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Kiwi Coastal Private Tours

410 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand
+64 27 252 0099
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Ranked #1 of 45 activities in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Kiwi Coastal Tours. An Authentic Maori Cultural Experience. A trip with Gary and Kiwi Coastal Tours will not disappoint, from the start to the end you... more » Owner description: Kiwi Coastal Tours. An Authentic Maori Cultural Experience. A trip with Gary and Kiwi Coastal Tours will not disappoint, from the start to the end you will be wanting more. An informal Maori mihi or greeting starts your experience, be prepared for a relaxing no rush journey around Wellington city, around the coast and along secluded beaches, take in the awesome scenic panoramas of Raukawa (Cook strait) and on a fine day views of the south island of New Zealand.Learn about the maori way of life pre-European to the present day,hear about the legends of the land and the way Maori used what nature provide for sustenance and as medicines.Safe off road sojourns are a special delight you will get to visit areas that even the locals rarely get to view, there is so much on offer with Gary and Kiwi Coastal Tours so bring a camera and a smile and Gary will throw in a cuppa tea or coffee at our designated rest area with toilet facilities and an awesome view. Be prepared for an enjoyable three (3) hours. Did I mention the wild animals ? I have a reliable vehicle that transports 5 (five) persons comfortably or 6 (six) at a push. I am a one man operation so you get me and only me. Looking forward to having you share this experience with me. Regards GARY KIEL « less
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Los Angeles
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My girlfriend and I had Gary for a tour when our cruise ship stopped in Wellington. Gary was right on time picking us up at the dock. He has a very hardy 4 wheel drive vehicle which was needed for the areas he took us to. Off the beaten path where you could hear the silence. Gary gives you insight... More

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Kia ora And thank you for your review of our day together, I am so glad that you both enjoyed your time with me. I get great pleasure whether with a large group or a just a couple as my day with you both was and always nice to know that people appreciate my little corner of the world and... More

Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I had the great pleasure of a solo tour with Gary. His willingness to share knowledge with sincerity was key to the value of this experience. I was seeking information on natural and cultural history - the delivery was personal, with depth. Gary made the most of what Wellington can offer within a rugged drive of the city. His access... More

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Kia ora Verena Thank you for your review of our day together. I enjoyed your company immensely, watching you explore the tidal pools along the shoreline and your willingness to share your knowledge showed me that you are extremely passionate about nature and the environs. I learnt so much from our short time together and I hope that you also... More

Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Gary Kiel is an excellent guide with his Maori blood he is full of information on the Maori people. His tour climbs into the hills over the city of Wellington. Wellington is the windy city and do hold on to your hat. We could not get out of the car at one of the stops due to the wind. We... More

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Kia ora And thank for your review of my tour, I try to impart a little of my maori history and culture for my visitors. The scenery speaks for itself and its nice when the weather behaves and the animals are friendly. Stopping at the Bach café is a highlight for my visitors to get a taste of kiwi food... More

Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Recently, six of us from Orlando took an all day tour with Gary. He was one of the best tour guides we have ever had. He introduced us to the Maori culture which was quite unique. Most specifically though, he took us on an off-road excursion to private land where no tour busses and few tourists go. There, we saw... More

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Garykiel123, Owner at Kiwi Coastal Private Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora and thank you for your great review. It is always a pleasure to show of the sights and scenery of the south coast and when the weather is right Wellington is a wonderful place to be. I enjoy the ride as much as my guests and to include my Maori culture and history of the area is paramount... More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Due to a major storm our cruise ship had to remain an extra day in Wellington. This gave us the opportunity to book Gary, as we had heard rave reviews about him during our first day in port. We are pleased to say that Gary lived up to and exceeded these reviews. In addition to receiving Gary's brief but meaningful... More

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Kia ora And thank you for your wonderful review of our day together. The views and scenery are spectacular and to be able to share with my manuhiri (guests) is especially rewarding for me. Our journey that day was enhanced by the weather conditions and are an example of power and beauty of the rugged south coast. Tangaroa (The Maori... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I had a great tour with Gary in Wellington!! I learned a lot about the area and about Maori culture. It was great learning things I would not have learned and going places I would not have gone on a larger tour. Afterwards Gary took me to his wifes great cafe on the shore for coffee and pastries. I had... More

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Kia ora e hoa. Thank you for the great review of your day in the hills, I know you got some great pics of your trip with me and I thoroughly enjoyed your company. Time is not a factor when I am entertaining my manuhiri (guests) I really focus on giving them the best of what I the land and... More

Qingdao, China
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We are happy we booked this tour with Gary. We've learned a lot about Maori culture, traditions, language. Gary showed us some local flora and how Maori used it for medicinal purposes, have seen spectacular views from the points hard to reach by bus, also fed red deer and saw wild boar,ostrich, and seal. It was a windy day, but... More

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Kia ora and thank you for your review of my tour. It is really nice when people appreciate the time spent in the hills around the south coast with me. I try to have a little bit of everything of interest in the short space of time with you. The scenery speaks for itself and the weather can change quite... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We did a private tour with Gary at the end of January. Gary met us at the pier where our ship docked. The trip was beautiful, thrilling and scary at times. Gary took us up the mountain on private roads to the highest point in Wellington. When I say "roads," they were more like gravel paths looping up and around... More

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Kia ora Korua Thank you for the great review of our day together, I am so glad that you enjoyed the thrills of off road driving which allows me to take my manuhiri (guests) to places that are unique to my tour and rarely seen sights not visited by other tour groups. Maori custom dictates that my Manuhiri are safe... More

Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My wite and I toured with Gary last month…what a nice custom tour thru the back country of Wellington…..big tour busses could not go where Gary took us, and he being of Maori ancestors was able to give us a great history of Wellington and its people…..and then lunch at his restaurant, served by his wife was wonderful…would highly recommend... More

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Garykiel123, Owner at Kiwi Coastal Private Tours, responded to this review

Nga mihi kia korua Thanks for the wonderful review I am so glad that you both enjoyed the day. There is a hidden gem in the hills around Wellington and showing this gem to people from all over the world is an amazing experience for me as well as my manuhiri (guests). I hope that you have returned home safe... More

Jackson, Mississippi
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

My friend and I decided to take Gary's tour and we are so happy we did. He's a friendly, knowledgeable and funny guy. We were able to get up close to the wildlife and learn a lot about Maori culture and history. I highly recommend Gary's tour!

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Kia ora And thank you for your review of my tour and the day we spent together. Showing off the south coast and letting people learn a little about maori history, culture and language`is what I have found to be most enjoyable for them add a little bit of humour for good measure and a great day is assured. Thanks... More

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