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“Great small group tour”
Review of Bush and Beach

Bush and Beach
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$59.60*
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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Auckland City Tour
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bush and Beach is Auckland's premier small-group tour company. Daily award-winning tours take you to Auckland's coastal rain forest, wild black sand beaches, untamed Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Hobbiton and Waitomo area. Our experienced guides provide an interactive, unforgettable experience, including walks in lush rainforest, on awe-inspiring surf beaches, to lush wetlands and beautiful waterfalls.
Connecticut
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“Great small group tour”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

I second what everyone has written. We had a lovely trip down to Hobbiton with the Bush and Beach company, - small bus, personal service, interesting guide. As a small group we quickly got to know each other. I'm glad I took the time to read the TA reviews, many of which described the larger tour groups as "rushed" and "impersonal". Bush and Beach was the right choice.

Also, the Hobbiton tour itself is charming.

Visited November 2013
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“Coromandel - Truly Unique and Enjoyable”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

I will rate this trip on the top of our global list. We started out with a hike to Cathedral Cove. There are a few inclines and steep stairs on this hike so moderate fitness is required. We had some time to walk along the beautiful beach and took scenic pictures of the cathedral cove. Next stop was was the Hot Water Beach. Now that was really unique! Tour guide gives you a spade and you find and dig a "hot springs tub" right on the beach----then relax in the "sand tub." If you don't feel like digging, you can walk along the vast expanse of the beach. Water was very clean and crystal clear. We didn't want to leave! Then lunch at a wonderful cafe that's walking distance from the beach. Last stop was a train ride on the side of a mountain to the EyeFul Tower. This ride will surely to bring out the inner child in you. At the end of the ride, you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of the bay and the islands. On the way back to Auckland, out tour guide took us through a coastal drive for more picturesque views. We were more than pleased with our guide who re-engineered our stops as we went to make sure we took advantage of the low tide (for the hot water beach), chased the sun and avoided the gray clouds. Just go and have a wonderful time!

Visited October 2013
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KrystleBT, Front Office Manager at Bush and Beach, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Hi there,

Thank you for your great review of our Coromandel Day Tour. It really is a spectacular part of the country with stunning views.

As you mentioned we organise to the tour each time to suit the tides to make the experience as interactive as possible.

Thank you again for a great review

Kind regards
Krystle
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Yzerfontein
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“Excellent trip to Hobbiton”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Today I took a trip with Bush-Beach from Auckland central to Hobbiton (Matamata), the drive of just over two hours was over in a flash courtesy of the scenic route taken by our very informative tour guide and driver (Dion). On arrival at our destination, Hobbiton (the movie set where I understand most of the "Shire" scenes were shot from "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit") we were very efficiently hooked up with the very first site tour of the day. This proved to be a huge advantage if you are a photographer and you want to shoot scenes without another tour group cluttering the background. A quick and very scenic/entertaining bus drive takes you to the actual location from where a walking tour is conducted. The walking tour of the "Hobbit holes" takes around two hours an was very professionally conducted by our guide (Toby) who provided some interesting facts about the history surrounding the location and the movie. A quick farewell drink at the "Green Dragon Inn" saw the end of the walking tour and off in the bus again to the main area where a lovely lunch was provided for our tour group arranged by Bush-Beach. Another scenic drive along a different route back to Auckland with a couple of worthwhile stops followed which saw me back at my hotel on time as per the schedule. I can highly recommend this tour even if you are not a Lord of the Rings fan. Bush and Beach thank you very much for the very professional manner in which the tour was conducted, from the painless telephonic booking, spotless vehicle, prompt on time service and very professional guide, you certainly got my vote.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Top Notch”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Had a wonderful day with Wayne doing the Best of Both Worlds Tour which was a morning Auckland city and surrounds tour and in the afternoon a tour to the Waitekere Ranges and black sand beaches on the Tasman west coast.

Wayne was a great driver/guide and really made the day even more enjoyable on top of the glorious weather and stunning sights.

On my experience Bush and Beach deserve their very high rating and I would book again with them in a heartbeat.

Visited October 2013
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Foulridge, United Kingdom
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“Excellent day out, professionally put together”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had pre-booked a tour for Hobbiton in the UK before our trip here in New Zealand. We received a phone call to our hotel room from the company the day before confirming the tour was still on, where and when they would pick us up. Great service and puts you at ease knowing everything is confirmed.

As stated the mini bus was there early and after collecting other guests from other hotels we set off. Our tour was small, 11 people and the driver, Wayne. He was a very nice chap, talked us through the area we were driving past and some history and information about Auckland which was also good. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and what he was talking about. We stopped off en route at an excellent cafe in Cambridge for breakfast before continuing on to Hobbiton.

On arrival we picked up out guide who was 83 year old Eric. He was also a sound chap who knew his stuff with regards to Hobbiton, the set, the farm and it's history. The tour didn't feel rushed inside and we had plenty of photo opportunities and he provided information at most of the hobbit holes we came too. Lunch, which was part of the package, was in the Green Dragon. On arrival you are provided with a free drink, choice of alcoholic ales or nonalcoholic ginger beer. We then sat down to a great lunch. It was fab to actually sit and eat in the long room where the dwarfs and Bilbo ate during the meal in the Hobbit movie. It was actually filmed in the tavern and not in Bilbos house albeit it was set there.

After lunch up to the shop before the drive home. Wayne's driving was so smooth the entire bus fell asleep (not Wayne though). We were all dropped off at our hotels for 15:30 after being picked up at 06:35. Great day which was very professionally organised and put together, I would recommend a tour run by Bush and Beach to people visiting the area.

Visited October 2013
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KrystleBT, Front Office Manager at Bush and Beach, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Hi there,
Thank you for your great review of our Hobbiton Express Tour!

This tour is a must for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans and (although it is not possible on every tour) having lunch at The Green Dragon is a special treat - and the perfect spot for a free cider or ale!

We have scheduled this tour to get everyone back to the city before a majority of Auckland traffic starts, and still gives you a bit of the afternoon to explore Auckland!

We hope to see you again next time you are in Auckland
Thanks
Krystle
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