David SteeleReno, NV, United States
Frankly, I would award this guide zero stars if it were possible. He no showed without advanced warning, substituting another guide without notice. In fact, had I not reached out to John via text message morning of tour, I may have not connected with my ultimate guide for the day since I had no idea who to look for. I will be posting my review for the guide and tour I took on trip advisor. This is the only time I have been other than totally satisfied with my experience with tours by locals
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David I sincerely apologise for not being available to host you while you were in Wellington. Unfortunately I had to attend to a family crisis at late notice in Napier. In my absence I arranged for Kelvin, a very experienced and respected Wellington guide to take your tour. The pick up arrangements for Kelvin were the same as I would have done ie. he waited for you at the meeting point for Tour Operators with a Tours By Locals sign with your name on it. I apologise again for my absence regards John
Eliot BarnettDallas, TEXAS, United States
Great day with John. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Eliot glad you both enjoyed your day in Wellington cheers John
Steve MejeurUnited States
Our tour with John was fantastic! He was waiting for us and well prepared to take us on an adventure and teach us about the people, the land, the wine, and the culture! He had worked ahead to make arrangements at our stops so all went very smooth! He arranged for the winemaker and vineyard keeper (husband and wife team) to be our hosts for wine tasting and lunch. Very special! He shared his wealth of knowledge about the area as we traveled in and aroun
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad that your tour party had a great experience Steve & Flori. I thoroughly enjoyed the day as well cheers John
Ed FellUnited States
Our guide, John, was a delightful guy - very knowledgeable and accommodating. We very much enjoyed his company. We saw all of the sites, just as advertised. Be aware however that over fours of this tour is in the vehicle over very mountainous terrain - not for the feint at heart!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: yes agreed Ed this is the tour with the most driving and a portion of the road is quite hilly. cheers John
Linda McCormackUnited States
This tour includes a full day of driving so if you are on a limited schedule be aware. Had 7 1/2 hours and had to skip Winery due to time factor. Lake Ferry was interesting and we had the best fish and chips ever plus the wine with our meal. Spent too much time in Greytown. Did not have time to climb lighthouse steps. With the amount of driving, 3 people in the back seat of the vehicle was not very comfortable. Seemed to be rather costly compared to other tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda - sorry to hear that you were not happy with the itinerary. It is quite a long drive out of Wellington to see the seal colony and lighthouse and with the early departure of your ship unfortunately we just did not have time to visit a winery. I hope the rest of your cruise went well. cheers John
Richard WamplerUnited States
A terrific tour despite the weather. Guide was informed and informative, very patient and fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Richard and glad you enjoyed your day. cheers John
Janice W.United States
John was a friendly and well informed guide. Our coffee stop at the Chocolate Fish Cafe was special to all of us. We highly recommend him and are sure you will feel the same as we did.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you had a great time in Wellington Janice. Yes the Chocolate Fish cafe is a very popular stop. cheers John
Alan PasternakUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for your review Alan and I'm glad your group enjoyed your day in Wellington cheers John
Debra DevilleFalls Church, VA, United States
John gave us fabulous tour of the Martinborough wine region! A beautiful area with fabulous wines! And food! He was also able to add in a quick tour of Wellington and got us back to the ship exactly when we asked. Highly recommended for those who want to get a taste of another wine region in New Zealand. John was a wonderful guide with a terrific sense of humor so the day was truly wonderful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you all enjoyed the wine tour Debra. I had a great time in your company as well. cheers John
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Mel and catch you next time you are in town
Gail DureeUnited States
We were joining an OAT tour in New Zealand and arrived two days early. We asked John to take us to the north island wine country, using one "winery stop" to see Greytown - a stop for ice cream, cheese, butchery and the world's best chocolate. In addition we stopped for a view at the site of the Rimutaka marches of WWII, and at the olivo olive grove. This gave us a country side intro to NZ, a chance to meet locals, and learning experiences. oh-and an introduction to and the opportunity to taste local wine!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: glad you enjoyed your day out in our wine country Gail cheers John
Karen E.United States
John provided us with a wonderful day visiting several of the area wineries. He also was very informative about the history of the area. Thanks for sharing your day with us John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for those kind words Karen - glad you both had a great day cheers John
Barbara MandleyUnited States
Margaret (Peggy) BidondoEl Dorado Hills, CA, United States
John gave us an amazing and complete tour of Windy Wellington! It was a day full of fun, information and a delicious lunch. We highly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Chuck and glad you all enjoyed your day in Wellington.
Victor SpringerScottsdale, AZ, United States
John was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, a great communicator, prompt, and a pleasant person to be around. He included everything we did in his price, which made it very easy for us during our tour. We would strongly recommend him to everyone considering a tour in the Wellington area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for those comments Victor and glad you all enjoyed your time in Wellington cheers John
Eileen EadsRaleigh, NC, United States
Great tour with a great guide! John was very responsive to our needs, listened to what we wanted to see, and delivered on that exactly. We had a lovely drive through the NZ countryside & vineyards, a fabulous fish & chips lunch, and absolutely LOVED seeing the seals up close & personal at Cape Palliser. We also saw the Cape Palliser lighthouse and even had time for a quick drive through the Wellington CBD. Highly recommend John!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Eileen glad to hear you had a great day out cheers John
Janet ClarkUnited States
Visited the wine country and had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to hear you enjoyed your day out Janet cheers John
Glenn ParksUnited States
Wonderful!!! John was our guide/friend and did a wonderful job. He added so much to our vacation; meeting us right when we left the ship and filled our time with amazing adventures practically completing the itinerary even with the ship taking 2 hours from us. Some of the best memories of our 15 day trip are because of John's passion for New Zealand. I appreciated that his tour was all inclusive and he has under priced himself. The Chocolate Fish was fantastic. Take advantage of a grand adventure!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad you had a great time in Wellington Glenn and I thoroughly enjoyed hosting your group on the day. cheers John
Jeannein DieringerUnited States
John was excellent and we would highly recommend his services. He is very knowledgeable about the area and his experience with scheduling was spectacular. He gave us all we wanted to see in such a short time, yet we never felt hurried! His easy going attitude and humor was perfect and he gently herded us from one end of the city to the next. He created a great balance between having his presence for explanation as well as "alone time" for us to explore our own way. We will use John again-no doubt!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks for those kind words Jeannein and I'm glad you both enjoyed your day in Wellington cheers John