Suzanne HodesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Suzanne and her group were full of fun and banter. Thank you for a fun day out and about. As we say, smooth seas and safe travels. Cheers Michael
Edmond P.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a slightly disrupted tour due to a large memorial service blocking half the town but we managed to achieve most of the things on Edmonds list, also tasted beer and had a pizza but frustratingly missed the heritage zone. All in all a good day given the circumstances.
Patrick O.United States
We had very little time to spend in Christchurch and wanted an overview tour. Michael met us at the airport and we immediately started touring the area. From what we read about Christchurch in tour books and on-line we felt that Michael definitely covered all the highlights including a walk through the botanical gardens. Michael is very personable and professional. He also gave us insight into many aspects of New Zealand which were helpful as we started our three week tour of the country.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Patrick, As with any tour there are small areas that we miss but I do make an effort to cover off the large and major attractions. I am pleased that you enjoyed your brief stay in Christchurch and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the South Island. Kind regards Michael
Eileen EadsRaleigh, NC, United States
What a fabulous tour & guide! We had an absolutely wonderful day in & around Christchurch with Michael. During our first few minutes conversation, we mentioned our previous activities & he said that told him what we liked. He tailored a perfect day for us. We enjoyed the drive around the surrounding countryside, got to see a kiwi (!) at a nature preserve, enjoyed a nice cafe lunch, a flying visit to the botanical garden, & a drive through the city. He was knowledgeable, informative, friendly. Loved this!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words Eileen. I do hope you had fun, kiwi's, beer and yarn, I think we covered all the requirements. Smooth seas and safe travel. Cheers Michael
We had a most enjoyable day out with Michael N. He was very knowledgable and personable. The day was flexible to meet our needs. We would definitely recommend Tours By Locals to anyone wanting a personalised tour of the local area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gay, I hope you enjoyed your day out and about. Hope you enjoyed the wine as well. 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
Lori WrightUnited States
Absolutely amazing day spent with Michael. It far exceeded our expectations and we were able to experiment the area as a local would. Amazing sights from shore to mountains to city, delicious coffee, and fabulous lunch and walking tour in Christchurch. Would recommend to anyone who visits the area. If there would be a way to give six stars we would.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lori, I do hope you enjoyed your self. Safe travels. Cheers Michael
Beth ManusHenderson, NV, United States
We had a fabulous full-day tour with Michael today...we saw the best of city and country life in one day, which perfectly sums up life in Christchurch. A heard of sheep, a country church, the beautiful botanical gardens, the beach, and a drink at a local brewpub! Michael is a fun, well-traveled guy with lots of stories who is interesting and interested in his guests. He was also flexible when we asked if we could expand our tour for two to a tour for four.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Beth, I hope you had a good day and an even better one today full of wine and laughs. 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
Ruth BarkerFarmington, UTAH, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again for a fun day, I hope you enjoyed your time in out neck of the woods. Safe travels and smooth seas. Cheers Michael
Theodore CooleyBluffton, SOUTH CAROLINA, United States
We enjoyed a great day and tour with Michael. He responded to our few special requested and safety drove us over the mountain to Christchurch and back to the ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Theodore, I had a lovely day with you and enjoyed our time together. I hope the rest our your tour goes well. Smooth sailing. Kind regards Michael
Michael NowakUnited States
Michael took us to off the beaten track locations to get a good understanding of life in Christchurch. He showed us the damage from the earth quake and how the town has been trying to rebuild. He also took us to the botanical gardens which were beautiful. We enjoyed Michael's tour very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael, It was fun being out and about with you guys. Safe travels Cheers 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
Lilly SunHong Kong
We had Michael for his private tour around Christchurch last month. Michael is a true local, knowledgeable and fun to chat with, I couldn't recommend him more! For a group of 5 people, Michael's tour shows great value for money in comparison to the excursions run by the cruise.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Lilly, it was so much fun. I hope the rest of your tour went well. Smooths sailing from now on. Kind Regards Michael
Mike LuceroUnited States
Michael was a great tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him. He took us everywhere that tourist do not go which is right up our alley. We drove on some off the beaten path roads, visited an old, very cool, church in the countryside, dropped down into Christchurch the back way and he showed us all the earthquake damage up close. We visited a small vineyard that was fun and he went out of his way to help me shop to pick up some gifts to bring home. We would highly recommend Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mike, It is always fun being out and about with folks that are of a similar mind set. Even the wine was good and the (your) company was great. Safe travels Cheers Michael
John TaylorUnited States
On time. Listened to the tour elements we wanted and delivered. We could not have had a better day. If you want to see real New Zealand Michael is the right choice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John. I had a ton of fun. Safe travels.
Mark SchloesslinUnited States
Our day with Michael was excellent. He was most knowledgeable and upbeat. He showed us some very interesting sites around the city as well as along the way from Akaroa to Christchurch itself. That small country church was a definite highlight. Well done Michael!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, I hope you had some fun and got a bit of a feel for the delight of Canterbury. Smooth sailing. Cheers Michael
Dennis R.United States
We took this tour with Micheal and was absolutely amazed with his knowledge of the entire area and was surprised to learn that he had lost his house in the earthquake. He showed us so much more that just the city and you should take a tour from Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dennis, I was a great day out, I enjoyed your company, you were both a lot of fun. Safe travels Cheers Michael
Joanne DuncanUnited States
Michael took us to all the places we wanted to see in Christchurch and many extras. As a life long resident of the area he could tell us so much about this area and the history. He gave us a first hand account of the terrible earthquake which occurred in Christchurch. Thanks for a wonderful tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joanne, I hope you enjoyed your stay in NZ. Safe travels. Cheers 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
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Douglas, I have just been going back through my site and noticed that I did not respond to your review. I think my brain must have been on holiday mode. It seem like you had a fantastic time driving around, the south is a fantastic area, good food, great wine and fun times. Travel safe. Cheers Michael
Darrell CoulterVANCOUVER, WA, United 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.