John was nothing short of fantastic! We had such a memorable day full of great stories , history and lots of laughs. Highly recommend if your looking for great overview of Auckland!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Diana for your kind remarks . A wonderful enjoyable day with you both .
Rodger B.Lafayette, CA, United States
Barbara BarrellUnited States
John was an excellent guide to Auckland. He showed us many things and gave us lots of history on the are. Since he grew up there, he is able to provide lots of background. John is personable and easy going and is flexible with planning. It was a great tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Barbara for your generous comments. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with you all . John
We had a very enjoyable day with John, seeing the sights of Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Geoff . Very pleasant day with you both. Cheers. John
Charles HuiskingUnited States
I couldn't have picked a more knowledgeable or enthusiastic guide than John for my first-ever New Zealand tour, Auckland Coast to Coast. Without ever making us feel rushed, he covered an amazing amount of territory, from the glittering bays of the east coast to central Auckland highlights and the stunning scenery of Piha and Karekare beaches. He was flexible and attuned to our interests. One reviewer already called him a National Treasure. I'll just say you couldn't ask for a better guide or companion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Charlie for your very generous comments. It was an absolute pleasure to show you both around the Auckland area . I’m so glad you enjoyed your long- awaited first New Zealand tour .
Gary KonopkaTampa, FL, United States
John is a true native of Auckland and knows his town. He made sure we saw everything worth seeing and as a bonus, we were lucky because it was Auckland Day - a holiday. His vehicle was quite comfortable. All in all, a super tour with a true pro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gary . Thanks so much for your kind comments. It was a truely enjoyable day with you and your group.
Carole BagleyStillwater, MINNESOTA, United States
Excellent tour guide. Thank you John. We recommend you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carole . Very enjoyable tour with you and your group. John
Rosanne VarricchioUnited States
Our tour was Awesome Auckland on January 10 with our guide John. It was a one day tour for my husband Dom, and myself, beginning with a pick up at Viking and ending with a drop off at the airport. John was absolutely wonderful! His tour was thorough, exciting, and very informative! John's personality was perfect, and he was accommodating to both my husband and myself. I thank John for a great ending to our trip. Also, thanks to Tours by Locals for having these tours. Sincerely, Rosan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rosan for your very generous comments. It was a wonderful day with you and Dom and a real pleasure to show you around Auckland. Thank you. John
Chris EmanuelUnited States
John S. gave us a great tour of New Zealand, I recommend him. His rating is an APlus. John went out of his way to make our tour great.
William B.Alamo, CALIFORNIA, United States
John is a top-notch guide. He's knowledgeable, personable and flexible. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bill . A pleasure to show you and your family around Auckland.
Scott GreenbergUnited States
It was a genuine pleasure to meet John! He is warm and personable. He provided a very personal tour of Auckland and showed us a wonderful coast-to-coast overview of his city. His love of Auckland is infectious. We had a marvelous tour with John and really appreciated the time he spent with us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Scott for your generous comments. I very much enjoyed the day with you both. A real pleasure to show you around the Auckland area .
Barbara GoldbergerUnited States
I immediately felt I was in good hands with John S. as he met me at the pier, assisted with luggage in the boot and we were off to the first of a 2 day tour of Auckland and the beautiful spots just 30-minutes outside. He customized according to my interest in art snd Maori culture- on a city drive I got to see the synagogue and art gallery. A lively gentleman and fun guide. Like seeing Auckland with a new friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Barbara for your generous comments. It certainly was a pleasurable experience to show you round Auckland and the surrounding area. Thank you. I hope you have a great day on Waiheke. John
Ernest CummingsSan Gabriel, CALIFORNIA, United States
Paula GibsonUnited Kingdom
Many thanks to John for a wonderful tour of Auckland, he provided a great insight into the history and locality. John is a very warm, welcoming man, very easy to chat with and a lovely easy personality.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Paula for your kind comments .It was a pleasure to show you both around Auckland .I hope you have made your way back home safely .Cheers. John
Carol RaspUnited States
John was outstanding. We had a more comprehensive tour of Auckland than anyone else on the ship with whom we talked. He was informative, engaging, and entertaining. Loved every minute of the tour, including our stop for a "flat white" with muffins, and some personal anecdotes. He was AWESOME!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol for your very kind comments . It was a really wonderful day with the 3 of you .Thank you . John
Marc DugganUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marc and Maureen . Thanks for the rating . A great day with you both . John
Lois U.United States
We spent a wonderful day with John in Auckland. We felt immediately comfortable with John and it was very much like having a friend showing us Auckland. His tour took us throughout Auckland showing us beaches and historical sites as well as giving us an idea of life in Auckland. We couldn't have asked for a better tour. Thanks so much John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Lois. A truely lovely day with you and Ricardo . John
Thanks to John, we had a wonderful day visiting the outskirts of Auckland. It felt like we had known him for a long time. We got lots of information about the Maori culture and we got a good impression of the location of Auckland. We enjoyed his company and knowledge. Thanks John, Freddy and Kris Verbrugghe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kris and Freddy for your kind comments . A very enjoyable day with you both . Hope you enjoy the cruise . John
Patricia HincheyUnited States
We had an absolutely delightful day with John and recommend him highly. He's informative, easygoing and just fun to be with. His tour had many highlights and gave us a good overview of the city's beautiful coasts. If you're looking at his tour, there's no need to hesitate about booking.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Pat for your very kind comments . It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with you and Ed . Glad you are enjoying New Zealand . All the best for your coffee search ! John
Kathleen JewellUnited States
John was wonderful. He stayed quite a while at the cruise ship terminal looking for us because we were late getting away from the ship, but he didn't give up and we found him right where he said he would be. We did most of our touring by car, which was spacious and comfortable, because we had some mobility issues. He also recommended things for the following day, which we did on our own and loved.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Kathy . A very enjoyable day with you and your group . John
Joanne ScottUnited States
We did a 4 hour tour with John all around Auckland. His knowledge and information of the city was outstanding. He was very accommodating and friendly. We highly recommend John for your next tour in Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joanne for your kind words. As I said a really nice day with you and your group.
Deborah SkibitskyUnited States
John was awesome. Despite "drizzly" weather, we covered all the bays around Auckland, got out and walked around at several of the historical sites. John was very informative about Maori history and culture and would definetly recommend him to anyone spending the day in Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Deborah for your generous comments . Great day with you and Bill . John
Whitney KolquistUnited States
John was a lovely guide. A very nice drive to see the entire city and its surrounding beauty. Very much enjoyed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Whitney . An extremely enjoyable day with you both . I hope you enjoyed your time in Rotorua ... I did ! John
Sandra CallaghanUnited States
Excellent guide! Friendly, informative and adaptable. I highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandy . Very enjoyable day with you both . All the best for Australia . John
Trish KellettUnited States
John made our day in Auckland very memorable. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area, and he shared interesting anecdotes. He was friendly and welcoming. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. Thank you, John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Trish for your nice comments. It was a really lovely day with you all . All the best for your cruise. Thanks again. John
Michael KaiserUnited States
Wow, our tour today with John could not have been better. Comfortable car, flexible planning, brilliant conversation, remarkable sense of humor, John is a national treasure. :) The day went by much too fast. John was clearly committed to making our visit everything we wanted. At the end of the day, we agreed we knew much more about New Zealand and Auckland—and we have found a new friend. I can't recommend him highly enough. He is a natural. Do yourself a favor and book with John. You'll thank me. :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Michael for your very generous comments. It was an absolute delight to show you and Karen around Auckland. I thoroughly enjoyed the day myself. All the best for the rest of your trip . And l am glad you liked De Post . Thanks again . John
I highly recommend John's tour "Essence of Auckland". My 86 yr old mother and 56 yr old friend went on a private tour with John. They could not speak highly enough of him. He took them to lookouts and many places the buses could not go and they saw Auckland in all it's glory. They had coffee at a lovely little coffee shop on the water front. The tour of the city was very informative. John was very helpful and the 'girls' had a wonderful time. Thanks for your personal attention John.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Robina for your generous comments . I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the day with your 'girls' ! Please pass on my regards to them . I'm glad they enjoyed the tour . Cheers . John
Kelly BrownUnited States
John, Is a very nice guy. We did City to Shores tour and really enjoyed it because it was a area of Auckland that few get to experience. Most indelible experience was at the Arataki Visitor Center lookout area. You could see how close the Tasman Sea comes to the Pacific Ocean on the north island, about 3 miles. Great tour. Highly recommend it. Great job John!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kelly for your kind words. I very much enjoyed the day with you both. I hope your is going well. Cheers. John
Sarah HaydenUnited States
Matthew HornUnited States
John met us at our ship very promptly ( we were the first to disembark). He was extremely helpful as we changed our plans the day before to include 2 new friends that we had met onboard. He was able to get a large van and alter our itinerary. We had a great tour of the area west of Auckland and were still able to make it to the airport for our return flights. I would highly recommend John to anyone needing a guide in Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Matt for your kind remarks. It certainly was a pleasure to show you and Sue and the others around Auckland, on both occasions. Thanks. John