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“Christchurch To Queenstown”
Review of GreatSights

GreatSights
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US$191.54*
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1987, GreatSights New Zealand operates the most comprehensive range of premium day sightseeing tours in New Zealand. Our nationwide network provides luxury sightseeing tours to destinations throughout New Zealand. Day tours from Auckland include the Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Everything is taken care of when you travel with GreatSights. Entrance fees are included within the tour price and optional extras like lunches can be added if required. Complimentary hotel transfers are provided on most tours and our experienced local driver guides will keep you entertained with informative commentary throughout the tour.
Reviewed 14 May 2014

One of the best coach tours on my trip. Brian picked us up right on time and proved to be a great guide with witty commentary and patience. He kept us all on track without us feeling hassled, great job :o)
The whole journey consisted of breathtaking views of the Canterbury Plains, Mackenzie country with good stops at Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki. We decided to take the helicopter tour at Mt Cook which Brian organised in a heart beat. Had plenty of time after to get lunch before we headed back onto the coach for the last leg of the tour. Continued on through Tasman Valley, Lake Dunstan and onto Queenstown.
Arrived in the early evening and although it was a long tour was worth every minute and the price of the trip was extremely reasonable

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

A long day but was well prepared- a combination package to visit the Waitomo Caves, the cultural show at Rotorua the Geysers , farm show, with 2 snacks and lunch/drinks included. Package price was pretty steep. Our fare to NZ cost less . No discount for seniors, though 10% is offered, if you present a coupon located in some of the guide books. Improvement can be made on the snacks/lunch. A bun, with small pieces of chicken 'slapped' onto it, with a few Mesulin. The best part of the journey was the bus driver -Christian - who entertained us with local history.

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GreatSightsNZ, Marketing specialist at GreatSights, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2014

Thanks for your review! The Waitomo and Rotorua sights day tour from Auckland is a comprehensive full-day tour of the Central North Island region, taking in three top visitor attractions and travelling over 600km through New Zealand's scenic countryside. We have received many compliments about the quality of our lunch offerings but will pass your feedback on. It's great that you enjoyed your driver's commentary - we're proud of the entertaining information they provide along the way.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Booked combo tour through Great Sights. First day went to Waitomo Caves followed by tour of Hobbiton (place where Lord of Rings was filmed) fabulous day with great tour guide. Second day took coach to Bay of Islands and boarded boat only to be told that we would not be going through Hole in Rock due to weather conditions (strong winds), we were offered trip on a different day which was inappropriate for us as overseas visitors. On way to Russell Island to pick up Rutherford passengers it was made clear that we would not even see the Hole in the Rock let alone go through it. Trip was ok but we did not spend time on Urupaka Island which was also part of the advertised tour. Also did not see any dolphins which we were aware may be the case when we booked but lady captain did not make any reference to looking for them during her on board commentary. Complained to Great Sights but did not receive any refund only a limited apology. Then complained to New Zealand Advertising Standards Association, their ruling by a majority view was in Great Sights favour but accepted that trip was not entirely as advertised. Since ruling have received small value compensation from Great Sights. Be aware when booking the hole in the rock cruise that you may not even see it and refund offered will probably not be suitable for an overseas visitor

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GreatSightsNZ, Marketing specialist at GreatSights, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2014

Hi Bob and Jill, thanks for posting your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your Waitomo and Hobbiton tour. It is unfortunate that you experienced poor weather on your Bay of Islands day trip. Our team Offered the option of taking your cruise on a different day and made it clear that the tour would not be exactly as advertised. It is stated in our terms and conditions that we reserve the right to alter timetables and routes. If your captain had attempted to visit the Hole in the Rock it's unlikely you would have enjoyed the experience! All the best for your future travels.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Initially, we were considering to drive ourselves from Christchurch to Mount Cook but we were lucky to have chosen to ride with Great Sights instead. Because the weather was misty, we couldn't actually see what was ahead on the road. And it was long and hilly. So it was good that we could rest. You cant stop to take pictures along the trip if you are driving. But we could do that on the bus. The view was beautiful. Our driver, Mac, was absolutely friendly and helpful. He gave descriptions of the places along the journey which was out of our expectation as we thought it's going to be JUST a bus ride. We chose the Hermitage lunch package. Mac was kind to come around and check that we didn't lost our way around the hotel to take our lunch. We changed our plans of going back Christchurch, but to go to Queenstown after staying 2 days at Aoraki. However, the tickets booked for heading back Christchurch cannot be cancelled. So it's good if u can do this earlier. So we bought new tickets to Queenstown from Aoraki. Coincidentally, it was Mac who drove us again. We ran out of local currency and our credit card is not the sort that uses pin. So we couldnt draw cash at all ATMs and petrol station, but we managed to do that at a souvenir shop where the bus stopped for petrol along the journey. The bus also stopped at Mrs Jones' Orchard where we bought fresh fruits. And managed to booked our stay at Queenstown on the bus, via a hotel directory lend to us by Mac.

The only note to take is that the website did not indicate exactly where is the location of the Christchurch Airport bus-stop. Cos the area was very big, and the entrance has a few directions. We trolleyed our luggage all around.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

I did the full day tour from Auckland to the Bay of Islands and Reece was our driver and guide.

Reece's knowledge of the area we were touring in and New Zealand generally was first rate.

We stopped at Paihia for lunch and then did a cruise out into the Bay seeing dolphins and also going to the famous "hole in the rock"

It was a very full day but Reece always drove in a very safe manner..

I would have no hesitation in booking another tour with Great Sights as I enjoyed the day very much.

Thank GeoffAnnabel
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GreatSightsNZ, Marketing specialist at GreatSights, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2014

Hi GeoffAnnabel,

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour and it's great to hear that you enjoyed your day trip to the Bay of Islands and your driver's knowledge in particular. All the best for your future travels!

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