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“I don't know how it could have been better”
Review of Milestone Tours

Milestone Tours
Ranked #22 of 167 Tours in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Experience the real New Zealand with Milestone Tours. We specialise in day tours and shore excursions in and around Auckland. Enjoy Auckland's city sights and picturesque beaches or come with us to Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo, Hobbiton, Coromandel, Matakana or the Bay of Islands.Our half day, one day and two day tours will help you make the most of your stay in Auckland. With a maximum of 10 guests, our high-quality, small-group tours showcase the best of New Zealand's scenery, culture and history. If you would prefer a private tour please contact us. We can tailor an itinerary to your requirements for 2 - 20 guests.
Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were met by Ewald near the cruise terminal and he introduced us to our guide for the day, Allen. I have seen Ewald reviewed here, but not Allen. His commentary and knowledge of the area significantly added to the day. Many guides know their stuff, but present it in a less than fresh manner. Allen was spot on about everything. We are in our 70's and do not move as fast as we once did. We were taken care of in a calm and reassuring manner. Because our ship was sailing a bit early, we had to get back sooner than we would have liked, so we did have to miss a wine tasting, but that was made up for by a quick detour under the harbour bridge to see where and how the "nippon clip ons" were attached. Of course, having the coffee and meeting Allen's son was a personal touch very much appreciated.

Thanks you. Highly recommended!

Thank Ojairc
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We arrived in Auckland in January, having only 3 days there we wanted to make the most use of our time, we booked our tour with the Tourist information office, Ewald arrived a little late and apologised profusely, he had been let down by another booking. As we were they only 2 passengers that day we had an amazing 'private' tour, by chatting to us he chose the places that he felt we would want to see including a wonderful Mussel restaurant where we ate lunch. Nothing was too much trouble, as we drove back to our hotel in Auckland I mentioned a building I had seen from the harbour, Ewald immediately altered his route to enable us to see it from the land. We thoroughly recommend this tour, we learnt a great deal about the area through Ewald. We will definitely recommend Milestone Tours to any of our friends visiting New Zealand.

Thank JaneNG22
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

We ended our cruise in Auckland, and were starting to feel a little bit of the end-of-vacation blues where you start mentally turning away from the trip and focusing on "back-home". Auckland didn't strike us that favorably when we got off the ship (you start missing that buffet and your personal room attendant the second you step off the ship!!). But we took a taxi to our hotel and Ewald was there waiting for us. He whisked us away in his big new van and we had a delightful day! We went to several lookouts so we could get a feel for the layout of the city, then we went to Missions Bay where we had delicious fish and chips for lunch and then up to a lookout with the most magnificent views of the city and the harbour and the ocean--and we got to experience what a truly beautiful city Auckland is. Ewald was friendly, knowledgeable, and really loved his adopted city. Great day, great tour, great city!

2  Thank wrinkledpassport
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

I sent out an email request to 4 tour companies in Auckland requesting a private tour along with what our group of 4 wanted to see and do. After hearing back from all 4, Ewald was by far the most responsive and helpful in our planning so we decided to proceed with his company. We agreed on an itinerary and a start time for the day we disembarked our cruise ship. Ewald and Mandy were at the port waiting for us as promised. We loaded up our luggage, dropped it at our hotel and were on our way for our Auckland Adventure with Mandy! We did everything on our wish list and ended at Soljan's winery which was a perfect way to end our day. We bought wine and took it back to our hotel to enjoy prior to going for a late dinner. We hiked, walked, went to the beach, waterfalls, had a great lunch at a local café,..the list went on. We saw so many beautiful areas on the west side of Auckland including Piha, Murawai, Watekare ranges and much, much more. Adding to our trip was our tour guide Mandy - she was a perfect fit for our group. Funny, knowledgeable - just a joy to have with us the entire day. It was apparent that her only goal was to ensure we had a great day and a fantastic tour. I have no doubts that Ewald and Mandy and the rest of the team at Milestone Tours will soon be #1 with Trip Advisor. Don't miss these folks if you are spending time in Auckland!

3  Thank mah0519
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We booked a private tour with Ewald, who was very personable and knowledgable. He drove a brand new and very comfortable van. He personalized the tour to include the Murawai Gannet Colony per our tour organizer’s request. He provided a lovely picnic lunch at a very scenic spot that we had hiked to.

The only negative was that we feel that he should have been better organized with a schedule agreed to by the group organizer or group. Because of the longer time spent at our first stops and the added gannet colony, he truncated the schedule, skipping the winery visit (substituting a stop at an ice cream store). We were also supposed to end the tour in Davenport, where we had hoped to have an early dinner, but due to time constraints, Devonport was skipped also.

Because of the newness of his van, Ewald did not have a speaker system, and spent most of the time in the van conversing with the people in the first two rows. Hopefully he will get a speaker system soon, so that everyone can take part in the conversations.

1  Thank GoneTravelin
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