Absolutely the "BEST"
My wife & I were recently in New Zealand for 3 weeks (20 Dec. 2015 to 8 Jan. 2016), and did numerous private or small group (6-8 people) tours from the Bay of Islands in the North to Milford Sound in the South. The two tours we had with Mike [a private, day-long tour--"Wild Wellington"--and a small group, day-long tour--"Middle Earth"--were simply the BEST of all that we did throughout NZ. Actually, our "Wild Wellington" tour with Mike was so good and so enjoyable that we insisted that we be allowed to join his small group "Middle Earth" for the next day--it was as great as the previous day. In retrospect, I wish that we had had Mike for ALL of our tours on the trip throughout New Zealand. Our "Thanks" for making "Middle Earth" so great!
Best Guide Ever
I was very hesitant about my trip to New Zealand during Nov/Dec 2012 for The Long Expected Journey. Having a chronic illness, and two weeks before the trip having so badly blistered my feet I’d been on crutches for a month, I was rather anxious about how I was going too kept up with my fellow travelling companions on our epic quest to conquer the filming sites of Lord of the Rings and Narnia.
I need not have truly worried as much as I had—because Mike was our guide and Mike was awesome.
From the moment our group met Mike was fabulous, including everyone in on the tales and sights of New Zealand and his local knowledge to do with the films we so dearly loved and the stunning country around us.
While I could not climb mountains (Mordor defeated me so easily) with my friends, nor run around taking goofy photos, Mike was perfectly understanding of my situation and I was incredibly grateful.
During our stay in Wellington we took a trip to Weta Workshop, a place I had been so excited about. Since I could not climb my mountains, I could, at least, buy something right? Well, the place was packed and so I rushed in and out as quickly as I could—thus forgetting that I could get a free Gandalf Hat like everyone else. I must have looked overly sad about missing out on a Gandalf Hat, because just before our bus was set to leave, there Mike was presenting me with my very own Gandalf Hat. He had quickly rushed in to get me one.
I have never forgotten that special little moment—because Mike is the guide that understands what true holidays are about, sometimes they aren’t all about climbing mountains, they’re also about special moments and special things…
And I was the most grateful traveler to have a guide who understood that.
And thanks for the Gandalf Hat.
Mike was a superb guide for us for our one day in and around Wellington as we were off a cruise ship. He listened to our wants and questions and designed a perfect customized day tour. Not to be missed!
Best Guide Ever!
Last November, a small group of strangers set out on the Long Expected Journey 2012. Mike was our tour guide throughout the two weeks, and I think we can all agree we couldn't have asked for a better one! By the end of the trip, the 14 of us, including our guide, considered one another dear friends.
Every location we hit, Mike was prepared with trivia, geographical information and Middle-earth film facts. Along our sometimes long drives from location to location, he and Scotty (our bus driver) never failed to entertain us.
I'd absolutely recommend him as a guide for anyone looking to tour the beautiful country of New Zealand, because Mike isn't just a tour guide -- he presents himself as a friend to each person in his tour group!
We really enjoyed our day with Mike. He gave us a custom tour of things we were interested in seeing and learning more about while in and around Wellington. He exceeded our expectations! His trip is a must!!
Great 3 day road trip to queenstown/southislands/lake tekapo and milford sound
Mike was referred by a friend /classmate who also used him when she went to CChurch.He is a very friendly,accomadating person and looks after welfare of his guests in order to enjoy and maximize the 3 days We booked with him.I totally relied on his skills and trusted hm.
We even did the stargazing on a clear sky..luckily though and he is very patient chancing upon it
My wife and I took two half day tours of Lord of the Rings locations in and around Queenstown in 2009 (we are from San Diego, California), and Mike was our tour guide for both half days. He did a spectacular job, both in his knowledge of the locations and the scenery, but also by not ditching us in a couple of rivers...Excellent driving skills! The trip was our honeymoon, and this was one of the most memorable days of our entire three week trip, and THAT is saying something! Mike, thanks again for the great memories, we cherish them! We will be back someday, and he will be one of the first contacts we make. So, bottom line, take a tour with Mike, you won't be disappointed!
Friendly and Informative
Mike was a great tour guide. Very informative and friendly. He really knew what he was talking about and you could tell he cared about all the places he showed his guests. He even threw in extra tidbits of information about the places from his own personal experiences. He was always upbeat and very interesting. Highly recommended as a guide. He knows his stuff. When we go back again, we will surely book him as our guide again. Fantastic!
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