In the modern world, it’s all too easy to travel independently. We can do everything ourselves with just the click of a button. We can arrange transport, download maps, and learn all about our travel destination before we leave. But for us, we can’t really get to know a place or truly understand its culture without experiencing it through the eyes of a local.

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Learn through interaction

Local guides know everything about the land and culture. They can give us commentary on all aspects of a country: its history, geography, ecology, economy, society. Guides are always more than excited to answer our questions, and if they don’t know the answer, they are motivated more than anyone to find out. Learning about a culture from a person who grew up immersed in it, as we walk in the setting that has been their backyard for their entire lives, is the most interesting and meaningful travel experience we can have. Their personal stories bring the culture to life, and our walk becomes more intimate and memorable.

Greenstone 1Take the path less traveled

Guides often have access to exclusive concession areas or private land, neither of which are open for public use. This gives us the opportunity to explore less-known locations and increases the chances that we’ll be the only people there, heightening our wilderness experience. Since local guides are very familiar with the land, they also know great secret spots, from historical landmarks to incredible viewpoints.

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Traveling is hard work. Guides do all of this work for us. We tell them what we like and where we want to be picked up—the rest we leave to the experts. We don’t have to organize a vehicle, we don’t have to find directions, we don’t have to look up the kind of equipment we might need. Our guide handles everything so that our trip can be hassle-free

love-new-zealand-fern-1140x641Protect and conserve

Walking in the great outdoors comes with a risk. Accredited guides in New Zealand are familiar with the correct procedures for protecting guests in case of an emergency. They are always monitoring possible hazards that guests may not be aware of. They are also custodians of the environment, which means they are required to ensure that the impact of their activity on the environment is minimal. In other words, guides know how to protect New Zealand’s beautiful nature in order to keep it beautiful.

When planning your next walking excursion in the Queenstown area, consider the benefits of going out with a local guide—for a day full of complete immersion in New Zealand’s incredible wilderness and culture. If you have any questions or comments about guided walks, feel free to get in touch at info@wildlightsafaris.com.

 

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