Roger was a knowledgeable and humorous guide and an excellent driver. He went out of his way to meet the sightseeing priorities of all guests. Eight of the 10 guests were from our ship berthed in Tauranga. Unfortunately, and unknown to Roger, the remaining 2 were actually staying in Rotorua, which meant a lot of back-tracking which meant our tour took about 2 hours longer than planned. Credit to Roger, he was determined that the couple in Rotorua missed nothing. If you are on a cruise ship, we think Roger offers a personalised small group tour at a far better price than the much larger group shore excursions available on-board.
The day was certainly a full one. Our driver, Ross, was very competent, and was able to answer almost every question asked of him. He first took us to a kiwi orchard and explained the growing process. Amazing to see so many of them on the vines. We also were able to taste both kinds, the green as well as the yellow. We then stopped to see a beautiful waterfall Okere Falls, then on to several beautiful lakes. We also visited a Mauri village, and watched several people practicing their ritual dances. Next was a park w/Rachel Springs and others - smoking and bubbling their Sulphur gases. And at the end, we drove to the top of a small mountain to capture the view of Tauranga. A great day, very professional handled!
Our tour guide, Mark from Arrow Tours was OUTSTANDING!!!!
He was fun to be with, very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable about the areas we toured.
We had an amazing tour of the mountain, local tribe, geysers, waterfall, kiwi farm and enjoyed the spectacular views along our drive.
We can't wait to go back!
Steve and Barbie Kram
had a fantastic day! our driver tour operator was friendly, efficient, knowlegable and went out of his way by returning to the geysers so we could see them erupting properly - fantastic photo opportunity.That was the main thing we wanted to see on this tour We were picked up at Tauranga Port as planned on time. We did have to wait a while for a few stragglers who took their time getting off our cruise ship, but this was not the companies fault. It was the highlight tour of our trip to New Zealand and would highly recommend this company,
The tour guide Roger was excellent and took many opportunities to stop and share his local knowledge of the area. Is a must for all travellers visiting the area and is well worth paying the extra 25 per person for the Maori Cultural Experience, which was one of the highlights of our cruise holiday.
Excellent local guide. Superb experience. Real New Zealand. Got the chance to also visit the Maori settlement - authentic and a once in a lifetime experience. From seeing kiwi fruit production to waterfalls, mud baths and redwood forest all marvellous.
Much more cost effective than cruise tours on offer.
Fantastic tour very informative guide Roger a local was full of knowledge and great sense of humour nothing was to much trouble for him,even cleaning the windows after rain so we could see ..being in a very neat and tidy mini van had the advantage of being able to get where others couldnt,would highly recommend to any one