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Outwest Tours

Westport, New Zealand
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Out West Tours offers an excellent wild West Coast experience, taking you off the beaten track on a journey into the wild heart of the land. Enjoy spectacular landscapes and travel historic mining trails as you relax in one of our fully air-conditioned four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles.
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Margaret G wrote a review Yesterday
32 contributions24 helpful votes
We did the 5 hour tour with Micky and we could not have had a better experience. He was knowledgeable, took us to places that we would never have found ourselves, and explained how the mining all worked really well. A lovely way to spend time in Westport. Strongly recommended.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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pan123969 wrote a review Apr 2021
Hawaii73 contributions14 helpful votes
Outstanding out west tour to Denniston. Yes you can drive up yourself , but in doing so you can really miss out. We took the tour with Mickey form Outwest Tours and were rewarded with a day that far exceeded our expectations. Mike’s knowledge of the area the mines and the history were second to none. He brought the area to life and covered parts of the environment you wouldn’t know about if you didn’t have his local knowledge. We can’t recommend this tour and these guys enough, if you want to know Westgowith Outwest.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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AliNel01 wrote a review Dec 2020
Nelson, New Zealand80 contributions66 helpful votes
We did the Denniston tour with Mitch, he was born there and brought the area to life with stories of his younger days interwoven with life in the coal business and the wider history of Denniston and the coalfields, as well as an insight into the greater Westport area now and in the past. Having a 4WD vehicle we could access out of the way places including an old fan house. We took our own lunch but sat down for a cuppa at the old high school, now a museum with a well-done mock-up mine (might need a torch!). Views from the top of the incline are spectacular. We would love to return and do one of the other tours, they sound equally interesting. Many thanks to Mitch, Mickey, Doreen and team, very well done!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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CAWorldExplorer wrote a review May 2020
California94 contributions10 helpful votes
If you want something unique for your family vacation in New Zealand, this adventure is worth it. As a family of five, we consider it the highlight of our trip. The tour truck was capable, fording streams and traveling over rutted roads as we passed through old growth forest and colorful valleys. Mikey, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable. At a point, we reached a lookout over the sizeable property of Johnny, the Bushman. Red deer, cows and goats could be seen meandering along a small waterway. It was as if a paradise valley lay at our feet. Arriving at his cabin we were treated to some of his pet deer coming in for our handout of carrots. Then, in to Johnny's cabin for a colorful story of his life and how he lives by himself ... with his three dogs, and tends his property with the care of a man who understands the true wealth of a piece of the earth. His property has pancake rocks that have more character than some tourists see going south along the west coast of New Zealand. There are caves, waterfalls, glow worms, archeological features; and the stories he tells will remain in your memory long after Johnny has gone from this earth. I can only encourage you to get together with this man while he is still around to tell what the New Zealand Outback was like in the early days. And to New Zealanders, you, too, will find this fascinating and worth a trip to the West Coast region. Stories that even your Grandpa would not have been able to tell. We hope to see this again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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JCB wrote a review Feb 2020
Purmerend, The Netherlands707 contributions79 helpful votes
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A big truck comes to pick us up. Maurice is our driver and guide. A very nice older man who has years of experience in this area. We pick up two more people and Maurice shows us around, telling stories. We go off-road on private lands, through rivers and up mountains. The thing we are here for is Johnny and we meet him on his farm. It's like stepping into another world. Skulls and bones of deer lying around everywhere, pigs, dogs, deer are roaming around, the shed where he lives has to be seen te be believed. Johnny is 78 years af age, a little man, wild hair and beard, pants full of holes, thick long socks in his blue boots and a little deer tattooed on his arm. He is very friendly and welcomes you in his home, you can ask him anything and later on he shows you his immense grounds with an old Maori cave and lots of pancake rocks he digs out himself. The man is one with nature. This is such a unique experience! Book it when you have the chance.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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