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Apr292014

Tour/Activity

Christchurch Gondola Ride

Christchurch, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Sadly it rained for the whole time we were in Christchurch. We did go on the gondola and enjoyed the ride thru the rain to the top. We had lunch in the cafe and watched in amazement as clouds continuously rolled over the top of the mountain and blocked out the view. Because of the consistent rain the Avon river was in flood and we could not do the punt ride. We have requested a refund of this part of the tour and are waiting for Viator to process this.

Jun242013

Tour/Activity

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour with Dole Plantation

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We were late leaving Waikiki so were behind all the other tour buses doing the same trip - as a result we could not see the first two places because the "car parks were full". Managed to stop at the shops though so the tour bus company could earn its commission. I had hoped to stop at the north shore beaches but we only stopped at one of them and when we arrived at the beach where the turtles hang out we only slowed down to get a glimpse of them from the window - that is if you were on the right side of the bus as we were but not sure if they were actually turtles or rocks. Overall the scenery was great as was the driver but it did not live up to expectations.

Jun222013

Tour/Activity

Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A very long day - picked up at 5am and back to hotel around 10pm. Honestly had expected to see an active lava flow but not to be. However volcanic craters and old lava flows were good and our tour leader/coach driver Leroy was very entertaining and informative.

Jun202013

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USS Missouri, Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor and Punchbowl Day Tour

Waikiki, Oahu

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The USS Missouri tour was very good and volunteer tour guide Dave's re-telling of the history of the ship notably the Kamikazie plane attack and the Japanese surrender was fascinating to hear. Visiting the Arizona memorial was a very somber experience. The tour ran very well and coach driver "cousin Ben" was very interesting.

May292013

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Ultimate 4-in-1 Grand Canyon Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The light plane ride to Grand Canyon and back was good (although a bit bumpy at times) but the pilot seemed so young that I was looking for the "p-plates" on the back of thr plane. The helicopter ride to land at the bottom of the canyon and back up again was absolutely awesome. This trip should be on your "Bucket List"

Mar282013

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Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

While the food provided was very good, sailing down Auckland Harbour was amazing. We all were able to take a turn at the helm and I actually was able to steer the boat thru a 180 degree change of course. Definitely highly recommended.

May122012

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Skip the Line: Madame Tussauds London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The skip the line tickets gave us quick access but once inside the crowd was unbelievable and it was a constant battle to be able to take photos and actually see the exhibits.

May122012

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London Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We were the only passengers so the shared transfer ended up being a private transfer! The driver arrived eraly (which suited us) was courteous and carried our bags

May112012

Tour/Activity

Leeds Castle Private Viewing, Canterbury and Greenwich Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Leeds castle was great and easy to understand why it is rated the prettiest castle in England.Lunch at Dover was included and enjoyed the "Spitfire" beer (extra cost but reasonable). Canterbury cathedral was maginificent. Everything was closed by the time we arrived in Greenwich so no value in going there other than to catch the boat back down the river to London. Mark the guide was excellent

May102012

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Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Windsor castle was great and the artwork in the State Rooms where the Queen entertains her guests (but disappointingly not our tour group!) was extraordinary.The Roman baths at Bath were definitely worth seeing and they have done a great job in displaying them and the associated history. It was cold and bleak by the time we arrived at Stonehenge but somehow this added to the enjoyment. Trevor our guide was very good

May092012

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Skip the Line: Tower of London Tickets

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Skip the line tickets gave us quick entry to one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. Definitely a "must-do" when you are in London. Plenty to see so allow three hours at least.

May092012

Tour/Activity

Mamma Mia! Theater Show

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We had seen the Melbourne version of the show a few years ago and felt the London production was not quite as good. Lots of empty seats in the theatre so perhaps its ending its run. ABBA songs as usual get the feet tapping.

May082012

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Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A rare sunny May day in Edinburgh and the Scottish accents in the English commentary added to the enjoyment of seeing the sights in this very pretty city

May072012

Tour/Activity

London Eye: Champagne Experience

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Priority access worked well. The views from the observation cars were terrific. Champagne was great but would have liked a second glass!

May062012

Tour/Activity

Oxford, Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

Climbing the ramparts and towers at the castle literally took your breath away but gave great views of the castle and the surronding villages. Many of the attractions inside were extra cost but ran out of time anyway. Shakespeare's birth-place at Sratford was interesting and town quite pretty. Disappointed with visit to Oxford and would not do this again

May052012

Tour/Activity

Jack the Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Tour guide was excellent as he showed us around the more "seedier" side of London showing us the murder sites and building up the excitement as to who the muderer may be - in fact told us who it was but you have to attend to solve the mistery!

May042012

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We Will Rock You Theater Show

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The name of the show says it all - Queen's music and the performers do rock you. The pre-show dinner was at a fairly fancy restaurant and I felt a bit under-dressed wearing casual clothes - perhaps the meal could be at a restaurant more in tune with the audience attending the show

May032012

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The poor weather in London detracted from the wonderful London sites - there was not much shelter upstairs. I noticed that the rival Big Bus tours had more protection from the elements and more frequent service and would use them next time

May012012

Tour/Activity

Paris City Segway Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Definitely one of the highlights of our time in Paris. Our Kiwi instructer/guide Moko was excellent. After 20 mins or so to get the hang of them we had nearly three hours scooting around the main sites of Paris with plenty of stops for photos. Lots of tourists taking photos of us as well.

May012012

Tour/Activity

Seine River Cruise, Paris Illuminations and Dinner on the Champs-Elysees

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Somewhat disappointing. The cruise boats are over-crowded and noisy. Because of daylight saving not all of the buildings were vey well illuminated at the time we passed them. The meal at the Champs-Elysees was very good. Overall a bit expensive for the value.

Apr302012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

There was only one elevator working at the tower -authorities decline to say what the problem was other than it will take six weeks to fix. So it took a while to get up there even with our skip the line tickets. The crowd paying normal entry were waiting up to four hours to get in so really have to pay the premium. The views from the tower are spectacular and our guide Aaron did a terrific job keeping us informed of the history of the tower and what we were looking at while up there.

Apr292012

Tour/Activity

Eiffel Tower, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We booked this tour to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. While the food at the tower restaurant was great, the views were somewhat restricted and everything was rushed as we had to get back down to the ground -only one elevator working - in time to take the river cruise. The cruise boat was absolutely packed and very noisy. We were in the back row at the Moulin Rouge and five of us shared a bottle of champagne - misleadingly advertised as half a bottle each. The show itself was excellent. Be warned -they say no photos can be taken and we saw a few people ignore the warning only to be pounced upon by security and forced to delete the photos! Overall doing the three things in one night is simply too rushed and would skip the cruise if there was a next time

Apr282012

Tour/Activity

Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The bus provides a good way of getting around Paris and certainly you get to see all the sights. Good frequency also

Apr282012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Massive crowds attend the Louvre so skip the line guided tour is the way to go. Very knowledgeable guides and personal audio system is a plus

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