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Tekapo Adventures
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US$126.61*
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Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Escape the crowds, Tekapo Adventures offers Scenic 4WD Tours through some of New Zealand's most impressive High Country Wilderness surrounding Lake Tekapo and The Mackenzie Country. Our breathtaking tours offer guests the opportunity to experience The Outstanding Natural Landscapes of The Mackenzie Basin, an impressive region in the South Island of New Zealand. Private access to some of NZ's most impressive High Country Stations, offers beautiful natural scenery of towering glaciated mountains, pristine rivers and views across the southern alps and remote tussock grasslands of the unique Mackenzie Basin, which is the largest intermontane basin in New Zealand. Our memorable tours educate guests on the unique ecology and Outstanding Natural Landscapes that are found within this magical part of NZ, as you travel in style in our comfortable Land Rover Defenders. Tour range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours- full day excursions. Private charter is also available.
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The 1st leg of my NZ South Island trip brought me to Tekapo - for it's lake and proximity to Mount Cook! while in Fairlie where i stayed I searched what else to see and do from a different view / perspective & that's when I came across Tekapo Adventures! Called & spoke to Christina - got a clearer picture of what to expect etc and that was enought ot convince me to go out ona 4x4 adventure. It was simply breathtaking. the access they have to stations to offer these tours is just great. Christina is a great guide - her knowledge of the area is impressive - absolutely delighted with my tour that I extended my stay in the area so as to do the other excursion the next day which was the Cass Valley. The next day's visit was with Christina & Ben! a great day spent in the outdoors - lunch also outside by a shephers / hunters hut. no noise other than the river below, the wind and birds to enterain you! I highly recommend to anyone in the area to go out with Christina & Ben! Christina - Merci beaucoup pour m'avoir fait decouvrir cette si belle region!!! Thanks Ben for the great trip!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Rami K
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CYHO2016, Manager at Tekapo Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you Rami for your great review :)
We enjoyed showing you Lake Tekapo's backcountry, and what real beauty lies when you get away from the township! So many people are focused on the lake, but so much more is outside of the town! Both of the tours you came on, were real fun to have you on board!
We look forward to future tours with you when you come back to NZ one day!
All the best, and Merci
Cristina

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Christina drove us very competently up the valley and enabled us to enjoy the beautiful countryside and views using private tracks and along the braided riverbed with not a soul around. We were very lucky that we had fabulous sunshine. She chose a different return route with different and interesting terrain. Her local knowledge made for a fascinating and exciting day. The following day it poured with rain and would have been impossible. I have to say it was a bit of a squeeze to get three of us in the back of the Landrover but this didn't spoil our enjoyment.

Date of experience: February 2018
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CYHO2016, Manager at Tekapo Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

It was a lovely day indeed ! Happy to hear your enjoyed our Cass Valley Tour and the different route back. The weather made for a great day in the backcountry !
Thank you for your feedback about the middle seats, we could have had others in the back safaris seats that would have allocated more room for the middle person. We hope to see you again someday soon!

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Cristina and Ben took my husband and I on a private tour. We even got to swim in lake Pukaki. Glacier water , but the girls managed to take a quick dip. They both had a lot of knowledge of not only the Tekapo area but also hooked us up with a helicopter ride around Mt . Cook. The 4x4 was the way to see and cover a lot of terrain . We did a 4 hour tour with a break and fed some sheep! This adventure was the highlight of our trip! We will definitely be back and recommend a private or group tour with Tekapo adventures! Until next time guys- we will be back

Date of experience: December 2017
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CYHO2016, Manager at Tekapo Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us!
The swimming was a highlight of the tour for us too! we had fabulous summer weather to embrace the tour with!
We look forward to seeing you again some day :)

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are travelling around New Zealand on our honeymoon and we’re looking for a convenient, comfortable and adventurous way to see Lake Tekapo and the beautiful Mackenzie Countryside. Friends of ours that are locals recommended Tekapo Adventures — we booked their Cass Valley Tour and it was beyond what we could ever have imagined. Everything was so well taken care of.. we didn’t want the day to end! Cristina was so full of life and energy and she was so knowledgeable. It made all the difference. Definitely book a trip with these guys.. you won’t regret it!!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Sophie F
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CYHO2016, Manager at Tekapo Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you for your review!
We enjoyed sharing with you the beautiful backcountry of Lake Tekapo. The Cass Valley is a stunning trip to take with us, and we are very happy you enjoyed sharing the experience with us.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Ben and Cristina who run Tekapo Adventures are fabulous - very knowledgeable. My husband and I really enjoyed our tour - STUNNING VIEWS - we got some great shots and we learnt so much about New Zeland! We even went to visit some sheep! A NEW ZEALND must see. Thanks again guys! Big hugs xx

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Vanessa S
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CYHO2016, General Manager at Tekapo Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you Vanessa for your kind words! We enjoyed sharing with you and your husband the Mackenzie Backcountry.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in New Zealand !

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