Cliff GroomUnited Kingdom
A great time. Weather and views fantastic Very knowledgeable guide for the area. Looking forward to visiting the area again one day. Cliff Groom. UK
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cliff, Thank you for the feedback, we had such a fun day. I thoroughly enjoyed showing Hawke's Bay and sharing my favorite spots with you all. Hope the rest of your trip goes well and if you ever do make it back to the Hawke's Bay I'd love to catch up. Best Wishes Chris
Nancy L.United States
We had a great time with John. He met all our requests. He was very informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nancy...it was a pleasure to show you our place.. enjoy the remainder of the cruise
Nancy AdamsUnited States
John was willing to taylor this tour to our preferences. We enjoyed our time with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your kind words...I enjoyed being your TBL guide for your day in Napier, Hawke’s Bay!
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
There are not enough superlatives to describe our tour with John! Exploring Napier with John quickly placed Napier on my list of "where do I want to live if I ever move to New Zealand?" I can't think of a better way to get a spectacular overview of the Art Deco heritage, the wine growing region, and unique art. We bought a sculpture at a local gallery and are enjoying reminiscing about our wonderful New Zealand trip every time we look at it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Marjorie It's was my pleasure to show you around Hawke's Bay. Glad the sculpture arrived safely. Best Wishes John
Dale DoudnaUnited States
John provide us with a great introduction to the Napier region. The cruise ship shuttled us to a point in the city where we met up with John. He showed us sights in the City and rural areas near the City. My wife had a need to find a yarn shop. John was able to find the shop and was flexible in adjusting the schedule of the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dale for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to show you all our beautiful city and it was great that we could locate the yarn shop.
William BrannonUnited States
Four of us were on John's tour of Napier,New Zealand. It was our best tour of our cruise! John was very informative and his Mercedes van was Uber comfortable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bill for your kind words. It was a delight to be your TBL host for your day in Napier, New Zealand.
Edward HalpernUnited States
Great day with John. He is the ultimate professional. You will consider yourself very lucky when you get to take his tour. No need to look further.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fantastic compliment Ed.. really enjoyed meeting you all..practising the straight face story telling. Kind regards, John
Geoffrey StraussUnited States
John makes a great tour guide because he loves his country and is proud to show it off. His tour included a drive around Napier, a tour of the countryside and stops at a sculpture garden (a must see) and craft store where we saw a demonstration of how the flax plant is used to make clothing and other decorations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Geoffrey for your constructive comments. Yes with so many highlights over a large area it can be a bit tight for time at each stop. I agree that Birdwoods is a must and I will check more closely with future clients on tour priorities to ensure they are met. Kind regards, John
Barbara BaroniUnited States
Best we experienced Napier and hawkes bay better than anyone on our cruise. John has a most marvelous style and sense of humor. We asked if we could add some guests with us he accommodated everyone. My husband is s all rundown on history land surface economy and overaid she had never had such great clients. all living in New Zealand. He is well recWe drove John crazy with questions. He gave us s totconfirmed shopper John stopped everywhere for him we made the day for the owner of Sweet Bay chocolates she
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara, Thanks for your very kind feedback..we did have a fun day and you are right about the lady at Silky Oak chocolates who is still recovering from Bob large purchase of chocolate. Great to be able to show you our beautiful Art Deco City and have such fun as well! Kind regards, John
Karen CaillierUnited States
This is a great little town with a beautiful setting. I recommend taking the time to see it. John does a great job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen..it was fun to show you all our wonderful Art Deco City Kind regards, John
Jennifer YuUnited States
when we search a tour guide for our cruise port of call in napier NZ, we found John who guided us for a leisure tour in napier, for the time we with him, he was a such great guy, fun to be with, has great knowledge of his city and proud of what he 's doing, all of us had a great time and memory of this experience, recommend him for your future guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jennifer for your kind remarks. It was a fun day with your group and I'm glad you enjoyed our beautiful Art Deco City of Napier. Best regards, John L.
Peggy GerlockUnited States
If you are arriving Napier by cruise ship this would probably be a great tour. It just was not right for us because we were driving around NZ and being driven sight seeing in a van (though comfy) was not a good choice. With only one day in Napier we decided to just walk around and look at the Art Deco architecture. The tour would have gone on to a chocolate factory and winery, which sounded fun! But we just needed to get out and walk.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peggy, Appreciate your comments. The tour you booked had a clear itinerary However if you had advised your preferences I would have happily Customised the tour to have included a guided Art Deco walk or the Like. I hope you enjoyed our beautiful City and your travels through New Zealand. Best regards, John
Nancy ShelmonUnited States
One of our best days this entire trip! John is such a gentleman and was so accommodating. Thank you!
Barbara LevasseurUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara for your thumbs up.. Glad you enjoyed your day In Napier NZ.. Have a great Xmas and a Happy New Year! Kind regards, John
Steven WilsonUnited States
An excellent experience. He did show us to areas we would not have visited otherwise, including Te Mata peak, and the Birdwoods sculpture garden. He was very friendly and a great driver around the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Steven for your kind remarks. Glad you and Yasmine Enjoyed your stay in Hawke's Bay!
Donna OsbornUnited States
John provided a personalized tour through the Hawkes Bay area, including visits to Maori art shops, a chocolate factory, the top of Te Mata, and the beaches. The best tour in our 2 weeks in New Zealand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Donna & Mark, Very kind comment..great to have wonderful feedback and thanks For the best wishes for the new grandson. All the best with the rest Of your travels..kind regards, John
Barry G.United States
We had arranged for a 4 hour tour with John of Napier and the area. He not only tailored it to our interests but was with us for over 5 hours. We had a great day with him and loved the places he took us. It was too much to see and explore in one day and we are looking forward to being able to return and use John as a tour guide again. He was wonderful!
Mary Ann ZlotowUnited States
John did everything he could to meet our needs on the tour. We saw a lot of the city and its environs and appreciated his kindness. I brought 5 others with me on this tour and they were very satisfied. Thank you, John.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind remarks. It was a pleasure to host your group. John
Ursula BevanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ursula for your generous rating of your tour here in Napier New Zealand. Kind regards, John
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
Kimberley RawlingsDickson, 2602, Australia
A superb tour, not to be missed. John is the perfect guide to Napier and showed us places that we never knew existed. We absolutely recommend this tour and guide to everybody.
Ronald HaxtonUnited States
A tour that could not have been better. Great guide, good driver, and very knowledgeable about his area. He even took us to Black Barn Vineyard in the Hawks Bay area. The wine was fantastic, we have never found better. Plan to get more as soon as we can. Can you send John's email address so we can thank him again? Ronald and Betty Haxton
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ron & Betty...Just read your very kind review! Much appreciated and it is great to know you were so happy with the tour. I really enjoy hosting our visitors to the beautiful Hawke's Bay and to get feedback such as yours is fantastic. Kind regards, John
John DoanUnited States
My diverse group of ten from Florida, California, Minneapolis and Montreal had a great time on this trip with John. John's knowledge of the local and history is first class. We saw everything around Napier, Art Deco houses and good chosen lookouts. We had such a great time on this one day trip with John. We highly recommend him to everyone. Thank you John.
James CopelandBoulder, CO, United States
Having used your company previously, John was as fine a guide as I have ever had. Friendly, helpful, gracious with his time, he was wonderful. Five stars is not enough. James Copeland
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: James, Your comments are very generous and warmly received. It was a delight to be your host and to show you all our beautiful city and environs. Kind regards, John
Highly recommended of the four tours we did with ToursbyLocals..John was highly organised with water, umbrellas and wore a microphone so that people sitting in the back of his very comfortable Mercedes Viano could hear every word of his commentary.Travelling by ship you are unable to take water off with you so by the time you catch the shuttle bus to the iCentre where we met John we were thirsty. We were told the history of Napier and then did a tour taking in lots of the local area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Norma for the kind words....much appreciated! Best regards, John
David WinklerShreveport, LA, United States
John was able to accommodate our limited schedule. He was very personable and knowledgeable.I would definitely call on him again..
Claire HiscoxUnited States
We were thrilled with our wonderful tour guide in Napier. John was most personable & professional. Our tour included many special views & quaint secret spots that big tour buses are unable to include. He was helpful and asked if there were any stops we would like to add. We decided to leave it to the professional, very pleased that we did! How can you not help fall in love with Napier, seeing the sights through the eyes of a local who is proud of his homeland & enjoys showing others this delightful city.