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“excellent day in Nelson!!”
Review of Bay Tours Nelson

Bay Tours Nelson
Ranked #1 of 15 Food & Drink in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Kia Ora / Hi, Experience all the flavours of Nelson. Enjoy wine, art,scenic, golf and Maori tours with the enthusiastic and experienced Bay Tours Nelson team. Let us give you the 'Perfect day out!'
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I could not have picked a better way to spend the day in Nelson. I usually prefer self drive wine tours but we didn't have a designated driver on this trip so decided to go with Bay Tours, and we were not disappointed! There were 5 of us on this trip ranging from very little wine experience to a decent amount and all of us really enjoyed it, lots of information given but in a nice laid back way. We went to 3 vineyards and a brewery and enjoyed many tastings, It was an excellent day. A massive part of it was Kyall, I can't imagine there could be a better guide out there!

Thank Abe F
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Owen P, Owner at Bay Tours Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Hi Carol.

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your day out with Bay Tours Nelson :-) Yes a Wine Tour certainly is a good way to spend a wet day when other activities are limited by weather conditions. Kyall certainly goes the extra mile to ensure our guests get "value for money" and its lovely to get such feedback to reinforce this. Sue and I wish you well for your future. Kia ora / Good Health :-)
PS:The Sails is certainly a great place to stay in Nelson. The hosts are lovely.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We had a wonderful experience with this tour company.Kyall our driver and sommelier for the day was very knowledge about the area and the wine making process. We are pretty new to wine tasting and yet we felt confident and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you to our innkeepers at the Sails hotel for recommending them.

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Thank Sherry V
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Owen P, Owner at Bay Tours Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Dear Sherry.
Thanks so much for the lovely review about your recent Bay Tours Tour with Kyall. We try very hard to provide everyone with a friendly "value for money" day out. All of our staff try to exceed the expectations of our guests and Kyall certainly does that. We are thrilled that you had a day to remember and wish you well for the future. Kia ora from Bay Tours Nelson New Zealand :-)

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

When we arrived in Nelson our hotel, The Sails Nelson hihgly recommended Bay tours, and my husband and I made a booking for the next day. Our host Kyall was brilliant. Informative, friendly and you could tell that he really loved his job. He gave you a real understanding of the Nelson wine region and the types of wines grown. It was a very rainy day in Nelson, however our tour that included 4 wineries really made our day special. Our host went the extra mile and even gave us fantastic tips for places to see the following day. I highly recommend this company to anyone visiting the area

Thank Carol C
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Dorita42, Owner at Bay Tours Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

Good Morning and Thank you

I am so happy we could entertain you on a rainy day, yes it was very wet and wine tours are great in any weather so if your adventure is cancelled due to weather then always book a wine tour we can take you right to the tasting door and keep you dry and all is well and you will have a very informative and friendly day to remember Nelson - Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to write such a nice report about Bay Tours and Kyall

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We went on three wine tours in New Zealand (Canterbury region, Malborough and this one in Nelson) and by far this was the best wine tour. Roy really knows his wine and could answer any question we could throw at him. He was flexible with our itinerary and gave my fiancee and myself one of the best days in New Zealand. If your going to do one thing in Nelson, trust me, do this wine tour and you won't regret it. We had a beautiful lunch in Siefried Winery as well and some of the wines in this region are stunning and seemed better than the Malborough region (which was a shock to me as I'm a Malborough fan). When your here stay in the hotel we stayed in, it's called the Century Park Motor lodge. Top class, you won't regret it. This wine tour, the hotel and the Nelson scenery was so nice that I decided to ask my then girlfriend to marry me. She said yes !!! :)

Thank lche
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Dorita42, Owner at Bay Tours Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2013

Hello there - what an awesome write up thanks so much. Roy remembers this day well - what a lovely couple you make - wish you all the best for the future and hope you return to NZ to get married.
Cheers Dorita and Roy

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We flew into Nelson from Rotorua (via Wellington) and when we finally arrived at the Baywick Inn our Bay Tours guide for the wine tasting tour that we had pre-booked was already waiting for us. So, we dropped our things in our rooms and immediately left with Roy Thompson, the owner/manager of Bay Tours.

We had a lovely drive through the countryside, a terrific lunch, wine tastings and Roy’s descriptions of the area, especially its agriculture. We were impressed with Roy's background and how he learned the wine-making trade. Quite a few photo-ops as well.

One of the joys of travel is to bring home anecdotes about the people we’ve met. Here’s one that is now a favorite: One of us asked Roy why we hadn’t seen rack of lamb on the menu in New Zealand while we can order it at home in New York. Well, it seems that Roy took it upon himself to right the situation – he called his wife, who called Janet and Tim, our innkeepers, who called Aaron, the chef at Hopgood’s Restaurant and Bar on Trafalgar Street in Nelson. Aaron went to the butcher and bought four portions to serve us that very night!

Talk about Kiwi hospitality, thanks so much Roy, and thanks all around. Kiwis are the best.

Thank B Y
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Dorita42, Owner at Bay Tours Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2013

Thank you so much for your review its wonderful and I am pleased the rack of lamb turned out so well - this will be a story we can now add to our list ! So pleased you enjoyed every aspect of the tour - Nelson is great and needs often 3 nights stop to do the things that you will remember most.
A wine tour with Bay Tours and Abel Tasman National Park with Wilson's
Cheers Hope you have lots of pictures to remember you NZ tour
Dorita

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