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.
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 :)!!!
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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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