Gesa was punctual, effective, knowledgeable, accommodating (fulfilling a last minute request by finding and stopping at a specialty shop) and clearly happy to show us her favourite places (as we requested). She gave us a perfect end to our 21 days in Australia and New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laurie for your nice review. I absolutely enjoyed showing you around and trying to find the speciality shop. Also enriching for me! I am glad you made it back to Canada in time. Stay healthy!
David SteeleReno, NV, United States
Gesa is a wonderful guide and provided my wife and myself with a terrific tour experience today starting in Auckland at the cruise terminal and going from coast to coast. The sights were spectacular and Gesa provides really insightful narration along the way. We had lovely walks through the nature areas we visited and the changes in topography were astounding since we visited both the Tasman sea and Pacific Ocean coastlines and associated flora and fauna. We feel lucky to have shared our day with Gesa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your very kind words and fantastic review. Once again I felt very lucky to do the job I am doing and being able to show you both our wonderful country from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea.
Jeffrey RichardsonUnited States
Today was our second tour with Gesa in two days, and like yesterday, we were extremely satisfied with her performance. She was, again, knowledgeable and very personal and her tour provided a perfect ending to our visit to New Zealand. We traveled to a sheep shearing farm which was really interesting and a lot of fun. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an informative and engaging excursion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jeffrey for your very kind words again. Once again I absolutely loved showing you another part of our beautiful country and giving you some insights into the "life of our sheep" including dogs and shearers involved. Safe travels back home!
Jeffrey RichardsonUnited States
Gesa was an outstanding tour guide, very knowledgeable and personable. She kept our group interested and engaged as she showed us the sights of Auckland. Additionally, she was very willing to accommodate us and modify the scheduled tour to our updated requests. We highly recommend her for anyone who wants to tour and learn about Auckland, New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words. It has been an absolute pleasure showing your group of four Auckland on one day and taking you to a sheep sharing experience the next day. I hope you enjoyed feeding the lambs and seeing how dogs and sheep work together on the farm.
Leonard MessmanUnited States
We would highly recommend this tour as well as our guide, Gesa, who is both personable and knowledgeable. She took us to such beautiful places with great photographic opportunities. For example, we arrived at just the right time to be able to walk through a cave at the shore's edge at low tide. What a neat experience! Nearby we saw —up close— baby gannets learning how to fly before they migrated to Australia. Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your great review. Luckily, we got to the West Coast at low tide to experience the caves- a real bonus. It has been a pleasure taking your group of 5 to this very special place and seeing the gannets getting ready for their migration to Australia.
Kelly LieseUnited States
Gesa loves her adopted city and certainly showed us why! We 6 adults had a wonderful tour of this beautiful city that even has a rain forest and woods in its boundaries. Its waters are amazing and we even climbed 15 minutes up to look over the whole of Aukland. She is very knowledgeable and pleasant and fun and everyone enjoyed her very much. She's also super fit so if you want to trek she has a tour for you! We took the scenic tour and loved every minute.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kelly for the lovely review and your very kind words. It was so rewarding seeing you ALL climb UP Maungakiekie (very inspirational), enjoying the rainforest and having a great time in our beautiful city. As I often say "Mind over matters" definitely true for your amazing group.
Elizabeth NelsonUnited States
Gesa was great! 5 out of 5 stars. She was knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed every part of our tour. If we are ever back in Auckland we will book a tour with her. Beth Nelson
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Elizabeth, thank you for your great feedback. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting you all and showing you the wonderful East Coast on the Pacific Ocean with its white sand beaches and Ecology trail. Spotting the native wood pigeon was a bonus. I hope you enjoyed the wine tasting and seeing the 800-year-old Kauri tree. I am wishing you a wonderful time in New Zealand.
Stephen YoungUnited States
Gesa was very knowledgeable and friendly. She had a great itinerary set up, but was also willing to accommodate any special requests that we had. We absolutely enjoyed the entire day exploring the beautiful scenery outside of the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stephen, thank you for your nice review. What a great day to watch the gannets on the rugged West Coast and experiencing the Waterfalls. It has been a pleasure meeting you all.
John LovernUnited States
Gesa was incredible! We were a party of four and she took us to the most incredible wineries. We ended up at Mudbrick Vineyard where Gesa arranged a fantastic lunch with incredible views and food. The best experience of our entire stay in NZ! Genuine conversation and knowledge. Cant say enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, John for the great review. It has been so much fun taking your group of four to the different vineyards and seeing you enjoying yourself. Waiheke is special and so is definitely Mudbrick.
Vicki P.United States
My husband and I had a wonderful time touring with Gesa. We were picked up at the cruise port, toured the city, and finished the tour at the airport with plenty of time to catch our flight. We highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Vicky for your nice review and I hope you went home with a great impression of our wonderful City. Happy New Year!
Kathryn KayUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathryn. It has been a pleasure taking you to the West Coast and the Arataki Visitor’s Centre. Seeing the America’s Cup boat flying past us while training was “planned”.
Jeannie DaughertyUnited States
Gesa was a great tour guide. She knew we had taken another tour and made sure she took us to new places we had not seen. She was very knowledgeable and made us so comfortable. She was very flexible an as things came up changed directions so we could see as much as possible. We had a wonderful time with her. Thank you Gesa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeannie, Thanks for coming on tour with you and your kind review. It has been an absolute pleasure showing you our wonderful city.
Andrea BatistaUnited States
I had a fabulous time. Thank you, Gesa! For three days we explored Aukland and its Western and Eastern coastline. Muriwai Beach, Matamata and Hobbiton, Roturua, Te Puia GeoThermal Valley, Tawharanui Regional Park, Parry Kauri Park, Puhoi Valley for a cheese tasting and a stop at a honey center to try delicious Manuka. What an amazing country. So green and lush ... Again, thank you to the best tour guide one can hope for. -Andrea PS: Restaurant recommendation was spot on as well. Masu in Aukland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Andrea, thank you very much for your lovely words. I feel very humbled and absolutely enjoyed our three day tour with all the different experiences from the rugged West Coast on the Tasman Sea to the white sand beaches of the Pacific East Coast, the Geysers of Rotorua and Sir Peter Jackson’s Hobbiton. Trying different New Zealand foods from chocolate, oysters, honey, ice cream and cheese along the way. I hope to see you again for another walking/ food experience. Safe travels an great hiking in the South
Barbara F.United States
She was great and would use her again!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara and family, Thank you very much for you review. It has been absolute pleasure and so much fun showing you the Gloworm Caves, some Maori culture and last but not least Hobbiton. It has been a packed schedule but we managed it all which was superb! I hope you had a wonderful, productive trip and maybe one day I will see you all back here. So much more to see and experience.
Gesa was very personable and informative and showed us some of the highlights of Auckland, a very enjoyable 4hr tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Terry for the nice review. It has been a pleasure showing you and Jenny the different sides/sights of Auckland and how we live in this great city.
Hoi Lam SoHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks HoiLam for a very special time with your group of 4. Although the weather wasn’t great, we had some fun on the magnificent West Coast
Robert QuitasolUnited States
Couldn't recommend Gesa enough! She made us feel at east instantly and comfortable throughout the whole trip. She was so flexible, modified our schedule accordingly for our 3 year old daughter and gave us recommendations that fit our family perfectly avoiding crowds and tourist traps. Because of Gesa, we experienced the highlight of our time in New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rob, Ren and Ryan, what a special day with you and your always smiling daughter and her curiosity. It was so wonderful to experience the BEST OF THE WEST with all of you and it gave me great pleasure to see you enjoying the wonderful waterfalls and even having a swim. Have a great time in Sydney!
Thomas DowdUnited States
Gesa is a charming lady and competent guide. The tour featured many eye-popping vistas, gave a flavor of Aukland in a short time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Thomas and Toby for a fantastic day. It has been so much fun seeing you both enjoying New Zealand and I hope I will see you back here in 2021 for America's Cup.
Bonnie HicksUnited States
Gesa was great to work with! She was very responsive and managed a work-around when we had a later than expected disembarkation. We loved Gesa and thought her tour was wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bonnie, I absolutely enjoyed the walk with you and Jodie through the rainforest in the city and showing you all the natural sights of Auckland. Another great day out with lovely guests. Thanks for giving me the opportunity of meeting you.
Raymond RamseyUnited States
Gesa, Carol and I certainly enjoyed our time in the west Coast and the gannets and great ocean views. We enjoyed our walk down to the gannets breeding ground. Ray & Carol
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Carol and Ray. What a great day out there in nature, walking through Nikau Forest and seeing the gannets getting ready to fly off to Australia while taking in the wonderful Wild West Coast with its black volcanic beaches. Safe travels around New Zealand.
Kathleen C.United States
Gesa was fantastic. Not only professional,knowledgeable and flexible but great fun to be with! Our group of six was constantly impressed and grateful for her expertise and enthusiasm. She could not have done more to accomodate us and it was so appreciated. Kathleen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathleen, Thank you for your lovely review. I feel quite humbled. It has been an absolute pleasure to show your fun group this magnificent country and once again I quote Marc Anthony: “If you love what you do you never work a day in your life!”
Jeffrey GoldUnited States
Very knowledgeable and quite congenial. Was flexible and accommodating when weather and other conditions required us to alter plans. We had a great time with Gesa as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeffrey, Thank you very much for your nice words. It has been an absolute pleasure to show your group the “City of Sails”, the magnificent island in the Hauraki Gulf and giving you an insiight into Maori Culture and history. Safe travels back to New York and Texas.
Raymond RamseyUnited States
Gesa had great knowledge of the area, met us on time and was most accommodating with any adjustment to our itinerary. I would highly recommend Gesa for anyone needing a tour guide in Auckland.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ray and Carol, thanks so much for your nice words and booking two tours with me. It has been an absolute pleasure showing you the City of Sails after we did the West Coast a couple of days earlier. I hope you are taking a wonderful impression of Auckland, the Hauraki Gulf, the volcano Maungakiekie, some Maori Culture and the knowledge why Auckland is called the City of Sails home with you. Enjoy your cruise around Aotearoa.
Robert M.United States
We arrived AKL from U.S. the AM before. Had 3 days in AKL before launching a 4-wk campervan excursion of both islands. All a bit daunting -- until we met Gesa who warmly embraced us just outside our hotel and graciously helped us acclimate during her invaluable all-day tour. Her rapport was immediate & lasting. Her perspective deeply appreciated. Her guidance & suggestions spot on. Her flexibility tremendous. Her knowledge outstanding. Can't say enough about Tours By Locals and Gesa!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert and Naomi, thank you so much for your lovely review. It's wonderful to hear that you had a fantastic campervan experience around this beautiful country and it has been an absolute pleasure to show you the West Coast and the Highlights of the City. I am glad I could give you some suggestions about where to go and what to see. Just back from a Milford Sound and Lake Wanaka I am thinking of designing a 3 day one off special tour around this stunning area. Let me know when you are back!
Zack RiceUnited States
Loved our day in Auckland with Gesa! We had a wonderful experience visiting the west coast as well as areas surrounding the city. She was very knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly and personable! Highly recommend Gesa for a most enjoyable experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kia Ora, Zack, thank you for your very nice review. It has been a great pleasure showing your group of ten the Wild West Coast, one of the boutique breweries around the region and the City Highlights. Have a safe trip back home and filled with great memories of this beautiful country.
Elizabeth C.United States
Gesa gave us an in depth understanding of the city of Auckland. She was an excellent guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kia Ora Elizabeth, thank you so much for your very kind review. I thoroughly enjoyed showing you around the beautiful City we live in and hope you went home thinking "you might want to come again".
Carole TalanGardnerville, NV, United States
Gesa is an absolute delight. Knowledgable, friendly, excellent English and loves NZ even though this is not her native country. She was very flexible about arranging our tour to accommodate my husband's PD and limited walking. ability. We really enjoyed her and you will too. She loves what she does and it shows!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carole and Hans, Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to show you the beautiful West Coast and meeting you both. If you love what you do you never work a day in your life ( Marc Anthony) .... and that’s exactly how I felt while taking you both on tour! Thanks again and safe travels through New Zealand!
Heather WoodUnited States
Gesa was very knowledgeable and I had a great, informative afternoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Heather for your nice review. I hope you had a good start to the New Year. Warm regards from stunning Matukituki Valley, another untouched part of New Zealand
Jeff BakerUnited States
We had Gesa as our guide in Auckland. We explored the beach, caves , bird colonies and many other beautiful sites. Gesa knows the best beaches to go to because she has 2 boys have her own and loves to be outdoors. She was flexible about the schedule and told us many interesting things about the cultural differences between New Zealand and Australia as she has lived in both countries.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeff, thanks for your nice words. It has been such a fun day out with your family and friends. I loved seeing the kids enjoying themselves exploring, climbing trees and making the most of the great outdoors. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic "nature playground" on our doorstep. Great kids - loved the math tricks!
Carol BenzUnited States
Gesa was fantastic. We hiked and experienced nature, culture, the beach, and the city as well. Gesa shared so much and we not only saw the countryside and the "Wild West" coast, but we also got to see the neighborhoods on the East coast. We were on a cruise and the pick-up was smooth and easy. Good tour and very personalized.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carol, Thanks so much for the great feedback. It has been an absolute pleasure to give you an insight into the City of Sails and how we live here including my favourite walk on the West Coast. Another day with lovely guests where I felt “ if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life “.