“Thanks, Ilona; for being such a happy, informative and friendly guide. It is was a great pity we parted so hastily on Federal Street after such a lovely day. We were blessed with excellent weather and the exercise was needed. It was a memorable visit and fortuitous in every sense. Whilst Brick Bay was necessarily hurried it was a bonus to meet the owners, to learn of their vision and see their property and enjoy excellent food. What a lovely woman she is with vision and style. Their family work on Matakana is very close to a plan Annabel and I have for our home village at Angaston so we had a double bonus. We had little idea of your renown and now appreciate your talents even more! Thanks again.”
Robert & Annabel – South Australia, experienced our Gibbs Farm tour in April 2018
“Jacque – a very belated thank you for the fabulous tour we had to Gibbs Farm. Ilona was sensational both in personality and knowledge. We felt very privileged to be a party of four. The other couple Bob and Jackie were delightful company. The visit to Ransom wines topped off a great day. We had fabulous weather also. It was the complete package. It will stay in our memories for ever. Our friends are very jealous. Thank you again and please thank Ilona she was really great.”
Gerry Heaton and his wife, Caroline – Sydney, Australia, experienced our Gibbs Farm tour in February 2017
““On behalf of the Papamoa Rotary and the members who attended thank you very much for organising a great tour. We all really enjoyed it is certainly a special place and the lunch and hosting at Ransons was excellent. Can you extend our gratitude to Ilona who was an excellent guide and host and had a great knowledge of the sculptures that made it more interesting. We enjoyed our day with her. Also thank you for organising the weather!”
Rod Keucke and his group from Tauranga, New Zealand, experienced our Gibbs Farm tour in November 2016
“We just got back in Brasil, and we had such a wonderful and very hectic time in NZ and Tahiti. We would like to thank you very much for the chocolates that you left in our hotel, that was very good. We didn´t had time to send you this e-mail earlier. We had such a good day with you either. Congratulations for your good job!”
Jessica and Sasson, San Paulo, Brazil, experienced our full day NZ Art & Heritage tour in November 2016 – she is a well-known actress in Brazil, on honeymoon.
“Hi ladies –This is just a short note to thank you for your help with our tour on Saturday morning for the Toyota Insurance group. The guests really enjoyed it and the highlight was finishing off at Kapiti Cheese. I am very grateful Meg could be there to deliver the presentation, and many of the guests commented how well she did this. A few of our guests purchased cheese there and then ended up going back for some more!
Anne Gowlett, Sydney Australia and her clients experienced our Fine Art, Food & Fashion downtown walking tour in July 2016
I had no idea the story of Auckland was so interesting. Thanks, Jacqui for a great morning. Our group really enjoyed themselves and we will recommend you to our colleagues, most certainly”
Jonathan – Wellington, New Zealand, experienced our Founders and Funders of Auckland tour in December 2015
“Hi Jacqui – Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the tour on Friday. It was very enjoyable and we were so lucky with the weather. The spread for lunch was terrific too!”
Philippa and David – Sydney, Australia, experienced our Gibbs Farm tour in November 2015
“Jacqui – the tour was absolutely wonderful. Lynn was a very able hostess for the day and we really enjoyed her company. The garden – Jacque the gardener who took us all around was a delight and of course very able to give names of plants, when they were planted and the whole philosophy behind Bev McConnell ‘s intent for the garden…We would recommend this tour to anyone who would really appreciate the garden at Ayrlies and all that it includes both past and present as the lifetime work of a very special lady. (also her family and the “family of gardeners”).Again,thanks for facilitating the day”
Lyn and Leslie – Otago, New Zealand, experienced our Living Art tour in November 2015
“Your tour was awesome. And all the good arrangement made us enjoying the journey…”
Yilin – Indonesia, experienced a customised tour in October 2015
“Thrilled to bits. That was one of the best tours we’ve ever done anywhere in the world. The opportunity to meet the artist and see where he worked was fantastic…”
Doug – Ireland, experienced a customised tour in October 2015
“Hi Jacqui – thank you so much for our fun, inspiring morning in Auckland. We learnt so much! Our only regret is we didn’t spend more time in your beautiful city…”
Sue and Roger – USA, experienced our Fine Art, Food & Fashion tour in August 2015
“Dear Jacqui – it has taken me some time to write this email as my wife and I are still finding it hard to describe how magnificent our tour to Gibbs Farm was. While the Anish Kapoor and Richard Sera pieces were certainly impressive, we must say, our favourite works were by the New Zealand artists. Perhaps there was something about their work that harmonised better with the landscape. Thank you so much. When we visit your shores again, we will take your advice and take one of your tours in Wellington. We look forward to that day very much.”
Jim and Amanda – USA, experienced our Gibbs Farm Tour in May 2015
“Immaculate; we thank you. Contacting you again in 2017 for news when we consider NZ again…”
Ricardo – France, experienced a customised central Auckland tour in April 2015
“Fantastic surprise; I’m not sure who to thank more – my wife for booking the tour, or you for giving me the best birthday present I’ve had in years. Wonderful day I will always remember!”
John – New Zealand, experienced our NZ Art & Heritage Tour in March 2015
“Thanks for your warm reception and the wonderful arrangements. The whole trip was so fulfilled and amazing. Thank you for your caring. We also look forward to meeting you in the future soon. You have been a great friend!”
Grace – China, experienced a 3 day customised tour in March 2015
“Amazing. No other word to describe how great that tour was. We have recommended you already to friends…”
Anthea & Paul – Australia, experienced our Gibb’s Farm Tour in February 2015
“…Ilona a wonderful guide and the art truly inspiring. Thank you for such good memories!”
Sarah – USA, experienced our NZ Art & Heritage Tour in December 2014
“Dear Jacqui – as you know, we were only in New Zealand for a stop-over, but think we got to see and understand more about your beautiful country on your tour than many people do in a full 3 weeks! A fabulous, fabulous time was had. Thank you so much.”
Samantha – USA, experienced our Fine Art, Food & Fashion Tour in October 2014.
“Jacqui – thank you so much for organising the best group tour we have experienced anywhere in New Zealand. Your guides are totally impressive and we really appreciated their flexibility in catering to a wide variety of requests and needs. We will recommend you to all our business contacts back home.”
Mark – Australia, experienced our NZ Art & Heritage Tour in July 2014.
“Dear Jacqui & Ilona – I would like you to know how much I enjoyed your tour. The opportunity to visit such a grand home filled with such important art is an experience I will never forget. Thank you.”
Margaret – New Zealand, experienced our Private Collections & Gardens Tour in May 2014.
“Dear Jacqui – I wanted you to know how fabulous our time was with Ilona. We saw a great deal and enjoyed every opportunity to enjoy the wine country and lots of art. Ilona’s energy is infectious. We had a terrific time!”
Suzanne – USA, experienced our Sculpture & Wine Tour and our NZ Art & Heritage Tour over 2 days in February 2014.
“Ilona is the most entertaining, personable and informative guide I’ve ever had. Her ability to keep things interesting and informative, even on the motorway, is impressive. Her knowledge of the New Zealand arts scene was amazing. Highly recommended and worth every penny! Thank you.”
Sophie – New Zealand, experienced our Sculpture & Fine Wine Tour in February 2014.
“Ilona – thank you. An incredible tour. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Best promenade for you!”
Orel – Hawaii, experienced our Private Collections & Gardens Tour in January 2014.