Michael GaneyRaleigh, NC, United States
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 BurkhartUnited States
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 SchwabUnited States
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 WeeklyUnited States
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 HebbelUnited States
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 FridsteinUnited States
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 StoneUnited States
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 CoulsonEdwards, CO, United States
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 BoorsmaUnited States
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
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 LazarusUnited States
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 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 S.United 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 G.United 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 LevasseurWestlake Village, CALIFORNIA, United 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