In a word, OUTSTANDING!!!! We were fortunate enough to have Ceillhe Sperath, the founder and director of Time Unlimited as our tour guide and host for the day. She met us at our hotel in a luxurious Mercedes van and greeted us in the Maori language. Little did we know we were in for the day of our lives. As the tour began to unfold, we knew we were being treated to a insightful experience as only someone who is Maori and a naive New Zealander could impart. Throughout the course of the day, we crisscrossed the city visiting many historical sights, had lunch in Devenport followed by a visit to a wildlife park, a black sand beach and a rain forest. Ceillhe provided us with fresh fruit, snacks and beverages throughout the day. At the end of the stop to Peha the black sand beach, Ceillhe put out what I would call a tailgate spread of beverages and goodies native to New Zealand. She explained what they were and encouraged us to try them. She was the consummate guide, never rushing us and giving us time for plenty of photo ops. This was a small group tour and it felt personalized. Thank you for an amazing day that provided memories which will last a lifetime!
This si an amazing tour if you want to know about the native people of New Zealand. We had two guides...one of which was a Maori. He told us of his family origins and the origins of all of the Maori lands. Seeing the origins of the Maori, one can understand the similarities and differences of the original people of New Zealand, French Polynesia and Hawaii. The movements of the hands and the bodies in the dance are similar butdifferent depending on the lsland. Truly a worthwhile tour.
It was an amazing tour with an amazing guide. So much great scenery and information packed into a great day!
This was an amazing tour. Sofia was an awesome guide, and besides seeing things relevant to the Maori culture, they also provided samples of NZ food that I probably would not have known about otherwise. You also get to see a lot of Auckland on this tour.
I would not like to miss it. Got lot of information within one very interesting day. Got lot of wonderfull impressions about sourrounding of Auckland.
THANK Kristi for patience, flexibility and for sharing knowledge about Maori culture as well as New Zealand as a country.
Thanks to Edi for his patience!!
Amazing, amazing, amazing!! Would definitely recommend this tour!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating!! 5 STARS!!
Our tour guide was excellent and we spent the entire day all around Auckland getting a great overview of the city and surrounding territory. The Cultural Performance was in the Memorial Hall which we had visited the previous day.
It was the best tour ever, the tour guide was extremely lovely and nice. Very informative. I would strongly recommend it to whoever going to visit NewZealand. Honestly this is a must join tour ！:)
This tour was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! Its one of the most personal tours I have EVER had....and I have been on hundreds! If you are visiting Auckland, do yourself a favor and sign up for this tour...ASAP!
Absolutely amazing. Tour guide was very informed. Felt a true bond to New Zealand after doing this tour!
We had a great trip. Our guide was outstanding and so was her assistant. The guide drove well, got us to places on time, chatted about the most interesting aspects of things we were seeing and gave us persepctive on Maori life in New Zealand. Thanks very much .
We give you five stars.
Margaret H Australia
I could not of asked for a better tour with a Maori guide and she was excellent.
Our Maori guide was extremely informative, although I felt like I got a little too much information about the Maori people. I really didn't want to get a PHD in Maori culture but rather an understanding of the people in relation to the history of NZ. Unfortunately as for myself, I couldn't get a word in edgewise or get a question answered during her dialogue. At the museum, which was great by the way, we stood in one area for 15 minutes while she explained more stuff instead of traveling around inside the museum and giving brief explanations of all the interesting stuff we were seeing. My husband and I were so disappointed that we were not able to see more of the museum and would have preferred to hear less of the culture there and see more of the exhibits. At the beginning of the tour, the guide did not even give the tourists time to introduce themselves before the lessons began. A simple balance of dialogue is suggested to the tour company Time Unlimited. Other than this aspect, the tour itself took us to some very beautiful areas and we had a wonderful lunch at Devonport. If you want to learn about the Maori people and their culture, then this is definitely the tour to take. They also gave us a very nice set of coasters at the end of the day which we appreciated. The Maori dance and song portion at the museum was very enjoyable. The stroll on the western beach at the end of the day was also nice.
Despite heavy rain on the day, we thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The guide had packed us waterproof coats - very thoughtful as we only had fleeces due to the fact we were travelling all round Australia and NZ and the weight restrictions on the various airlines. Not sure I appreciated how wet and cold NZ would be, unlike Australia. We had a great day out, first at the cultural show, then lunch at the fish market, followed by a trip into the rainforest. Jo, our guide, was lovely and made it a very personal experience - there was only us and one Australian - far better than big coach trips. She provided us with snacks and traditional NZ fare for us to try throughout the day. Great experience.
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