Julie gave us a full day's oversight of the area. We didn't miss a thing and she worked hard to be sure we enjoyed our time together. Thanks, Julie for all!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much. It was my pleasure. Kind regards Julie
Julie was great, loved the hike and seeing all the murals. The Gold mine tour wasn't worth the time or the money, not Julie's fault, she had heard positive things, we were on a cruise and wouldn't choose to spend 2+ hours listening to a very boring guide. This was our fist trip booking private tours - can't imagine going back to an official Shore Excursion with bus load(s) of people!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much for the feedback. I'm sorry the mine tour was not a success and I've passed your feedback back to the Gold Discovery Centre who conduct the tours. I'm glad you enjoyed the rest of the day and would love to see you here again sometime!
Julie has been a very attentive and knowledgeable guide, organizing things inspite of a long weekend with lots of rain and most venues closed. Still did the geothermal experience, was taken to some beautiful spots and had wine-tasting at a beautiful winery. Thank you, Julie, and if I am back here, we shall be in touch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Robert. it was my pleasure to be able to show you around my neck of the woods despite the weather. Maybe I'll see you in Austria one day.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.
Lew DevendorfUnited States
We had the best day with Julie. Although she already had an idea, she began asking us what we wanted to do. My wife quickly responded "nothing the cruise ship is doing (we'd already been to Rotorua)." Julie took us in the other direction to KateKati and other points north a little inland from the Pacific. We saw so much that ship-bound tourists would never see. I have no idea how many miles Julie put on her car that day, but it was a lot. We learned a lot and had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such a lovely day in my favourite place! Hope to see you back here again sometime soon.
Joyce B.United States
Amazing tour with Julie! We asked her to take us off the beaten track and wow! Were we ever surprised! It was so different and beautiful in the gorge we went to and she chose an incredible winery for lunch. We couldn't have been more pleased. So knowledgeable and so professional!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! The pleasure was all mine as I got to take you to my absolute favourite spots!
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
George S.Boca Raton, FL, United States
Julie provided a terrific and different tour of the Tauranga area. Instead of going to the replica Maori village that the other 1000 passengers on the cruise ship visited, we went to a muraltown, gold mine town, and some terrific scenic points. It was a different and very enjoyable day. We saw sights off the beaten path and a side of New Zealand that most tourists do not see. It was a terrific day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your kind words. I had a great day too!
Gerald D.United States
Julie did a nice job.....got us off the tourist traps......would recommend her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I enjoyed the day.
Stephanie GillmanUnited States
Julie was delightful. We had so much fun and her knowledge of her town and surroundings were wonderful. We did exactly what we wanted to do and then ended up at a delightful winery for lunch which was delicious and the owners knew Julie so we got to try some of their reserve wines. She is a star in organization!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you SO much. I had a great day too. Hope to see you both back in New Zealand some time and look forward to the photos.
Gary EphraimMontreal, QC, Canada
Our only request was to have a tour for 6 of us that would give us a taste of local life. Well, Julie did it perfectly! Our pick up was on time, we were driven to local towns and villages where we toured with Julie who gave us ,some history ,lore , and a good local lunch. The 6 of us had a super day.
Beverly MorratoUnited States
Informative, well planned and well timed. Really knew what she was doing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much. A most pleasurable day with you.
Mary Henry de TessanUnited States
Julie met us at our ship and we let her decide what we should see. She did a terrific job and we were very pleased with our day despite the fact that it rained most of the afternoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Mary. It was a pleasure meeting you all and I hope you visit New Zealand agin some time soon.
Mary SajfarUnited States
Julie was wonderful! This was the best day of our 14 day trip of Western Australia and both islands of New Zealand. I see a few comments on here about commentary regarding the area. Honestly, this is why I chose a local guide. Julie talks about the things that only 40+ year residents know. She does know the typical touristy jive and if you ask she will give you the info you want to know, but I suggest you relax and let her do the work. Don't waste your time learning what is on Wiki. It was worth it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much! It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to share part of your honeymoon. Hope to see you in New Zealand again soon!
Victoria (Vicki) KesslerUnited States
Julie was very pleasant and informative to a point and we greatly enjoyed the countryside and gold mine tour;however there were times when we had to 'pull' information from her with questions rather than her offering the information.Her vehicle was too cramped with 5 adults as a whole. Very uncomfortable for an 8 hour tour. Air conditioning was also marginal at best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Really sorry you didn't enjoy it. Driving times were as follows, 1 hour through to Waihi, 15 mins back to Katikati,30 mins to Tauranga with 10 mins back to the ship..so less than 25% of your day was in the car with significant stops after each stage. I normally speak a lot more around the murals in Katikati but this was not possible with the extremely limited mobility within your group. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand.