Gillian YoungUnited Kingdom
Michael was personable friendly and good fun. He listened to what we wanted to see and was very accommodating! I would recommend Michael to anyone visiting the area! Great knowledge. We had a fabulous day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gill, I was a fun day out with the cockoo and you guys. I do hope you got to see the things you were interested in.Hoping the rest of your trip goes well. Enjoy Melbourne and the Gold Coast. As the say "smooth seas and safe travels" Cheers Michael
Linda SteinbergUnited States
We had a lovely time touring with Michael. He made the most of the short time we had together showing us lovely out of the way places as well as the must sees of the area. We left the itinerary up to him and he did not disappoint. Thanks, Michael
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda, I did have a great day out and about with you, it was fun to go to new place and places I had not been to for a while. I hope you had a good trip back over the Tasman. As they say "smooth seas and safe travels" Kind regards Michael
Stephen YoungUnited States
Michael was great. We decided not to go to Christchurch at the last minute, but Michael was able to change his itinerary to fill our day with a scenic drive stopping for beautiful photos, wine tasting and more. He is knowledgeable, friendly and a great guide .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen, I do hope you enjoyed your truncated day. I was great to get over the hill to some new territory. I hope some of your photos were "keepers". As they say, smooth seas and safe travels. Kind regards Michael
Sherrie KleinUnited States
We had a fabulous time with Michael. Extremely knowledgeable about Christchurch and Akaroa. Kept us laughing throughout the day. Loves the roads less traveled so we saw beautiful scenery throughout the day. Don't miss this tour with Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sherrie, It was a fun day, I always loving being out and about with positive knowledgeable folks. I hope you enjoyed your evening nightcap and saw some whales. As they say "smooth seas and safe travels". Kind regards. Michael
Linda McCormackUnited States
Michael is a fantastic guide. He always stopped for photo shots along the mountainous drive to Christchurch. We loved our coffee stop at the silo village. A super unique place. Our tour of Christchurch was fabulous. Seeing the place where your home was before the earthquake personalized the tragedy. We loved every place you took us. Lunch at Brunson's was fun and unique. The highlight was our stop at Straight 8 winery. Fun and unique.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words Linda. It was fun being out and about with you. I do hope you enjoyed your day and the wine!!!!. Safe travels and smooth seas Kind regards Michael
Shashi SavlaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Shashi, Sorry for the weather on your visit. New Zealands summers can be variable. I hope you enjoyed your time, albeit a brief visit. I am sure now you are back in India the weather will be warmer than here. Go the Buck eyes. Kind regards Michael
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Steve WorkingUnited States
Michael is very professional, has a vast knowledge of his subject matter, truly a pleasure to be around. We requested spots that others would not necessarily go. He did a suburb job and was very interesting to listen to. His accent was slight, so we were able to listen to all words and thus gained more knowledge about New Zealand and the south island in particular. We got the opportunity to visit a small boutique winery and it was a extremely nice session with one of the owners. Book early, worth it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Steve, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you, I certainly enjoyed it. Please enjoy your "Double Christmas" Safe travels Cheers Michael
Janice W.United States
Michael was well informed, had a delightful sense of humor and arranged a lovely day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Janice, Sorry about the weather, it seems we were lucky as we just missed a small tornado that took off roofs and caused damage, I was around 1 mile away from where we briefly stopped. I hope the rest of your tour goes well and the wine tastes good. As they say, safe travels and smooth seas. Kind regards Michael
Thanks Michael. We had a great day. Really appreciated your knowledge and insight on the area. You chose two perfect wineries. Very different whilst still having amazing views and beautiful wines. The trip to Hanmer Springs was a great touch despite the weather. Would recommend to visitors to Christchurch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy, It was a fun day, full of banter, wine and good company. I hope you have a great trip down south. Don't forget to visit Wanaka and the Cardrona Pub if you have a chance, also if you feel the need for meat, Botswana Butchery in Queenstown is good. Fleur's place, about 1 hour north of Dunedin (Moeraki) has the best and freshest fish anywhere. Safe travels and I hope the weather is clear. Cheers Michael
Linda EppedioUnited States
Michael's tour was excellent. We left our cruise ship and he was right there to meet us and was willing to do whatever we wanted. Despite low clouds, which restricted our view of some of the scenery, Michael made the tour enjoyable. We initially didn't think we wanted to go to Christchurch, but Michael suggested we go anyway and we were glad we did. He provided good information. He even bought us coffee and dessert at cafe stop.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your stay in the land of the Kiwi. It is always a pleasure to meet and have fun with positive people. As they say, smooth seas and safe travels. Kind regards Michael
Bruce PincheonUnited States
Michael was a great tour guide. He was thoroughly experienced in all facets of life and wildlife in the Christchurch area. Affable, bawdy and an expert in keeping us from driving off the cliffs. A learning experience and a fully packed and flexible day. Can't go wrong with Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Bruce, I will be mindful of cliff driving from now on. I hope the balance of your tour was less scary in terms of heights. Safe travels and calm seas. Cheers Michael
Had a wonderful time with Michael on our 2-hour walking tour. He was a gracious and very knowledgeable guide and made our quick stop in Christchurch a memorable one. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Antonette, I hope you have enjoyed your time in the South Island. Also I hope the Manuka Honey meets it mark. Safe travels and smooth air. Kind regards Michael
Robert CaplanUnited States
Our tour with Michael N was fantastic! He met us right at the dock and took us on a fantastic trip! We had customized it a bit and Michael did it all! He was personable, knowledgeable and kept us on schedule, going above and beyond to see to it that we got to do everything we wanted! A fabulous tour and an exceptional guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert, sorry about the wet inclement day. It is always fun to meet folks from the USA. You guys were great ambassadors. As they say, smooth seas and safe harbors. Safe travels Michael
Dan GessnerLargo, FL, United States
An excellent tour. We highly recommend this tour and tour operator.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sharon, Sorry about the slow response on my part. I have been busy with a couple of other things, you know how it is. I hope your fishing expedition in Kaikoura went well. Good luck with the hunt for the new fishing boat. I wish you smooth sea and safe harbors. Kind regards Michael
Suzanne HodesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Suzanne and her group were full of fun and banter. Thank you for a fun day out and about. As we say, smooth seas and safe travels. Cheers Michael
Edmond P.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a slightly disrupted tour due to a large memorial service blocking half the town but we managed to achieve most of the things on Edmonds list, also tasted beer and had a pizza but frustratingly missed the heritage zone. All in all a good day given the circumstances.
Patrick O.United States
We had very little time to spend in Christchurch and wanted an overview tour. Michael met us at the airport and we immediately started touring the area. From what we read about Christchurch in tour books and on-line we felt that Michael definitely covered all the highlights including a walk through the botanical gardens. Michael is very personable and professional. He also gave us insight into many aspects of New Zealand which were helpful as we started our three week tour of the country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Patrick, As with any tour there are small areas that we miss but I do make an effort to cover off the large and major attractions. I am pleased that you enjoyed your brief stay in Christchurch and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the South Island. Kind regards Michael
Eileen EadsRaleigh, NC, United States
What a fabulous tour & guide! We had an absolutely wonderful day in & around Christchurch with Michael. During our first few minutes conversation, we mentioned our previous activities & he said that told him what we liked. He tailored a perfect day for us. We enjoyed the drive around the surrounding countryside, got to see a kiwi (!) at a nature preserve, enjoyed a nice cafe lunch, a flying visit to the botanical garden, & a drive through the city. He was knowledgeable, informative, friendly. Loved this!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words Eileen. I do hope you had fun, kiwi's, beer and yarn, I think we covered all the requirements. Smooth seas and safe travel. Cheers Michael
We had a most enjoyable day out with Michael N. He was very knowledgable and personable. The day was flexible to meet our needs. We would definitely recommend Tours By Locals to anyone wanting a personalised tour of the local area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gay, I hope you enjoyed your day out and about. Hope you enjoyed the wine as well. Cheers Michael
Christine NgPonte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
Michael is informative, organized and entertaining. We saw a lot of Christchurch and learned a lot about its history, architecture, the effects of the earthquake and the aftermath. We enjoyed the botanical gardens very much and Michael let us have time to explore it well. He also treated us to the BEST ice cream. Thank you for a wonderful day, Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Christine, I do hope you enjoyed you day in Christchurch and it surrounds. You are correct, the day always goes well with ice cream. Smooth seas and safe travels. Cheers Michael
Lori WrightUnited States
Absolutely amazing day spent with Michael. It far exceeded our expectations and we were able to experiment the area as a local would. Amazing sights from shore to mountains to city, delicious coffee, and fabulous lunch and walking tour in Christchurch. Would recommend to anyone who visits the area. If there would be a way to give six stars we would.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lori, I do hope you enjoyed your self. Safe travels. Cheers Michael
Beth ManusHenderson, NV, United States
We had a fabulous full-day tour with Michael today...we saw the best of city and country life in one day, which perfectly sums up life in Christchurch. A heard of sheep, a country church, the beautiful botanical gardens, the beach, and a drink at a local brewpub! Michael is a fun, well-traveled guy with lots of stories who is interesting and interested in his guests. He was also flexible when we asked if we could expand our tour for two to a tour for four.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Beth, I hope you had a good day and an even better one today full of wine and laughs. Smooth seas and safe travels. Cheers Michael
Kelly BrownUnited States
Michael was a pleasure. His hospitality and knowledge was over the top. He is a local guy with deep roots in this unique place on the planet.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Kelly, I hope the rest of your cruise goes well, enjoy Wellington and have a glass of Red for me in Napier. Safe travels and smooth seas. Cheers Michael
Elaine McLeodUnited States
Michael showed us a locals view of Christchurch as well as some off the beaten paths outside the city. He was extremely knowledgeable and a delightful guide. We enjoyed our tour and his knowledge of the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elaine, I do hope you had a good day. As always smooth seas and safe travels. Cheers Michael
Cynthia StoneUnited States
Well, Michael forgot to bring a stool, but rectified it by bringing us back to his home in Christ Church to fetch one (we were going that way anyway) and let us use it as a "pit stop" and even offered us coffee! Good day all around and love eating at the Arts Complex in Bunsen(?) Good overview of Akaroa and Christ Church and we learned lots about the sheep industry in New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cynthia, Thank you for your kind words. I am now prepared and take my ladder with me everywhere. Most embarrassed about that slip up. I hope you have enjoyed the rest of your time in "kiwiland" Safe travels and smooth seas. Kind regards Michael
Linda B.United States
Michael was an excellent tour guide. He was knowledgable of the area and its history. Michael was friendly, and it was easy to spend the day with him. My husband needed to buy an inexpensive sport coat, so Michael took us to an outlet mall. We found a jacket for only $60 US dollars, and got to see the less touristy side of Christchurch. The only thing that was disappointing was our top priority was to go punting on the Avon River, and Michael couldn't get us a time slot. He should have done that 1st.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Linda, I hope you had a great tour, so sorry about the punting. It was very frustrating given that punt guys seemed to be sitting around. Safe travels. Kind regards Michael
Ruth BarkerFarmington, UTAH, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again for a fun day, I hope you enjoyed your time in out neck of the woods. Safe travels and smooth seas. Cheers Michael
Theodore CooleyBluffton, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States
We enjoyed a great day and tour with Michael. He responded to our few special requested and safety drove us over the mountain to Christchurch and back to the ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Theodore, I had a lovely day with you and enjoyed our time together. I hope the rest our your tour goes well. Smooth sailing. Kind regards Michael
Michael NowakUnited States
Michael took us to off the beaten track locations to get a good understanding of life in Christchurch. He showed us the damage from the earth quake and how the town has been trying to rebuild. He also took us to the botanical gardens which were beautiful. We enjoyed Michael's tour very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael, It was fun being out and about with you guys. Safe travels Cheers Michael
Gail S.United States
Michael is an outstanding private tour guide. He picked us up at our cruise port and took us to Christchurch in a very nice vehicle. He stopped for beautiful photo ops and coffee and shopping along the way. He took us all around Christchurch showing us the earthquake damage and rebuilding. We saw museums about this and toured beautiful botanical rose gardens. Walked around the University and saw city entertainment. Had great lunch too. Michael is so awesome and we highly recommend his tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gail, it is always fun to out and about. I hope the rest of you cruise has been uneventful and full of pleasant surprises. Safe travels Cheers Michael