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Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours

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Address: 4 Merioneth Street, Arrowtown 9302, New Zealand
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+64 3-441 1144
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Southern Explorer is locally-owned business, focusing on quality, service...

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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It'll be your loss if you did'nt try this out!

My husband and I had opted for the Macetown tour. Ian was our guide for the day. The trip was truly memorable. He brought us along steep mountain sides, through the rivers and up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 May 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

My husband and I had opted for the Macetown tour. Ian was our guide for the day. The trip was truly memorable. He brought us along steep mountain sides, through the rivers and up to Macetown in his 4WD. The ride was really bumpy, but then again that is the whole point! We were even given pumpkin soup with some... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

This afternoon we did the Skippers Canyon Explored scenic tour and were treated to an amazing history lesson coupled with even more amazing scenery. Thanks Julie for your expert driving on pretty 'hairy' tracks/roads, your fantastic knowledge of the history of the area, for showing us the contrasting scenery of this very special area and of course for a great... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

We really enjoyed our half-day trip with Julie to Macetown and back. She provided us with just the right quantity of information about the history and the surrounding landscape and had some funny anecdotes to tell. The picnic was perfect. We can only highly recommend to do this trip. Gertrud and Heinz, Germany

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

Arrowtown is such a gorgeous place so driving further into the mountains only gets better. My husband and I took a camping trip to Macetown with our Kiwi host Adin. We were picked up at 3pm and proceeded off-road criss-crossing the rocky Arrow River and climbing along narrow mountain roads used by early trail blazers. The scenery is awesome and... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

We went on two half day trips to Paradise and Skippers Canyon with Fran as our guide. She is a true LOTR geek and showed us the filming sites for both LOTR and the Hobbit around Paradise and even shared some stories about meeting some of the cast and crew. The weather wasn't in our favour during the Paradise tour... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Best half day trip we could have asked for. Adin was our guide, well versed in history, geology as well as funny and witty insight to the countryside. We did the half day Skippers Canyon tour. Drove us in his Range Rover through rivers, gullys and over mountain tops. Very private tour. We are adventuresome and independent, but absolutely no... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Tracey, thank you for the awesome review!. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with you and Bill. As for the fainting sheep, I think they must be a bit like Skippers Canyon, you have to see it to believe it!. I look forward to being amazed! All the best, Adin. More 

South Waikato
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

A great morning spent going to skippers. It had snowed the day before and the scenery looked a picture. Aidens commentary was very informative, and we had a lot of stops to look and take photos.The picnic was great. Would advise anyone to do the same trip. Also did the bike ride from Arrowtown to Kawerau Gorge and return. Was... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Charlie and Dallas, thanks for joining me to Skippers Canyon. Some say its more spectacular than Milford Sound. Having also guided at Milford Sound, I would say they are on par to being the 8th wonder of the world! It was great to see you both on the bikes at Arrowtown Bike Hire. Just goes to show, riding a... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

We had an awesome trip to Glenorchy and Paradise Valley with Adin which was filled with plenty of stunning photo opportunities, interesting stories and plenty of humour. It was a wonderful trip to see a part of New Zealand that we hadn't seen before, it was simply breathtaking. We highly recommend Southern Explorer for excellent service - this is a... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi Viv, thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. It was fantastic to meet you and share a bit of our local knowledge. Its always fantastic to see kiwis exploring their own back yard. If you where blown away by the scenery, imagine how blown away people are when they visit from overseas and... More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Visiting from UK, I'm not one for all the tourist hype, but Aidin & his trusty Defender 110 will not disappoint if you like 'off roading', wading rivers, a bit of 4x4 'rufty tufty', good midday picnic grub, in a mix with plenty of Kiwi humour. An excellent & unhurried trip up to Macetown, with lots of information en route,... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks Rob for the great reveiw! Look forward to sharing another adventure with you soon. All the best. More 

Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013 via mobile

A group of four amateur prospectors were lured into an adventure to Macetown, with the promise of panning for gold, and we weren't disappointed. Our day began early, no wind and very few clouds. We were met at the Post Office and within minutes, we were up to the axles in water. Our guide was extremely knowledgable about his home... More 

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A M, Owner at Southern Explorer 4WD Scenic Tours - Private Day Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. As they say, gold is where you find it. Just lucky we know where to look! All best with future travels. More 

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