Kia Ora, welcome to Wildsouth Discovery.

Explore and experience New Zealand’s stunning South Island with our Exclusive, Personally Guided Private Tours and Luxpeditions

So, why Wildsouth Discovery?
We work closely with our clients to understand their New Zealand travel wishes and desires and to understand the style of tour that they would like. We will provide you with the advice and information that will give you a sound understanding of the best way to achieve your perfect tour.

We are passionate locals who love sharing our magical world with our guests. It’s a place of dramatic scenic beauty that will electrify your senses and capture your heart: golden beaches, ancient forests, crystal-clear lakes, glaciers and majestic alpine landscapes.

As locals with over 27 years’ of experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, we know this island intimately, and we can guarantee our discerning guests will experience a magnificent journey, and take away memories they will treasure for a lifetime.

We believe that size does matter, and that is why we keep things personal offering only unique, private small-group experiences. Explore with us, the iconic destinations as well as lesser and visited places on our scenic luxpeditions in our fully customised deluxe tour vehicles. On each day, you will be hosted and guided and we are passionate about sharing our backyard and its stories.

Our tours are for solo travellers and couples or for groups of more travelling together, such as family groups, friends and special interest groups.

Give us a call today on 03 332 3665 (within NZ), +64 3 332 3665 (Outside NZ) or email us using our contact form, outlining where you’d like to go, and some of the things you’d like to see and do, and then let us do the rest.

We can tailor the perfect trip to suit you and your fellow travellers, in style and comfort.

Wildsouth Discovery Guided Experiences

Private Tours and Luxpeditions

At Wildsouth Discovery, we do  offer some “off-the shelf” tours but mostly, we design “Tailored Journeys.”

Join us on a journey of explorationdiscovery and inspiration through the South Island of New Zealand. The custom tours that we offer are private, completely personalized and created for the discerning traveller who expects a high level of luxury, service and attention to detail.

We are passionate about creating and personally guiding exclusive, tailor made tours. Our emphasis is always on quality for visitors wanting that “extra something”, and a memorable and wonderful stay.

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Customised Tours in South Island

Create a unique custom designed tour tailored to your travel needs, and explore the stunning South Island for as short or as long as you desire.
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9 day Tour

Take a nine-day nature and wilderness expedition, and explore the hidden gems of New Zealand's magnificent South Island
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Akaroa Day Tour

Your tour will take you in comfort over the high summit route on the edge of a volcanic crater, and much more
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Arthur's Pass Day Tour

Travel across the Canterbury Plains to where the landscape merges with the spectacular Southern Alps, and beautiful mountain ranges.
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Kaikoura Heli-Day Tour

Kaikoura – where the magnificent snow-capped, forest-clad mountains meet the Pacific Ocean – is one of the best places in the world for year-round whale-watching. With Wildsouth Discovery, you’ll experience it all in style
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Journeys, expeditions and safaris

• Would you like to experience a special kind of vacation with a boutique tour operator?

• Would you enjoy travelling on an exclusive private tour?

• Do you enjoy doing gentle guided walks?

• Do comfort, fun, exploring, discovering and learning appeal to you while travelling?

• Do you find first-class service, superb food and exquisite accommodations very desirable?

• Are you interested in history, geology, wildlife, ancient pristine landscapes or perhaps just magnificent scenery?

• Do you enjoy getting ‘off the beaten track’?

If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions, then perhaps you should join one of our Companion Luxpeditions!

Picnics and a touch of elegance

It’s an unforgettable moment when you round a corner to a remote and beautiful location, and stop for a delicious picnic morning tea, a picnic lunch or a picnic stop for a glass (or two) of NZ wine and cheese.

Whether it is a bush morning tea with a stunning view, a relaxed picnic stop in a secluded spot or a private celebratory lunch looking out at a mountain, there’s just something special about eating al fresco.

Going the extra mile and offering guests the special delight of a picnic experience in our varied outdoors is one of the hallmarks of what Wildsouth Discovery prides itself on… definitely something to consider before you book your next trip.

Kea - Arthurs Pass New Zealand

We strive to create unique, lifelong memories for each and every guest that travels with us.

By tapping into our broad experience and our deep knowledge of the South Island’s unparalleled beauty, heritage and culture, we ensure everyone gets the most from every moment of their tailor-made and personally-guided journey.


Creating lifelong memories through unique travelling experiences


Sharing our experience and knowledge with guests to explore and discover South Island’s beauty, heritage, and culture


Providing exclusive companion luxpeditions through our customised, personally guided tours

In 2009, Brian was nominated as one of 3 finalists for the 2009 ITOC (Inbound Tour Operator’s Council) – Operator of the Year Award. The award recognises New Zealand tourism operators who offer outstanding tourism experiences for inbound travellers, and are selected by leading inbound operators based on feedback they receive directly from international clients.

In recognition of the professionalism, level of service and the quality of the tours that was provided, Brian was nominated as one of three finalists in the prestigious New Zealand ITOC Tourism Awards – 2009 Operator of the Year.
We are extremely proud to be featured in Frommer’s travel guide – Frommer’s New Zealand, and listed in the 2019 Fodor’s travel book – Fodor’s Essential New Zealand. Click the logos below to view our listings.
  • star rating  Amazing tour, excellent hosts - Brian and Paula are among the best guides that South Island has to offer, and I feel truly lucky to have had them along for my journey. They know their... read more

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    July 27, 2018

    star rating  'Wildsouth discovery' West Coast South Island NZ trip - The many bush walks were my favorite part of my South Island adventure.
    Wildsouth discovery is an excellent way to explore many locations in the South Island of New... read more

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    October 20, 2020

    star rating  Arthur’s Pass - This is our first NZ trip. We had a private Arthur’s Pass tour with Brian and Paula. They were timely, knowledgeable, funny and gracious and our experience was... read more

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    March 13, 2020
  • star rating  Wonderfully Tailored Experience - We spent an amazing 10 days touring the beautiful South Island of New Zealand with Brian and Paula. They put together an itinery that exactly matched our requirements for a... read more

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    May 24, 2023

    star rating  Amazing custom tour!!! - My husband and I had an amazing 9 days with Brian touring us around the South Island! We had worked with him to develop our custom tour and it... read more

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    April 6, 2023

    star rating  We live in Christchurch and have visited Akaroa on a few occasions. It's a picturesque setting and we tend to do similar things each time ... walking the village, browsing... read more

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    April 25, 2020
  • star rating  Adventures in the South Island! - 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... read more

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    March 14, 2017

    star rating  Discovering our own back yard. - We enjoyed 8 action-packed days, visiting places on the South Island's West Coast that we'd previously either driven past, or simply not realised, were available to explore.... read more

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    October 31, 2020

    star rating  Wonderful! - This was our first visit to New Zealand. We did not have the luxury of taking the recommended minimum of a month to travel the country--we had only a week... read more

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    March 13, 2019
  • star rating  Wonderful day with fantastic hosts - We were lucky enough to get to go on this fantastic tour on a gorgeous summer day in New Zealand while there recently for our wedding. Brian and Paula were... read more

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    February 15, 2017

    star rating  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... read more

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    May 7, 2017

    star rating  We sent the most amazing 4 days with Brian & Paula. They met us at the airport and gave us a great city tour of Christchurch, then delivered us to... read more

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    January 25, 2024
  • star rating  A Day to Remember: Arthur's Pass and the Otira Gorge with Expert Guiding - 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... read more

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    February 12, 2017

    star rating  Outstanding private guides of the South Island - Our travel agent had recommended Wildsouth Discovery tours to us for our week in Christchurch. Brian Lucas and his partner Paula Sinclair were everything we could have expected and more.... read more

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    July 29, 2018

    star rating  South Island High Country - Lord of the Rings, Canterbury - The best tour we have experienced - and we have been on many, many tours.
    Pickup in Christchurch was exactly on time, the vehicle was very comfortable with great seats... read more

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    February 1, 2017

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