Nancy D.United States
John was very personable and took us and another couple to Cornwall Park in the city and over to Piha to see the beach. We stopped at a couple of very nice overlooks, as well as a visitor center with great displays. John stopped and bought us coffee in Waiatarua, which was a nice gesture on his part. Unfortunately, the service was slow and felt that we spent too much time there. He took us on a nice walk, and I think we might have preferred more walking if the coffee break had been shorter.
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
Jim DevineUnited States
What a great day! John is a very knowledgable guide with a great sense of humor. We loved the stop at Arataki visitor center ( fantastic prices on New Zealand green stone!) the KareKare waterfall and the softest sand we have ever felt at Piha. There were 6 of us and His car accomodated all of us with ease. His love for his homeland is evident. Thanks John for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Jim for your kind comments . It was a very enjoyable fun day with you and your group . Thanks . John
Matthew HornUnited States
John was a great guide. He was prompt meeting us at our hotel in Auckland and gave us a most personal , interesting and informative tour. Thanks John for a great day in Auckland.
Fred LorentzUnited States
We had a great time. John was knowledgeable, very enjoyable and funny to visit with, and overall did a great job of showing us around and answering our questions. We would have absolutely no problem recommending his tour to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Fred for your very kind words. A really enjoyable day with you and your family. A pleasure to show you around Auckland.
Marjorie (Margie) ShigekawaUnited States
My husband, daughter, & I greatly appreciate John. During my original inquiries 6+ months prior to our arrival, his professionalism & kindness was evident, responding quickly to my emails, & adjusted our pick-up & tours based on our changing interests & needs. We visited the Arataki Visitor Center, giving us an informative introduction to New Zealand, which proved useful as we continued to other ports during our cruise. We very much enjoyed other natural wonders as described in the tour as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words Margie . It was a pleasure to show your family around Auckland. Regards. John
Bro HalffUnited States
John was an excellent guide, and gave us many insights into the past and present of Auckland. He did all that he could to please us, and showed us some beautiful areas of Auckland. He was kind and hospitable, and very knowledgeable. He shared his own personal knowledge of many of the areas that we saw. He was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bro for your kind words. A very enjoyable day. All the best for your cruise around New Zealand .
Mark SchloesslinUnited States
Our day with John was excellent. He was most knowledgeable and upbeat. He showed us some very interesting sites and the panoramic view of Auckland from the highest point was well worth it. Well done John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Mark . A truely lovely day. John
Laurie S.Naples, FL, United States
Carole LangloisPenrose, COLORADO, United States
John picked us up at the cruise port and took us all around Aukland. We enjoyed a coffee and muffin and enjoyed the sights. All our luggage was piled in his van. He left us off at the airport after. Great day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for your comments Carole . It was a truely awesome day with you and your group .
Susan S.United States
John's tour was a 5 out of 5! We enjoyed John Stephenson 's "Awesome Auckland tour". John was very knowledgeable. He made sure he showed us what we wanted to see. He was very enjoyable to talk with. We had a delightful tea outside the Auckland Museum and later lunch at Devonport, a beautiful seaside community.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan. What a wonderful day with you and your group.It was a pleasure to show you around Auckland on such a beautiful day . Thanks for your kind words . I hope you have an unforgettable cruise around New Zealand . Thanks again .John
Very courteous and knowledgable. Even though it was a terrible day, weather wise we managed to have an excellent tour, thanks to John. Would recommend him as aguide without any hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Hans for your kind words . I very much enjoyed the day with you , Linda and Mark . It was a pleasure to show you around Auckland . Cheers . John
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Darrell CoulterVANCOUVER, WA, United States
John is very friendly and informative. Itinerary is exactly what we wanted. Way above average!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Darrell . It was a real pleasure to show you and your group around Auckland . Cheers. John
David GrassmanUnited States
John provided the four of us with a fantastic one-half day tour of the Auckland area. John was very knowledgeable of Auckland's local restaurants, history and lore. We would highly recommend John to all wishing to tour Auckland. Dave
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Dave for your kind comments.I very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet the four of you and show you around Auckland . Thanks again . John
Steve EzerUnited States
John was accommodating to our schedule and and gave us a wonderful tour of beautiful Auckland. Thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Steve . I t was a pleasure to show you and Rosanne around Auckland .Cheers . John
John KaufmanUnited States
We had a marvelous day with John in Auckland and the surrounding area. With less than one day in the country, he gave us a great sense of New Zealand - the city and it's major sites, the history and culture, and the stunning nature surrounding Auckland (the lush Waitakere Ranges seen from the Arataki Visitor Centre, the black sand beaches of Piha along with the Lion's Head rock formation). He did all this at a leisurely pace, and an amazing time was had by all. Thanks, John!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much John for your kind comments . It was great to meet the 3 of you and I certainly enjoyed our day together . I'm very pleased you took the time to come to Auckland , New Zealand for the day . Thanks again . John
Erica Meyer LiewSwitzerland
John was a wonderful tour guide and the tour was interesting and we can highly recommend it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Erica . I thoroughly enjoyed the day with you both . John
Anthony JohnsonUnited States
Sandra CornfeldUnited States
John is the best tour guide ever! Thanks to him, my time in Auckland was a most enjoyable, memorable, busy, and fun-filled two days. John is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He customized my itinerary to include an active, outdoor sightseeing experience (hiking) plus visits to cultural sites. It was a pleasure touring Auckland with John. I highly recommend hiring him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Sandy for your very kind remarks . It was a real pleasure to show you around Auckland.John
John is very interesting, full of fascinating stories and details. He made our day in Auckland wonderful. Thank you !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Maria . It was an enjoyable experience to be able to show you and your family some of what Auckland has to offer . John
Marilyn CaseUnited States
John was an excellent guide very knowledgeable and fun to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Marilyn . I very much enjoyed mt time with you and Jim .
Tom MeekBaton Rouge, LA, United States
John did a great job. He was very informative, and had many interesting anecdotes to share. His van was clean and spacious. I thought we got a fine overview of Auckland and environs. Anne
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Anne for your generous remarks .I very much enjoyed my time with you and Tom .It was a privilege to show you around Auckland. Thank you . John
Daphne BrownUnited States
John is a very personable and knowledgeable guide. He went out of his way to include a wine-tasting opportunity at our request, and adapted the tour schedule to match our desires and limitations. We enjoyed the tour of the two coasts and all points in-between -- the tour was very informational, with beautiful scenery and a congenial host! Thank you, John!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to show the three of you what Auckland has to offer . Thank you very much Daphne for your generous comments . It was great to be able to share views on various topics , as well enjoying the scenery ! All the best for the long trip home . John
Sally BurkeUnited States
We enjoyed our tour with John. We gave us a great overview of Auckland. We toured several sections of the city, he gave a good review of the history of Auckland and also covered current cultural topics. Being a third generation Kiwi he shared some of his own family history which was nice. John was well read and knew a lot about the US which is where we are from. To top it off he was just a nice guy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for your kind words Sally . I very much enjoyed the tour with you and Rich . John
Dale DoudnaUnited States
Our goal was to get an overview of the Auckland area. John provided us with a great over view and started our exploration of New Zealand. Our cruise ship was a little late in arriving, but John was waiting for us and adjusted our trip to make sure we were back to the ship on time. John showed us great scenery and shared what New Zealand was like. He had a challenge because we arrived on a holiday weekend so traffic at the beaches was very heavy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Dale for your kind remarks . I very much enjoyed the day with you and your group . John
Bill TeegardenUnited States
Kristine LeeSouth Bend, INDIANA, United States
We had a 12 hour layover in New Zealand. John picked us up at the airport and gave us a wonderful highlights tour. A great introduction to this beautiful country. John is very knowledgeable and friendly. John returned us to the airport upon completion of the tour.
Christine SinglerUnited States
John was amazing!! We had spent the day prior to our tour in Auckland and seen most of the downtown sights. We e-mailed John prior to our visit to Auckland to see if he would change his tour to see some different sights. John researched, on his own time, some off-the-beaten-path sights for us to visit. We had the most amazing time visiting a black sand beach, a gannet colony, a wine tasting and even stopped for some ice cream and coffee! We would 100% recommend him for a tour of Auckland!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Christine for your very kind words . I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you all . I hope you have a wonderful tour of New Zealand . Thanks again . John
Jane Kerr NanceUnited States
We had a wonderful day tour of Auckland. John was outside waiting for us to start the day. The van was very nice with plenty of room. We had a great panoramic view over Auckland from all sides. You could see where the volcanoes formed the different areas that are now grassy, Mount Eden was a nice climb the view of the city , then over to North Head and One Tree Hill . Some very interesting stories about each area. Wanted to go up the shy tower but the clouds did not allow. It was a very nice tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jane Kerr for your kind comments . It was a pleasure to show you and your family around Auckland . Kind regards . John
Sheryl CohenUnited States
Very pleasant gentleman with good communication skills. Enjoyed the tour. Needs to focus more on the sites of the area rather than on areas of his own personal interest/history.