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!
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
"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!"
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!
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.
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 :)!!!
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
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.
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