Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Auckland New Zealand by Tour Guide John S. (Guide #15022)


Hans Bissig

Australia
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

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

Blaise G.

Switzerland
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast private tour, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Apr 1/18

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.

Darrell Coulter

United States
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Tour: #202626, Auckland - City to Surf, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 13/18

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 Grassman

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

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 Ezer

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland Special for Steve Ezer, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 2/18

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 Kaufman

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast private tour, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 24/18

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 Liew

Switzerland
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 18/18

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

Sandra Cornfeld

United States
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Tour: A 2 day Auckland Special for Sandra Cornfeld, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Feb 13/18

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

Maria F.

Canada
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 8/18

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 Case

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 5/18

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 .

Anne Meek

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 4/18

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 Brown

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast private tour, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 2/18

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 Burke

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 30/18

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 Doudna

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 28/18

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 Teegarden

United States
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 20/18

Kristine Lee

South Bend, INDIANA, United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast private tour, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 19/18

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 Singler

United States
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Tour: #202626, Auckland - City to Surf, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 17/18

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 Nance

United States
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 16/18

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 Cohen

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Dec 9/17

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.

Amy Kuntz

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast private tour, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

We had an absolutely wonderful time with John. He took us literally from coast to coast! His knowledge of the area ensured a very informative, engrossing tour. He is a terrific host and I would highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amy for your kind words I really enjoyed the day with your quartet ! Regards to the others. John

Jan Hadley

West Union, 29696, United States
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Tour: #202626, Auckland - City to Surf, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Apr 19/17

Great tour. Very comprehensive, interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Mary Streff

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 26/17

John was a great guide and our tour of Auckland was perfect. With a short time frame between the ship and our airplane it was so convenient to have John pick us up at the port, give us the Auckland hi-lights and drop us at the airport. John was prompt, knowledgeable and fun, the van was clean and roomy. Thanks for a perfect ending to our cruise!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Mary for your kind words. I certainly enjoyed showing you and your group around Auckland. It I was a fun day. Thanks again . John

Frank Robilotta

United States
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 18/17

Chandrasekharan Nilakantan

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 10/17

In spite of the intermittent rain and the torrential downpour at the end of the day, John managed to give us a great sense of the city, its history, and his own personal roots in the city. All in all a very enjoyable tour. We wish the weather had been a bit more cooperative...

Therese Menard

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 6/17

Had a fantastic day through Auckland with John. Definitely a "coast to coast" day with great views and interesting stops. His knowledge of the areas and additional stories and facts made us wish we had another day to spend there!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a lovely tour Therese with you and Rod . Thanks so much for your kind words.

Lyn McLennan

Australia
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 22/17

This was a well-organised, thoughtful tour of Auckland by car. One guest had limited mobility and John met us promptly and helped this person in and out of the car as required during the tour. We passed through interesting suburbs and went to a couple of lookout points, all the time learning a bit about the history of New Zealand and Auckland, including very recent developments. We greatly enjoyed this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Lyn for your kind remarks. It was a very enjoyable tour.

Sarann Kraushaar

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 18/17

John was very pleasant and very interesting. We got a concise profile of Auckland during our four hour tour.

William Sale

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 16/17

​Yesterday we had the most delightful tour of Auckland with John. Although it was raining the entire day, he made it to be a really nice experience. He obviously loves his job as a guide and is proud of his heritage in NZ!! We enjoyed his expertise and company very much. I would recommend him any day! I give him 5 stars!! Thank you, John!!

Joyce B.

United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 16/17

We spent a wonderful fun day in Auckland with John. We managed to see so much of the city. He was extremely knowledgeable and geared the tour to our interests. We highly recommend John!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joyce. It was an absolute pleasure to show you both around Auckland. Cheers. John

Barry G.

United States
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: May 19/16

John spent the whole day showing us Auckland and it was lovely. He had the day planned so we could get a complete picture of the magnificent views, beautiful beaches, charming neighborhoods and wonderful local places. He took us to a lovely park cafe for a morning coffee break and broke up our car travel around the city with visits to a botanic garden and several high spots overlooking the city from different locations! He was informative, interesting and very kind! He was great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind words . A very enjoyable day .

Ann Bower

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 12/16

Very special tour by John, a lifelong resident of Auckland. He added personal touches such as showing his childhood home and paper route while showing special neighborhoods. AThe tour is literally coast to coast so you see all sides of Auckland as well as surrounding waters. Each stop was accompanied by personal stories as well as the historical/ economic/geographic significance. Of course he has a great pallet to work from. One Tree Hill to Piha Beach Lions Head rock. John is very SPECIAL.

Diane T.

United States
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Tour: #202754, Awesome Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 9/16

Excellent tour with John. He was knowledgeable and very accommodating. Auckland is a beautiful city and we received a great introduction.

Bob Karsch

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 2/16

Very pleased with the tour and guide John. John was very knowledgeable about Auckland & the areas we toured. He was accommodating and personable-we were very comfortable. We scheduled the tour to start at 10:30 AM, when our disembarkation from the ship went faster than expected (we were out by 930 AM), we emailed John and he was happy to come sooner--we were picked up by 10 AM. It was great having a private tour. Much better than the cruise ship excursions, where we felt like herded cattle.

Ursula Bevan

United States
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Tour: #202753, Auckland - Coast to Coast, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 31/16

Ursula Bevan

United States
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Tour: Waiheke Island Paradise Private Tour, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: Jan 30/16

Gudrun Ewald

Germany
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Tour: #202758, Essence of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 19/16

Google translated Comment: We had only 6 hours from the ship to the airport, but John managed to show us Aukland from its best side. What a great experience. Grudrun and Jochen -------- Wir hatte nur 6 Stunden vom Schiff zum Flugzeug, aber John schaffte es uns Aukland von seinen besten Seiten zu zeigen. Was für ein tolles Erlebnis Grudrun und Jochen

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gudrun and Jochen. Thanks very much for your nice comments. John