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Wildsouth Discovery

Christchurch, New Zealand
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About Wildsouth Discovery
Your Wildsouth Discovery guides and hosts, Brian Lucas and Paula Sinclair offer only completely customized, bespoke trips. With over 22 years of experience, Brian and Paula specialize in creating South Island tours that are extraordinary and tailor-made to the needs of the discerning traveller. Excelling in privately guided tours, guests come with us for authentic interactions and exclusive adventures that are carefully designed to fullfil their South Island dreams. Using their own fully customized 4WD safari vehicles, they guide the trips themselves and exclusivity, flexibility and your safety is of the utmost importance. Being locals, Brian and Paula will show you the special places, their favourite photo spots and the splendid isolation and serenity New Zealand’s South Island has to offer. Whether you travel as a couple, with family, with lifelong friends who share your inquisitiveness about the world, or whether you travel to mark a milestone in your life, you can expect to return from your journey spellbound at the beauty that New Zealand will bestow upon you. Brian and Paula’s attention to detail, their expertise in the provision of top service combined with their knowledge of the culture, wildlife and history ensure that their guests get to see and experience South Island differently. This means that they take with them life-long memories and stories to share with family and friends. Come as a tourist * Experience like a local * Depart as a friend
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Lynda wrote a review Oct 2020
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We enjoyed 8 action-packed days, visiting places on the South Island's West Coast that we'd previously either driven past, or simply not realised, were available to explore. Because of Brian & Paula's knowledge of the area, no highlights were missed. With their explanations of the history, Maori legends, and botanical information, we were able to fully understand and appreciate what we were experiencing. Their choices for accommodation and meals was top notch, without costing a fortune, and really showed how much effort they put into exploring all the aspects, prior to our trip. All of these features, together with not having to drive, mean we can highly recommend traveling with Wildsouth Discovery. Wonderful Hosts & Guides.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Wildsouth2016, Owner at Wildsouth Discovery
Responded 4 Nov 2020
Kia ora, and thank you, Lynda, for your kind review of your trip with us. We enjoyed putting together an itinerary that we thought we thought would enable you and your friends to really experience the fascinating heritage of the parts of the West Coast we explored, but also to give everybody the opportunity to see just how amazingly beautiful the bush, the mountains, and the coastline are. We love going on trips to explore and research in preparation for our tours so that we know what is out there. We thoroughly loved getting to meet everybody and take you to what we think are some of South Island's treasures. We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip with us. Best Wishes, Paula and Brian
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Clare Church wrote a review Oct 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions
The many bush walks were my favorite part of my South Island adventure. Wildsouth discovery is an excellent way to explore many locations in the South Island of New Zealand. Brian and Paula planned a small group tour for us that was flexible accommodating the groups interests and abilities. Their knowledge of history, flora and fauna brought the itinerary alive. As hosts and guides they are outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed my 8 day West Coast adventure and recommend them highly.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Wildsouth2016, Owner at Wildsouth Discovery
Responded 25 Oct 2020
Kia ora Clare, Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your West Coast experience. We loved the opportunity to guide you and help you explore in detail, part of our beautiful country. We are so happy to have met you and your friends and we enjoyed putting together an itinerary that we thought would fit the bill. Kindest best wishes, Paula and Brian
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Lynda wrote a review Apr 2020
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We live in Christchurch and have visited Akaroa on a few occasions. It's a picturesque setting and we tend to do similar things each time ... walking the village, browsing the shops, enjoying a lunch. But .... what joy, going on the trip with hosts, Paula and Brian. For a start, the fact that neither my husband nor I had to drive, meant we were both able to sit back and enjoy the scenery, instead of watching the road. Brian drove us to parts we'd never explored before and stopped at breath-taking views. A delicious morning tea was provided, as we took in the tranquility of the area. We walked a short track and there before us was the best view of Akaroa and the harbour, we've ever seen. Photographic opportunities filled the day. Apart from enjoying the relaxed travel, we were also amazed to hear the local history and Maori legends of the area, which Brian related so well. The boat trip out on the harbour was wonderful, with many encounters with the dolphins, seals, bird life and even penguins. Our Granddaughters (in their teens) thought the day was totally fantastic. The return trip was equally enjoyable with additional refreshments and pleasant views. Whether you are from overseas or a local, we highly recommend this superb day out.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Wildsouth2016, Owner at Wildsouth Discovery
Responded 7 Jul 2020
Thank you, Lynda, for your wonderful review of the day out in Akaroa. We remember it well, and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with you, your family, and friends on a glorious summer day in beautiful Akaroa. We do love taking fellow Kiwis on tour so that they can truly explore their own backyard and not have to worry about driving especially on the high and narrow roads that are on Banks Peninsula. We appreciate your very kind review. Kindest Best Wishes, Paula and Brian
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Bmann wrote a review Mar 2020
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This is our first NZ trip. We had a private Arthur’s Pass tour with Brian and Paula. They were timely, knowledgeable, funny and gracious and our experience was fantastic. When you are in the Christchurch area this is the place to go for a memorable private tour. We absolutely loved it
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Wildsouth2016, Owner at Wildsouth Discovery
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Kia Ora Bill and Kathleen, We absolutely loved meeting you both and taking you up into the Southern Alps with some of Canterbury's highlights along the way. We had a fabulous day with you and you were wonderful company. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. We hope that you are thoroughly enjoying the rest of your New Zealand holiday. Safe travels, Paula and Brian
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Gorgeous wrote a review Apr 2019
Fountain Hills, Arizona19 contributions1 helpful vote
Brian and his wife Paula gave us the best tour we’ve ever had. Not only did they know facts about the area they took us places a regimented tour wouldn’t. They even took us to a Harley dealer before the end of our day! A picnic in the hills with cheese, wine and homemade treats topped it all off. Recommend them 100000000%.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Wildsouth2016, Owner at Wildsouth Discovery
Responded 4 Apr 2019
Kia ora Debbie, Thank you so much for your kind review of your time with us. We did mention that we are allergic to tour buses and crowds didn't we? We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and your friends and showing you a little bit of our spectacular Bank's Peninsula, and on such a perfect day. We are so pleased you had a great time. Best Wishes to all of you - and keep on having those wonderful trips, Paula and Brian
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