My husband and I knew we wanted to visit the Waitomo glowworm caves and do the Legendary Blackwater Rafting tour there, but this was not offered as an excursion from our cruise ship because of the distance from port. Luckily, I found out about Taylor's Tours and emailed with Tim several months before our trip to find out if our plan was even possible. He assured me that it was completely do-able, and said that we would even have time for a side trip to a kiwifruit orchard on the way back to the ship. I'm so glad that I found out about Tim...his knowledge of the area and experience with cruise ship passengers (as well as land-based trips!) helped make our long day go off without a hitch. Before we even arrived in New Zealand, Tim made the arrangements for us for our blackwater rafting tour. He got the tour company to book us on the 10:30 am tour, but to allow space for us on the 12:00 pm tour just in case we were delayed getting off the cruise ship for some reason. Luckily, we got off the ship bright and early as soon as we docked, and Tim was there waiting for us. We hopped in the car and were off to Waitomo (about a two-hour drive). While on our way, Tim told us about the area and some of the tour groups he'd worked with in the past, answered any general New Zealand questions we'd been wondering about, and even told us to go ahead and take a little nap while he drove if we wanted to! When we got to Waitomo (in plenty of time for the 10:30 tour), he came inside with us and made sure we were all set with the tour company. He then waited in the cafe area while we did our three-hour rafting tour. After we got back and had a bite to eat for lunch, we hopped back in the car and started making our way back to Tauranga. As promised, we even had time for a quick stop (about 30-40 minutes) at a kiwifruit orchard, where Tim rode along with my husband and I on the short version of the orchard tour. We had some time to shop and sample the kiwi fruit, juice, wine, etc., then we took some photos outside and were back on our way. We arrived back to the cruise ship about 45 minutes before we needed to be back on board, so there really was plenty of time to do everything we wanted to do. It was so nice to have Tim to take us out to Waitomo and back; I felt completely confident in his ability to get us all the way out to our tour and then back to port in time because of his experience in the area with various types of groups. Thanks Tim for helping us have one of our favorite day-trips in all of New Zealand!
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March 11, 2013
As ever it is rewarding to hear back from our visitors that they have enjoyed their varied Kiwi experiences.In this case with Black Labarynth - well done to them - Skytower for Auckland viewing - and for an historical overview at Waitangi.
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