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
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
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
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
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
Gwendolyn WongMandaluyong, METRO MANILA, Philippines
It was a great day spent with Michael. We did not only see the beautiful scenery from port to Christchurch, but we also gained wonderful insight on the local life, economy, farming industry that we may not have not learned about with traditional bus tours. Our time was flexible and a Michael allowed us to explore our different interests, playing w alpaca on a hillside, checking out the Ernest Rutherford exhibit, visiting his local church, aside from the tourist sights and the exceptional driving. Loved it
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Gwendolyn, we had a fun day. I hope you got to see every thing you wanted and got to know "crazy" New Zealander a little better. It was fantastic having your parents and your girls with us. Hope you enjoyed the Australian leg of your journey. Kind regards Michael
Sylvia BraunerUnited States
Michael made our trip amazing. He was just an awesome great tour guide. He took us to places that no regular tour would have ever gone. The countryside he showed us was beyond gorgeous.....it was majestic and indescribable!! He was bright, knowledgeable and fun. He showed us everything with a smile and we got to see Christchurch and the magnificent road to Christchurch. Thank you Michael for a great day!!!!!!!! Sylvia and Bruce Brauner Susan and Peter Blatteis
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Sylvia. I enjoyed our time together and I promise I told the truth on all things, mostly. Safe travels Cheers Michael
Michaels tour went way beyond what we were expecting.He was knowledgeable, with so much information about the environment, a well constructed tour, showing us many interesting facets of the countryside, great photo opportunities, and he made our day very memorable. As a guide we highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Shirley, It was a fun day. I hope you keep your activism to the forefront of your life. The world needs people that are dedicated and articulate. You certainly fit the bill. Thank you once again. Kind regards Michael
Jack ClarkUnited States
Michael arranged our tour after we had requested a two-hour Christchurch city tour to fit our late arrival. After picking us up at the airport he gave us an overview of the city including its resurgence after the devastating 2011 earthquake and a subsequent 2016 tremor. As an area native and former sheep rancher, he gave us a historical perspective of the region as well as a present day cultural and political narrative. Michael transported us back to airport the following morning. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jack and Cindy, your words are too kind. I hope the rest of your tour was a success. I will be thinking of you in the high desert in your highly eco friendly house once we start to build our new house. I hope you had a grand Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Cheers Michael N.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your very high rating. Not entirely sure it is warranted. Have a great Christmas and a prosperous new year. Cheers Michael N.