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“Mystery Man of Wine....Stuart Elms!!”

Ridgeline Adventures
Ranked #8 of 58 Tours in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come experience New Zealand's ultimate alpine mountain farm 4WD adventure. The perfect mix of Wanaka's breath-taking scenery, history, heritage and farming life. This will be a genuine highlight of your New Zealand holiday. Check us out on Instagram: ridgelinenz Facebook:ridgelineadventuresnz
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Tujunga, California
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“Mystery Man of Wine....Stuart Elms!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2009

On a rainy day, we wanted a dry adventure for our day in Wanaka. So we loaded up in a van with our most humble driver and tour guide, Stuart Elms. During our drive, he mentioned that he once grew grapes, so I announced that we are growing grapes in our garden at home but need some expert advice. On all of our stops of his great selection of vineyards, the purveyors of wine tastings alluded to their admiration for our guide. After much proding, we discovered Stuart's illustrious past and his influence on the region. Also, he took me out into a vinyard, with rain falling on our heads, and showed my how to prune and train my own vines back home. This wine tour was one the highlights for our two week motorcycle tour of the South Island.

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“Fabulous Twilight in Tussock Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2009

What a brilliant evening we spent, sat in deckchairs eating local cheese & sipping wine whilst the sun set over Wanaka. Mark answered our endless questions about the view infront of us, having driven us up the hills where no one else can go. Very special. A must for all travellers stopping in Wanaka.

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“Superb trip - would recommend to anyone!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2009

We had an excellent day tour around the winearies and Mark was a fantastic guide. We enjoyed every aspect of the day and felt we learnt a lot about wine as we had no idea before! I really enjoyed visiting hidden spots and meeting very friendly local New Zealanders. We cannot rate this trip highly enough!

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Brisbane, Queensland
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“Fantastic views and great wine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2009

What a fantatstic tour! Mark picked up three of us from our accommodation in a comfortable 4WD minibus, and took us to the top of the ridge overlooking Lake Wanaka for a great coffee, and then onto the most scenic winery I've seen in 26 countries I've visited. Unbelievable views over the Lake, and my 83-year old mother-in-law easily managed the short scenic bush walks while Mark identified a wide range of the local plant life. Good value for money, great tour guide. Definitely recommend!

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“wonderful wine tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2009

I took a wine tour with Mark from Ridgeline Adventures and had a fantastic day. We started off at The Big Picture wine adventure place which was really informative and taught us how to taste and smell the wine. Then we visited 2 or 3 small wineries before lunch and at each one we met the wine makers and had interesting discussions with them. Lunch was a superb platter at a bigger and very stylish winery called Carrick. After lunch there were another couple of wineries and then Mark bought us all a fresh fruit ice cream...Yum!

Mark was an excellent guide, he was so friendly and knowledgable that it was like spending a day with an old friend! I would highly recommended this trip to anybody interested in wine and visiting some more ' out of the way' vineyards.

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