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Wicked Wanders

30 reviews
Tauranga, New Zealand
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About Wicked Wanders
WICKED A New Zealand colloquialism meaning Amazing, Fantastic or Astonishing. Established in 2015 WICKED Wanders is a boutique tour operator specialising in providing personalised history and tasting tours of the greater Tauranga area. Our tours give you the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of our backyard. To do this we work with other like-minded people who have a passion for what New Zealand, its people and culture have to offer. Come with us and we will take you on a journey where you will discover stunning scenery, waterfalls, mud pools, geysers, Maori culture, historical sites, beautiful lakes and an insight into our primary industries. We look forward to seeing you on board.
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It can be tough to explore the Bay of Plenty from a cruise ship; this half-day scenic tour takes away some of the difficulty. Drive around Pilot Bay and take in grand views of Tauranga Harbour, Matakana Island and the extinct volcano Mauao, a significant site to local Māori. Enjoy the sights at Mount Maunganui’s popular Main Beach, then drive inland to Paengaroa and visit Comvita, a world-famous honey producer.
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Reviewed May 9, 2019

On a recent New Zealand cruise we visited a number of ports. Tauranga is a stunning place and our memories will be all the more special because of this excellent shore excursion. Carol from Wicked Wanders was there to meet us when we disembarked with...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2019

Hello Suzieauzzie, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a fabulous review, your kind words are appreciated. I throughly enjoy showing visitors to our shores around the stunning place I get to call home. We do live in a pretty unique place...More

Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

We were on a cruise ship and wanted a low key tour that didn't go too far or for too long. Wicked wanders tours was the perfect choice. Carol was prompt, professional, and pleasant. Her pride of her lovely hometown was evident in the great...More

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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2019

Hello Nancy, thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is greatly appreciated. I really enjoyed having you on board and having the opportunity to show you around Tauranga. As mentioned I love doing what I do and showing people where I...More

Reviewed March 24, 2019

When cruising it is easy to book excursions directly from the ship. We have found these can be very expensive and very impersonal. You have 50 on the coach and time taken to get on and off can be wasteful. On our recent trip to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2019

Hello Barbara, how nice of you to put pen to paper and write a lovely review. The points you make are what makes my tour a little bit special as with a small group we have the opportunity to make things a little bit more...More

Reviewed March 18, 2019

Carol from Wicked Wanda Tours was waiting for us as stated just outside the gates to the port. She gave us a cheerful welcome and said as soon as we had everybody we would be on our way. Once every body arrived we set of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2019

Hello Silent 1, thank you for your very kind words, as always they are appreciated and I also thank you for taking the time to write them. I am so glad you enjoyed your time spent with me showing you around the sights of Tauranga...More

Reviewed February 13, 2019

Very worthwhile tour for cruise passengers. Carol is very informative and friendly. Had a lovely time and still had time for a walk round.More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

Hello Brian, thank you for taking the time to put pen to paper and write a great review. Your words are appreciated. I did warn you that I talk a lot, (haha) there is so much interesting information to share with our visitors and I...More

Reviewed February 6, 2019

The tour was reasonably priced and went all round Tauranga but didnt stop enough for photo moments next time we would walk off port and explore the town ourselves but was ok for the price I guess.More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2019

Hi Diane, thank you for your feedback, it is important to us and we value your thoughts on how we can improve on our customer experience and expectations. The tour is designed so that our passengers can get back to port in time to explore...More

Reviewed February 3, 2019

Having booked a small group tour of Tauranga on-line were we really didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised when Carol took us on a relaxing and very informative highlights tour. Carol is passionate and professional and we were so glad we didn't...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2019

Hi Fiona and Garry, thank you so much for your kind words, they are really appreciated. I am thrilled you enjoyed your time taking in the sights of our beautiful city Tauranga when you visited in January. It is always exciting meeting new people and...More

Reviewed January 28, 2019

Great city tour with a visit to a honey farm, kiwi farm with great tasting kiwi ice cream and a avocado farm.More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2019

Hi Walt G, thankyou for taking the time to put pen to paper and write a review, it is appreciated. I am so glad you enjoyed the Tauranga Scenic Sites and Bites Tour. It is a great tour that takes in a little bit of...More

Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

We spent one of the best, most informative tours in the Bay of Plenty on a morning bus tour with our wonderful guide/driver M/s Carol Ralph. Carol shared her great sense of humour and vast knowledge of her area. We felt that we had known...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2019

Hi Peter Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Your kind words are appreciated and I am so glad you enjoyed your time here in Tauranga. Manaakitanga (kind, respectful, welcoming inclusive) is at the heart of hospitality and Kiwis pride...More

Reviewed December 14, 2018

We arrived on a cruise ship at Tauranga on a VERY wet and windy day Nov 30 2018 - an unusual weather day we were told. During that miserable weather, we ran into Carol of WickedWanders just outside the ships docking area and it was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2018

Hi Doug Wow thank you so much for your very through review it is very humbling to know that you have taken so much time to put your thoughts onto paper as I know you are a very busy man. The pleasure was all mine...More

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