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Great option for boating and hiking option in Abel Tasman Park

A great company to book a boat and/or hike option. The hikes along the coast require a boat to get... read more

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Reviewed 12 February 2023

The whole experience was a seamless package with great kiwi guides in Liana Hazel & Doc. The excellent food and friendly hosts at the lodges brought out the best in their guests in what was sometimes uncomfortable weather. The hikes were well planned and achievable but the kayaking was spectacular. The Boat trips were surprisingly pleasant, and we loved the good coffee. Although the lunches had rather stodgy buns and green tart apples they were also more than adequate & filling. All the Meals were absolutely fabulous but our favourite meals (though the steak at the end was very good) it was the unique flavours and use of cullenary toppings that gave Michelle the Top Chef award. I would have really enjoyed a mussell and pipi hotpot or chowder one night to show off & share our good quality NZ seafood to the other visitors as well. Axel the bus driver needs commending on his great driving skills on what was often narrow wet roads and his awesome baggage handling skills ...NO Bag left behind....Thankyou for a great break away from our ROCKUP business... we will definitely recommend Wilsons as a great NZ Outdoor Specialist Business.

Date of experience: January 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

Thank you so much for mentioning all of the team who work together to make your trip safe and enjoyable. Food is always controversial. Our chefs work so hard to please everyone but personal tastes and seasonal supply issues mean this is not always possible.

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Reviewed 9 February 2023 via mobile

We had the best time walking the Abel Tasman track with our fabulous and friendly guides, Liana snd Hazel. We don’t usually do guided tours but with the tidal changes and needing to do river crossings it felt a lot safer with Liana and Hazel. We also got to do some kayaking in the estuaries which was fabulous. The accommodation was five star, the meals were delicious and we loved our packed lunches. We loved meeting other fellow travellers who were also keen to hike the track. This is a walk of a lifetime and we loved it. .

Date of experience: February 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

Thank you. We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and appreciated how our guides enhance your experience.

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Reviewed 6 February 2023

Organised a group of 15 Aussies to do the 5 day walk and had a fantastic time! The walk was harder than we thought but that just added to the satisfaction of completing it. Our accommodation and food were excellent but the real bonus were our guides, Liana and Hazel, who were knowledgeable and very personable. The walking tracks are well formed and the views amazing. The 5 day program worked very well for us having a couple of lighter days after the long kilometre days. Booking was easy and the staff were helpful. The bonus of this walk is that you can walk as little or as much as you like. Some members of our group came into the walk carrying injuries so they were able to still be part of our group and use the water taxis when they felt they couldn’t walk the whole section rather than have to opt out of the trip. We had lots of fun, laughs and made new friends along the way

Date of experience: February 2023
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Darryl W, Wilson family member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Thank you. Our team also enjoyed hosting your group. We hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 20 January 2023

Our trip started at 10.30 and we were back at 16.00. A very good day. First and last the sailing along the coastline - you leave the boat on a little beach - and we walked for nearly 2 hours on a trail, could enjoy our lunch (you have to bring all by yourself) and do a little swimming - and 3 hours later you were picked up by the ship again - perfect for us.
The trail was "moderate", so we think all physically fit persons can walk it in time.

Date of experience: January 2023
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Darryl W, Wilson family member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Thank you for rating us with a great description of one of our cruise and walk trips.

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Reviewed 16 January 2023

My family and I were supposed to go on the 3-day self-guided walk around Christmas 2022. After having been picked up by Wilson's bus, and dropped off at their base in Motueka, and having listened to the Health and Safety briefing, a commotion started between one member of our group and the bus driver at the back of the room. One member of our group didn't feel very well and was questioned by the bus driver whether he had taken a COVID test. He hadn't and was asked to take one straight away. Unfortunately the test was positive. We had not expected this, given that he had recently tested negative and he suffers from hayfever. However the bus driver accused our group of lying and that we had knowingly tried to smuggle a COVID case onto the tour.
We were then asked to leave the room immediately while Wilson's discussed what to do with our group. No one else in our group was asked to test, but as the rest of us weren't showing any symptoms, we were advised that we would still be allowed to join the tour. We found this suggestion perplexing, as anyone of us could also have had COVID. It also didn't sit right with us to leave a family member behind over Christmas, with no accommodation options.
The only help Wilson's offered was to organise a taxi back to Nelson and the advice that we might be able to get a refund. This was not the case. We were told that by hopping on that bus, we had started the trip and that there was no refund possible. After following up with an email, we received the answer that they were impressed with our loyalty and that they would offer a 20% discount, if we book with them before 31 December 2024. This is ridiculous and shows a lack of empathy.

Unless you feel like wasting $8400 for a bus ride, some cheap bags and camping cups, and to be treated poorly, I cannot recommend Wilson's at all.

Date of experience: December 2022
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Darryl W, Wilson family member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

I'm sorry that your group were angry enough to write two similar complaints. I hear your disappointment but my response is the same. There is a social and legal imperative that we must follow to protect others. Christmas Day is no exception. Your friend had recently arrived from Germany, was obviously unwell and suspected Covid so had been testing prior to joining us. On arrival our team spotted the full blown covid symptoms and asked that he test again. This was greeted with a verbal outburst; our team separated your group as direct contacts of a positive covid carrier. Obviously, there was concern for and by our other guests that had just spent 45 minutes travelling in the same coach with you.

We then had a conversation with your group, advising that the active case could not travel and would have to isolate for 7 days. We encouraged the rest of your group who were displaying no symptoms to continue their trip with a regime of frequent testing. Full cancellation conditions would apply if you chose to not travel.

At the time of booking, you confirmed agreement to our terms and conditions that includes recommendations for travel insurance. Cancellation fees on the day of travel would have applied whether you boarded the bus or not. If you had taken travel insurance, this only covers active covid cases and one support person. Your group decided that all six of you would not proceed, hence our comment of loyalty, despite the financial implications that you were aware of.

Businesses providing good value experiences cannot underwrite guests travel and health events, and we must consider the safety of all of our guests. Your negative review impacts on our team who had left their families on Christmas day to try to create a wonderful holiday for our guests. No one wants to go home with Covid as the family present.

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