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“Simply Amazing” 5 of 5 stars
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Ananda Tours
20 Seaview Rd, Waiheke Island 1240, New Zealand
09 372 7530
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Owner description: Waiheke Island is just a 35 minute boat ride from Downtown Auckland. Discover Waiheke Island’s award-winning boutique wineries and locally produced gourmet delights, while enjoying an informed commentary by one of our professional, local guides. Small groups and personalised service ensure you get the most out of your Waiheke experience. Half and full day tours available.
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“Simply Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Nigel gave me the best tour of my life. It ended up that I was the only one on the tour for the day. I have never been so well looked after or given such an informative and enjoyable tour of the island and its wineries. Ananda Tours is a family run business who have been on Waiheke Island for over 30 years. From what I have seen they have great relationships with the wineries and aim to make every trip unique. I recommend anyone that comes to Auckland to book Ananda tours for a great winery experience. I also had the chance to meet Jenny on another tour and she was just lovely.
Thanks for the experience.

Visited October 2012
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anandajenny, Owner at Ananda Tours, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Hi,
Thanks for your kind review. Nigel enjoyed being with you and its aways great to be able to tailor a tour to suit the special interests of each person.

Hope to see you again some time soon.

Cheers
Jenny
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“A very good guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Upon reaching Waiheke after a rough crossing we were met by Steve.

We were the only people he had that day and it was wonderful. The wineries he took us to were an excellent selection and suited our tastes precisely. Damage was done to the credit card but thanks to Steve we shall drink the wine at home and reflect on our day with him on the island.

As far as i am concerned this is the only guide to book for Waiheke

Visited September 2012
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anandajenny, Owner at Ananda Tours, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Hi,

Great that you have taken the time to write a review on Trip Advisor to let others know how you enjoyed your day with Steve. He is a long time local with a passion and knowledge of Waiheke and the Island's beautiful wines.
Im sure the wines you purchased will bring back many happy memories.
Thanks
Jenny
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“Burilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

My husband and I booked this tour as part of a two week trip to the North Island .My husband is not a lover of wine so we felt that this tour which involved food tasting would suit us better than one which involved visits to wineries only. We were met at the ferry by Nigel who quickly ascertained that my husband was far more interested in a tour of the island than partaking in wine tasting.He was a mine of information and managed to adjust the tour to meet both our needs.During the day my husband became quite unwell (he has a medical condition) and Nigel was brilliant .He took us immediately to a clinic and consequently for blood tests .He then arranged for us to return to Auckland on an earlier ferry. We were very grateful for the care and consideration shown to us I cannot recommend this tour more highly .If we had been in a large group it would have made this a very unpleasant experience

Visited September 2012
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anandajenny, Owner at Ananda Tours, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Hi,

Im glad Nigel was able to provide suitable care for your husband whilst he was on the Island and even better that you were both able to continue your travel together in New Zealand.
Thanks for taking the time to write on Trip advisor , as Im sure other people will be reassured by your experience.

Regards
Jenny
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Team Work Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our team had a fantastic trip with Ananda Tours. We visited three winerys and an Olive Estate. We found Steve (our guide) very informative, friendly and abliging. We would definitly recommend this company to work colleagues, family and friends. Thank you Ananda Tours for making our trip to Waiheke a memorable one.

Visited September 2012
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anandajenny, Owner at Ananda Tours, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Hi,
Thanks for organising your team to come to the Island for a fun and enjoyable day out together, and thanks for letting us and other viewers know that the day went well for you all.

Steve said he enjoyed the day with you all too.!

Regards
Jenny
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“Fantastic tour - a must-do on Waiheke”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We enjoyed a brilliant day out on Waiheke Island with Ananda Tours. Jenny met us at the ferry terminal with a big smile and the day just got better and better. Our first stop was Kennedy Point, a small boutique winery where we tasted some excellent wines, avocado oil and olive oil. Dale showed us around and gave us lots of interesting information about how a small vineyard operates. Next up was the better-known Stoneyridge Winery which has a lovely rural setting and a popular restaurant. Again we tasted several good wines and heard lots of stories from Eva.
Our final winery was Jurassic Ridge where owner Lance told us all about his award winning wines as well as the geological background of Waiheke Island while we were sampling some very different but interesting wines.
In-between stops, Jenny drove us, in a very comfortable minibus, around many of the island's scenic spots and filled us in on the local news. We had a leisurely lunch at the Mudbrick Restaurant ( see separate review) and then were taken back to catch the ferry to Auckland.
I highly recommend Ananda tours, Jenny was so friendly and very knowlegeable about the island She was also very patient in answering the dozens of questions which we asked! We felt as if we were travelling with a friend. Thanks Jenny -we will be back!

Visited September 2012
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anandajenny, Owner at Ananda Tours, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Hi,
Great to share with you some of your wedding anniversary celebrations.
I loved your passion for great wine and food.
It was a fun day for me as well.

Hope Hawaii was fun .

Cheers
Jenny
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