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Tauranga tour (Rotorua)

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Tauranga tour (Rotorua)

I recently arranged for a tour of Tauranga, Rotorua and environs for my parents (active seniors) as one of their port of call treats while on a cruise. My mother is vision impaired and would not have benefited as much from a large organised group tour, so we were after something more ‘one-on-one’ and personal. Using TripAdvisor and the advice of knowledgeable locals, I was recommended to try ‘Indigenous Trails’. These people specialise in a number of different styles of tours in a wide area of New Zealand (not just Tauranga). When I contacted Des Harris, he couldn’t be more helpful, welcoming or friendly. He and his staff gave my parents a most memorable day that they will cherish.

They were met at the wharf by their guide, Mere, whose knowledge of the area, it’s history and it’s people was vast, and always shared in an entertaining and informative way. They visited a Kiwi fruit farm, Rotorua, and a Maori village at the hot springs. They also visited a particularly beautiful hidden valley family trust garden, Gideon’s Fields, (which was magnificent!) where they were welcomed by a Maori chief who gave them a traditional Maori blessing. This hospitality and respect made them feel very welcome and special. Mary even took them to a local surf club when they needed some toilet facilities! This day also included a big tasty lunch that they enjoyed with the larger tour group that ‘Indigenous Trails’ had that day.

My parents were treated like royalty and were made to feel very, very special. This company truly understands and practices the Maori traditions of Manakitanga (hospitality) and Aroha (love) for elders. This tour was the highlight of their holiday in New Zealand – we highly recommend ‘Indigenous Trails’.

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1. Re: Tauranga tour (Rotorua)

Thank you for that!

I will mark that down for anyone who asks for these style of tours...

Fantastic!

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2. Re: Tauranga tour (Rotorua)

Bontaks I'm glad you were able to work something out for your parents. Indigenous Trails are a very active local company and it's pleasing to hear such positive feedback.

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Hi there Tauranga info, I thought to advise you that Indigenous Trails was NOT put into liquidation as you suggest and that before you deliberately seek to tarnish this companies reputation,think carefully. Obviously they appear to be a threat to your organisation/entity, otherwise you wouldn't care to 'rubbish' or 'sling' dirt at others. Maybe you should seek the facts before you act. It would appear that a local Tauranga info expert as yourself has nothing better to do than pry into others affairs. Do you have something personal against this company? Are you a competitor to Indigenous Trails? I noticed that you joined Trip Advisor recently? OR are you just a 'spoiler'?

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I am really glad to hear that Indigenous Trails are ok. My parents were quite sad when I told them what I thought was the accurate, bad news about the company. Maybe TripAdvisor needs to check out the previous post and their intentions.

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