Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Napier-New-Zealand by Tour Guide John L. (Guide #8362)


Michael Ganey

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Highlights (4 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 23/20

John was a terrific representative of Napier. Knowledgeable, confident, professional and focused. He helped us understand the people, geography, and Art Deco style that makes Napier such a popular vacation spot. When he said it is like no other place on earth, we agreed 100%. If we ever return here, John will be our choice for Napier Part II.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael for your kind words. It was a delight to be your TBL host in Napier for such a fun group. Enjoy the rest of your cruise. Kind regards, John

Diane Burkhart

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Highlights (4 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Nov 29/19

Three friends and I caught up with John as we exited the shuttle bus that is required to exit the port in Napier. We all enjoyed the Art Deco theme that this town established after it was destroyed by a storm. John knew all the stories and all the characters in town. He took us to the high point for the view and outside of town to a local winery. He helped us accomplish a couple of personal goals and and showed us the best of Napier with good humor and enthusiasm. We enjoyed John's leadership and company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diane for your kind review. Great that you enjoyed your visit to Napier, Hawke's Bay..it was a delight to be your TBL host for the day....and thank you for the lovely bracelet for my wife...a reminder of Mardi Gras and Fun times...kind regards John

Arthur Schwab

United States
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Private Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Apr 15/19

Pleasant and gracious tour guide who knows Napier quite well.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Arthur. Was my pleasure to host you. Kind Regards John

David Weekly

United States
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Tour: #147813, Bespoke Wine Country Private Tour (6 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 4/19

John is very knowledgeable and flexible as a guide. Our group of 6 (3 couples) had a great day with John.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David, pleased you all enjoyed your time in Hawke's Bay. Best Wishes John

Janet Hebbel

United States
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Environs Shore Excursion, Including Winery Lunch (6 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 15/19

John was a personable, knowledgeable, and terrific guide. He took us through Napier City and the surrounding area. We saw panoramic views from the hills. John arranged for us to have tea at Birdwoods outside in the gardens. We ate homemade scones. We toured a sculpture garden. Also we went to Craggy Range winery for a tasting. We ate at Mission in the gardens. Basically we chose what we wanted to do from John' s itinary.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Janet, Thank you for the kind comments ... glad they enjoyed the scones! Regards John

Gail Fridstein

United States
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Hawke's Bay Bespoke Tour (6 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 30/19

John was so nice and friendly. He really knows the area quite well, and was able to "go with the flow" when we decided to make a change. We truly enjoyed our day in Hawkes Bay.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gail, Thank you for your feedback. It was my pleasure to host you and pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Kind Regards John

Cynthia Stone

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Highlights (4 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 26/19

John was fantastic, a perfect advertisement for New Zealand and for Napier. He was on time with a super comfortable van and showed us wonderful scenes in and around Napier plus visiting several wineries, one for a tasting sequence. Information was timely without being intrusive and we all thoroughly enjoyed our outing with John. Kudos!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cynthia, It was my pleasure to host you and so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Kind Regards John

Philip Coulson

Edwards, CO, United States
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Environs Bespoke Tour (6 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 17/19

John set up the perfect day for us - loved not only seeing the area - BUT - spending time with John! A real gentleman and knows the area well - a true professional!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Philip, It was my pleasure to host you and so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Kind Regards John

Pam Boorsma

United States
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Tour: #88247, Napier City Shore Excursion - Cruise Passenger Special (4 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Nov 24/18

We toured Napier with John, and he could not have been a better host. Touring with John felt like touring with a family member. He is so friendly and knows so much about the Napier area. We never felt rushed, yet he ensured we were back on time. I would highly recommend that you find John and let him show you around town!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Pam, It was my pleasure to be your Tours by Locals host for the day. Best Wishes John

Nancy B.

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Highlights (4 Hour Private Tour), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Oct 18/18

John led an incredible tour of Napier, enhanced by his intimate knowledge of the area. His adaptability was much appreciated as he modified the tour to skip the shopping we disliked. His awareness of the best look out spots from Napier Hill , the newest additions (Maori monument explaining their ability to navigate by the stars), the perfect vineyard for wine tasting and lunch (Mission Estate), the sweeping Hawkes Bay journey from Kidnappers Point to the busy inner harbor was delightful. A great guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy and Walter for the kind review of your Napier City Highlights Tour. It was a pleasure to be your TBL host whilst your were in Hawke's Bay New Zealand. Kind regards, John

Steven Lazarus

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Shore Excursion - Morning Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: May 17/18

John is an outstanding tour guide. We will be going back to Napier in 2020 and hope to use him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the kind review of your Napier City Shore Excursion Tour. It was a pleasure to be your TBL host whilst your were in Hawke's Bay New Zealand. Hope to see you again in 2020. Kind Regards, John

Cliff Groom

United Kingdom
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Environs Shore Excursion, Including Winery Lunch (5 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: May 17/18

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
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Private Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 17/18

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 Adams

United States
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 15/18

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 Stanford

United States
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Environs Shore Excursion, Including Winery Lunch (5 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

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 Doudna

United States
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Tour: #88247, Napier City Shore Excursion - Afternoon Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 30/18

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 Brannon

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Shore Excursion - Morning Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Dec 28/17

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 Halpern

United States
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Private Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Dec 8/17

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 S.

United States
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Environs Shore Excursion, Including Winery Lunch (5 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Dec 3/17

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 Baroni

United States
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Tour: #76667, Napier City and Environs Shore Excursion, Including Winery Lunch (5 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Apr 21/17

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 Caillier

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Shore Excursion - Morning Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Mar 24/17

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 Yu

United States
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 24/17

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 G.

United States
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Tour: #88247, Napier City Shore Excursion - Afternoon Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 11/17

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 Shelmon

United States
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Jan 14/17

One of our best days this entire trip! John is such a gentleman and was so accommodating. Thank you!

Barbara Levasseur

Westlake Village, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Dec 15/16

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 Wilson

United States
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Tour: #88247, Napier City Shore Excursion - Afternoon Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Nov 19/16

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 Osborn

United States
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Tour: Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Tour Incl Winery Lunch (5 Hrs), Napier, New Zealand
Date: Oct 24/16

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
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Tour: #147813, Napier Art Deco and Wine Country Tour (4 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: May 17/16

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 Zlotow

United States
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Tour: #76666, Napier City Shore Excursion - Morning Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 11/16

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 Bevan

United States
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Tour: #88247, Napier City Shore Excursion - Afternoon Tour (3 Hours), Napier, New Zealand    view tour
Date: Feb 3/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ursula for your generous rating of your tour here in Napier New Zealand. Kind regards, John


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