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This tour was amazing! Our guide was super all day having plenty of info, kept it fun, relaxed, and made us the best brownies and brought the best home picked plums for us! And bought great ice cream from the honey shop! Amanda was great! Hobbiton was awesome we loved it! Super natural well worth a visit!
Emily - UK
We had the BEST day ever on our tour with Stephen!! It was a fun filled, full day of activity that surpassed all our expectations! HIGHLY recommended to anyone!!
Deborah – Canada
Stephen is the ideal guide! He has humour, knowledge and is upbeat throughout the excursion. He contacted us before the trip and he made sure that we won't get lost. Honestly, it's the best such arrangement I've ever made. During the ride, he provided us with a lot of details not only for the Hobbiton and LOTR, but also for the Tauranga area and NZ in general. I highly recommend the excursion and Stephen in particular! Thanks a lot mate!
Ioannis – Greece
Pick up from cruise ship was great, tour guide ready and waiting no problem. Being with a small group of only 5 people meant that we weren’t rushed or overcrowded and were able to hear all the interesting information that was being shared. Tour guide went out of his way to show us extra sites and view points. Whilst we are not real fans of the Lord of the Rings the visit to Hobbiton was excellent and well worth the money.
Lana – Australia
We were very satisfied, the guide was excellent and competent. He made us an unforgettable day in his personal way.
Anonymous – Germany
What an awesome day, Stephen pulled out all the stops for us, it was the cherry on the cake for me visiting NZ from the UK. We arranged for Stephen to take us on the Hobbiton tour but he included many more interesting stops plus he had loaded the car with home cooking, snacks & cold drinks.
Well done Stephen you gave us a terrifically interesting day & l am sure your service will be recommended to friends by my family after my return to the UK. Good luck in the future Stephen you certainly did us proud.
Stephen, our tour guide was fantastic. We booked the Hobbiton Tour which also was to include other sights but due to the awful weather that day we were unable to visit these sights. Stephen was great he incorporated other places that we could see without leaving the vehicle as well as the main "lookout" but due to the rain couldnt see any view. He was very informative, friendly & obliging & would definitely recommend him for any future tours. We met a wonderful German couple on our tour, it was like our own private tour just the 4 of us. Thank you Stephen for your wonderful tour & thanks to Sophie & Chris for your great company through-out this tour & rest of the cruise. Great meeting all of you.
Jackie & Royston
Terrific family day out to Honniton! Stephen made the day special, he went out of his way to make sure the day was enjoyable for all of us. Drinks, home baking and snacks was a lovely touch. We all appreciated the visits to local places, Stephen allows you the time to take in the beauty of the stops without rushing you.
I would highly recommended a tour with Stephen, you wont be disappointed!
We booked this tour via Expedia as a shore excursion at Tauranga port. Stephen gave very clear instructions on pick up at port & was early for pick up. Signboard with names of guests displayed made it easy for us to find him. Stephen was friendly, funny at times, patient & considerate. He took us along Maunganui beach, then to Tauranga city centre, a honey shop & McClaren Falls National Park, making some photo stops & helping with our photos. We did not feel rushed. Water, brownies, rice crackers & lollies are provided in the new mini bus. Wifi is available onboard the bus. The Hobbiton Movie set tour was run by the Hobbiton team. It was a 2 hour tour with a guide from Hobbiton. The tour was more enjoyable than I expected as I’m not a LOTR fan. Stephen took us back to the ship in good time. We had a wonderful time & highly recommend Adventure & Cultural Tours BOP.
Avril60 - Singapore
Our tour of the Tauranga area and Hobbiton with Amanda was one of the highlights of our 26 day drip to New Zealand and New Caledonia. Not only is she a great guide, she also provided excellent gluten free brownies! Thank you Amanda.
Jim and Rosemary - Seattle