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“The Alpine cafe with the best views” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ridgeline Adventures

Ridgeline Adventures
Ranked #8 of 57 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“The Alpine cafe with the best views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

We spent our last morning in Wanaka on the Ridgeline Tour with Mark. It was an amazing trip so glad we managed to do it as the scenery was just beautiful, with the added bonus of being the only people around. The kids loved the drive in the 4x4, splashing through the streams, driving over the hills and exploring the ruins of the old farm. My mum thought the cup if tea she had at the top in Mark's Alpine Cafe was the best she'd had in New Zealand! The trip was perfect for all 3 generations of our family. We would thoroughly recommend it.

Visited April 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Ridgeline Adventures, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Hi There
We really enjoy taking families out to explore Wanaka's pure nature, especially when there is 3 generations !!! Thanks again for choosing us and for your very kind words. Regards Mark Orbell (owner) Ridgeline Adventures.
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Shanghai, P.R.C
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“Amazing afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I was a little bit worried about this tour as we have two kids ages 11 and 13 and sometimes with these tours they can get a little bored. Well, John took care of that, he did an amazing job keeping everyone entertained and I walked away with some wonderful pictures. This was a great experience and a wonderful way to learn about New Zealand. We highly recommend spending a few hours with John on the Wild Hills 4WD tour.

Visited April 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Ridgeline Adventures, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thanks very much. Great to know you agree with us that our safaris are perfect for the whole family. There is something for everyone. So glad you all enjoyed your time with John. All the best. Regards Mark Orbell
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Manila, Philippines
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“Highlight of our NZ Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We booked the Wild Hills 4WD Safari and had an amazing time with John. It was 4 hours of great sights, information, and pure fun! John was a superb and wonderful guide. The tour was more than what we expected. We've been traveling for 4 hours and still cannot finish touring the whole 30000 acres of land. You got to see the place to really appreciate it. It's one of the hidden gems of Wanaka. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Visited March 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Ridgeline Adventures, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
WOW, the highlight of your NZ trip!! That's impressive, thank you!! John is walking around with a VERY big smile on his face today....He had a great time with you all too. Thank you!! Regards
Mark Orbell
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“What a rush! So much fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

We had an absolutely, totally amazing time on our Ridgeline Adventure. Mark picked us up at our B&B with a smile and after picking up one more couple we were buzzing down the road in his Land Rover. Our first stop was lakeside where we could see (and take photos) of the snow-covered Mount Aspiring. Beautiful. But that was just the beginning. From there we went onto a station - a huge working farm of about 30,000 acres. We came across cattle (up close and personal - but very safe!), then made our way up and around the roads that ridge the entire farm, up the mountainside. We saw sheep and deer in an alpine habitat and then finally reached the summit (3000 feet!) for one of the most gorgeous views of Lake Wanaka. Through it all Mark shared information about the farm, the wildlife, the trees and shrubs, and about life in New Zealand. He also set up tea, coffee and cookies for us at his own "Alpine Café" where we all had window seats - at the summit!! After allowing us plenty of time to take in the view and take pictures, we headed down toward the beach where he showed us ruins of the first houses on the land. We saw a Bell Bird who sang to us, too. On our way out of the farm we stopped at the sheep shearing shed where Mark described the process and showed us the tools and some of the shorn wool. Then we were whisked back to our lodging, 4 hours after our adventure began. Mark was a wonderful, fun and enthusiastic host and we loved every minute of bouncing around those alpine roads. If you are in Wanaka or anywhere nearby, DO this tour!

Visited March 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Ridgeline Adventures, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Hi there, It is a rush isn't it! Getting the opportunity to explore a real, working farm combined with incredible scenery and fascinating history does make for a wonderful day. So glad you both enjoyed it!! Thanks you so much for your comments. Regards Mark Orbell (owner)
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Jaipur
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“Wine Tasting Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

We dis the half day wine tour. They take you from your hotel to several wineries and tasting different wines and finally to a food and wine tasting. What was specially pleasing was our guide and host John Brake who was kind enough to take us around and make us feel at home.... Told us lots about wanaka and it's history . On the whole a day well spent with great company.

Visited March 2013
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adventurewanaka, Owner at Ridgeline Adventures, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
HI There
Thanks for your comments, Glad to hear you enjoyed your day with John, he is a wealth of local knowledge and he knows where all the best vineyards are too!! I hope you enjoyed the remainder of your NZ holiday. Regards Mark Orbell (Owner)
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