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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!!
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