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“Simply the BEST!!!”

Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours
Ranked #10 of 18 things to do in Arrowtown
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Owner description: 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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“Simply the BEST!!!”
Reviewed November 17, 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 a tour), I was not sure we want to attempt wading several metres upstream, in unfamiliar territory, with two young kids in tow. So I was on a quest to find the best tour operator for Arrowtown and surrounds.

At $65 per person, Adin's 2-hour Arrowtown Discovery Tour was great value for money. The tour was fun, fun and even more fun. We were thrilled by 4WD river crossings and tried our luck at gold panning in pristine clear waters in a "secret" location that was more postcard-pretty than the Ford of Bruinein film location. A natural playground for the kids! Adin was a wealth of information as we drove around quaint little Arrowtown. Then he surprised us by bringing us to the Arrowtown Goal, before ending the tour at a place with spectacular views over the Wakatipu basin. We were wowed from beginning to end.

I would consider the Arrowtown tour a MUST if you have young kids like me. The tour is a good balance of amazing scenery and hands-on activities. Adin is a fabulous guide, and remarkably entertaining.

Very highly recommended.

Visited November 2012
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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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“Macetown 4 x 4--Amazing and Unique”
Reviewed November 16, 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 group (just three of us that morning) and intimate tour. Thanks Adin, for your passion, humor, and especially for the DVD that lets us relieve the amazing morning!

Visited October 2012
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Devonport, New Zealand
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“Pure Gold!”
Reviewed November 1, 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 did, don't hesitate, do it! History, wildlife, great company, adventure, gold panning, pikelets, who could want more?! Is it worth it? You bet it is - we keep watching our video to relive the adventure!

Visited October 2012
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“A unique experience”
Reviewed October 30, 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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“excellent”
Reviewed August 26, 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

Visited August 2012
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