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Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours

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Address: 4 Merioneth Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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+64 3-441 1144
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Southern Explorer is locally-owned business, focusing on quality, service...

Southern Explorer is locally-owned business, focusing on quality, service and flexibility. Join our experienced local guides on 4WD scenic half day tour, guided walk, or overnight camping adventure into the high country areas of Skippers Canyon, Macetown, Arrowtown or Glenorchy. Travel along roads carved by hand from the steep canyon walls, drive into remote valleys through narrow gorges and view beautiful lakes to discover the history of these once bustling gold rush regions of old. Discover the history, explore the heritage and be amazed by the breath taking scenery. Visit our website for details and how to book on our specific day tours.

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Skippers Canyon

As tourists in our own country a trip into Skippers Canyon was at the top of our list during our recent stay in Arrowtown. Adin didn't disappoint us with his Kiwi humor and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 April 2013
rogandbarb
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Hamilton New Zealand

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Hamilton New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

As tourists in our own country a trip into Skippers Canyon was at the top of our list during our recent stay in Arrowtown. Adin didn't disappoint us with his Kiwi humor and knowledge of the area, the feshly cooked pikelets are nice surprise. We have showed the video of our trip to other North Islanders who have never experienced... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Hey guys, it was great to meet you and spend some time getting to know you. Glad you enjoyed the tour, but don't tell everyone about the freshly cooked pikelets! Otherwise everyone will be wanting some!. Send some more of those north islanders down so we can show them some great southern hospitality! All the best, Adin More 

Kent
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

On the recommendation of Tourist Information Centre went on the Glenorchy Wilderness Tour. Of all the tours we did in NZ (which were many and varied) this was by far the most expensive. Content was not particularly exciting, could have done most of it in the car. Very disappointing and extemely poor value for money.

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks David for your review. Its great to get your feed back. I have started a process to review this tour, its contents and commentary, and to ensure tourist information offices are representing this product correctly. The Glenorchy Wilderness Tour offers options to do a wilderness walk (average fitness required) or view Lord of the Rings Filming locations. From our... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2013

We went on the Skippers Canyon 4x4 with Adin and had a fantastic time! Adin is very knowledgeable about the history, nature, and features of the canyon and gives a very thorough tour. He made sure to take pictures of us and would stop the land rover on demand so I could take more pictures. The scenery is unbelievable and... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks Holly, you are awesome. The photos are great!. When you coming back to do Glenorchy? all the best, Adin More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

Great off-road adventure with a fun guide (great jokes!). We had a lovely trip up into Skippers Canyon on a great weather day - lots of information on the gold mining history with stories from a local that seemed to know the place inside out. Tasty home made pikelets were a nice surprise too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

Wow, what a great find!!! The Ford of Bruinen was one of my favourite scenes in the LOTR trilogy. Who could forget beautiful Arwen as she carried the dying Frodo on horseback, narrowly escaping the Black Riders by conjuring up a flood in the river. Although I have read that the filming location can be visited (not necessary to join... More 

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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2012

My husband and I did this amazing tour with Adin the last week of October 2012 on our first trip to New Zealand. We loved the scenery, the river crossings, and learning the history of Macetown and the area. And, the tea, coffee and fresh baked pikelets were an added treat! We also really liked that this is a small... More 

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Devonport, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

This was our best trip of our whole trip to south island. It was an amazing adventure to a beautiful wild place, with a fantastic guide who allowed us time to soak it all up, rather than just rushing us through it. If you want and individual experience with a great guy who does it for the love, like we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012 via mobile

Enjoyed the 4WD trip to Macetown, it's an exciting trip with lots of river crossings and rugged scenery. Our driver Adin was enthusiastic, knowledgable and generous, even cooking us fresh pikelets for morning tea. Highly recommend this company to take you on a memorable journey.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

went as a part of a conference group, great tour guide Ian, very funny and knowledgable about the area, morning tea was a welcome break but no luck with paning for gold

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Gdansk, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

I went for a trip to visit Macetown, old gold mining town in the mountains. The tour was very well organized, Ive learned a lot about that region and history. We got picked up from Poplar Lodge (very nice accomodation) by 4x4 car abd the adventure started. The road was along the river, thru the mountains and waterfalls. I really... More 

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