How We Travel

We take pride in our deluxe customised tour vehicles. All vehicles feature a high level of comfort, space and features and are fully compliant with New Zealand’s transport regulations as administered by New Zealand Transport Agency. They are fully insured and are covered by our corporate AA (Automobile Association) membership.

On board, we carry a full set of laminated South island regional maps, binoculars, a selection of NZ reference books, bottled water, tissues, mints and nibbles. The vehicles also carry first aid kits and fire extinguishers. The vehicles feature individual high backed seats with seat belts, double air-conditioning systems and PA/CD/DVD/radio systems.

They are also equipped with refrigerators and picnic equipment, and for that something extra special, we serve delicious picnic morning and afternoon teas with New Zealand cookies, coffee and a selection of teas. For those who desire a taste of NZ wine, we also serve NZ wine with NZ cheese, crackers and Paula's homemade quince paste and jelly. We also serve full-service picnic lunches on some days on our longer tours. Paula’s homemade chocolates are also offered to our guests.

Vehicle safety and maintenance…

Safety is paramount in our industry and one of the biggest safety components in the tours we provide are our vehicles. All of our vehicles are inspected constantly. Firstly in the morning before the tour begins the vehicle’s fluid levels, tyre pressures and the general operation of the vehicle are checked, and then during the day, the vehicle is again checked.

Vehicles are regularly serviced to meticulous standards by an independent certified mechanic and we operate a “preventive maintenance” program, replacing any worn part with manufacturer’s original parts.

The vehicles are also rigorously inspected every six months under the New Zealand Transport Agency legislation to ensure that they meet required safety standards.

The vehicles are fitted with USA made BF Goodrich tyres or other reputable brands. We believe that our guests’ safety is of the utmost importance and as tyres are their “contact” with the road, we believe in quality tyres and not cheap, inferior tyres.

Our maintenance program also includes a methodical cleaning regime, both interior and exterior.

Luggage is carried separately in luggage trailers, we do not carry luggage in the cabin.

The vehicles

Our vehicles are affectionately known as "Wild 1", "Wild 2" & "Wild 3". 

Wild 1

This vehicle is a large 4WD and accommodates two guests.
As well as the features listed above, it also has roof windows for extra viewing capability. Wild 1 is fully customised with high-lift suspension, which gives a higher view. Seats are fitted with New Zealand lambs wool seat covers for extra comfort.
It is a unique vehicle and is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

Interior of Wildsouth Discovery - Wild 1

                                                             Mitsubishi Delica Exceed - luxury 4WD

Wild 2

Wild 2 is a larger 4WD mini-coach and was a 10 seater when we first purchased it. We have since retrofitted in the rear six large “armchair” style seats. This vehicle can accommodate up to six guests and is very spacious, and is ideal for two or three couples wishing to travel together. 

                                                       Toyota Hiace Grandcabin - luxury 4WD minibus

Wild 3

Our latest vehicle – a mini-coach that has seating for up to eleven guests. This is newly arrived and has been fully customised for maximum comfort. As it will be a “safari” vehicle, it has been fully fitted with a refrigerator and all the necessary picnic equipment for your enjoyment while on tour with us.

                                                                Ford Transit Trend  - luxury minicoach 

The rear of our vehicles are fitted with a cabinet which comprises of a slide-out serving tray, refrigerator, drawers that hold mugs, wine glasses, drinking glasses, plates and cutlery. Containers for cookies and other equipment are stored in the compartments.  

Emergency Communications

An additional feature of our vehicles is a long-range HF SSB radio system that is currently being fitted to our vehicles. This radio system will give us the ability to contact any telephone in New Zealand.

The mobile phone network in New Zealand is “patchy”, especially on the West Coast and Fiordland regions of South Island. If an emergency were to occur, we will be able to contact emergency services anywhere immediately. This system is far more able than a Satphone.

"...we drove in style and comfort."

"First, Brian and Paula rescued our day. With the train fire, our plan was in jeopardy. No worries, they scooped us up from our hotel in Christchurch, and we drove in style and comfort. We stopped countless times on the way for scenic vistas--a photographer's dream--and their knowledge about the history, personalities, plants and trees, and the places (Castle Hill Rocks, Southern Alpes, Waimakariri River) was staggering. Not sure we managed to ask a question that was a stumper. Four well-traveled adults agreed these guides were terrific. Very full day, and returned to hotel at 6:30pm."
- Lisa, Ron, Cha and Paul, USA

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