Zack RiceUnited States
Great guide! Highly recommend Doug! He is extremely knowledgeable in local culture , history and geology. We had a wonderful experience and now have a greater appreciation and understanding of New Zealand. We feel blessed that we found him!
Janet ClarkUnited States
Doug was very patient with my family of 5 elderly couple over age 70. We had a 12 Seaters and He took great care of us, he prepared all the tickets for all the activities when we visit the Hobbiton, making sure we Take our Time , we even had a Lovely chinese lunch then visit the Te Puia geyser. He was very friendly and a scholar so my family interacts with him with his knowledge and wth great respect - we arrive back on the Majestic Princess on time. A Very memorable Trip for our family reunion. TY DOUG
John ArnoldUnited States
Doug is an extraordinary guide. His knowledge of Maori culture is amazing and first hand, given that he was raised in a Maoria school and community. Also, he is super well informed about virtually all aspects of NZ culture, ecology, government, etc. He is very bright, articulate, and has the heart of a teacher. He's the best guide I've had in some 50 years of travel.
Richard GonzmartUnited States
This was my first time using ToursByLocals....I hit the jackpot with Doug. He was informative, interesting, knowledgeable, funny....well Doug's performance was beyond my expectation. My wife and I took a ship tour today, and all I say to my wife was , "this sure is not like the tour we enjoyed with Doug". He has set the bar high, but hold hope that ToursByLocals will be the manner we use when traveling and touring in the future. Thank you Doug! Thank you ToursByLocals!
Jack ClarkUnited States
Doug met us in Tauranga and we spent the day working our way toward Hamilton where we would board NZ Rail for our trip to Wellington. Although the focus of the trip was birding, Doug's unique environmental background, and his crusade to share that expertise with college youth from around the world, provided an in depth look into New Zealand's effort to protect its beautiful and unique natural treasures. As environmental and political activists, we were truly inspired to continue our crusade in the US.
Teresa TwitchellSparks, NV, United States
Doug was fantastic and accommodated our group of 18. He was very personable and I really enjoyed the stories he shared about is beautiful country!
Bob GoldsteinUnited States
Doug was fabulous. He showed us his end of the world from his perspective, just the way we wanted it. Unbelievable guide with amazing knowledge and feel for his people, his country and his wonderful way of explaining how the indigenous people lived and have lived here for so long. Can't wait to come back.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bob Great to hear from you! Thanks so much for your feedback. If you are coming back let me know and I can look at doing more with you and your party. All the best. Doug
Bob GoldsteinUnited States
Doug was one of the best guides we ever had and we have traveled the world using private tours. His knowledge and understanding of the land and people still amazes me. I still talk about his amazing ability to put life in his small part of the world into perspective.
Stuart MarcusDade City, FLORIDA, United States
Thia was our second day with Doug. His knowledge makes traveling with him a unique and wonderful time! After exploreing the beauty of the area, the additional materials and information he provides about Hobbiton serves to enhance the experience. We strongly spending as much time as possible with Doug!
Jennifer YuUnited States
we were on the cruise a lot and every tour guide we found all meet our expectations, Doug was one of them, during the tour, he explained every interesting thing and place in detail, treat us with passion and care, we are not only remembered what we experienced but also remembers Doug as a great guy, more than 5 stars service.
Stuart MarcusDade City, FLORIDA, United States
Doug is wonderful person and guide! His knowledge and ability to understand our likes and interest was outstanding. The conversations during our time together were highly intelligent providing for a deep appreciation of New Zealand and the respect its people have for this unique land. By the end of our two days together, we felt like we had spent them with a good friend. We would highly recommended Doug to anyone!
Irene MilinUnited States
Doug was a fantastic guide. I traveled with a handicapped person and Doug accommodated her every need. Doug was very knowledgable and provided the best historical and cultural commentary. He also provided interesting information on wildlife and nature. Doug was courteous and personable. I highly recommend his services.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Irene. It was a pleasure. I am really pleased that you got to see Pohutu geyser at its splendid best. All the best to you all and for your travels. Doug
Hon-Peng LauUnited States
The guide Doug gave us a perfect tour in spite of the bad weather. The tour bus was comfortable and Doug was very effective in describing all the tour points. He provided immediate feedback to my emails and customized a flexible itinerary for us, a group of 16.
Hon-Peng LauUnited States
Doug gave us a perfect tour in spite of the bad weather. The tour bus was comfortable and Doug was very effective in describing all the tour points. He provided fast feedback to my emails and customized a interesting and flexible itinerary for us, a group of 16.
Peggy G.United States
Over the top great tour! Doug arranged a private tour of the Hobbiton movie set for us early and we had the place practically to ourselves! If you are a LOTR fan you will love this. Magical, nestled into rolling hills, and you expect to bump into Bilbo Baggins any minute. Next was the Waitomo Glow Worm caves, touristy but also awesome. Last a preserve where we saw a Kiwi bird (who thought it was night) foraging about. Also, Doug entertained and educated us on all aspects of NZ along the way. Fascinating!
Robert ArmijoOrange, CA, United States
This is the best way to see these amazing sights. We were on a cruise around New Zealand and had a choice between the cruise line's shore excursion or booking with Tours by Locals - I can't express how happy we are we went with Doug. Folks who took the shore excursion were rushed through because the bus was delayed in traffic. We hit some traffic too but Doug called ahead to rearrange the schedule so we had no problems. He's a great person, really knows the area and the sites as well as the guides do.
Carol LoveladyUnion, KENTUCKY, United States
Doug has so much knowledge to share and we really enjoyed hearing it all! Highly recommend his guiding services
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carol, I really enjoyed your group. Doug
Susan HsiUnited States
Susanne von RosenbergUnited States
This was a personalized tour, and it was simply fantastic!!! Doug is unbelievably knowledgeable about the Maori culture, NZ's environment, the geology, biology, and hydrology -- everything that I wanted to know about. I feel like I know more about and understand NZ better after my one-day tour than I could have in months of living there. Even though the tour was really in depth, it never felt rushed. We got to do everything on my must do list and a whole lot more. Doug -- I can't thank you enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susanne Thanks for your positive comments. It was great to share New Zealand issues and solutions with someone as experienced as you in dealing with environmental issues. Thanks for the opportunity. Doug
Robert G.United States
Our Ship broke down in Napier, which delayed our arrival in Tauranga, and the tour had to be shortened. The Maori Chief Ceremony was outstanding and really made the whole trip. Doug saw to it that our friend was the "Visiting Chief", and we recorded the Ceremony in it's entirety. It has been the one thing out of the entire 42 day trip that was completely memorable. If you get chance to do this trip, this a is MUST do. Doug is knowledgeable in the Maori Culture and Customs, and history of the area.
Patt BrustUnited States
Richard AndersonBonita Springs, FLORIDA, United States
Excellent tour guide. Met us promptly at the dock and then completed a long, but very informative day. Gave us choices of touring options and times involved, but then made sure we were back to the ship on time. I would recommend Doug to anyone who is looking for a sincere and knowledgeable guide for the Auckland and the surrounding areas.
Doris ChanScarborough, ON, Canada
Doug is fantastic we had a great time with him. He is flexible and knowledgeable.
Edward ClapperUnited States
Doug's tour was excellent. He was very prepared for the tour and his information about the country and area made it a very enjoyable day. He went out of his way to make it great. One of our best tours ever. Fantastic guide and fantastic tour.
We ourselves have been in the tourist industry for 50+ years and can recommend Doug without any reservations. He tailored our experiences and interests PERFECTLY. Don't visit Tauranga/Rotorua without Doug! George & Diana Shirling Sydney Australia
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you both. It was a real pleasure sharing time and our special places with people like yourselves from the tourism industry. We have so much on common as tourism providers and I was delighted to spring those little surprises on you! All the best and I hope to meet up again. Doug
Dr Susan Rae JensenUnited States
Superb guide with incredible knowledge base of this area as well as history and culture. He also kept the tour moving and got us to sites before big tours and at exact times to see as much as possible. Also made suggestions and tour flexibility with inclement weather. The Maori cultural center was fabulous and who knew that you could make kiwi fruit interesting. The only thing that we would add is that there needed to be more clarification of additional costs of admissions above basic tour cost.
Norman MorettoUnited States
Doug laid out a terrific itinerary for our group of 8. He did a good job of being able to accomodate the various interests of the members of our group. Even though it seemed like a simple tour stop, his knowledge of the Kiwi industry and the Kiwi plantation tour was fascinating. The trip to the Maori village was a treat. All in all, the day we spent with Doug was full of interesting, informative sites and very satisfying.
Rodrigo VillarrealUnited States
My family (15) traveled for two weeks, in a cruise, around New Zealand, and in every stop we did a tour, by far my family's favorite tour was the one we took in Tauranga with Doug. He made the most out of our day that started at 7:45 AM and finished at 5:00 PM, we did a walk in a forest, where we stop at a waterfall, we feed some ducks, had a private tour in Hobbiton, had an awesome picnic and went to see "Te puia" geysers. It was a very friendly tour for the toddlers and Doug was the best tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rodrigo, It was a real pleasure to share time with your family group. I very much enjoyed providing a tour that worked for you all as a family including the delightful children. It is surprising sometimes to see how simple things like feeding ducks can just add to an overall experience. I have been on the internet looking up Mexico and seeing exactly where your home area is situated. I learnt lots from you all and appreciate the time with you. All the best. Doug
Rose PalmerUnited States
Doug was wonderful, very flexible & knwlegeble. Although we didn't get the full sight seeing due to our short comings, Doug tried to give the most we can get in Auckland. He was excellent in Taranga especially the 4 in 1 day tour. Awesome. I will ask for him again.