Exceptional

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!

B Small & S Murray

Fulfilling my Dream

I have just returned from spending an amazing week with Mike, in which he drove me from Wellington to Auckland, around the eastern coastline as I had requested.
I had an absolutely unforgettable time, I saw things I have only dreamed of, and done things I never expected. Mike did all I asked and all he had promised and more, and took great care of (not so young) me in the process.
I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him and his services to anyone at all.

Gill Leivers

What a day!

We only had two days in Wellington, so booked Mike for one of them, sight unseen. It was one of the very best days of our 2.5 week vacation in AUS and NZ. He is fun, knowledgeable, has lots of great tidbits of information, knows all of New Zealand, is organized, picks up intuitively on his guests needs/preferences....I could go on and on. We asked to book him for the next day, but alas, he was in high demand. When we come back to New Zealand, he will be our first contact.

Margaret Michael

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.
Thanks Mike!
And thanks for the Gandalf Hat.

Kylie Leane

A wonderful day!

My husband and I were on a cruise around New Zealand. We booked Mike for our day in Wellington.We had a wonderful time! From the cable car, botanic gardens and more Mike was a personable, knowledgeable and overall charming guide. He picked a perfect lunch spot we would have never found on our own. He was a pleasure to spend the day with. We left feeling as though we were treated like family. We would emphatically recommend booking with Mike :)!!!

Dorothy Blyth

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!

Robert W. Strong

"Mike's Beer|Geek Wellington Day Tour was absolutely fantastic in getting to know all the geeky and hip parts of Wellington, including the hidden gems. Mike is a very capable and friendly guide and also has great taste in beers. He even has his own epic nerd stories to share along the way! If you're headed to New Zealand and are a nerd or geek, would totally recommend you check this tour out!"

J Fisher

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.

Brian Hand

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