Wicked Wanders
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WICKED A New Zealand colloquialism meaning Amazing, Fantastic or Astonishing. Established in 2015 WICKED Wanders is a boutique tour operator specialising in providing personalised history and tasting tours of the greater Tauranga area. Our tours give you the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of our backyard. To do this we work with other like-minded people who have a passion for what New Zealand, its people and culture have to offer. Come with us and we will take you on a journey where you will discover stunning scenery, Maori culture, historical sites, beautiful beaches and an insight into our primary industries. We look forward to seeing you on board.
Tauranga, New Zealand

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Rachel C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nicoli, our guide, was so passionate about NZ & her locality & community. She was fun, informative and went above and beyond to make our day one we will never forget.
Do mot miss this trip when stopping in Tarangua.
Written 9 April 2024
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It's customers like you who make our work so enjoyable. Thank you for your support and your glowing review.
Written 12 April 2024
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Swpence53
Palmyra, VA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
Excellent tour. Very friendly folks. Clean bus. Top scores all around. I would definitely use them again.
Written 31 March 2024
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It's wonderful to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us. We appreciate your business and your feedback.
Written 12 April 2024
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Steven M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024
Driver was amazing made us right at home along with informative commentary and laughter along the way. Enjoyed the extra bonuses of walking the track to the waterfalls along the way which were very spectacular.
Couldn’t rate the drive to Hobbiton highly enough. Thank you Russell for the tips at Hobbiton as well. You were spot on and it helped us enjoy the tour even more.
Thanks Wicked Wanders
Written 10 March 2024
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Hi Steven, We couldn't be happier to hear about your positive experience. Thank you for choosing us and for your generous review.
Written 27 March 2024
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fan4fathom
Green Valley, AZ51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
Everything about this tour was perfect from being picked up on time to being dropped back off at the port. Nickoletti (sp) was interesting, helpful, considerate and all around, a great guide/driver. She showed us several sites as well as taking us to the Hobbiton Tour Set and ensuring we got where we needed to be on time. Hobbiton was out of this world and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Never a dull moment and the gift shop was filled with great treasures. Definitely would do again and highly recommend!
Written 4 March 2024
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We couldn't be happier to hear about your positive experience. Thank you for choosing us and for your generous review.
Written 9 March 2024
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Nathan G
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
We traveled from our cruise ship in Mt Maunganui in a very comfortable minibus. Our tour guide was very friendly and showed us the local sights at the start of our tour. Very knowledgeable about the area. We had time for snacks before and after our tour. On the return we had time to fit in a visit to a local waterfall. Then we were dropped back to the ship. Wonderful trip -very professional and fun.
Written 1 March 2024
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Hi Nathan, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed yourselves on our tour.
Written 1 March 2024
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Mark Olivero
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wicked Wonders provide great service Russell was punctual when picking us up from our hotel and he was very kind and friendly. Totally recommended.
5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Written 27 February 2024
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We're humbled by your positive review. Thank you for being a valued customer and for sharing your experience with others.
Written 1 March 2024
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Don B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
Tour of Taurangi and surrounding suburbs. Russell was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the different cultures. He was easy to listen to and was very friendly. The smaller tour group is great alternative to the larger groups through the cruise ships.
Written 25 February 2024
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Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your day.
Written 1 March 2024
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Sherri G
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Incredible experience! Hobbiton was breathtaking and so much fun. Even those in our group who didn’t have much knowledge of LOR enjoyed the artistry and creativity.
Written 24 February 2024
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Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your day.
Written 1 March 2024
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vfg8407
Houston, TX45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient picking us up at the cruise ship port then taking us to Rotorua with some stops along the way for beautiful vistas and to see a kiwi farm. The Māori cultural center is not to be missed along with the geysers, mud pools, and the kiwis (both live and on the vine!)
Written 21 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review. We're honored to have earned your praise.
Written 1 March 2024
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Craig S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We lucked out and got the owner of the company, Russell (some of his summer workers had just returned to school after [Kiwi] summer break). Very knowledgable and responsible in terms of keeping our group of nine together and on time. Really appreciated all the stops on the way back from Rotorua: redwoods, the lake, kiwi vineyards and beach. Also appreciated the fact that he was in touch by email pre-tour and we knew exactly when and where to go to meet him (off of our cruise ship). He was the only one of our four tours to have a sign board with our name. Russell has been in the hospitality field for 30 years, and it shows. This is a professionally run operation
Written 21 February 2024
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We couldn't be happier to hear about your positive experience. Thank you for choosing us and for your generous review.
Written 1 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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