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Carrington Tours & Transfers

Hamilton, New Zealand
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About Carrington Tours & Transfers
We offer small group (1-11 guests) bespoke private tours of the very best of New Zealand. CTNZ is 100% New Zealand owned & operated family business. We are New Zealanders & are passionate about sharing the very best of our People, Culture, History & Land. CTNZ is an official Tourism New Zealand Certified Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service Operator, your guarantee of authentic quality adventures. We work closely with you to create a personalized itinerary so that your experience in New Zealand is based on your requests, set at your pace, time frame and on your terms, or enjoy one of our fantastic set tours. Our wonderful tours feature life enriching activities, authentic cultural interaction & our exclusive small group tours are popular with those who appreciate a unique personal experience. We offer unsurpassed value, service & flexibility with extras that only we & our partners know to make your trip even more memorable & we always have time to stop & take that picture.
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Carmen-Shea H wrote a review May 2020
Watford, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Neither my partner or I drive, so when we decided we just had to go to Hobbiton as part of our New Zealand trip in November 2019, we were presented with a bit of a problem. If we had just been going for the day, I'm sure we'd have managed something, but we had our hearts set on doing the Evening Banquet where you get to feast like Hobbits! I cannot tell you how many websites we trawled through trying to find a way to do this to no avail. When I stumbled across Carrington Tours, I thought they might have been too good to be true! Not only did they book everything for us with Hobbiton, but we were presented with an itinerary of journey times and information on what to expect both on the way to and during the touritself. And our driver John, even picked us up (and dropped us off) directly from our accommodation in Hamilton, which was exactly what we needed. John was an amazing guide who took us on a tikki tour around the New Zealand countryside on the way to Matamata and we got to see some amazing locations we would otherwise have missed. He was great to chat to, kept us entertained and was an all-round delight to have as a guide. Thank you so much, Carrington Tours & Transfers! We will definitely look you up again on our next trip over.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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momof3beautifulgirls wrote a review Feb 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania8 contributions2 helpful votes
Like many of the other reviewers have said, if you’re traveling to New Zealand and will be anywhere near Hamilton, you really must set up a tour of the glow worms and Hobbiton with John and Fiona. They made everything very easy and took great care to cater to our needs (we were a large group of 6). They arranged everything and John was definitely one of the best tour guides we have ever hired. Knowledgeable, funny, accommodating, and always ready to take pics of our experiences there. He suggested the very best options being very conscientious of the time and making sure we weren't rushed yet still arrived on time. The meeting spot in Hamilton was easy to find and John was on time and extremely personable from the very first hello. The van was clean and big enough for all of us to fit in comfortably, which was nice after so many tight-fitting plane rides. We visited the beautiful Waitomo glow worm caves and then went to the Hobbiton movie set where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. John arranged all tickets, and as I said, he was really nice and knew a lot about New Zealand. Along the drive, he taught us some Maori! Our ice cream stop was delicious. The kids loved the fresh banana cones! All of us treasure our necklaces and are so glad to have a reminder of the great day we had with you and can't thank you both enough for making this such a fantastic and memorable excursion with a personal touch. If you ever make it to Philly, send us an email. Would love to return the favor by taking you on a tour of our city.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Janene W wrote a review Jan 2020
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
My husband and I enjoyed our tour to the caves to see the glow worms as well as the Hobbiton movie set and evening dinner. John was prompt with all e-mails and arrived in a beautiful vehicle that was clean and air conditioned. He had water for us and took photos for us throughout the day. We just sat back and relaxed which was much needed after a long travel day the day before. He’s a wealth of knowledge and we shared some rugby tales along the way. I would highly recommend travelling with John. This day will be the highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from johnc10119, Owner at Carrington Tours & Transfers
Responded 26 Jan 2020
Kia Ora Chris/Janene Thank you both so much for your terrific review, we are so happy you had such a fantastic time with us and on top of that Canada men and women had there best Rugby 7s tournament results ever - brilliant. It was a pleasure to meet you, share, laugh and show you some of our beautiful country and experience the magical Hobbiton and Waitomo adventures. We certainly hope that you may return in the future and we can have the opportunity to show your more of our amazing country and adventures. All the very best John and Fiona
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Passenger37713170209 wrote a review Jan 2020
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My wife and I were escorted to and from the Hobbiton Movie set as part of a honeymoon day trip out of Auckland. Our driver, John, was an absolute legend with the patience of a saint; he not only drove a combined 5 hours to and from our hotel, navigating the irregular traffic there and back, but he humored us with multiple pics and pit stops along the countryside! He was very accomodating, as he didn’t rush us along as we meandered through the gift shop, and even held onto our belongings during our evening tour. Our road trip conversations were enlightening, informative, and actively engaging the whole way through. A long trip was made utterly enjoyable thanks to John, and should we find ourselves in New Zealand again, would gladly take his services again.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from johnc10119, Owner at Carrington Tours & Transfers
Responded 3 Jan 2020
Kia Ora Kiko/Miranda Fantastic, Thank you both so much for your wonderful review, we are so happy you had such a fantastic time and especially since it was during your honeymoon. It was certainly a journey and it was a pleasure to meet you, share, learn, laugh and show you some of our beautiful country and experience the magical Hobbiton Evening Banquet Tour. We certainly hope that you may return in the future and we can have the opportunity to show your more of our amazing country and adventures. Happy New Year and All the very best John and Fiona
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Emma T wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
If you are planning to visit Hobbiton, I would strongly recommend the Evening Banquet Tour with Carrington Tours & Transfers. It was the highlight of our 2 week trip across beautiful New Zealand. The entire process from booking to pick up and drop off on the evening was seamless. John and Fiona were hospitable, kind, quick to respond and very accommodating, even helping us organize a coeliac friendly banquet meal. As two foreigners traveling by ourselves for the first time, we were a bit nervous about getting to and from Hobbiton late in the evening. We compared a few tour companies but could not find any, aside from Carrington Tours, that catered for the Hobbiton Evening Banquet from Hamilton. John and Fiona helped us organize the entire evening, including purchasing the tickets. When the evening arrived, John met us at our Hamilton Motel in a luxurious, clean and comfy vehicle. Throughout the trip, John shared his vast knowledge about New Zealand, even stopping to take photos and pointing out key landmarks. He was warm, welcoming and the perfect tour guide. Once we reached Shire's Rest, John checked us in while we purchased a few souvenirs at the gift shop. He introduced us to our Hobbiton Tour Guides and then off to Bag End we went! Once the incredible experience was over, John was waiting to take us back to Hamilton. A huge part of what made the Evening Banquet Tour such an unforgettable experience was John and Fiona. We didn't have to worry about any of the finer details, which really allowed us to enjoy our night. Thank you so much John and Fiona. I can't recommend Carrington Tours enough and when I'm next in New Zealand, I will be sure to try another of your amazing tours!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from johnc10119, Owner at Carrington Tours & Transfers
Responded 3 Jan 2020
Kia Ora Emma/Marloe Thank you both so much for your wonderful review, we are so happy you had such a fantastic time. It was a pleasure to meet you, share, laugh and show you some of our beautiful country and experience the magical Hobbiton Evening Banquet Tour. We certainly hope that you may return in the future and we can have the opportunity to show your more of our amazing country and adventures. Happy New Year and All the very best John and Fiona
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