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excellent tour, excellent driver-uide Eric, who knew the history, dynamic,bring us back to the port on time as agreed in the morning before the beginning of the tour.
The itinerary was comprehensive and allowed time to see all we wished.
Nathalie our driver/guide was excellent admirably accommodating all nationalities on our minibus.
Good tour and wonderful driver. On the way out of the port to Viator vehicle, my left leg went out and I could barely walk. I made it into the front of the SUV and at the Maori Cultural Center Brian borrowed a wheel chair. At lunch he drove right up to the restaurant. At Kiwi, he borrowed a wheel chair. He was a wonderful guide and tried to be very helpful.
Our tour guide was informative and knew the area well. Our transport vehicle was also of a high standard and the cruise ship guarantee took the worry out of missing the ship, definitely value for money trip.
This tour was excellent. Our tour guide was great. The show at the cultural center was very authentic and informative. The geysers were amazing. Kiwi 360 was a lot of fun and very interesting.
Well done, very interesting to being exposed to another culture. Everyone was very friendly
Even with a steady downpour throughout the day, this was a tour jammed packed with information. Our guide, Simon, was jammed packed with knowledge, and information about New Zealand. He provided a constant narrative from the origin of New Zealand to the settlement by the Maori's. His command of the language was excellent. For those with no idea about Kiwi fruit, the stop at Kiwi 360 was quite informative. Similar to what the Dole plantation tour in Hawaii used to be. Walking around the thermal springs in a steady rain/fog/mist made it seem even more intriguing. Top everything off with a cultural show and it was a great day.
The drive and associated tour from Tauranga and the Te Puia Maori experience was first rate
A very enjoyable full day of activities. Easy day for the driver/guide as all attractions are solid on their own.
Knowledgeable tour guide and good value for the money. We enjoyed it very much and will use Viator in the future. This was our first tour and it was recommended by people on our cruise.
Outstanding! Van driver was amazing. Because other passengers did not show up, my friend and I had Pete totally to ourselves and saw sites at leisure.
Thorough explanation of some of the Maori culture and traditions. Unfortunately, my camera went kaput and did not take enough photos, my bad. Worth the paid and then some. Thank you, Viator!
The tour was terrific, the guide was knowledgable and everything went very well. I would certainly recommend this tour.
William L Australia
Our guide Wendy covered everything we wanted to see and more. Having tickets and tour times organised before we arrived at Rotorua ensured we wasted no time, but we weren't rushed. Because we had time to spare Wendy gave us a tour of Tauranga, having a small group meant no time waiting for a crowd to get on and off a bus, Lunch at a favourite lunch place for Wendy was lovely. Pick up and drop off at our cruise ship was timely and convenient.
tour guide was great , tour was great went to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and rotorua sight seeing seen a lot of the country,geissers and natural springs would recommend
It was great, the guide was very informative and we really enjoyed a wonderful experience.
On a different note a would like to say how professional Viator was in refunding our money for a cancelled jet boat trip from Christchurch. We arrived home to find our refund already deposited in our account. I would definitely use Viator again and would recommend them to our friends.
Great tour. Knowledgeable guide. The Cultural Centre and Rotorua geysers and mudpools were amazing.
Good tour, knowledgeable guide. Was in a 4 person mini-van, quite comfortable. Saw what we expected but the Maori part was very interesting and comprehensive.
Stops on the way to Rotorua, specifcally the Kiwi 360 Centre and Okere Falls, were OK and the info provided by our guide, Robin, from Zealandier, was very interesting.
However, the big attraction for us was the visit to Te Puia in Rotorua. Our guide was helpful and accompanied us throughout the complex. We really enjoyed Te Puia, including the Maori cultural show, the Maori village and other displays. But the highlight was the geothermal activity and the geysers. That was amazing! The brief visit to other places of interest in Rotorua after lunch was fine too. The drive back from Rotorua to Tauranga was long but the guide tried to make it as interesting as possible and also showed us a bit of Tauranga, Overall we were quite pleased with this tour.
Our guide/bus driver did not give us enough information as the other guides. He was short in explanations and quick to move on. The area was very interesting. It would have been good to interact with some the Maoris. Perhaps some explaining in the wood and weave shop could have been done.
The Maori Cultural Centre was, of course, very interesting. The problems were in the transportation, our driver - Brian, did not know how to operate heat and AC in his vehicle and also had issues with the microphone making it impossible to hear any of the information he had to share with us. I'm sure that without these stumbling blocks it would have made for a very nice day, with them it made for a very frustrating day.
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