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Traveler Ratings for Private Tour in Tauranga, New Zealand by Tour Guide Julie C.

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Lord of the Rings movie set & R,...     Tauranga, New Zealand     Julie C.

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Joann Downer, United States
Feb 5/14
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Four Americans do NOT fit comfortably in an automobile. There was very little commentary because the air conditioning in the old Rolls was inadequate and the windows were down. The hour long drives were quite uncomfortable in the backseat. We felt she did not watch the time closely. We had concerns about a car problem and being late for our ship. Quite a disappointing day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was offered to the customers a long wheel based BMW which provides more leg room, but the offer was declined by the customers. There are absolutely no car problems as it is checked regularly and has to meet certain standards to be available as a passenger car. I kept a very careful eye on travel times and had you back an hour before you sailing time. I felt since there was a lot of conversation going on in that car already I did not get given much chance to give any more commentary than I did.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: After contacting the guide we were advised she was surprised with the review and from now on, she will not be using the Rolls on tours with more than 3 travelers.
Marian Leung, Canada
Mar 17/13
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We are a group of four friends from Vancouver that took the tour with Julie in her Rolls Royce. We had a great time despite of the pouring rain during the visit to Hobbiton. Julie knows the area well and we communicated with her a couple of times prior to the tour and she was flexible to allow us to make some changes to the itinerary. We were happy with the outcome and would not hesitate to recommend this tour.
Gregg Heckman, United States
Jan 10/13
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very happy with Julie..good and direct driving which allowed us to see more than we expected I would use her again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Enjoyed the day and hope to see you again in New Zealand sometime.
David Baum, United States
Dec 22/12
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Fine guide, friendly and knowledgeable. Spent a lovely day with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great company! Loved the day and hope to see you again sometime.
Amy Phillips, Australia
Nov 22/12
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Well I dont know how to tell you how very much we all (4) enjoyed our day Julie went above and beyond our expectations. She was not only charming but had an extensive knowledge of the area. We were able to go off the usual track to places that were just right for us. I would recommend this tour to all my friends and anyone else that would listen to me rave about such a great day. All I can say to Julie is "THANK YOU MATE!" 10 out of 5
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The pleasure was all mine and I'm still raving about the great day I had with you ladies. Thanks for the opportunity to take you into my world for a few hours and I certainly hope you come back again. 10 out of 5 to you too!
Sedef Oconnell, United States
Jan 4/12
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Julie was a nice and kind lady, she tried her best but her car was extremely uncomfortable. This convertible two doors car is a not supposed to be used as a tour sightseeing vehicle!! I personally did not feel safe and could not see view properly behind a narrow window in the back. The tour required a long distances and long drives, if I knew ahead of time I would not never take this tour. I guess it was over priced for this tour in this condition.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm both sorry and sad you didn't enjoy the day. I do state what type of cars I drive in my profile and you also mentioned you son has a BMW convertible so I thought you would know what to expect. I take pride in the maintenance and service of my vehicles and they are legally registered and certified as passenger service vehicles. Maybe you should have swapped for the front seat you were offered several times during the course of the day. I do hope you managed to enjoy the rest of your birthday.
Melissa Biederman, United States
Dec 10/11
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Tour guide is new, so maybe that was it, but didn't have a lot of knowledge of history. Friendly, though, but not a true "tour.". Appreciated being taken to Hobbiton. Please learn more history of the area and of the places you take people, though.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Katikati is my home town - I know a lot about it and enjoy explaining as we wander through the murals which depict Katikati's unique Irish history. Unfortunately, due to one of the party feeling ill, they slept during the journey there so I couldn't explain much en route and then once there they decided against that part of the tour which was disappointing all round.
Deanne Walker, Australia
Feb 12/11
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This tour was the best day on our 2 week cruise, Julie was friendly, informative and flexible with our needs and I would recommend her to anyone going to New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much! Hope to see you this way again.
Sean Kuwada, United States
Feb 11/10
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This tour was absolutely amazing and more than we ever expected. Julie took us to the Hobbiton Movie Set (awesome!) and Te Puia (beautiful!). This was literally the best day of our trip. Julie was knowledgable about the area and made the trip comfortable and so much fun. We could not have asked for a better tour while in New Zealand. We would highly recommend one of her tours to anyone. Julie will customize the trip anyway you would like it. She was great. You will have the time of your life!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks heaps guys! Loved your company and hope we can meet up again some time!
Dougas Graff, Pasadena, CA, United States
Dec 22/09
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Julie was both a wonderful guide and also a delightful person to share a day with. My wife, son, and I were very happy with the tour and felt that Julie had done everything she could to assure us a terrific experience. We were very very pleased and entirely satisfied. New Zealand is a wonderful place and we were far better off having a guide like Julie who took our input and then designed a day that was exactly what we wanted! We couldn't have been happier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

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