David has been tramping, camping, skiing, gold prospecting, flying and 4WDriving and tour guiding all over NZ and it all began with great camping holidays in Central Otago, back in the 60’s. So you can be sure that your Guide has extensive knowledge and experience. Earlier ventures in tourism began in 1984 (Venture South NZ) which pioneered small group special interest tours and later 4WD tag along expeditions for Kiwi family groups all over Otago, Southland and inland Canterbury. David has done extensive guiding for Adventure South and Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge in South Westland World Heritage Area. He now operates Nature-wise Group – a consulting company specialising in paradigm changing projects. However, his love of sharing this fabulous landscape with visitors keeps him always enthusiastic for another season in the hills.
We have spent some time with David in the mountains around Central Otago. This is an area which is relatively unknown even to New Zealanders, and features some excellent four wheel driving tracks, big empty views, idyllic picnic spots and a fair bit of pioneer and goldmining history. In every way off the beaten track! We have put together half and full day tours of the area with David, which are of course weather and time dependent.
We can of course tailormake adventures - one of our clients was interested in self-drive four wheel driving in manual gearbox Land Rovers with a guide, right across the bottom of the South Island from Dunedin to Queenstown. We put one of these together over 4-5 days, staying at a mix of top lodges and musterers huts.