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“Exceeded our expectations.”

Tauranga Tasting Tours
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$101.04*
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Shore Excursion: Rotorua Tour from Tauranga
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$97.29*
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Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga
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$198.33*
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Sue, our driver and guide met us as we got off the Celebrity Cruiseship and we had a most enjoyable day with her as we drove to Rotorua. Sue was very knowledgeable and professional and was able to miss the lines and crowds at every opportunity. With a small group it is so easy to keep together and were were able to hear Sue at all times. Thanks Sue, we would surely refer others to this great tour.

Thank garbet
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tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2013

We're so glad that you enjoyed your day. Yes, Sue has real empathy with clients, a wealth of knowledge about our beautiful region - and her great enunciation ensures that people hear her easily. Thank you for passing on these comments.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

A Maori cultural experience was on the top of my "to do" list when cruising New Zealand. We joined a group using Tauranga Tasting Tours to see the area and were not disappointed. Sue met our ship and was an outstanding guide, providing a wealth of information about the area as well as the sites on our itinerary. We thoroughly enjoyed our day !!

Thank cabiker194
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tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

We're pleased that the cultural aspects that you really wanted to experience, were able to be catered to & that you enjoyed your day with Sue. We appreciate your taking the time to write this response, and hope the rest of your cruise went well and has provided a multiplicity of good memories!

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Paul took our family on a tour to Hobbiton and then to the Zorb, these were the places that we requested to go to. He gave us the most magnificent tour. Even though there were only three of us, Paul still gave us the full tour experience with so much interesting information about the area. As we were on a cruise we had limited time yet Paul still managed to take us to where we wanted to go plus some additional areas such as Rotorua and gave s again the full guide experience. Upon returning to our ship we found that our friends had done the same trip as us, but had hired a car, however we were ahead financially by doing the tour with Paul and it was stress free as we didn't have any driving or navigation issues. Also we got the added benefit of Paul's expert local knowledge.. I would definitely recommend Paul's tours, if I get back to NZ I'LL definitely do another tour or two with Paul.

Thank catsnap
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tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2013

Thanks so much for writing this great review.. Paul thoroughly enjoyed being with you for the day, and seeing you involve yourselves so enthusiastically in the experiences that you had chosen. If you get back this way, we would be more than happy to plan a tour for you & meet up again.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Our group of 8 wine-loving friends enjoyed a wonderful day out with Paul and Lyn Marston. Highlights were being picked up from our homes and expertly driven to Auckland in a comfortable and beautifully maintained coach.

Nothing was too much trouble for our sociable and competent hosts; we stopped for coffee at the Kaimai Cheese factory at Waharoa and even enjoyed a glass of chilled wine enroute ! Superbe !

The Bracu Restaurant and Olive Groves surpassed our expectations for ambiance,service, food and wine.

We felt unhurried and totally relaxed for the whole day, and sang and talked all the way home. What a perfect way to spend a day with friends - and now we have two new ones !

Thank Carol G
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tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2012

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review in the midst of your pre-Xmas busy time. We thoroughly enjoyed both the company and the venue. Bracu is a really special place ; the food & service were exceptional & the wine library was something to covet! We appreciated being totally included with your friendly, interesting & enjoyable group in all the day's activities. The singalong on the way home, accompanied by the ukelele, brought back good memories & dredged up words & tunes we had forgotten we knew. A la prochaine nos nouveaux amis!

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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Paul the owner driver is a star. We booked from Canada on the internet. No money was asked for up front. A promise to meet the ship as soon as possible after docking. We were 3.5 hours late in arriving. Paul had waited from 6.30.a.m!!. Paul is very personable and knowledgeable and geared the tour to our shortened needs without compromising the contents. We left with fond memories of the Maori culture,kiwi farms,geysers,boiling mud pools,Rotorua, Tauranga and most of all the friendliness of the New Zealanders in general,and Paul in particular.
This was first rate. Excellent value for the money. It would have cost more than $100.00 more for the cruise line version.

Thank rochesterkentengland
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tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2012

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased that, despite the shortened day, it was possible to fit in a variety of aspects to make it worthwhile. It's always a pleasure to spend a day with responsive, interested clients.

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