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Wilderness Guides - Day Tours

#4 of 24 Tours in Picton
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Address: Picton Waterfront | Corner Wellington Street & London Quay, Picton 7240, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 5432

Wilderness Guides is a family owned and operated outdoor adventure company...

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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Flawless execution for a 3-day cycle adventure

Can't say enough good things about the first-class service from the staff, their selection of lodgings, choice of ferries and the well-maintained Kona Kahuna 29ers. Booking on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't say enough good things about the first-class service from the staff, their selection of lodgings, choice of ferries and the well-maintained Kona Kahuna 29ers. Booking on the net from the U.S., we give high compliments for their timely and detailed communications. The Queen Charlotte Track is a challenging 71k ride plus a couple of side excursions with the consensus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My (new!) husband and I rented a double kayak to explore Marlborough Sounds for a day. Our safety and equipment briefing was excellent with the right mix of knowledge and fun. The staff member that helped us was really friendly and professional. An excellent ambassador for the NZ adventure tourism industry. Thanks so much for an outstanding experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a little harder than anticipated being quite hot for NZ at the time of our 4-Day Guided Classic Walk. Our expert guide was unflappable considering he was surrounded by 12 middle-aged mothers at the height of excitement being away from their normal mundane city/family existence. The accommodation and food were top-notch and the scenery - just unbelievable at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With Picton's beautiful roads and trails - no need for a guide. Marty fitted us with bikes, and give us a map, and we were off. 1.5 hours on trails and roads out to Karaka Point (follow the Waikawa bay track, along the spine of the ridge for great views!) Stop for lunch on the way back at Jolly Rogers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WG was professional from beginning to the end of our 4 day trek on the Queen Charlotte Track. We were walkers but had never experienced a multi-day trek. All water taxis, accommodations and daily packed lunches were superb as was our young guide, Jazz. She was very knowledgeable on local history, flora and fauna. She also made a first class... More 

Thank Norinne C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me, my partner and another 2 guys recently did a kayaking morning and it was great. Hassle free, perfect simple explanations provided, lots of interesting information provided about the fauna, flora and other stories. Luckily the weather was on our side, and nature too: we saw an immense amount of rays, star fish, fishes, ... Highly recommend Merlin as a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

My partner made this booking to walk the Queen Charlotte track and from the word go we found WG very helpful and well organized. We arrived in Picton and found their office for our briefing the evening before the walk - a great idea as we could ask questions about what was required on the track. Steve the owner was... More 

Thank footy8
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Fantastic trip facilitated and planned with excellent support and equipment from Wilderness Guides. Highly Recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Exceeded all expectations. The walk, the scenery both amazing. The organisation of accom and water transport made it so easy and such a great experience, we loved every step of it. The accom was fantastic , very luxuriant at end of a day of walking. It was our first glamping experience, normally we are very basic campers, but this was... More 

Thank Catherine C
Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Couldn't fault this - from first reading the web site to starting the booking and through to the end of the walk it was a fantastic experience. Marty was a great guide - knowledgable, friendly, and fun. He included all members of the group and was just a joy to be around. If you want to really enjoy your Queen... More 

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