Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS

 

“this is what special travel memories are made of; Brad and I will never forget the day we had in Auckland and especially not forget you, our wonderful guide. It was a real privilege to visit all those creative places but our conversation was the highlight. We headed to Auckland Airport so happy to have made a good friend in New Zealand after one very special day. We hope to see you in New York one day where we hope we can do our city as much justice as you did your home town!”

Katie & Brad – New York, experience our NZ Art & Heritage tour

 

“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 Sculpture & Fine Wine tour

 

“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

 

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

 

“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

 

“Your tour was awesome. And all the good arrangement made us enjoying the journey…”

Yilin – Indonesia, experienced a customised tour

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“Immaculate; we thank you. Contacting you again in 2020 for news when we consider NZ again…”

Ricardo – France, experienced a customised central Auckland tour

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“Dear Jacqui – 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.

 

“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