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“What a Great Experience!”

Coast to Coast Tours
Ranked #5 of 32 Food & Drink in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: New owners, and exciting new tours to come!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Cincinnati, Ohio
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“What a Great Experience!”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Donna and Stuart do a marvelous job of mixing culture, scenery, and personal attention in a small family environment.
With only 6 of us on the tour, there were several stops, at a Cultural center, beehive, lunch, wine tasting, and west coast beach, but the high point was when we stopped at their home, a working sheep farm.
The personal attention given to us made the tour especially rewarding, with Donna's invitation into her home being warm and soothing. The little extra's they provide and the sharing of their personal stories made the whole experience extra special.
I can't say that I've been on a better tour anywhere, as it was so personal and relaxing

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Rod T
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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hello Rod,
Thank you for giving us such great feedback.
As you can read, we’ve been away on our vacation.
Yes, we do aim to keep our tour as personal as possible, so it’s nice to know you felt it so, and liked seeing our farm and home as it’s special for us to share this with our guests.
We trust you continue to enjoy your travels, and we wish you all the best.
Your tree can be found in our farm’s reserves at: S36° 48.747' E174° 27.932'
Regards,
Donna & Stu.
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“Must do Tour in Auckland”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We were in Auckland for a few nights before picking up a cruise and with so little time we wanted to do a tour to cram in as much as possible. I came across the Coast to Coast tours website and was convinced this was the tour to do and I wasn't wrong!

Stu and Donna are the most fantastic couple, make you feel so welcome, at ease and relaxed. I couldn't have wished for a more wonderful start to our holiday and we will have many treasured memories of our trip for years to come.

We did the Ultimate tour which was a full day seeing so many of the beautiful sites and finishing at Donna and Stu's homestead (which is an honour in itself!). I learnt so much, saw so much and ate some wonderful food, Donnas homemade treats were a delight and Stu took us to a fantastic restaurant for lunch. I simply can't recommend this tour highly enough and I would like to say a big thanks to Donna and Stu for making our holiday so special.

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Angie H
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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Hello Angie,
Many thanks for your kind review. As you can read, we've been away on our vacation.
Like you, many folk arrive to Auckland and want to see some of the region before picking up their cruise. We have had good reports how people feel our tour does so much all in the one day, so thank you for echoing this.
It was an honour to have you choose our tour, and we wish you all the best in your future travels.
Your tree can be found on our farm at these co-ordinates are; S36 48.741 E174 27.914
Best regards,
Donna & Stu.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Jessica's visit”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Jessica is intellectually disabled and she visited Donna and Stuarts farm in muriwai on 29th March..apologies for taking so long in writing this. Jessica thoroughly enjoyed her visit, feeding the sheep and patting dawn and roy.
We would like to thank Donna and Stuart for welcoming us and making Jessica feel so special. This is a lovely place to visit and advise anyone who would like a taste of farming
We hope to visit you again

warmest regards
Jessica and Kathy

Visited March 2014
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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Hi there Kathy and Jessica,
Thank you for your kind words here on Tripadvisor. We've just arrived back home after our vacations, hence the delay in our reply. It was so nice to have provided Jessica with her goal-setting and see the pleasure she received from it.
All the best,
Donna & Stu.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“An excellent couple”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

recently I met both STU and DONNA while they visited Belfast,
I spent some time with them taking them through the history of our city, what a lovely genuine couple they are, they told me lots about their business and passed on some great knowledge to me, from one guide to others I thank you for that. Just spending some time in their company is an experience in itself. Thank you both, you are inspirational

Joe mcC

Visited May 2014
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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Kia ora Joe!
We are now home after our 2 month vacation. Many thanks for your lovely comments. It was great meeting you, and we enjoyed your personal tour too.
All the best,
Donna & Stu
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Osaka, Japan
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“Join Coast to Coast Tours”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

It passed a lot of time , but the memory of that tours is unforgetable. It was a wonderful experience we've had before. Their farm life was very interested for us,Japanese.
Their house was very beautiful,comfortable and home made cakes were delicious, too.
And adding they are so kind, and friendly, too. It was really unforgetable experience.
Thank for Donna and Stu.

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank takako I
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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Konnichiwa Takako san,
Arigato for writing a review (and in very good English too).
As you have mentioned, and it is always reported to us, that our tour is so very very different to what people would ever experience because we include the unique feature of visiting our farm and coming inside our own home. This way, overseas folk can experience something “real” compared with visiting a public tourist “attraction”. We are pleased you also enjoyed our Epicurean Tasting Platter, again, something quite unique (and nice not to have your food served from out the back of the vehicle you have been traveling in like is done on most tours!).
Your tree; E18 (a Manuka “honey” tree), can be located in our Reserves at S36 48.741 E174 27.918
Takako, with your excellent “double bottle-feeding” ability, we could use you when we have to feed our lambs later in the year please ;)
Bye bye for now,
Donna & Stu.
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