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“Great tours from a knowledgeable guide”
Review of A1tours4U

A1tours4U
Ranked #16 of 24 Food & Drink in Napier
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Owner description: Providing tours of Napier and the surrounding district, visiting wineries and other places of interest
UK
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174 reviews
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“Great tours from a knowledgeable guide”
Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

The tour owner and operator Mike is very knowledgeable about both the wines and the area, having lived there all his life.
This shows up in the commentary he gives as you drive round and the relationships he's got with the vineyards, so you get to see and experiences places you wouldn't be able to on your own. He asks what you like and then tailors the tours to match rather than being a standard tour for everyone, so you get something you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy,
In fact that's pretty much the only downside - you find so much nice wine you end up buying more than you planned!

Visited November 2013
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Tokoroa, New Zealand
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“A must do in Napier”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

We did a half day tour with Mike in his luxury van with 2 other couples and it was worth every penny! Mike has great people skills that make you feel relaxed and at ease immediately. He treated us all like old friends and we had some great laughs. Mike is full of knowledge about the local area and was happy to share and answer our questions as we toured. He had a great relationship with all the staff at the winery's we went to which meant we received top service and plenty to taste:) I couldn't recommend this tour enough. Thanks so kuch Mike we'll be back! From the Tokoroa crew.

Visited October 2013
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Kingsville, Australia
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317 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“WONDERFUL TOUR GUIDE IN NAPIER”
Reviewed 14 February 2013

Mike is the best!!! We were four people on a cruise ship to Napier and we were all so thankful we got Mike to take us on a tour of the local scenery and visited 3 wineries. It is just so worth it to get a private tour, we couldn't have thought of anything worse than getting on a 45 seater bus and doing the tour of this beautiful part of the world. I had booked this tour prior to us leaving Australia on a cruise ship to New Zealand Mike was just so full of local knowledge, extremely friendly, flexible and lots of fun! We couldn't have asked for anything more. He made us feel very special and took us to some beautiful wineries where we had a one on one talk from the staff at each winery. His van was very comfortable and clean. Do yourself a favour and book Mike when next in Napier, even if you are driving through its worth it to get him to take you around so you can taste all the lovely wines of the area. Keep up the great work Mike!!!

Visited January 2013
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Scotland
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic”
Reviewed 2 February 2012

We had booked with a larger company however Mike works alongside this comapny and thankfully we were with his company. He picked us up from our hotel right on time and took us out to our first winery. On the way gave us a little bit of local history of the area. At the first winery we met up with Janine - Mikes daughter there with one other couple. Fantastic - Janine was our driver and we set off with the other couple to visit our wineries. Lovley air con six seater and plenty of knowledge from Janine re the local area and the wineries we visited. All of the wineries had their own unique point so it was a great variety from an area that has plenty. Would definately recommend going with A1 they know their stuff and nothing was too much trouble. Thanks

Visited January 2012
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London
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“Excellent Wine Tour”
Reviewed 5 October 2011

We actually booked a wine tour with another bigger wine tour operator, who we discovered on pick up had subcontracted the work to A1tours4U. And we are so glad that this happened. A1tours4U is effectively a one-man operation (Mike) with a 6 seater mini-bus, and on our tour there were 4 people in total.

Mike is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who provided excellent commentary throughout the tour. Mike is on the older-side and uses his experience to provide many interesting and sometimes amusing anecdotes.

We went to 4 different wineries over around 5 hours, and the small number of people meant that the wine tastings were more intimate and informative (in fact we bumped into the tour company that we originally booked through and the number of people were far higher).

This was an infomative and enjoyable wine tour which is recommended. I would also recommend booking with Mike directly.

Visited September 2011
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