Patricia MerrittUnited States
Asta is a terrific private guide. She took our group of six on a magical tour of Dunedin City and its surrounding natural areas. We enjoyed the views and opportunities for photo stops as well as the delicious fish and chips lunch that we had at Portabello Restaurant and Inn on the way back from the Lover's Leap overlook hike. She tolerated our humor and our few special requests for stops along the way back to our ship. You will not be disappointed if you book with Asta!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Patricia, it was lovely meeting you all and showing our gorgeous area on a perfect sunny day! I hope you managed to return home safely without any disruptions.
Charles ColumbusUnited States
Asta guided us (two couples from US) on a day of exploration of Dunedin and its Scottish routes and unique sites- from steepest street to its turn of the century rail station and gold rush beginnings, focusing on the town's amazing architecture. Very special was our drive to the Royal Albatross Center. Asta was knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with for the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Charles for your feedback! It was lovely to have you on a tour and I have a privilege to show you our special area. Stay healthy and safe!
Jeanne S.Los Altos, CALIFORNIA, United States
My husband and I had a marvelous time with Asta. She is well-informed, punctual and is aware of the needs of her clients. We enjoyed our tour of the downtown area and local sights and then headed to the Otago Peninsula and saw 14 new birds including the Royal Albatross. We really enjoy the wildlife so we were in our element. Astra is a wonderful guide for those interested in the wildlife. Our time in Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula was a highlight of our trip. Jeanne and Dave
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jeanne and Dave. I enjoyed touring with you and loved meeting someone who shared the same passion for wildlife as me. What a memorable day it was!
Rodger B.Lafayette, CA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Steve MejeurUnited States
Asta's warm, gentle nature was a pleasure to be around all day! She provided lots of local information, some comic relief here and there, and took care of lots of details ahead of time! She had prepared the itinerary ahead of time so that all would be smooth, offering us much security and relaxation as we journeyed! It was clear that she loved this area and did a good job of helping us to love it as well! She even helped track down a jacket left at a restaurant by one of our guests!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you a lot for sharing your feedback! I enjoyed touring with your group and was so proud we accomplished so much in a short day!
Kelly LieseUnited States
Asta's tour of Dunedin was our first in New Zealand and she set the bar for excellence and fun very high. We 6 adults enjoyed all the sites which were varied between beautiful country and historical mansions and a delightful snack break. Her personality and knowledge made for a perfect day and a true appreciation of New Zealand. Thanks Asta!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Kelly! It was a privilege to show you our gorgeous place. Your enthusiasm definitely contributed to a perfect day!
Sherrie KleinUnited States
Asta was great! Very knowledgeable about Dunedin with lots of history. Accommodated us with seeing the Penguins! Always made sure our needs were met! Top notch guide! Thank you Asta for a great day and keeping the rain away for most of the day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sherrie! What a fantastic day we had. Great weather and a bonus of successful wildlife viewing. It was nice to meet you all, have a great cruise around NZ.
Susan GanadenUnited States
We had a marvelous time in Dunedin with Asta as our guide. She was puntual but very flexible. She was very perceptive with our needs and also very attentive . She even took us to a local pharmacy so our friend can buy what he needed. She also noticed that we love taking photos and she gave us plenty of time to soak in the breathtaking views of the peninsula and also take as much photos as we wanted. Thank you again Asta for such an amazing day in Dunedin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Susan. It was so nice to meet you all and show you our beautiful area. I loved a great sense of humor of your group and it was lovely to see you all so happy.
Philip L.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback Philip! It was lovely having you all on my tour. I was so pleased you could enjoy your visit on such a sunny day which enhanced gorgeous views of our special area. I hope you had a good viewing of Milford Sound!
Elaine AuerbachUnited States
Asta was wonderful. She was on-time, an excellent guide and very friendly. We felt like family. Our tour was also a great buy. We were on a cruise and Asta covered three of the very expensive tours offered by the cruise company--all in one day and very reasonable since there were four of us. Can't praise her enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Elaine. It was great meeting you! Hope you have enjoyed other New Zealand stops.
Hayden HoopingarnerUnited States
Asta was great. She was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of Dunedin. She was flexible and really tailored the day to our needs. Highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. I hope you enjoyed the afternoon on Otago Peninsula.
Mary McLaurySarasota, FL, United States
Asta is delightful and knows Dunedin well. She customized the tour to meet our needs, and we highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. It was great meeting you all! I wish the day was a bit longer :)
Suzanne HodesUnited States
Asta is a wonderful guide! She speaks many languages and is very personable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Suzanne! It was nice meeting you all. It's raining here, so you might see a landscape of waterfalls tomorrow in Fiordland!
Edmond P.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Edmond P.United States
Asta was great! Four of us booked her for two fullday tours. She obviously loves her job and the area. She is knowledgeable about the history and biology of the area and is a fun, upbeat person. If you have an opportunity to book her on a tour do it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks heaps. I truly enjoyed 2 days with you and was so pleased we had amazing sunshine to enjoy our breathtaking scenery on the first day. Enjoy the rest of your cruise!
David WeeklyUnited States
Thank you Asta! Our group of 6 (3 couples) had a wonderful day with you in Dunedin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! It was absolute pleasure to have you all. I enjoyed your contagious laugh.
JoAnne DeeryUnited States
Asta rearranged her schedule so that we could go to both the albatross center and the penguin place. We went an hour over our scheduled time so that we could go to both places. The tour was absolutely great. She was very knowledgeable on the wildlife and the area
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks heaps! What a great day it was! How lucky we were to see albatross in flight and on the nests and yellow eyed penguins too! Enjoy Milford sound tomorrow and have a great time in Australia!
John JamisonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for rating. It was lovely to meet your all!
Kelly BrownUnited States
Asta was very personal and informative. She took us places where tour buses couldn't go and we had a wonderful time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! What an amazing day of sunshine we had. I hope the sunshine follows you to every stop in New Zealand.
Kathleen AllenCarmel, CA, United States
When we met Asta rain was pouring down driven by 45 mph wind. The day was looking like a bust. Asta rolled with it and got us close to the entrances of buildings we toured. We were fortunate to see several Albatrosses and a Spoonbill. As the day cleared scenery improved and we got off the beaten track.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was lovely meeting you! I have a feeling you will be back to New Zealand soon :). The weather was not great to start with but thankfully it improved later in the day.
Jim DevineUnited States
Asta is a wonderful guide with knowledge and obvious pride for Dunedin. She has a great sense of humor and was willing to be flexible based on what we wanted to do that day, Dunedin is gorgeous and the Botanical garden can't be missed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jim, for your feedback. I truly enjoyed the day with you and your friends and great to hear you agreed with me in regards of our gorgeous upper Botanic garden!
There were 8 in our party ranging from 10 to 86 yrs. Asta was an informative guide and did her best to meet all our needs. The boat cruise was a little disappointing as we didn't see anything more than we could have seen from the ship when leaving the port. In fact we saw more albatross from the cruise ship than we saw on the tour. Having said this the young men on the boat cruise were very friendly & did their best make the cruise interesting and informative. They provided spray jackets & binoculars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Robina for your feedback. It was very nice meeting you and your family and showing Dunedin and surroundings. I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment of the wildlife viewing on the cruise. Unfortunately, wildlife is unpredictable and we never know what we will see on the day. The day was amazingly still which can be considered as the worst flying conditions for the huge birds -Royal albatross. I hope you visit Dunedin again and get q better opportunity of wildlife viewing.
Michael NowakUnited States
Asta did a good job getting as much in as possible during the short time we had on shore excursion from the ship. We were able to see the highlights of the town as well as some of the beautiful coastal scenery and wildlife.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Philip CoulsonEdwards, CO, United States
Could NOT have been any better! Even more than seeing Dunedin we just loved spending time with Asta!!! Asta showed us the area and it was like our best friend spending the day with us! Thinking about returning just to see her again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Philip. It was an absolute pleasure to have you all on my tour. I felt like having friends visiting Dunedin and me which made me for a moment forget I was working :). All the best and come back to Dunedin one day again!
Asta was our knowledgeable and friendly guide for our day tour in the Dunedin area - and a good driver. She gave us valuable info about the city and its history, and also about current life including Emerson craft beer which we have subsequently enjoyed elsewhere in NZ. Asta also was very helpful in getting us a refund on admission fees to the two bird sanctuaries (as we were only 2 people on a 6 person tour). We would recommend Asta highly if you are looking for a guide in Dunedin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Catherine! It was lovely to meet you and help you revisit Dunedin after almost 20 years! I am pleased you had a chance to try Emersons beer!
Heather ThayneUnited States
Asta was FABULOUS! She was on time, efficient, interesting, shared lots of great information, was helpful, happy, and took incredibly good care of us! We saw many wonderful sites in a short day and Asta got us back to our cruise ship with time to spare. I would recommend her to anyone! It was a delightful tour by a lovely woman! Thank you Asta!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such a great feedback. It was lovely to have you, your friends and family on Dunedin tour. You were all amazing, enthusiastic and happy despite the rainy day.
A lovely train trip with my elderly family of 12! ASTA was very caring and organise all the tickets. And she was waiting for our return after 4 hours in time to take us back to the Majestic Princess! We truly enjoy the Rockies equivalent of New Zealand! Thank you ! She also suggested that we should not miss the photo of the old train station and true enough, it was an iconic building to behold as a remembrance for our family 's reunion in New Zealand! Highly recommend it with 12 seaters and elderly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Emily. It was lovely to have your cheerful extended family for a tour!
Dennis R.United States
Asta was an absolute super star and showed us far more than we expected to see in a one day tour. There is so much to see in this area of New Zeland and Asta knows how to do it right. We highly recommend that you take this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Dennis. It was such a pleasure to tour with you and your wife!
Lacy RobinsonUnited States
Once again Asta went above and beyond to make my final day in Dunedin memorable. She saved the best for last - Tunnel Beach! She's a very safe driver and knows the area extremely well. I can't say enough great things about Asta. She's a seasoned tour guide and it shows. She is energetic, organized, personal, a great storyteller.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot. Your rating might be one of my best ones, Lacy!
Lacy RobinsonUnited States
Asta is an exceptional tour guide. She knows everything from Dunedin's historical figures to species of birds. I was beyond impressed with her depth of knowledge. I had a very unique request to add to our agenda and she went above and beyond to fulfill it! Asta is engaging, flexible, patient, worldly and puts her client's needs first. I am so glad I booked Asta for two days. She really made my trip to Dunedin memorable!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Lacy for such a great feedback. It was a great pleasure to meet you and show you Dunedin and Otago Peninsula. I enjoyed seeing your excitement about the area on the tour.