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“Awesome is the right word !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Awesome Tours

Awesome Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Awesome Tours is a privately owned and operated small group tour business providing local scheduled tours, tailor made personalized multi day tours and shore excursion tours to meet your needs. These can include areas such as Milford Sound, Queenstown, West Coast, Mt Cook or the entire South Island. Day tours from Dunedin can include areas such as the Catlins and Moeraki Boulders and the Otago Peninsula. We provide small group scheduled and private shore excursion tours for cruise passengers while in Dunedin including pickup/return from/to Port, Key City Sights, Natures Wonders Argo Wildlife tours ( Yellow Eyed Penguins, NZ Fur Seals and much more) Natures Wonders authentic Sheep Shed experience, Larnach Castle and the Royal Albatross Colony.We look forward to being of service to you.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Cairns, Australia
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3 reviews
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“Awesome is the right word !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Our tour in Dunedin with Awesome Tours was one of our best and funniest days in New Zealand..AWESOME it certainly was. Everything was organised and we went from one attraction to another with Mark from Awesome Tours..with no hassles and plenty of laughs and wonderful sightseeing opportunities. The Royal Albatross, Argo Tour, Natures Wonders are etched in my memory forever..and Dunedin itself certainly needs more then one day..oh well next time..Thankyou Mark for our wonderful day..I still smile thinking of that Argo tour..or as my sister calls it "the jeep on steroids", what a fun experience..

Visited March 2014
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Port Ewen, New York
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220 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
“Great way to start our cruise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

Dunedin was the first stop on our cruise and from reviews on TripAdvisor, we booked with Mark of Awesome tours. He replied to emails very quickly and even arranged for some time in Dunedin to get a SIM card so I could have cell coverage while in New Zealand. All of this was arranged beforehand and went well. Could have used more time IN Dunedin as there is a fair amount to see, but time was limited if we wanted to see everything else Mark had in store for us.

After looking around Dunedin we went to see the steepest street in the world and had some time to walk up it if we choose to. Only a few did, and only part way up. It was pretty impressive.

From here, we went to see Larmach Castle. Really an elegant older house, but looks like a castle based on where it is plus shape/design. Very nice tour and grounds are gorgeous. Another place you can easily spend more time if you have it.

From here, we went to lunch at our own cost at a place Mark picked out. Excellent fish and chips along with some local beer. Good choice of stops.

After this, it was on to the Argo 8 wheel AWD vehicles and a tour of wildlife. While we did see quite a bit, the real attraction seemed to be the interesting vehicles that can apparently go over just about anything. With recent rains, there were plenty of puddles and mud holes which we conquered easily. Those with back problems, might want to reconsider this part of the tour.

All in all, this was a great start to our cruise. Mark was an excellent host and commentator of his city/area. It was a pleasant day and we'd easily book with him again.

Visited March 2014
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Bonn, Germany
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Outstanding tour with Marc”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

I was on a cruise and I booked this tour in January 2014. My booking was confirmed immeditaly and Marc was at the pier on time.

Marc was very friendly, helpful and informative as we got very much background information on the region and the animals living there.

The highlight of the trip was the visit of the penguins and albatrosses. I also would like to mention that Marc sent me some additional photos of the penguins and the other animals as I wasn`t able to take all the fotos I wanted to take.

Thank you Marc was this great tour and best regards from Germany!

Visited March 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Mark Dixon is the best!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

This is the second time that Mark took us to Nature's Wonders and the Albatross center.
Both times, he was reliable and well informed.He responds to emails quickly and is a well organized person.
Mark is pleasant and efficient...a definite pleasure to travellers....He picked us up and returned us on time to our cruise ship!

Visited February 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“"Sorry we missed you!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

“Sorry we missed you!”

Reviewed March 14, 2014 NEW
We booked a private all day tour for Dunedin, New Zealand with “Awesome Tours” six months before our cruise to New Zealand. Mark Dixon was our contact and he was exceptional with the emails and confirmation of our tour. The tour was paid in full before our trip. However mother nature paid us a call and our cruise ship was unable to dock in Dunedin due to bad weather. We called Mark from our ship and he immediately credited our account no questions asked. Thank you for all you did and we are sorry we missed you. We will definitely plan another trip to New Zealand and book a tour with you.
Thanks again Mark! 
Bill and Laurel Bertrand

Visited March 2014
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