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“Just ask for Wayne!”
Review of Bush and Beach

Bush and Beach
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland
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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Auckland City Tour
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Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bush and Beach is Auckland's premier small-group tour company. Daily award-winning tours take you to Auckland's coastal rain forest, wild black sand beaches, untamed Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Hobbiton and Waitomo area. Our experienced guides provide an interactive, unforgettable experience, including walks in lush rainforest, on awe-inspiring surf beaches, to lush wetlands and beautiful waterfalls.
Reviewed 15 June 2014

We arrived in Auckland from Atlanta, Georgia via San Francisco, California jet-lagged and ragged from driving on the "wrong side" of the road into Auckland while colliding with the morning rush. Right on time our guide Wayne arrived at our hotel and patiently waited a few minutes while we got our collective wits about us. He then took us on a wonderful tour of Auckland which started as a half day tour but we loved his guidance so much we signed on for the 2nd half of the day as well. Couldn't have made a better choice for an informative and fun way to fit off that urge to nap!! Wayne provided us fabulous views of the city and surrounding areas along with lots of fun facts and stories. The afternoon tour's highlight was hot tea and Anzac cookies on Piha (sp?) beach (we are now hooked on Manuka Honey UMF #5, BTW... thanks Wayne ;) ), or maybe it was the take-away stop for lunch, oh, wait... then there was the beautiful waterfall, or seeing the airport from across the bay. Anyway, if you go to Auckland and don't book one of B & B's many tours you are missing out... we promise!

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KrystleBT, Front Office Manager at Bush and Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Hi there,

Thank you for your great review and we are so pleased your enjoyed your day with Wayne.

The Best of Both Worlds tour (a morning Auckland City tour and afternoon Waitakere Rainforest and black sand beaches tour) you mentioned is the perfect way to combat the long flight jetlag!

Thank you again for the great review and we look forward to maybe hosting you on another tour if you ever return to New Zealand.


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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Our travel agency itinerary already had Bush and Beach day trip to Hobbiton included for us. My husband and I were excited for this tour as we loved all the LOTR and Hobbit movies.
The Shire was actually a pretty big area to walk around and the ginger beer was delicious at the Green Dragon Pub. I wanted to compliment and give extra kudos to the great customer service from Bush and Beach. We were picked up in Auckland and was transferred to a differ bus to our Rotorua hotel afterwards. We had such a a great time at Hobbiton that my hubby left his jacket on the bus. With just a quick call, they were able to locate our driver and delivered the jacket back our hotel in Rotorua. Thank you SO much for such a great customer service !! :) You guys are the best!
Ed and Doreen from Los Angeles

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Our afternoon rainforest and west coast experience tour stands out as one of the highlights of our trip.

We realise now after having been on some of the "other cheaper tours" that other reviewers mentioned that we enjoyed a very special afternoon. Our guide Alexander was a godsend - so much so if we had the luxury of more time we would have booked him for another day to explore more of the area.

The tour itself was really well planned, showcasing the very best of the Waitakere Ranges. Our guide Alexander wasn't just informative and knowledgable he was clearly passionate and respectful of the local environment, which really resinated with our values and why we chose this tour. He also gave us some other pretty cool recommendations - such as Best Ugly Bagels (awesome) and The Depot (Pinot Noir on tap - yes!)

Even though we both had knee/leg injuries, we had no difficulty with the light walking required to see the amazing waterfall and rainforest.

Thank you for an amazing afternoon - we will be back in contact!

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a great tour, which I was fortunate enough to book at short notice. The early morning start from Auckland meant that we were one of the first groups to arrive before the crowd built up - the trip was timed very well. Our driver David was informative and friendly. Hobbiton is very charming and a must-visit for any Lord of the Rings fan in the area.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

It was excellent! Our tour guide Sean was the excellent and very knowledgeable!! It was the best!!! Our tour guide Sean was very knowledgeable and he far exceeded my expectation!! Even if it was a half day tour Sean provided for well timed stops to wander! Plus he provided our group with a great perspective of local knowledge! The half day wilderness tour is a must!

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