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Tony C

Tony C

Australia

May112010

Tour/Activity

Christchurch Tamaki Heritage Village Tour including Buffet Dinner

Christchurch, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
I can't rate how good it was as I never actually went despite my booking, payment and confirmation. I turned up with my wife to the main office in Christchurch on 10 May to reconfirm my booking and to organise the free bus pickup from my CBD hotel to discover that daily shows had been cut to one day a week and this had been the case since the end of March. I was extremely disappointed as I had been looking forward to it for some time and had saved it for the end of our NZ holiday. I appreciate that this system is automated, however, the program error requires immediate attention. We spoke for a long duration to Mike Tamaki, the creator of the villages located throughout NZ. These venues tell a separate chapter of Maori history relative to The Chronicles of Uitara. He was very apologetic about the error and gave me a full refund, one of his books that he wrote on the Chronicles of Uitara-Lost in our Own Land and a Jade pendant each. Mike explained the concept of the venues, the details of the Christchurch venue and when I return to NZ I definately intend to attend these villages for the theatrical shows. I did drive to the village out of curiosity to see it from the outside and it looked interesting and is spread over approx 26 acres, where each set of historic buildings provides a separate scene as part of the historic journey. I wish Mike and his team all the best with his new Chronicles of Uitara projects at the other locations throughout NZ. I expect that each is a must see for young and old providing an educational and satisfying experience. See you there in the future.

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