Michael AlperUnited States
Louise really knows her native Auckland. She is also very knowledgeable about restaurants, museums, art galleries, and the best local shops. She was very flexible with the itinerary, and a pleasure to be with. Michael Alper & Helyn Goldenberg.
Patty VilleggianteUnited States
all I can say about Louise she was great, she picked us up at the cruise ship and took us for 1/2 day tour of Auckland as our plane was leaving at 3:30pm. if you only have a half day, don't miss Auckland, it is just beautiful and in 4 hours she showed us so much and we had fun with her. the best part as almost at the end when we got out at the beautiful Marina she had baked cookies for us that where to die for, so, so, so good everyone on the bus wanted the recipe. I would highly recommend her. .
Arch GettyUnited States
Louise was a fantastic guide. You can't do better! Comfortable van. Very knowledgeable descendant of one of New Zealand's first families. She is friendly and flexible, tailoring our sightseeing to the interests and stamina of our group members. We have had many ToursByLocals guides all over the world and none were as delightful as Louise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Arch. I really had a terrific day with you all and it was a lot of fun. I hope you all have a fabulous time on your cruise.
Margie J.United States
Louise was wonderful - funny and informative. We were able to see a lot of Auckland given our short amount of time in the city. She was fun to shop with and ensured we were able to get the items we were looking for as it was our last chance. We enjoyed meeting local people she interacts with frequently and a lovely lunch at the marina before departing. Louise is a true gem of a guide - thanks Louise! Margie and Lynn
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Margie and Lynn and what a fun day we had. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Nothing like a bit of local shopping. Hope your trip home was good. Louise
J Wayne WrightstoneUnited States
Our tour with Louise Y. was magnificent. She met us at the agreed time at the pier in her Mercedes Van. We reviewed the itinerary and Louise proceeded to show us every recommended site in Auckland, as well as many spectacular viewpoints in the city, waterways and volcanic views for pictures . We had a tea break by the beach and Louise provided delicious home baked cookies. She took us to the largest yacht club basin for lunch, then continued the tour. She got us to the airport on time. Fabulous!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I had a lovely day with you both and really the time was too short. Wishing you happy travels and hope you return to New Zealand one day.
Nathan TovegUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nathan I was really happy to show your group around Auckland.
David MannUnited States
Louise provided and excellent tour of Auckland and the surrounding area. She was very knowledgeable and educated us with history as well of the up to date events. A wonderful tour and very considerate guide. Thank You Louise
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David and I am so happy you all enjoyed the day. I love showing you my parts of Auckland. Louise
John M.United States
We had a lovely day with Louise. We enjoyed seeing the city she clearly loves - it was a relaxed pace and she was very comfortable to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the great comments. It was my pleasure to show you around Auckland and share some special places with you.
Larry MatchettUnited States
Louise took us on a great all day tour of Aukland. We can now say we have seen Aukland. Highly recommend Louise for a great day tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Larry, thank you so much. It was a great pleasure to show you both around Auckland and do some special things. Safe travels home.
Sue VolekUnited States
Louise was terrific! She adjusted the itinerary to accommodate my walking disability. The result was a complete, mostly driving tour of Auckland, with occasional stops at the most scenic places. Louise was very very personable— it was like your best friend was showing you around. She was just delightful, and knew everything we wondered about. Do yourself a favor and arrange a tour with Louise!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sue and it was wonderful to spend the day with you both. Hope the rest of your stay in Auckland and New Zealand is fabulous.
Kathleen AllenCarmel, CA, United States
Really enjoyed enthusiasm Louise has for her hometown. Brad depth of knowledge on many facets of history and current events.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kathy and Scott. I had a really great day with you both and loved showing you a few special spots.
Lee EisenbergUnited States
Louise was excellent. Knowledgeable about Auckland including its history, local culture and changes over time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lee - a lovely day with you all as well. I hope you are enjoying the rest of your travels. Louise
Kathy PetronchakUnited States
Our tour with Louise was amazing. She gave us an overview of the city and its history that really helped us focus on what we wanted to experience next. The sites she took us too were ones that we would not have experienced on our own. The local favorites for ice cream and cookies were yummy too. If you want a personalized experience with a very knowledgeable guide Louise is the one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kathy. I had a fabulous day with you both. Enjoy your travels around New Zealand.
Theodore CooleyBluffton, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States
We spent a wonderful day in Auckland with Louise. She was outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your very nice remarks. It was a pleasure to show you Auckland.
Liora SchmelkinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. What a fabulous day we had. Happy travels
Louise is a very nice lady who will show you around Auckland extensively during this 1 nice full day. She is very smiling and does what she can to accommodate requests if any. I would say that this day is too much of a car ride though, not enough walking break or inside visits (a Museum or a place of interest) would have been great. At the end a little frustration of "seeing too much" but "not doing enough" took place. I can still only but recommend her for this tour of course.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Franck and that is good constructive advice. Yes a visit to one of the museums or galleries is good and I will remember that for the future. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Auckland.
We arrived in Auckland early in the morning for just a one day visit, because we continued our travel around New Zealand the following day. We arrived at 6 am after 16 hours flight and were picked up by the guide at the airport which was very convenient for us. We spent the next 8 hours touring all of the most important places in Auckland. The guide was very knowledgeable of Auckland both of important sites, history, and very considerate of our needs. The vehicle was clean and very comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review. Early morning starts are really great. I hope you both really enjoyed the rest of your travels.
Aida WeissmanUnited States
A Perfect Way To Start the Day And our day began at 6 am after flying in from California. Louise met us at airport and drove us to our hotel via the countryside, stopping at Aucklands assorted parks (truly a lovely city), stops for coffee and to check out various things we just happen to see, like a boat captain filleting fish down at the Marina. She seemed instinctively to know what we would enjoy. She dropped us at our hotel at 2, leaving us feeling that our best souvenir of Auckland was a new friend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Tia and Ritch. Yes the early morning start definitely paid off. I hope you are enjoying Captain Cook cruise and look forward to seeing you again sometime. Louise
Gabriel NabielskyAventura, FL, United States
Auckland was our final cruise stop. Louise pick us at the port. Had a perfect plan for the day including some homemade cookies. If someone needs a guide in Auckland you should pick her. Was a very happy tour. Took us to places only people living in Auckland can show. Finally after lunch we were taken to the airport to continue our journey.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gabriel. It was a lovely day and I hope the rest of your holiday was just as enjoyable. I'd love to see you both again one day.
Sylvia BraunerUnited States
What can we say about Louise!!!! Just the best guide anyone could find anywhere. Her warmth was just contagious. She arranged for everything to make it easier for us. Her knowledge of Auckland was just amazing. What she showed us in one day was just astounding!!!! We loved Auckland. From the city to the beaches to the lush foliage, we saw every inch of the city and Louise made it fun. She was great company and became our friend!!! Louise made our stay in Auckland what it was. Just a pure joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sylvia for such an awesome review. You were all fabulous and I loved the day and the add ons. I hope you come back again sometime but I will see you again for sure. Thank you
Rhona MostUnited States
She was like having friend take you around in there home country. Her van was comfortable and clean. It was a wonderful day traveling around with her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Rhona, it certainly was a lovely day and I enjoyed every minute with you both. Hope you enjoy your cruise and New Zealand.
Lacy RobinsonUnited States
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Louise. She is engaging, knowledgeable and a delight to be around! I had a special request and she went above and beyond to fulfill it. Louise a fine ambassador of Auckland. She certainly made my trip memorable! On my next trip to NZ I will definitely book another tour with Louise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lacy. It was a special day and you were great company. All those last minute decisions were fun. I hope to meet you again one day soon.
Excellent guide! She prepares for every need; she even baked some cookies for us and shared the recipe! We had a wonderful time with Louise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kathia for the fabulous comment. I had a great day with you both and hope you visit us in Aotearoa again one day.
Susan DugasUnited States
Louise is quite knowledgeable and thorough. I don't think we missed a thing. She took us to all parts of the city. We got to get out and walk as well. I highly recommend her to first time visitors to get a great overview of the city.
Henry C (Cliff) BaggettUnited States
Louise was probably one of the finest TBL guides that we have ever had, as she imparted her local flavor and knowledge of her native Auckland to us during our fabulous day in this lovely city!!! She truly brought this city to life for us and customized our day!!! Her special touches, such as coffee and "Louise Cake" along side Kohimarama Beach, complete with the recipe for this famous New Zealand cake, just enhanced one of the best city tours ever!!! Thank you, Louise, for a perfect day in Auckland!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mary and Cliff. It was a lovely day with you both and I really enjoyed showing you my Auckland. I hope you are enjoying your few days around Auckland before joining your cruise. Happy travels.
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
No one should consider a visit to Auckland without booking a tour with Louise! She is knowledgeable, passionate, flexible and fun. We had an amazing day and did so many wonderful activities and saw so many unique galleries, landmarks, shops. Seeing the America's Cup at the Auckland Yacht Club was amazing-even though the US can no longer claim it. Louise is the type of person you would love to have for a long-term friend.
Gail EpsteinUnited States
Louise was so passionate about Auckland. We had been there a few days on our own, but her guidance put it all together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gail. We had a great day and it was lovely to show you around. Louise
Mike Apryl BonannoCALIFORNIA, United States
My comments are way overdue. Louise was an awesome guide. We had an early arrival so she picked us up at the airport to start our tour. She showed us all the highlights of the city. We had lunch at an outdoor restaurant on the beautiful Marina. Then more of the City. Her knowledge of the City was superb. She understood when we got a little tired toward the end and was able to deviate from her plan. Very hospitable and friendly. Would pick her again to give us or anyone a tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave these lovely comments Mike - better late than never! I remember the day well and it was great, early starts are the best.
Elmer W.United States
It was raining the entire day we were in Auckland. Despite the rain. Louise drove our party of 4 in a small but adequate van and showed us the sights of Auckland. We did not have to get out of the van except for lunch at a wonderful small local restaurant. She was very knowledgeable of the history and current activities of Auckland and its sights. She was also very informative of the Maori history and relationship of their culture and the influence on the European culture, We had a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Elmer. I spent a lovely day with you and the girls. Yes the rain doesn't spoil the day and I think the lunch is always a highlight. Hope you enjoy all your travels.
Jan KrentzUnited States
Louise was a great tour guide who was flexible on altering the tour start time when we disembarked later than expected. She tailored the tour towards our interests (nature and scenery) and surprised us with delicious home-made gluten-free cookies as a special treat for my husband, who has a gluten allergy. She is informative in a relaxed manner. I especially liked that she accompanied us on stops, including a walk up a steep hills. She was the perfect guide to show us the natural beauty of Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jan. It was a real pleasure to show your family around Auckland. I'm also happy the food was a success. Happy travels.
Gerald ScottUnited States
Louise is a fantastic guide. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. My fiancee left her cell phone in the car and Louise returned it to the ship promptly. Just a wonderful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jerry. Loved showing the 3 of you around Auckland and even those special places we ventured to. Wishing you all happy travels as you leave the South Pacific
Jennifer FukunagaUnited States
Louise exceeded our expectations for this tour! She showed us so much in 4 hours and we learned so much about Auckland, the history of New Zealand, and more. We saw the various neighborhoods in Auckland with stops for photos, we visited a gourmet market for coffee and her fabulous cookies, we drove along the harbors, saw yachts, extinct volcanoes, public parks. Half of the fun of the tour was just talking to Louise - what a vibrant lady she is. I would like to return to Auckland because of all we saw
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jennifer for the wonderful review. I had a great time with you as well and it was great to see as much as did in a short time. Hope to see you both again sometime.
Larry MarshUnited States
Louise was absolutely wonderful. We cannot imagine a better introduction to Auckland. This is our fifth ToursByLocals, and we have always been impressed, but Louise was especially fine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Larry. I had a great time with you and Kim and I was so happy to show you Auckland on your only day here. Happy travels
Robert RuckerUnited States
Great tour of Auckland! Louise is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob. What an awesome family you are and we had lots of fun in the pouring rain. Wishing you lots of success with the rest of your time in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Robin RhoadsUnited States
Louise was an excellent tour guide. Gleaned so much info from her on the history and geographics of the area. Had us all over Auckland. Got a wonderful feel for the city and surrounding area. Made a local cookie for us for morning coffee. What a thoughtful gesture and delicious. Also provided water. Really knew her stuff. Had answers for all our questions. Gave us dinner recommendations and suggestions for some of our other tours during our cruise. Can't say enough good things. Just a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Robin. I had a great day out with you as well. Glad you enjoyed my baking. I hope the rest of your travels are lovely and you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
William PolhamusUnited States
We spent one half day with her then 6 days later a full day. She is a native Kiwi. She has been with Tours By Locals almost from the beginning. From our first contact, we knew we where in great hands. In addition to the "must see" things in Auckland, we were treated to her expertise of local customs, history, animals, current demographics and shops and restaurants. She even made dinner reservations for us to dine when we returned after 6 days. Ask her about jade and the custom of giving some. Wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Bill for the great review. It was such a pleasure to spend fabulous days with you and Pat. Hope we meet again some day.
Henry Taylor S.Quincy, IL, United States
What a terrific afternoon in Auckland. If you would like a real feel for Auckland, its volcanoes, beaches, neighborhoods and history, this is your tour. We were picked up precisely on time and enjoyed the entire day. The hospitality, knowledge and friendliness were excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Taylor. It was a great afternoon and thank you so much for spending your time in Auckland with me. Hope the rest of the trip was great.
Michael MitchellUnited States
Louise's enthusiasm and love of Auckland is truly inspiring. From the smallest fascinating details to broad historical gestures, she gives true insight into your visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Michael, that’s a really terrific response and I truly had a fantastic day with you both. So glad we could share some secrets too! Happy travels
Charlene SteinhauerUnited States
Louise was outstanding. She was friendly, knowledgeable and navigated our day in a torrential rainstorm.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Charlene and it was a really fun day with you and the girls.
Sorry it took a while to leave a rating. She is definitely a 5-star asset of this company. I still remember her Louise cake she baked for us. It was truly a memorable tour. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Alvin. We did have a great day and I hope you will visit us again one day and spend a bit more time. Louise
Roger FreidlineMidland, TX, United States
Louise is an excellent guide and excellent driver! She is very knowledgeable about Auckland and showed us some fascinating places. She also helped us with plans for our remaining time in Auckland. We would strongly recommend Louise!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Roger and Alice. I had a fantastic day with you both. Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I’m really happy you enjoyed the rest of your stay. Happy New Year
Robert KauffmanUnited States
Louise was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and organized. Pleasant personality. Just the kind of tour we were looking for. Her cookies were the best!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert. We had a great day and it was lots of fun too. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday time.
Joan OakleyRoseville, CA, United States
Louise was a charming person and excellent guide. We had a full day tour of Auckland starting at 7 am as our flight arrived at 5:45 am. We had a coffee break at the beach with homemade cookies baked by Louise. We saw all the scenic attractions plus the various housing districts from government housing to multimillion dollar homes with magnificent views. An excellent commentary was provided. I highly recommend Louise for your day of sightseeing in Auckland. an xcellent guide as always by ToursByLocals
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Joan. I really enjoyed the day with you both. Yes it was interesting and I was happy to show you different sides of the city. Enjoy the rest of your travels.
Edward HalpernUnited States
Could not have been better. I have used many tour guides and Louise ranks up there with the best of them.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ed for your lovely comment. We had a great day and I enjoyed being with you both a lot. Happy travels
Hendrik van der KwaakNetherlands
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Hendrik. It was a lovely day out with you both. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your onward travels. Louise
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Eileen AustinUnited States
As first time visitors to Auckland we had a wonderful tour with Louise. Saw big city sights as well as beach, forest, parks and gorgeous rose garden sights. Highly recommend touring with Louise. Her commentary and explanations about Maori culture were very educational.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Eileen and Jay. It was a lovely day and I was happy to take you away from the Santa Parade and explore further afield. Enjoy the rest of your travels.
Jean MiracleUnited States
Louise is the BEST tour guide. She spent Sunday, (11/12) with my husband and I and took us all over Auckland. You couldn't ask for anymore in a tour guide since she is thorough, knowledgeable and relaxed and just generally very enjoyable to be with. We now feel very well informed about Auckland! Don't hesitate to book a tour with Louise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jean and Ed. We had a great day out and shared lots in common. I hope the flight home was good and look forward to meeting you again.
Eli GrosmanUnited States
Our guide provided our party of four with a tour of Auckland that so far exceeded our expectations that we now have a new bar that may never be met by another private tour. She emershed us into the essence of the city, its history, its culture its very fabric such that we had by the end of the tour could become a spokesperson for the beauty that is Auckland. We toured the volcanos, saw the waterfronts and each of the unique areas and learned the cultural aspects that helped shape Auckland. Thanks Louise
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kia ora Eli. Thank you so much, we had a great day and I loved sharing everything with you. Hoping you have a wonderful cruise and enjoy your travels around New Zealand.
Jennifer KleinUnited States
Louise is an EXCELLENT guide. We spent a full day touring Auckland both on foot and in her very comfortable Mercedes minibus. The first email contact was positive as Louise was flexible and responsive to itinerary requests as well as last minute changes. She goes the extra mile for her guests from the home-baked cookies at the morning coffee/tea break to actually going the extra mile to an out of the way gallery. She knows NZ history and customs. I HIGHLY recommend taking a tour with Louise Young.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jennifer. What a great traveler you are and it was a pleasure to show you around Auckland. The day worked really well even though some roads were shut for the marathon. Happy travels around New Zealand and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Dana S.United States
Did 2 tours w/ Louise - Auckland in a Day and Walk around Auckland tours. She was the perfect guide for our group. She knows so much history of the city and how to keep it interesting and fun for everyone. She thinks of everything! She made/brought us these wonderful traditional chocolate cookie treats for a mid morning snack (and had a copy of the recipe for us) and even gave us copies of the departure card we would need at the airport. Recommended great places to eat. Wish I had room write more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Dana. Loved the 2 days with your family and hope your onward travels were all fabulous. Look forward to seeing you again sometime
Carol SelsbergUnited States
We absolutely adored Louise. You simply cannot have a better representative or a more knowledgeable, warm, accommodating and caring tour guide than this remarkable woman. Louise is certainly a primary reason to return to Auckland....or anywhere she will be "guiding".
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Carol. I'm really happy you enjoyed the short time we had but managed to see it all. Happy travels and look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.
Holly JollesUnited States
Louise is a very knowledgeable tour guide with good communication skills but with the advantage of not only being native to NZ but whose ancestors were born here as well. Her vehicle was top notch being easy to get in and out of at stops. She gave us a very comprehensive tour of the different areas of Auckland and took us to a fantastic place for lunch. Since we will be in the city for 2 more days, her advice for how to spend the remaining time was invaluable. The 7 hours went too quickly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Holly. It was a great day and exploring the city with you both was lots of fun for me too. Hope you enjoyed the days and happy travels around New Zealand.
Betsy LevinWashington, DC, United States
Louise gave me exactly what I wanted:an overview of Auckland and Maori culture. We climbed some volcanic cones (now parks) surrounding the city, saw the excellent Maori exhibits at the Auckland museum and a performance of Maori skills and customs, and visited several neighborhoods,including lunch at a small local restaurant. Louise picked me up at my hotel right on time, and we spent the entire day experiencing Auckland. She was both a knowledgeable and delightful person with whom to spend the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Betsy and it was a great day. I hope the rest of your hiking trip was successful. Hopefully we will meet again one day before too long.
Chung CarolHong Kong
Louise is a professional and cheerful tour guide. The itinerary was well planned. We enjoyed the day tour very much especially Louise's homemade cookies
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Carol. I had a lovely day with you and your parents. It was fabulous your father could meet the local fishermen. Look forward to seeing you all again one day.
Robert F.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Bob. I was happy we could pack so much into the 3 1/2 hours you had available and that you enjoyed it. Happy travels home.
Bernard G.San Jose, CA, United States
We arrived in Auckland very early in the morning after a long journey from SFO. She met us at the airport, stopped at a small cafe on our way into town for a light breakfast and then proceeded to drive around the area and finally delivering us to out hotel. The next day she picked us up at the hotel and we spent the day seeing the remainder of the area. She knows the area history, provides surprise snacks for morning tea, and is always telling stories and things of interest. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was really fabulous spending 2 days with you and seeing as much as we did. Hope the rest of your travels were great and hopefully see you again one day.
James WalshUnited States
Wow!! One of the best tour guides we have ever had! She is informative, funny and pleasant. We didn't just see Auckland, we experienced it. It was an amazing day spent with a wonderful lady. Her knowledge of the city and area was unbelievable topped only by her personality.She has a very comfortable van equipped with a microphone system. Hire this lady! She is the absolute best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow, that is a fabulous review, thank you soooo much. I'm so happy the 4 of you enjoyed the day just as much as I enjoyed showing you around. Happy travels and hope to see you again. T
Robert ArmijoUnited States
I can't recommend this tour highly enough. We stopped in Auckland for a day on our cruise around New Zealand and this was the perfect way to see the city. Louise is wonderful, adapted to our requests and is very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Robert. I had a fabulous time showing you both around and I'm so happy you enjoyed the day. Hope yo see you again sometime.
James LichUnited States
We spent a wonderful day with Louise in Auckland. She was waiting for us as we left our ship and dropped us off in plenty of time at the airport to catch our flight. Very knowledgeable about the city, took us to all the major sights and some unknown gems. Great locations for a morning coffee and a terrific lunch. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much JIm. Yes we had a fabulous day and that lunch spot is really fantastic I agree. Thank you for spending the day with me and trust the flight home on Air New Zealand was a good one
Dianne ZagerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Dianne. I had a really fabulous day with you both. Hope to see you again sometime soon.
Randeen R.United States
What a delight to have Louise waiting for us at the very busy Auckland port... and with room for us and all of our luggage! Louise's knowledge of Auckland was encyclopedic and she imparted that knowledge with insight and humor. Her love of the city and its surrounding area was obvious. She passed that on to us. Having not been to Auckland before, we left the itinerary and plan for the entire day in Louise's hands. We could not have asked for a better result and a truly exceptional experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awesome Randeen, thank you so much. I was so happy you enjoyed Auckland, its a great city to show off. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Judit MilsteinUnited States
Louise is a fantastic tour guide. She was able to adapt the tour to the 4 hours we had before our embarkation back to the US and in that short time, she was able to give us a wonderful birds eye view of Auckland. Pick up at the cruise terminal was timely and the first stop visiting the Miller's coffee roasting company was one of the highlights of our tour. Sightseeing were well selected, including the coffee stop at the marina, were we enjoyed the freshly baked afghans that she provided. Thank you so much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A truly awesome day with you all and all that coffee! I hope you had a great trip home and look forward to seeing you again sometime. Thank you so much.
GAry FrickUnited States
Louise had to wait a long time for us to clear customs, but was very cheerful to greet us. We had a fantastic day touring the city, seeing the sites, having lunch, greenstone shopping, coffee and homemade snacks provided by Louise. We knew it would be a lot to squeeze in after enduring a 14 hour flight, but it was a superb way to start our cruise and tour of New Zealand!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Awesome, thank you so much and I agree we had a fabulous day. I was happy to show you Auckland and get all the things done you were interested in. Happy travels
Shelly RosenblumUnited States
Fantastic, there's not enough words to express our thanks. We recommend Toursby locals, a pleasure to work with.Louise, all I can say is WOW. You put soooo much effort in to make us happy, & you were a great success. Ur thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Shelly. It was fabulous to show you both around Auckland and enjoy all the local food. Hope to see you again sometime
Joyce TanadaUnited States
We had an excellent tour by Louise. She took us to the beautiful spots in Auckland. She's well informed and entertaining. She also took us to a park where we had a snack, her own baked goodies which were very delicious. Plus she gave us a copy of the recipe. Thanks for a great day, Louise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joyce. I had a lovely day with you all too. And yes the picnic in the park was a great idea. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels around New Zealand.
Leticia VillalbaUnited States
It was my first experience with ToursByLocals and it was great. Louise was AMAZING! She took us to see beautiful places (didn't rush us at any stop we made), took us to this cute market where she bought us some delicious fresh made juice, gave us tips of places we could visit after the tour and left us in the most popular area of Auckland (as per our request). She also gave us some treats and New Zealand candies. Totally recommend her and ToursByLocals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leticia. You were really awesome and it made the day really enjoyable. I was happy to share my favourite little spots with you as well. Look forward to seeing you again some day. Happy travels
Nancy Caffierosarasota, FL, United States
FABULOUS!!! Knowledgeable about Auckland, provided VERY comfortable van ( lots of room for 4) stocked with water, candy, hand lotion and homemade "Louise" bars along with take home info on Auckland. Very warm, approachable and flexible. One of the best tours by locals I have done.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nancy. I had such a fabulous day with you all and hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.
Jim F.United States
Louise is a delightful woman and a good communicator! At our request she provided my sister and I a wonderful overview tour of Auckland plus a tour of a special Maori Portrait exhibit at one of the museums. She is quite knowlegable about Maori culture and lifestyle. Auckland has many beautiful parks and view locations and we visited many of them including the Rose Garden where we had a relaxing "tea" break. All this happened in four hours after which we were delivered to the airport for our trip home.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jim. Yes we managed to pack a lot into a short time and I am happy you enjoyed all the special places. Safe travels.
Susan HartmannUnited States
Louise is so thorough, enthusiastic, organized and goes above and beyond in every aspect of her tour. From homemade cookies (recipe included) to printed information care packages and references for future endeavors, we got it all! We especially appreciated her flexibility if we had impromptu notions of hikes or meals. We truly feel like we have made a friend and also got a week's worth of information and experiences in just three days! We will definitely travel with Louise again!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Susan. It was a truly awesome few days and you were fabulous. Enjoy the rest of your travels and definitely see you next time.
Bill PierceNew Zealand
As they say would you do it over again and the answer is Yes. Great time and I think it was the best part of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was a great day. Happy travels.
James LeonardMarathon, FL, United States
Louise was fantastic and was full of energy. She took us to every neat spot in Aukland and fantastic places for coffer and then lunch. She is the best. Hire her if you are going to Auckland, you will not be disappointed. Mike
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the fabulous comments. We did had a great time together. Hope to see you again down this way. Happy travels
An outstanding tour - the second consecutive day touring. Went to a lot of her several spots. Lunch was outstanding in one of her favourite restaurants. We would definitely book her on a future trip here.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much John. I was so happy to spend the 2 days with you and show you all my favourite places. Enjoy your travels.
Patt BrustUnited States
Louise is the most knowledgeable, gracious, entertaining, generous tour guide we have used. You can not go wrong with Louise! Her grasp of her city and country is extraordinary and her delivery is enviable. Even her vehicle is way above the expectation. Book Louise with every confidence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Patt. I had a fabulous day with you all and hope the rest of your stay is very enjoyable. Happy travels
Michelle KingGRAPEVINE, TEXAS, United States
Our day with Louise was one we will never forget. She arrived early as our ship disembarked & we were off! She shared Auckland like we were friends in town for a visit. Her insight & knowledge of Auckland were amazing. She was able to explain the important sights but also give us the personal Auckland that she obviously loves. Our lunch on the shore was one of the best meals we have ever had. Louise also provided us with a outline of the sites we visited to make remembering easier. She baked cake for tea!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Michelle. Yes we were away to a great start and you were both perfect visitors. I'm happy you enjoyed Auckland and yes that cafe is my personal favourite. Happy travels
Leslie SchaeferUnited States
LOUISE Phenomenal, fantastic, vivacious, & lovely tour guide with a zest for life & her country! From her first smile we knew this would b 1&1/2 day tour nothing short of stupendous!!! And she was all that and more. From knowing all about her country, hidden local dining areas, & giving an overall tour of Aukland we wish we could have spent more in-depth days with Louise. She stopped nothing short making sure we enjoyed ourselves & her headset - the best tour guide EVER !!! Leslie & Dennis -- Florida
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It works both ways and you were so fabulous and that is what makes a wonderful tour. Thank you so much for your fantastic comments. Happy you made it to my secret little shop as well. Have a wonderful holiday and thank you.
Bonnie JasiunasUnited States
In all out travels, Louise was one of the best tour guides! She was charming and so friendly. The most important characteristic of Louise was her ability to share her knowledge and her passion of the Auckland area in an engaging and entertaining manner that made the city come alive. She shared information about the cultural background that also enhanced our understanding of the history of New Zealand. Louise had a good sense of timing as she added humor at just the right moment!Louise is our NZ friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Bonnie. I loved spending the 2 days with you and Gary and I am very happy you enjoyed it so much. I hope you do come back and we can have some fun again together.
Edward John SmithUnited Kingdom
A fantastic day with the lovely Louise. We saw so much of this wonderful city, excellently guided by a knowledgeable local. This was probably the best tour we have ever been on and it is recommended unreservedly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was a fabulous day and great to experience Auckland in the middle of the celebrations. Happy travels.
John WiejaczkaUnited States
We couldn't have asked for a better guide than Louise! She met our every need - the sites we wanted to see, great knowledge of the area and a friendly and enthusiastic attitude. By the time the tour was over, we felt like we had made a friend. She is an asset to Toursbylocals.com. We would highly recommend her to anyone visiting Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John. It was a great day and you were fabulous company. Hope you get a chance to visit again.
Chandra GhantiUnited States
she was awesome, well organized
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. It was an awesome day and I enjoyed it immensely.
Anthony PizzoUnited States
One of the best tour experiences we have ever had. Louise was a delight and constantly updated our itinerary as we traveled around Auckland to meet our requests. Extremely knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts about Auckland. We even found Santa Claus and took a picture!
Janet MartinHouston, TX, United States
The tour by Louise was the highlight of our trip. She is truly awesome-picked us up and had a basket of goodies for us in her car, even baked us homemade cookies! She took us to some amazing places, we saw all the sights, had a wonderful lunch and a last minute shopping spree-she is just the best and we would highly recommend her-she timed everything perfectly and had us back at the ship on time. We have been raving about her to all of our friends-thank you for a perfect day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Janet. It was a fantastic day and I had a great time with you both. Thanks.
Hedy WassermanUnited States
Excellent tour guide. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Hedy - you were all fabulous. It was a great day and safe travels home
Patty PoseyUnited States
Louise was a wonderful guide during our visit to Auckland. She adjusted our tour schedule to accommodate the needs and wants of our group fluidly. We would recommend her to anyone visiting Auckland, New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Patty. It was an awesome day. Happy travels
Mike WlhelmUnited States
Louise was prompt, organized, cheerful, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Auckland. There are always things we wish we had seen, but she made sure we saw the things most important to us. She adjusted what she had on the list to our interests as we went. She included the nice touch of homemade cookies for our morning tea. She made sure we had time to get our and do some walks and hikes before our long flight home. And she dropped us at the airport in plenty of time to reach catch our plane. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, it was a great day and we did cover a lot of ground. I hope you can make it back again sometime to see the last few things on your list.
Steven MillerUnited States
Louise gave us an amazing day in Auckland. She was right there waiting for us when we left our ship and took us on a complete tour of her city just like if we were a visiting relative. She treated us to tea and even made delicious cookies for us. We got a great understanding of Auckland in the day re spent with her. We couldn't recommend Louise any higher. She made our short trip to her city very very special
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Steve. It was truly a pleasure to show you around Auckland and it was a great start to the season for me. Hope to see you again sometime. Happy travels.
Curtis EyestoneRichmond, BC, Canada
Louise was extremely knowledgable & friendly. We enjoyed the day very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was a fabulous day with a great seaside lunch. A great way to celebrate my 100th tour.
Richard GoughUnited States
We couldn't imagine a better city tour than the one Louise provided. We saw parts of Auckland that we could never have discovered on our own. Louise is amazingly vivacious and well informed and she sure knows her way around Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Richard. It was a great day and I enjoyed getting to know you both as we covered the city. There is certainly a lot to see.
Louise gave us a super tour of Auckland. She's delightful and hard working and showed us a tremendous amount of Auckland and the surrounding area. A great tour enhanced by a super guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Alex. It was a fabulous day. Hope the rest of your travels went well, it certainly has been fantastic holiday weather.
David UlrichCincinnati, OHIO, United States
Great Tour, Great Guide, Great Time. Our group of 8 was met right on time at the cruise dock by Louise and directed to a large 10 person van which easily accommodated all of our luggage. An informative and enjoyable 8 hours were spent seeing all of the wonderful sights of Auckland with personal and informative commentary by Louise. We highly recommend this tour with Louise. You won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, it was a great day and we managed everything except the Tui. Hope you have all arrived home well rested and I know you are all looking forward to your next cruise. Safe travels.
Judy C.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Judy - it was a wonderful day. Look forward to seeing you both again sometime
Sinh TranUnited States
Louise and Ben (the driver) made a great tour guide team. They take turns speaking to the group, giving very valuable information at every stop. They both have such pleasant personalities. We all felt so comfortable with them and enjoyed the tour tremendously. Louise went beyond the call of duty by bringing us home baked pastries and soft drinks for the morning tea. We would recommend thisd team again and again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a great way to handle a large group. We really enjoyed you all and we had a lot of fun. Hope you got your Hokey Pokey ice creams.
Harriet LifshutzUnited States
Louise is the perfect tour guide. She knew her city perfectly and loved showing the 4 of us around it. She provided treats and made sure we sampled the local food and drink. She is personable, had a very comfortable SUV, and took us to many places off the grid. She made our one day off the cruise ship memorable and a provided a great overview of Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you and I'm so glad you enjoyed your day - I did too and it was lovely to show you some special places. Love to see you all again one day.
Sara StrattonUnited States
Louise was the best guide I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing a tour with. The day felt like I was spending it with an old friend and sharing her home and city. She had all the little touches. Homemade NZ cake, a gift bag with goodies and maps and the recipe! She quickly realized the things I liked to see and do and adapted accordingly. She even went out of her way to write out directions and tips for the rest of my stay and brought them to the hotel the next day. I highly recommend Louise!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sara. It was a great day and I loved showing you all my favourite spots. I'm really happy you got out of the city to see some of the countryside
What better way to see Auckland than to live like a local for a day. Thanks to Louise we saw everything we wanted and more, we saw the best of the city, travelled around suburban streets, admired homes and gardens, ate lunch with the locals and saw the city from the top. All carried out with expert knowledge and by someone obviously in love with her city. Thanks for a great experience. A day with a friend we didn't know we had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow - thanks Kim. It was a fabulous day and we covered lots. Hope to see you both again soon
Louise is a very personable and knowledgeable guide, with a good sense of hunour. I contacted Louise ahead of time. She took the time to do some research and personalize my tour with some sights that are not normally included on the tour. Louise also had some good suggestions for the rest of my stay in Auckland. I would highly recommend Louise. 5 stars all the way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much John. It was really interesting for me to discover some extra history and stories. I'm now including some of these in my tours. Always great to learn something new. Hope the rest of your trip went well.
Richard MillerLexington, VIRGINIA, United States
Louise did a fantastic job of showing us the highlights of Auckland. A native who really understood the area, she was the perfect guide for those of us who knew little about the area prior to our arrival. The tour was well planned out, doing all of the things we had requested, and executed to perfection. Very easy to be with! We would certainly use her again in the future, and will definitely recommend her to our friends visiting the Auckland area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much. We had a great day and I really enjoyed showing you both around new, old and interesting areas of the city.
Gregg MinouxUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Louise. She took us to all the most wonderful sights, a winery, and the most delicious lunch. She was fun to be with and fit in perfectly with our group. I would highly recommend her and hope to visit Auckland again when we have more time. Carol Minoux
Ray CaronUnited States
Louise was wonderful! Provided a full day of touring Auckland, giving us a terrific overview of the city and it's highlights. She is very knowledgeable with great commentary about the history, people, culture, architecture and points of interest. We would recommend her anyone visiting Auckland. Ray Caron
Sharon BockoffUnited States
Kudos to Louise! She was fantastic! From the moment we met it felt like we were old friends. Her tour and knowledge of Auckland gave us just what we wanted. We highly recommend her and will give her name to any of our friends traveling to New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Sharon. It was all a bit of a whirlwind and we had so much fun. Yes great that we clicked straight away. Keep in touch