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.
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 :)!!!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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