you can never fail. Mike was also able to engage the team in a very real way, having walked the talk so to speak, with not one, but multiple unique challenges set and overcome in his life. I do not hesitate to recommend Mike as an excellent motivational speaker who has a unique ability to relate his superhuman stories and feats to the everyday Kiwi. He has helped all of the team believe that even mere mortals have the capacity within them to do amazing things. Mikes speech was the perfect way to set up our sales conference. As a local player in an increasingly global media industry we face many large and exciting challenges and we need staff who believe in themselves and in their own ability to overcome obstacles and find a successful path into the future. The team left the room buzzing after hearing from and interacting with Mike and he has had a lasting impact on the culture and belief of the sales business. Thanks Mike - from one simple Kiwi bloke to another, you truly are an inspiration.

TVNZ Sales Conference

Mike Allsop was very well articulated and had the crowd engaged from the moment he stepped up on stage and all the way through to the networking drinks. Although he spoke of remarkable triumphs and achievements he was very humble in his presentation. 10/10

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand

Mike’s presentation was excellent. Really appreciated that he was happy to stay and chat to delegates. He was extremely well received by the delegates and a brilliant first keynote. Such a genuine, humble, incredible man. I would not hesitate to recommend him or book him again

Commonwealth Bank

Mike is a genuine can do person who packs a lot into his life - entertaining, funny, inspirational and motivational…he left us all feeling we have the power to do great things

Electricity Engineers’ Association

Mike Allsop is one of those rare after dinner speakers - combining passion and storytelling with uplifting insights into what’s possible for all of us. He spoke at the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association gala dinner (August 2018) and had his audience of 150 guests spellbound as he talked about his achievements on Mt Everest and as a marathon runner. Just as compelling was his advice and insights into parenthood, families and setting personal goals. I can’t recommend him highly enough

Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association HKNZBA

Really relevant and very moving and motivational. Residents thoroughly enjoyed this event.


Thank you so much for your presentation yesterday at our first Virtual Conference, the feedback we’ve had so far is fantastic - which is a great achievement when talking to around 2500 people! Your story is incredible and the way you presented this with your tools was just top notch! There were lots of comments flying around during your presentation about the tools you were providing so I know a lot of people will be using these moving forward.


Mike captivated the audience from his first anecdote to his last. He kindly stayed behind to talk to our franchisees.

Guthrie Bowron

Mike motivation and story was inspirational. One of our leaders said afterwards he was motivated to set goals and do the things he had been talking about but hadn’t got around to doing. Mike is an engaging, professional speaker and highly recommend.

First Gas

Mike is very inspirational and influential. He was very easy to listen to, his positive attitude and professionalism towards the audience helped with creating new habits and mindsets. if you're looking for something different at a personal and professional level - this is well worth experiencing.

PGG Wrightson

Mike was so inspirational; he shared some great tools and I'm now inspired to do anything I put my mind to in life.

Steadfast NZ Ltd
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