The trip itself was great. It would be good to know exactly what bus is picking you up though. I waited at the bus station for nearly an hour while various buses came and went - none of which were my bus.
Good trip the driver/guide was very informative and quite humorous. The scenery was spectacular and the drive along the 90 mile beach not to be missed.
A very enjoyable day and a MUST DO if visiting Bay of Islands. The trip up the beach was absolutely stunning with wild horses running alongside the bus. We stopped on the beach then sand boarded down the dunes, which was amazing. Our tour guide Wally was very experienced and knowledgeable and his singing was exceptional and very memorable. One tiny disappointment was our barbeque lunch which was not really a meat feast or a barbeque, but was cooked in a kitchen.
The trip was excellent the only thing that mared it slights was the lunch (too early and poor quality food, supposed to be barbequed) and fact that I had to rearrange some passengers so that I could sit next to my wife. Sand boarding was a highlight, make sure you have plenty of water!
Well informed and entertaining driver. The trip was all we expected and hoped it would be.
Malcolm R New Zealand
We had a really enjoyable trip. The only problem was lunch, which when booking we asked that 1 meal be non beef. When we arrived for lunch they had run out of fish meals and had to cook the fish up. It was no big deal as lunch was taken with all enjoying it.
Smita L Oman
A wonderful trip. Could have cut down the time by reducing the time at the stop on the way back to the same restaurant shop that we had been to in the morning. Overall, worth doing.
Barry V New Zealand
Yes, very good. We had some Australian's with us and they also thought it was value for money.
Very good day! My little boy absolutely loved the shell fishing while my husband and I loved the sandboarding. We got heaps of exercise climbing those hills, but it was great fun!
All in all a good tour, but I would train drivers to provide more historical and environmental information instead of many personal stories and serve more local produce (different types of fish) and real coffee for lunch instead of fish in lots of batter with many cold salads and instant coffee.
This was o.k. More for older people, and the kauri forest we visited wasn't that impressive (though we heard of far more impressive ones from other travelers we met). The place we stop at for brekky and afternoon tea was also pretty average.
All in all, it was a somewhat underwhelming tour, though the lighthouse itself was pretty cool.
Isobel M United Kingdom
Good mix of activities which included a boardwalk,visit to Cape Reinga lighthouse, sand boarding and a stop on 90 mile beach as well as two stops for tea and one for lunch. Unfortunately the hotel pickups were very late ( mine was 15 mins) and at the last one the people had gone back inside so we were about 30 mins late starting off. This was referred to constantly during the trip and I felt we were hurried along and activities cut short. The coach itself was virtually full and very uncomfortable. I am only 5 cms shorter than the average height for a woman but there was no footrest and I could not put both my feet on the floor and have my back supported by the seat - I could only do one or the other. By the end of the trip I was in significant discomfort which lasted the following day.
John T USA
We were last pick up and sat in back of bus. Bus NOT designed for rear seat use. Driver could have rotated the seating to share the bad and the good. Or the folks at front should have paid MORE than those in the back.
Well, we thought this was the most boring, expensive non event of our trip. The only thing that was good was the sand boarding - for those that could do it. 64 miles of travelling on a beach didn't cut it for us, nor did the fact that the booking clerk got it wrong, and we were left waiting for half an hour before they realised their mistake, before they picked us up. Then we were the last to be dropped off the bus... at the entrance to the Holiday Park some 600 metres of a walk - fine for able bodies, but I have a stick and that was the last gasp. 11 hours - ugh!