This lovely email was sent by our client to the inbound tour operator(January 2023) :
"We made it home and are unpacking and adjusting to the time change. New Zealand is incredibly beautiful, and the people are gracious and kind and so proud of their country (as they should be)! Before I forget, I wanted to let you know that all the drivers and tour guides we spent time with were superb but one that particularly stood out to us was Beau in Queenstown. Beau was very knowledgeable about the area, felt comfortable to be with (lots of car time) and conversation with him was effortless. We really like that he had the balance of taking us places and giving us time alone to explore but always being "around the corner" if we needed him (without feeling like he was waiting for us, etc). I would and will highly recommend him to anyone I know who might be in need of his services."
Steve & Lisa - USA
Another email sent by our client to the inbound tour operator (Feb 2023)
"Switching to activities, Beau was without a doubt our favourite guide and we'd go back just to get more of his perspective on the area. He truly customized the half day for us once he understood how we were feeling that morning and it felt like we were getting an experience with him that nobody ever got before. For example, once he learned that my wife enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies, but not enough for a dedicated tour, he made sure to point out locations throughout our day where filming took place, shared stories about what it was like when filming was taking place, but then would also seamlessly switch back into pointing out wildlife and plants and their significance."
Earl family - USA
For many years now Beau has taken care of our family and our household team when we visit the South Island. A trip “down south” wouldn’t be the same without him.
Regardless of whether he is talking to a tech billionaire or a local lad who needs some guidance as to the right ski boot, Beau’s kindness, attention to detail and willingness to offer the benefit of his experience sets him apart from other guides.
Whether it’s a hunting or fishing trip, or a guided trail or transportation for mountain biking or skiing, Beau is your man. His love of the great outdoors, personal commitment to fitness enables him to provide an experience like no other.
Beau is liked and respected by all the know him which means that when he needs to call on a favour to get something done, he has team of people who are able and willing to help a man we can only describe as a southern gentleman.
We and our children consider him to be part of the family and it one of the great privileges of our lives to call him “friend”.
Kenyon & Charlotte Clarke
Following our wedding in Italy in 2016, my wife and I have taken a long honeymoon vacation down under. We went to Tasmania, New Zealand and thereafter to Tahiti and the islands in the Pacific. When we look back to our fantastic journey, our experience and memories in the South Island of New Zealand were most certainly absolutely most stunning and memorable.
We were met at the airport by Beau Rapley, our local personal guide. And since that moment, it just became a fairytale. In a week’s time Beau has taken us to the most beautiful spots in and around Queenstown and the national parks. His perfect knowledge of the local trails and spots, where there by bicycle or helicopter amazed us and gave us unparalleled insight in the Fiordland, lakes and wineries, restaurants and hiking. Beau has unveiled the most stunning spots of the Lord of the Rings story, the history of the Arrowtown Gold Rush, and stories of the local culture and history.
With a sincere gratitude to Beau we rate him one of the best guides in our long lifetime experience, and the only one who became our friend after our unforgettable New Zealand journey.
Igor and Elena
From the moment Beau picked our group up at the airport I knew I was in good hands. He is the ultimate guide who thinks of everything to make a trip perfect. He showed us the adventure sport side of the south island as well as the local wineries, coffee shops and quaint towns. His knowledge of the area is deep rooted with fascinating family stories from past generations.
A trip memory often hinges on the experience one has with their guide. For me, this was a bucket list trip and thanks to Beau was one of my favorites!
Dallas, Texas, USA
Beau was suggested to my husband and I when we were looking for a guide that would be able to show a group of us around some of the highlights of Queenstown and surrounds. He certainly made that trip an incredibly wonderful experience for all of us. We have used him again and don’t hesitate to recommend him. He is more than just a guide. Because he knows EVERYONE, he makes phone calls, finalizes timings and just generally made us feel like royalty. His experience as guide and a genuine local means he can answer so many questions and make fantastic suggestions. He will be part of our next trip to Queenstown for sure.
Fiona & Grant