The following testimonials were made by tour guests who travelled with Paula and Brian, plus some made by guests who travelled with Brian when he owned and operated Canterbury Trails Ltd.
They give an oversight of the style of tour and the level of service that is delivered to guests who travel with Wildsouth Discovery.
"My wife and I spent 9 days with Brian and Paula who couldn't have made us feel more welcome in their beautiful country. They both are extremely knowledgeable about the history (current & past), the wildlife and the vegetation. We went to areas and saw sites that regular tourists would never find on their own. Their love for their country spilled over onto us. When we finally had to part ways, it was definitely emotional. We would definitely recommend this tour to 1 or 2 couples who would like a personal in depth tour of the South Island."
- Thomas M, USA
"If you are looking to avoid masses of tourists & find the real essence of the South Island, then you can do no better than touring with the lovely duo of Brian & Paula. They are fantastic hosts who love and enjoy showing us their beautiful country. We went on a 5-day trip and learnt a lot, had masses of fun and I can't recommend them highly enough. They tailored our trip to our exacting specifications and tight time scale. Great vehicle, which was very comfortable with large seats and nothing was too much trouble for them with picnics and yummy home-made chocolates to boot!"
- Lesley B, UK
"A wonderful experience. The hotels were excellent, the places we visited were magical, but the wildlife was what I liked most, Marine animals of all kinds, birds, land etc .. The flora is phenomenal, views, plants, trees etc .. Wildsouth Discovery I highly recommend it, is an unforgettable experience."
- Inigo, Mexico
"A few others and I took the tour with Brian and Paula from Christchurch to Mount Sunday - better known as "Edoras" in the Lord "of" the Rings film trilogy - on a glorious summer's day. It was about three hours' drive each way, but it was an exceptionally pleasant experience. Brian and Paula's van is spacious and comfortable inside, with particularly excellent seats. Stops for tea and, later on, lunch helped a lot - the latter taking place on the shore of a spectacular lake, with lovely views out to the mountains. Mount Sunday itself is beautifully situated - you'll find a lot to like here, even if, like me, you haven't read Lord of the "Rings". It's an easy walk to the top, giving commanding views out across the surrounding plains leading up to the mighty peaks of the Southern Alps. A stunning location!! Brian and Paula made for excellent hosts - super personal, friendly, and very knowledgable. They provided exactly what you want from such tours: easy, informal chat, an obvious love of the area, and a wealth of knowledge. It's personal touches like these that put this kind of tour a cut above larger, more commercial operations. Put simply, this was the best tour I've ever been on, and next time I'm in New Zealand I'll be looking to Brian and Paula again. Cheers!"
- Tobias B, Scotland
"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
"Brian was fantastic, patient and very knowledgeable about the sites. Thanks for sharing your NZ with us. Brian is a real gem and hope you can continue to share your wealth and love of this country"
- Angela and Jan, Toronto, Canada
"Thank you for all you did to make the trip around New Zealand all that is was. For making the country come alive in its flora, fauna and topography. I could have gone on a bus and not learned half, nor experienced half of what I did"
- Madge McLaughlin, Indiana, USA
"Your knowledge of the South New Zealand fauna and flora is excellent (both introduced and indigenous). We particularly liked your relaxed and laid-back manner on the tour. We have seen beauties and wonders we can never forget and we have done all this in a relaxed and safe manner, thanks to you"
- John & Kathy Forrest, USA
"We had a magnificent walking vacation thanks to your thoughtful guidance, concern and sense of humour. New Zealand is a very special place and you made sure that we experienced it fully"
- Doris & Jim Spence, USA
"Just a note of thanks to you for making the last few days among the most memorable of my life. I hope it was evident how much I thoroughly enjoyed myself. You guys are real professionals in your business and you bring a combination of knowledge and wit that's the best that I've ever encountered in travel. I especially appreciate your attention to details and the many special arrangements you made for me"
- David Levering, USA
"Yours is the most professional and all inclusive tour we have ever been on. Simply put, it was perfect. No detail was overlooked. We couldn't have been happier with our trip"
- Wendy Madow, USA
"We truly had a great time... you really showed us quite a cross section of New Zealand with many fabulous sights and treks. We certainly couldn't have done anything like that had we done this alone"
- Christine Saar & Peter Turino, USA
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience. We have been all over the world and this was the best so far"
- John & Becky Shoemaker, USA
"We expected to see your country in winter understandably limited by rain, cloud and snow. You went beyond mere weather watch by modifying our visits to fit the weather of the moment. We expected a tour of 'up to six' people in a small bus. Instead, you allowed us to see New Zealand through your loving eyes. We expected the best motel in a tiny town. Not so - we got beautifully appointed surroundings with the best cuisine"
- Cece & Charley Schoettlin, USA
"We want you to know how very much we have enjoyed our 9 day "adventure" aka "The South Island Grazing Tour!" To be honest, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, and we want you to know that everyday has been a wonderful "event" full of surprises and unanticipated side trips. What really made the trip however, is you! Your unrestrained enthusiasm for your beautiful island and for helping us appreciate its beauty, nature and history, has made this a trip we will never forget! We can't thank you enough for the wonderful experience and all the little things you did for us day and day out"
- Wendy & Terry Tuthill, USA