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“Fun, scenic and potentially life-saving”

Guided Walks New Zealand
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Lake Wakatipu Nature Walking Tour from Queenstown
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Owner description: "EVERY STEP A STORY....” It’s our privilege to take you into some of the most beautiful and spectacular areas in the Queenstown and Fiordland region to experience everything from glacial valleys and majestic mountains to beautiful lakes and pristine rainforest. Our friendly, knowledgeable local guides ensure you have the time to enjoy the whole experience nature has provided. We’ve chosen our range of walks for their natural history, scenic beauty, remote locations and varied terrain. We’re proud of our company's reputation for providing friendly, informative and personalised guided walks for small groups, and working to make Guided Walks NZ the most memorable part of your New Zealand experience. Why choose Guided Walks NZ? The answer’s simple – we’re the only guiding company permitted to walk "off track" in the National Park. This means we avoid the crowds and experience a true 'wilderness' walk, letting you see and touch the real New Zealand. Guided Walks since 1868
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

We went on the Lakeshore, Forest and Bird guided half-day walk the morning before getting on the plane for the long trip back home. We are so glad we did. Pete was a fun and informative guide; and it was nice to briefly meet Karyn over tea and cookies on the shore of the lake (thanks for sharing the legend about the giant's heartbeat)!

Our group had six individuals from three different countries with varied backgrounds. It was a very pleasant and interesting group; even though we were only together for a few hours. The pace and the number of pauses to look at birds and vegetation were just right. Although it felt and looked like we were out in the wilderness, we were only a short drive from busy Queenstown.

Although the trail is well defined, it can be narrow and rocky/muddy in spots. I was thankful for my hiking boots and for the large walking stick that Pete supplied.

Aside from interesting information about the birds and vegetation, we got a small taste of one of the other available tours (You vs. Wild) in learning what we could safely eat (vs. what would kill us), how to tell what direction we are going when the compass is lost and how to start a fire without matches. For bugs: Red, orange, yellow, forget this fellow. Black, green or brown, wolf it down. I hope I never have to use this new knowledge.

The view from the beach where we enjoyed the provided coffee/tea and cookies was spectacular. Just before leaving the country, we were able to appreciate the reason for the Maori name for New Zealand (Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud). The spontaneous "stone skipping across the lake" contest that broke out was also fun to watch.

Highly recommended!! Thanks Pete and Karyn!!

Thank G N
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GWNZ, Owner at Guided Walks New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2014

Hi GN,

Thanks so much for the fantastic review, it means so much to us. I'm really glad you enjoyed the Lakeshore, Forest & Bird walk, it is rather special with so much diversity in such a small area.
Thanks once again,
Pete & Karyn

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Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went on the Lakeshore Forest and Bird walk as part of a coach trip through NZ. The view along Lake Wakatipu is fantastic, with the stunning blue reflections of the sky and the mountain ranges on the south side.
The guides, Pete and Karyn, were both informative and entertaining covering topics such as birds (we saw Fantails, Tomtits, Silvereye and Riflemen and heard Tui), plants and foraging, the history of the area, as well as anecdotes of Pete's interesting background.

Thank LMason82
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GWNZ, Owner at Guided Walks New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2014

Hi LMason82,

We had a great time walking with you guys, and we;re so glad you enjoyed the walk with us. I really hope we can do it again some time.

Once again many thanks,
Pete & Karyn

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Reviewed March 12, 2014

We picked this company because my husband was keen to hear about the flora and fauna we were seeing during our walks, having spent the majority of our time in NZ figuring it out for ourselves. So we were generally disappointed to find ourselves with a guide who pointed out very little beyond some ferns and a couple of trees - come on guys, this was basic stuff and we could have figured that for ourselves. We were also underwhelmed with the answers to some of our questions - demonstrated either a lack of knowledge or a lack of interest. The walk itself was good - the routeburn is beautiful so it's difficult not to be impressed. The lunch provided was also good, and whilst the weather was not kind, we couldn't blame the company for that. But overall, we felt that we had wasted our money in paying for the guiding when in all honesty we could have taken ourselves and learnt just as much. Our guide was very animated in the van journey home though, talking about his time on the LoTR set...a bit of that enthusiasm and interest during the walk would have been welcome.

Thank Preciousholidays
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GWNZ, Owner at Guided Walks New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Hi Preciousholidays,

I'm so sorry that your day with us was not as you'd expected. Our guides are highly regarded and it seems unusual for this to happen, I understand how you feel and will endeavour to correct it. I know that it was raining rather heavily that day, and as the guides are responsible for the well being and comfort of the clients, I can only assume that the guide was trying to keep the pace up to keep everyone warm. This unfortunately can lead to a little less interpretation.
I hope this helps answer your concerns.
Pete

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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Owners Pete and Karen picked us up at our lodging right on time. They took us to a trail that started in Bob's Cove on Lake Wakapiku. Pete is very informative and entertaining with great enthusiasm and sense of humor. Karen met us at the mid point with coffee, tea, and cookies. We had a wonderful time and saw lots of truly beautiful scenery.

Thank dcoleman62
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GWNZ, Owner at Guided Walks New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Hi dcoleman62,

Thanks for your great review, Karyn says Hi. It's a rather special place along the track we took, and I'm glad we were able to share it with you.

Pete

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Can't recommend these guys enough, very well organised and down to earth. Our guide Carl was fantastic and knows the area very well. Lovely lunch by the lake. Recommend highly

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GWNZ, Owner at Guided Walks New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Hi Adam,

Great to hear from you, I remember Heli-Snowshoeing with you and your partner, it was a great day.
I hope we can do it again some time. Winter is just around the corner, we have just stacked our firewood for the coming season, so it won't be long away.
Pete

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