Guest reviews for all our small group escapes. These are independent written by people who have been on our tours. If you're thinking about booking one of our tours and would like to talk to someone who's done one please get in touch and we'd be happy to put you in touch with one of our guests.
I enjoyed pretty much everything. The accommodation was superb - especially liked BrakenRidge, just beautiful. Food was excellent throughout - including some amazing lunches at gardens. The dinners at Bracken Ridge were as good as one could get anywhere. The group was harmonious and we had a lot of fun. The itinerary was excellent and we saw so many interesting and beautiful places. I especially loved the Wairarapa and it was wonderful to have three nights there. Thoroughly enjoyed climbing up to the lighthouse. It was good to have choices in Wellington. I did enjoy Matt's commentary which was interesting and pertinent and not too much. Also his quizzes were fun on long stretches. I thought Stonehenge and the talk we had there were very interesting indeed - reawakened my interest in Astronomy and the ancient cultures. The gondola ride was a great finale.
I really enjoyed this tour not only because of the gardens visited and the high standard of accommodation and food provided but because of the smaller group. We covered a lot of activities but it was always relaxed and never felt as though we had to watch the time or were rushed like I have experienced on bigger oversea tours at times. I found our guide Dianne very likeable and knowledgeable and she went the extra mile to make tour enjoyable. Everyone In group seemed happy and mixed well.
Loved being in a small group - we all got to know each other. Also loved staying 2 nights at places. Would definitely travel with you again as every detail taken care of. I found the days very full days and wouldn't manage a longer organized tour but on a short tour you want to get in as much as possible and make the most of each day so all good. Dianne was a great tour guide. Great personality and ensured we had fun. Puts 100% into her role.
I really had a great time. The gardens were amazing and the hosts were so welcoming. I enjoyed the company of the other travelers, and made some new friends. Chris was a great tour guide. He talked about what we were seeing as we travelled, and was very knowledgeable. He didn't talk too much, which some guides can do. He really cared for the needs of the group and looked after those who were less able physically. At the gardens we visited the hosts were very accommodating, and really seemed pleased to have us there.
Moa Tours are excellent value for money. It makes it easy when we are collected from and returned to home. I appreciate the help with bags. We saw many attractions that we were previously unaware of. Everything was really easy and efficient and our guide Andre was excellent.
I enjoyed every minute of this tour and learned so much about our history. I loved being in St Mary's church in Tikitiki and learning the significance of the Māori colours of red, white and black for the first time. I appreciated our guide's knowledge and that he had studied the history and culture and was able to pass this on to us. He did everything possible to keep every person looked after.
Our guide Andrew was superb He has a genuine interest in Māoritanga which came through as he gave us insights into the history of places we visited or drove through. His presentation was balanced which was excellent and not east to manage. He had a good way of guiding without being dictatorial . He had a bunch of oldies and was sensitive to that.
There were plenty of stops on the way which gave us a chance to get out of the bus as it is a lot of travel . Maybe I should have taken more time to exercise at the end of the day but didn't always do that. I needed that break in Gisborne! Thanks to Andrew for his driving too. I felt safe.
I just had to let you know what a thoroughly enjoyable trip we had around the Coromandel. We all got on well and Diane looked after us superbly. She really worked hard - the coach was spotless every morning and while we would be chomping through breakfast she would be refuelling, cleaning the windows or washing the whole coach. Reminded me of my good old flying days - seat belts neatly crossed with everything clean and ready to go!
I cannot fault the accommodation which was first class nor the meals - we always come home having eaten too much swearing that the diet would start tomorrow!
Nigel was a brilliant guide, loved his little stories & humor and telling us of the history of places was passed through. Loved Happy Hour on the last night, he handled everything so well.
Our leader Nigel was an excellent tour guide and driver. He was a careful & competent driver, knowledgeable, very easy-going especially managing all the different personalities. The local guides used (including 2 in Whanganui) were very good. I go on tours like this because I want to experience the real New Zealand and I have been very happy with both my MoaTours. Thank you.