Like old friends
Coming off a two month Australian camper-van trip I was having trouble planning a trip to New Zealand with the time and money I had left, so I decided I would email Mike to get some advice. What started as me hoping to get a little guidance soon turned into amazement with how quick Mike turned a few answers to some simple questions into a full trip itinerary. It didn't take me long to decide to utilize his itinerary and also ask him to be my guide for the north island.
He never felt like just a guide, but more like an old friend with whom I reconnected with and was now showing me around. The first full day left me wondering how he could possibly match the excitement and epicness with the remaining days. Luckily each and every day was as good or better than the last. He was also able to recommend and book my tours for the south island after flying out of Wellington.
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!
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!
Simply the best!!
Mike was our main guide on the Long Expected Journey Nov/Dec 2012. From the first meeting in Auckland he was welcoming and friendly, really enthusiastic about showing us all the wonderful sights in New Zealand.
Our tour was a Lord of the Rings/Narnia film location tour, so with his trusty IPAD and brilliant guiding skills he made even the simplest location come alive!
Both he and Scotty (our bus driver) made even the longest drive interesting, with many a local tale, film quotes and even a Tolkien quiz or two 🙂
Mike was great, including every member of the group, making sure no one got left out and by a week into the tour felt like a member of our geeky group and by the end I think we all considered him a friend.
I would recommend Mike the Guide to anyone visiting NZ, I am planning to head back to New Zealand in the future (hopefully soon) for a another road trip and will be including Mike somewhere in the planning or as a guide.
Thanks Mike.... BEST Tour guide EVER
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!
if you want to spend time with good companion in extraordinary landscape. This is it.
15 days. It was a little like unexpected journey. Every day was different but as good as day before. It was really hard to went out. Mike was in the mood for doing jokes on the hour in every hour. Fortunately that we slept separately. After first 2 days we felt ourselves as we know each other ten years or even more.
Thanks a lot Mike
and hope to meet again
as soon as possible
My day spent with Mike was a wonderful experience and by the end of the day I felt as if we were, and will be, lifelong friends. Mike's enthusiasm and dedication to making sure your tour was a personal experience was beyond compare. Mike's sense of humor and expertise with various cameras was a great benefit as well! I only wish we would have had more time to spend with Mike and experienced even more of the wonderful sites and tales! I cannot recommend Mike's services highly enough. I will definitely be utilizing Mike's services again with our next trip to New Zealand!
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