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Wilderness Guides - Day Tours

260 reviews
Picton, New Zealand
About Wilderness Guides - Day Tours
Wilderness Guides is an outdoor adventure company based in Picton, owned and operated for the past 20 years by Steve and Juliet Gibbons, New Zealanders and Marlborough people with a passion for the outdoors. 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 packages for the Queen Charlotte Track (one of NZ’s Great Rides) and a wide variety of sea kayaking options in the Marlborough Sounds. This is where your adventure begins!
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See the exquisite Marlborough Sounds from the water during a full-day adventure by sea kayak. Depart from the Picton waterfront and prepare to be wowed as you paddle past secluded coves along the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound. Your knowledgeable guide points out marine life such as eagles rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and more. Stop at a sheltered beach for a delicious lunch with locally sourced ingredients. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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$87.13 per adult
32 reviews
Tour the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound on a half-day paddling adventure from Picton. Settle into your sea kayak and follow an expert guide from the waterfront to sheltered coves and remote beaches. Search the waters for eagles rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and dolphins while you learn about the natural history of the Marlborough Sounds. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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$66.35 per adult
14 reviews
Combine sea kayaking and self-guided hiking on this full-day outdoor adventure in the Marlborough Sounds. Paddle from the Picton waterfront to the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound and search the azure waters for marine life such as eagle rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and dolphins. Encounter secluded beaches along the shoreline before an independent hike on the Queen Charlotte Track, from Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay. Lunch and return transfer by water taxi are included.
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$113.27 per adult
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We completed the 4 day / 3 night QC Track and loved it at the end of April. The track in well maintained and an easy walk a few climbs but nothing difficult. Views were spectacular and if you pick the right time - April,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing kayak trip, scenic views and great information from guide Shaun. He was very informative and fun to spent the day with. We were lucky with the beautiful autumn weather and calm sea. Yummy lunch and coffee provided on a great picnic spot! Highly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of 5 enjoyed the Kayak and walking very much. The trip guide Merven is passionate about his job and knows the area well. He guided us to the dolphin and stingray spots. Well done !

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Philip O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful scenery along the whole four-day track, mostly looking out into the sounds from the ridge but also across fertile valley landscapes. Excellent accommodation with some outstanding meals, simple but good packed lunches and very few other walkers until the last day. Day 3, the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My girlfriends and I did the Guided Queen Charlotte Track- 4day, 71km hike. The track was amazing with the most beautiful scenery along the way! The accommodation and meals were outstanding!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Chocs22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had fabulous time completing the Queen Charlotte track. It was great to turn up in Picton and have every thing organised for the walk including water taxi , accomodation, yummy lunch and hotel pick up. Steve our host was friendly and informative about the track....More

Thank Denise N
Reviewed April 21, 2019

Highly recommend this - the track was looked after beautifully, over 4 days we only saw 1 pc of rubbish. If you love walking/hiking this track is pristine, easy to follow and just wonderful views around each corner, we lost count of how many times...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Famput
Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

We spent four days walking the Queen Charlotte Track. It was terrific. While we were independent during the actual walking, we enjoyed the organisation and support of having our luggage transferred between destinations; comfortable beds, shower and dinner in each night's accommodation, and a packed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Karen S
Reviewed April 17, 2019

I wanted to double down on the well-deserved praise provided by my wife, Lyanna. We gained kayaking skills, had our New Zealand nature interests nurtured, and talked personal passions with an uncommonly engaging and clever guide, Jake. Take this tour, experience beauty, gain some insights...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Todd L
Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

Very easy to book and find. Greeted by incredibly friendly and helpful staff. Our very enthusiastic tour guide Jake was fantastic! He had great local knowledge and amazing knack for spotting wildlife! We saw fur seals, eagle rays, fed the fish and saw several species...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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July 22, 2018|
Response from WildernessGuides | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Thank you for your enquiry and great that you would like to explore this beautiful part of the world! We offer guided kayak trips from the age of 8 years. Our kayak rentals start from the age of 14 years old. Full... More