We had a very enjoyable tour with Robbie. We particularly liked the filming location of The Lord of The Rings, and his insight on being an extra in the films. Being able to bypass the long line of tourists waiting for the cable car was a definite plus also. If you get a chance to go to the LOTR gift shop, you should go, even if only to get photos of yourself with the life-size characters.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. It was great to meet you all and to be able to show you around and, yes, by-passing the queues at the Cable Car is just one of the services I offer. :-) Glad you enjoyed the Weta Cave as well. Something a little bit different.
David D.United States
We had a great tour with Robbie. We saw on his tour more than we would have seen on three of the ship's shore excursions put together. He was very informative, willing to adapt the tour to what interested us, and knew how to get us around to avoid crowds. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. It was great to meet you both and to show you around my beautiful home. It doesn't always work but I'm glad we got to avoid the crowds for you.
Leslie NathanUnited States
Robbie was fabulous! A great personality and extremely knowledgeable! You could not find a better guide in such a lovely city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was great to meet you all and I'm really glad the weather cleared up and you got to see so much of my home. Hope you enjoyed the concert at St Pauls and safe travels.
Debbi HendrixUnited States
Robbie was delightful and full of interesting knowledge! He was organized (did the busiest places first to avoid crowds) and provided wonderful information to help us understand historical and government buildings. He was great to tailor stops to us and our likes and tolerate my quest for pictures. Great lunch spot and interesting places! Thanks Robbie! We'll definitely send our kids to see you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. It was great to meet you both and to be able to show you around my wonderful home. And it's never a problem to stop for photos, especially as I'm a photographer too. ;-)
Peter SchofieldUnited Kingdom
Ice guy very knowledgeable, had a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was good to meet you two as well and to be able to show you around my beautiful home and to share some of my knowledge with you. Safe travels for the South Island.
Pam MartinEastern Passage, NS, Canada
Please look no further! Robbie is your guy! I've used Tours by Locals tons and Robbie is by far the best of the best! Very friendly and knowledgeable with a lovely NZ accent! Book your tour now!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Pam for that great recommendation. Your commission is in the mail. ;-) I had an enjoyable day with you all, being able to show you some of the highlights of my beautiful home. I hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise and your travelling around NZ afterwards.
Robert DowellUnited States
Robbie is a great tour guide. Very well versed on the Wellington area. He gave us a great tour and did his best to avoid the big tour buses. Learned much anout the area and he hit a little on the filming of Lord of the Rings. He also offers a tour specific to that and was cast in the movie, so his knowledge is great! Took us to a great local spot for lunch with amazing food. I would highly recommend Robbie for his services when visiting Wellington.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I had a great day with you all, despite the moody weather. I also passed on your compliments about the seafood chowder to the cafe. Much appreciated.
Dale DoudnaUnited States
Robbie picked us up front the cruise ship and arranged our schedule so that we were able to miss some of the worst crowds. Since Wellington is the capital of New Zealand he shared some of the government buildings and introduced us to documents that were important to New Zealand and the Maori culture. We had some time after the tour so Robbie dropped us off at a museum to visit before we returned to the ship. We enjoyed our day with Robbie.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I enjoyed meeting you all and being able to share some of our local and national history with you all. I'm glad that you appreciated being able to see some of our historical documents - it has been an added bonus for me since they made them available.
Robbie impressed us with his depth of knowledge, lively commentary and accommodating manner. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Robbie and would not hesitate to book him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jayne. It was great to be able to take you all around and show you the sights of my wonderful home, including all the little extra bits we got to visit. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise.
Robin RhoadsUnited States
Had a great day with Robbie. Tour was as described and we got to see city sights as well as ZEALANDIA. We all also enjoyed the cable car ride and the walk around the downtown. He comes highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Robin. It was great to meet you all and to share some of the highlights of my home with you. Glad you got to experience so much at Zealandia as well.
Don BrabstonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kia ora Don. Thank you for your rating. It was good to meet you both and to be able to show you around my beautiful home at a nice, leisurely pace.
Robbie did a great Job, everything was on time and we spend a lovely day. We enjoyed the day very much and he offered a lot of options. In case we return we will definitely try to book this guy again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Joerg. It was great to meet you all and to be able to show you around. And yes, next time you visit, I would be happy to show you around again.
Irene AmadioUnited States
Robbie was wonderful. He was friendly, funny, and very informative. He kept things Very light and yet we learned so much and saw so much of the city and its surroundings. He hit the major sights that all of our guide books were recommending and he also tailored to tour a little bit to our groups needs and wants. I highly recommend Robbie to introduce you to the beautiful city of Wellington.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Irene. It was great to meet you all and to be able to show you so much of my home, especially on such a beautiful day.
Lora StovallUnited States
Robbie gave us a good introduction to Wellington. He is knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend him to others visiting the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lora. It was good to meet you both and to be able to show you around on a typical beautiful Wellington day. Next time though, I'll try to see if I can actually introduce you to the Prime Minister ;-)
Jan HadleyWest Union, 29696, United States
Great tour. Very comprehensive and interesting. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Jan. It was great to meet you all and to show you around my home. From memory, I'm glad we managed to avoid the rain as well ;-)
Debbie S.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Debbie. It was great to meet you all and to be able to show you around.
Karen CaillierUnited States
Robbie was right on time and we had a very nice visit to Wellington seeing many sites and having a very nice lunch by the bay. He was very informative about the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Karen. It was lovely to meet you all and to be able to show you around. And I'm glad you enjoyed the lunch at the Chocolate Fish - it is always one of my favourite places.
Michael PerkonsUnited States
Robbie was terrific. Great communication prior to the tour, adapted to our schedule, and generally ran a great tour. Recommend highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was great to meet you guys today and to show you around. I hope you also enjoyed your time at the Museum as well.
Arlene K.Tarzana, CA, United States
It was a pleasure to tour Wellington with Robbie, a highly knowledgeable and flexible guide. He proudly shared his city and filled us with interesting stories of his family going back 5 generations living in Wellington. We made itinerary changes during our tour and Robbie was very amenable. At the beginning we mentioned an obscure interest and an hour later he took us there! We highly recommend Robbie.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was great to meet you both and to be able to show you the highlights that you wanted to see (especially despite the weather). I hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise.
Dale GoldbergUnited States
Robbie was a very pleasant guide. He answered all our questions and was agreeable to our requests. We enjoyed talking with him as he showed us all the sights in Wellington especially when he suggested where I should stand on the cable car to view the fun light show in the car's tunnel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was great to be able to meet you all and to show you around, and let you into the little secrets like in the Cable Car ;-)
Robbie gets a 5 out of 5. Four of us had a delightful day with him. He was so accommodating and friendly and he gave us a great tour. Highly recommend Robbie! Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Paul & Monica. It was a very nice, relaxed day with you and I'm glad the forecast rain never came in. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.
Anne LevyUnited States
Robbie was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, and we had fantastic day with him. Comfortable car and very accommodating to our specific needs. If you are on a cruise ship, don't be afraid to book a private tour with him. Much less expensive than the ship's tours, you'll see everything, and he will have you back to the ship in plenty of time. Actually picked us up and dropped us off closer than the tour buses did on the dock. Thank you Robbie for a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Anne. It was great to be able to show you all around (and well done on getting a nice day in between some stormy days!). I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.
What a fabulous day. Couldn't ask for a better tour guide. Robbie is knowledgeable, fun and friendly. The tour was diverse, interesting and all-encompassing. Couldn't recommend more highly. You will not be disappointed I assure you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Irene. I had a very enjoyable day with your family, being able to show you many of the different highlights of my home.
George ObstUnited States
Robbie is knowledgeable,personable and very accomodating. One of the best tour guides we have experienced
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much George. I had a lot of fun with your family, showing you around the sights of Wellington. I hope those who went to Te Papa enjoyed it, and those who went back to the ship enjoyed that too ;-)
Irvine RodgerUnited Kingdom
Very worthwhile and interesting. Robbie was so engaging. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. I enjoyed the day as well and spending time with you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels.
Denise CanfieldUnited States
A great tour in a lovely setting. Robbie did a wonderful job of tailoring our tour based on our personal preferences. Being introduced to Wellington by a Kiwi who loves Wellington made the tour even better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Denise. It was great to meet you all and to be able to show you around on such a beautiful day. Hope you enjoyed your dinner as well.
Mark Van RaamHampton, VIRGINIA, United States
Robbie did a great job and I am delighted that I used his service. His car was great and his knowledge of Wellington was really in depth. He accommodated our desires. He also expertly guided us through the National museum. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mark. But you guys (and the weather) made my job easy. Enjoy the rest of your travels and your stay in Auckland.
Robbie was friendly, informative, patient and flexible. He made sure we all had a good day regardless of the weather. Would recommend to others travelling. Was so much cheaper for us than doing group tours as there were 6 of us travelling, and with young children (who were not having the best of days) the flexibility was perfect. The cable car broke down so we missed the main thing we booked for but Robbie suggested a picnic before he took us to a light show which was his idea and the kids loved. Thankyou
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Kristy. It was an enjoyable day with you all, and good to do something different. I'm glad you enjoyed the Chocolate Factory and the shopping on Cuba Mall and the light show. Next time you come back to Wellington, let me know and I'll do my best to keep the Cable Car operating ;-)
Barry G.United States
Robbie is a great tour guide. He clearly loves New Zealand and Wellington, specifically, and is very knowledgeable about the things we tourists are interested in -- such areas as history, economics, current events and statistics. Our day with Robbie was well planned and we saw and experienced a great deal in our time in his care! We would recommend highly and without reservation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. It was great to meet you all and to be able to show you around, especially at short notice. PS Happy Birthday to Jill for the 26th ;-)
Patt BrustUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your rating Patt. It was good to meet you all and be able to show you around Wellington. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.
Glenn MoeUnited States
Robbie provided an extremely enjoyable and educational personal tour for my wife and me. His knowledge and love of the Wellington area was obvious from the moment the tour began. We loved his personal stories of playing the part as an extra in the Lord of the Rings series. We recommend Robbie highly to anyone wanting to spend a memorable time being introduced to Wellington, New Zealand.
Dr Susan Rae JensenUnited States
We appreciated the knowledge and history provided and flexibility to begin with Te Papa museum. Robbie was very personable. We understand that the weather was not great the day that we were there but would have liked to have had guide a little more versed in inclement weather activities with other suggestions not just a check list of what we should see--ie, just driving around the bay was not interesting to us and we were not especially interested in lunch break & not impressed with Chocolate Fish.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan. Thank you for your feedback. It was good to meet you both as well and to be able to show you around my city. While the weather was not great on the day, my aim was to show you as much as possible while avoiding all the big tour buses, and I hope I achieved that. Lunch is also a standard part of this Tour, but I appreciate your feedback that it may not be for everyone, so that is something I will bear in mind. Thank you again, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels. Robbie
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
Veronica BelloneUnited States
Judy GalbavyUnited States
We had a nic e day with Robbie seeing all the sights of windy Wellington. The lunch at the chocolate fish was a highlight . Thank-you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Judy. It was great to be able to show you both around as well. I'm glad you both enjoyed the day.
Douglas SheltonUnited States
This was a fantastic tour. By far the best tour we experienced on hour trip. Robbie was well versed on the history of Wellington, the government of New Zealand, and the filming of the "Rings" movies. He provided a thorough tour of the city and nearby areas including a great lunch we had near the bay. He was very flexible and willing to adjust the itinerary to fit our interests. He was very personable and a delight to spend the day with. Anyone interested should definitely consider Robbie as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Douglas. I had a great day with you all as well and I really enjoyed being able to show you around. Cheers, Robbie
Michael ConlonUnited States
Robbie tailored our tour perfectly to our needs, was punctual, organized, informative, knowledgable, and flexible. His love for his home town is apparent, and well deserved from what we experienced. Our highest recommendations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mike. I had an enjoyable day as well and it was a pleasure to show you two around my beautiful home!
Robert WalkerUnited States
Absolutely the best tour. Robbie is very thorough and personal. We enjoyed the city very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I really enjoyed the day and getting to show you two around.
Philip VargasUnited States
Robbie was very knowledgeable about Welington and was able to tailor the tour to the places we wanted to see and the depth of information we wanted on various sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much Phil. It was great to meet you guys and show you a bit of Wellington in the limited time you had. Safe travels for the rest of your journey.