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Wilderness Guides - Day Tours

Picton Waterfront | Corner Wellington Street & London Quay, Picton 7240, New Zealand
+64 3-573 5432
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Wilderness Guides is a family owned and operated outdoor adventure company based in Picton and owned and operated for the past 14 years by Steve and Juliet Gibbons, New Zealanders and Marlborough people with a passion for the outdoors. Originally formed in 1982, the company has a proud tradition associated with the wilderness regions of the top of the South Island of New Zealand. The owners are hands-on and have a background as outdoor guides in the area and with their close-knit team and dedicated team, offer a truly personalized service for all guests. Tours offered are quality and authentic New Zealand wilderness experiences with an emphasis on education, conservation, local history and culture as well as New Zealand native flora and fauna. This is combined with the finest of local food and wine. These include guided and independent walks on the Queen Charlotte Track from one day to many days in length, mountain bike hire and cycle tour packages for the Queen Charlotte Track (one of NZ’s Great Rides) and a wide variety of sea kayaking options in the Marlborough Sounds.All guides hold current first aid certificates and are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and safety/communications equipment on each trip.
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Picton Waterfront | Corner Wellington Street & London Quay, Picton 7240, New Zealand
+64 3-573 5432
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this package offered by Wilderness. There pre-trip information told us everything we needed to bring and prepare for. The walk was challenging in places as wasn’t as fit as I wanted to be pre-walk however the staff assessment of the track was accurate...More

Thank Frockz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you to Wilderness Guides for our wonderfully organized trip. You were all extremely helpful in planning our trip which had to be modified because accommodation was full and then my husband hurt his knee and couldn't walk so had to travel by boat!! Not...More

Thank Sportychx
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Thank GeejayNZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On reflection we feel this is probably one of the best holidays we have ever had. we enjoyed the company of our guide, Merlin, who explained the locations, the bird life, the botany so well, and chose such excellent lunch locations with freshly made coffee...More

Thank stuart c
WildSounds, Owner at Wilderness Guides - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and great to hear this has been such a memorable holiday for you - Merlin is a great guide and I know he will have enjoyed hosting you on the track. We appreciate you taking the time...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hired mountain bikes for 3 days to ride the Queen Charlotte trails, and also booked a one day kayak/walk tour. Absolutely brilliant! Highly recommend this business, they were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. The bikes we hired were excellent, we were given great trail...More

Thank JYLSpinner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the 4 day walk plus the side-trip at the start to Motuara Island. The organisation was perfect with no hitches, including the ferries on the first and last day and the water taxi to Lochmara, We stayed at Furneaux, Mahana and Lochmara lodges...More

Thank Matthew A
Reviewed 8 December 2017

My wife and I had an excellent day hike on the Queen Charlotte Track. We started at Ship Cove and ended at Furneaux Lodge. Water Taxi to and from track was great as well. Our guide Jason was awesome and very knowledgeable of the area....More

1  Thank David G
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Hike, accomodation, food requirements and coordination of the water taxis and differing travel arrangements for the Queen Charlotte Track well organised and well coordinated by Wilderness Guides. Warm, welcoming and helpful. Guide for one-day was pleasant and caring, but not particularly knowledgeable and chose to...More

1  Thank JEHSAH
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Alex guided us on an informative and delightful 4 day tour. He gave us detailed descriptions of the various fauna and flora. Great company . Scenery magnificent and accommodation and mealsalso excellent. A wonderful experiece.

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