Customer Comments

Dated 16 January 2012

Hi John,

I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful day on Saturday.


Everyone had a fabulous time and your patience and the little touches (eg. bottles of water) were most appreciated. The tasting at Black Estate was the highlight, thank you so much for arranging this. We wont hesitate to recommend you to anyone keen to experience Waipara wine for themselves.

Best regards,



just wanted to thank you very much for the wonderful day we had doing the Waipara Wine Tour I organised with you.    We all certainly enjoyed our day, and Sefton - he was just marvellous to say the least.   We will do it again sometime BUT we will request we have Sefton as our driver - he's brilliant!
Everything went according to plan and we even called at Prenzel - Sefton's suggestion.  The timetable we planned was very good and Torlese was the best.   Just goes to show that the smaller privately owned can be better than the bigger commercial vineyards.
Many thanks
9 Eskdale Place
Westlake, Halswell
Hi -

Shannon & I took one of your tour about 2 weeks ago, probably on Friday, November 25.

Our tour guide was John, but I neglected to get his last name. We learned that he retired from Air NZ and was in the Royal Marines. We swapped stories, as I had been in the US Marine Corps. John was a great host, so many thanks for that. Please pass our thanks again to him and send any contact info for him, if he is agreeable.

Cheers from Burbank!

Bob & Shannon

Hi Jo - my wife and I took the Waipara Valley wine tour with Trevor on the 3rd. Just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful experience. Trevor was a great host, and he obviously has excellent relationships with the vineyards that we visited. I will be certain to recommend your operation to others who are interested in wine touring.

Thanks very much!

Jim Wilkerson

Hi Jo

Just thought that I would let you know that we had a fabulous day on Saturday.  Cath was awesum and she made our day even more enjoyable she was FANATASTIC!!!  Very knowlegdgable and heaps of fun.

Thanks again and we definitely recommend your tour.


Hi Jo,

I hear the wine tour was very successful and everyone had positive comments on their return last Saturday.  I just wanted to say a big thank you for the day and been so helpful to deal with.

Many Thanks



This is just a quick note to tell you guys that we did the Wine Tour at Waipara with Jim on Saturday 2nd August. And he is tops! The whole deal was great and we absolutly loved it and Jim was the icing on the cake. He's a treasure!
Thank you for the most wonderful day out - it more then made up for our being unable to attend Riccarton Racing and the reason for our South Island Visit.
Thank you :)
We just got home last night from our trip, and really enjoyed our tour with Trevor.  That was a wonderful day.  The Waipara Valley is just beautiful.  We live  quite close to the Napa Valley in California, so it was wonderful seeing your beautiful wine region.  Thank you for a terrific tour.  Your country is fantastic, and we can't wait to visit again.
Dear Sir,
We would like to tell you how much we enjoyed our day at Akaroa with Trevor. He picked us up at the hotel promptly, and encouraged, informed (historically and geographically) and supported us all the way.The entire journey to Ackaroa was a delight, skirting Littleton harbour, and visiting Little River for a short break. The cheese factory at Barrys Bay had some delicious cheese which we enjoyed in our hotel room for the next few days. We appreciated stopping at several scenic highlights along the way for photographic opportunities.
We chose the opportunity to spend time in Akaroa which is a place of rare beauty and fascination. The foreshore is adequate reason to visit but the delightful buildings and town are a source of continuing joy and wonder. For us, there were many places of interest to visit, however, there were still places we would like to have seen. The Glass Blowers display was both superb and productive as we have a couple of very fine mementos of our visit.
In all a great day, and one we will remember all our days.
Yours with our very best wishes
Joyce and Roy.
We took a tour with Jim on Saturday the 14th around the waipara wineries and we felt compelled to write and tell you what a gem he is.
We were the only two on the tour that day and thought maybe that would be strange, but it was like Jim was a very knowledgable friend showing us around rather than simply a tour guide.
The lunch was delicious, the tour itself was wonderful, but mostly we enjoyed his company and will definately ask for him again next time we are in Christchurch. Thank you for a memorable, enjoyable day.
Rachel and Rose.
Hi Jo & John...I'm still travelling and not home in Hervey Bay until 7th April. Thought I had sent a short note of thanks to you for a wonderful day. Not easy grabbing time on friends and family computers. I'll contact you with more detail in April...meantime be assured everyone had a wonderful day and commented it was more than likely superior to Arthur's Pass (even with good weather!). Akaroa was certainly the right decision considering the weather and I'll be recommending your tours on Cruise Critic!
"Little John" was professional and Beau (Bo?) such a careful driver.
I want to contact the "no show" passengers - 2 from my group and 2 from California as they should still have to pay. However, guess there is not much chance of that!?
Kind regards,
Bev Hudson
Hi Jo and John,

William was wonderful and we really enjoyed our day with him.  Christchurch was a delight.  The city is beautiful and the day went so quickly.  We all wished we had more time time there.  As I run into more people heading your way, you can be sure, I will get them together with you.

Jo and John,

We had a wonderful day. Our driver, another John, I believe, was very good and informative. We were all very happy with your service and the drive was very scenic.

Thanks again,


Dear Sally,

We are sorry that we can't remember your last name, but we definitely remember you because you gave us such a good tour on that miserably rainy day. We were the married couple who sat in the second row (You picked us up on Worcester Street when we were staying at The Worcester House. Another memorable thing about that trip was that the very tired little Japanese girl kept banging her head periodically on the window when the van went around curves. I hope that you remember that day and us.

We really thought that you were a good tour guide. We stopped at the French Farm winery for lunch. It was sunny but quite cold so we moved one of the table almost inside and it really helped.

You gave us some ideas for when we reached the west coast at Greymouth at the end of the TranzAlpine train ride. Just thought that you might be interested to know that we went to Blackball for lunch at the Formerly Blackball Hilton. The place was teeming with very senior citizens - every other one had a cane or a walker. It was actually a riot. We ended up sitting at the bar and ordering our lunch. It was a kick! Afterwards, they invited us to go upstairs to look at their hotel accommodations - really tacky but entertaining. No thanks.

You also told us about "white bait patties" which I saw on a menu in Franz Joseph a few days later and ordered them. They were delicious with a really tasty sauce and I am glad that I had them.

In Blackball, we also visited the salami factory and bought a small package of plastic-sealed sliceds of salami. We didn't open it until we got back home but it was still mighty good.

I also think that you were the one who told us about the Deniston Incline.

We tried to take a train ride up there, but the weather was too bad and it was cancelled. So, we drove up there and read some of the historic markers and got the idea of the old mine. We also went to the museum in Westport.

All and all, you helped make our visit to New Zealand very enjoyable and we thank you for that .

You were an excellent driver on those curvy and steep roads. Best of luck to you. We hope that our paths will cross again.

Your American Friends,

Mary and Gary Nordquist

Can you please pass on our sincere thanks to your tour guides Sally and Sefton Jones for the tours we went on with them on our recent trip to Christchurch.  We couldnt have had better treatment and will certainly be recommending your tours to our friends and anyone we hear of heading your way.

Thank you once more      Don and Leonie Burr

Copy of hand written 'Thank You' card

Hi there!  Just wanted to let you know that I have passed the invoice on for payment and to say thank you for a really lovely afternoon.  It was very well run and everyone was impressed (and relaxed!).  From my point of view - it was great to know that someone else was in control so that I could enjoy myself as well.  The twisted hop  was a great place to end up by the way ...apparently we were their first ever bus,  so there you go!
Thanks very much!
Kind regards

Anna Flower
Local Market Manager
Christchurch Metro

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