Due to a major storm our cruise ship had to remain an extra day in Wellington. This gave us the opportunity to book Gary, as we had heard rave reviews about him during our first day in port. We are pleased to say that Gary lived up to and exceeded these reviews. In addition to receiving Gary's brief but meaningful presentation of Maori lore and traditions as mentioned by others, and driving through the pristine private forest adjacent to Wellington and seeing the deer, etc., the even more amazing part of the excursion was still to come. The storm that had hit Wellington the night before was still blowing strong. Gary drove us down to a bluff overlooking the tumultuous waves, where the wind felt like we were standing under a huge vacuum cleaner. We drove down to the shale beach and got close and personal with some seals which seemed oblivious to us and the storm. Gary then started driving along the beach, explaining that due to the effects of the storm and the incoming tide, we may have to turn around at a certain point. My wife is not much for midway rides, but revelled in the whole experience due largely to the complete confidence we felt in Gary. Like we said to Gary, he and his SUV were like a rider with the horse he had ridden for 10 years; they were as one. Gary knew what pitches and looseness of shale the SUV could handle and drove us along the ocean front effortlessly, but not without a huge amount of excitement for the passengers! The rest and snack stop with Gary and his wife, Mariah, was delightful. We heartily recommend this trip!! A real gem!!
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