Douglas GuthrieUnited States
We were especially happy to have Michael as our guide for Christchurch. We spent 2 days with him and left as good friends. As a lifetime resident, Michael has all the knowledge of the area (and NZ in general) to provide the information needed to give a thorough tour. He was completely flexible for our interests so we so what interested us. We really enjoyed Micheal's personality and friendliness. And it's apparent he's well respected in his hometown as we met several of his friends while we out.
Darrell CoulterUnited States
Michael is a fabulous tour-guide, not only knowledgeable, but also friendly and flexible. We fully enjoyed our day at Christchurch, visiting the historical sites and beautiful gardens. We highly recommend his service!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Darrell, it was great fun meeting you and exchanging views, laughs and banter. I hope the rest of your travels are smooth. Kind wishes Michael
Michael gave one of the best local tours we have had, and we are seasoned travellers. We particularly liked the areas which were off the usual tourist route, such as his childhood church, art gallery/café, and especially the summit road drive. We would highly recommend, and hope to see him again on our trip next year.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much George, It is always a pleasure to share our little part of the world with visitors. If I can make it a bit of fun so much the better. I hope you have had a good trip and continue to enjoy smooth seas. Cheers Michael
Debbi HendrixUnited States
Michael was wonderful! He took us to great places (great coffee first) and discussed what we'd like to do! Saw many interesting things off the beaten track and he had a great knowledge of the area. Loved the brewery and beer tasting and quick shopping! He was laid back and very helpful. Even took us to a 9-11 memorial in Christchurch as my husband was a firefighter. We loved our day in Akora/Christchurch and Michael made it happen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debbi, Thank you for your very kind review. Two of the great staples of life are coffee and beer, it would seem rude not to share these with visitors. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in NZ. Safe travels now and into the future. Kind regards 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
Sandra StimolaUnited States
Michael N was fantastic! He built a day around the things we wanted to see and do in Christchurch (and surrounding Port Hills and Lyttleton Harbor). It was fascinating to hear about the 2011 devastating earthquake in the region, and to see the rebuilding efforts still taking place. One of the main reasons we chose to book with ToursByLocals was because so many roads are still closed, so if unfamiliar, it is tough to navigate the city with unexpected closures. Overall, a wonderful, relaxing day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I do try to give folks what they want even if this means that sometimes we do go off "the plan" occasionally. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the land of Kangaroo's, meat pies and beautiful beaches.
Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating, I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in NZ & the other 8 or 9 countries still to tick of the list. Safe travels. Cheers 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.
John HejtmanekUnited States
Michael was a wonderful, friendly tour guide. He worked with us to come up a with an itenerary for visiting several wineries. We had a great time driving around the countryside. Michael has a wealth of knowledge about the wineries, the region, and Christchurch. We highly recommend Michael for a great tour. Sandy and John
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John Sorry for my tardy response, I have been tied up with other things, namely house and council rebuild proposals. I hope you had a good time, enjoy those wines. I think the Black Estate and Pegasus will improve with a year or two but I am sure they are very drinkable now. The next time I drink and Sonoma Zin I will drink to you and Sandy. Cheers Michael N.
Helen CampbellUnited States
Michael was a terrific guide-knowledgeable about Christ Church and Akaroa. He gave us some special visits (1) A friend's sheep farm (2) A lovely city council botanical garden on the Avon River in Christ Church and a lovely lunch by the river (3) A delightful country winery with lots of wines to sample. Michael is the best! We had a fabulous time with him. Thank you Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Helen, Sorry about the slow response, I really do not like to read comments about myself as sometime they are very embarrassing. It is not in the NZ psyche to seek praise. My only hope was that I managed to fill in a few gaps in your NZ knowledge and that you had an enjoyable time. Cheers Michael PS: thank you for the lunch, I will go back there with my wife.