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Wicked Wanders

Tauranga, New Zealand
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About Wicked Wanders
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.
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4hr Tauranga Scenic History and Tasting Tour FREE Kiwifruit Ice Cream

Departs 10:00am. Enjoy this 4 Hour boutique tour of Tauranga. Picking you up from right outside the Tauranga port gates the local guide accompaning you will serve as your expert, connecting you with the natural beauty, history, culture, industry and people of Tauranga. See amazing views, beautiful beaches, historical sites, orchards and experience the taste of our world-renowned Manuka Honey, Kiwifruit and Avocado industries. At the completion of the tour your guide will transport you back to the port gates. 
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4 hours
from US$49.14

6hr Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Departs 9:00am. A must do for all Lord of the Rings fans! Join us for a magical journey to Middle Earth where you can become part of the wonder that was created called Hobbiton! The Hobbiton Movie set was used for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' film trilogies and is situated on a family run sheep farm close to the town of Matamata in the Waikato province. It is now a Tolkien tourism destination, offering guided tours of the set.
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6 hours
from US$133.29

6hr Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland Tour

Departs 9:00am. Visit Kiwifruit Country and learn all about the kiwifruit industry before heading to Rotorua to take in the breathtaking sights of beautiful lakes, towering Redwoods, boiling mud pools and gushing geysers. Your guide will take you on a tour of the park sharing about the Maori culture, the history of the area and how the Maori lived day to day along with beautiful views of the geothermal areas. The tour will end with a cultural performance including a welcome on to the Marae or meeting house, examples of traditional songs and the famous haka.
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6 hours
from US$120.63

3hr Tauranga Sun-downer History Tour COMPLIMENTARY Wine or Beer

Departs 2:00pm Winter 3:00pm Summer. A tour of Tauranga city taking in the sights of early european settlements, the battle of Gate Pa, views of the harbour, local history and how Tauranga grew to be the city it is today. Finishes with a complimentary glass of wine or beer at The Clarence boutique hotel.
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3 hours
from US$43.19
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Joan wrote a review Mar 2021
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We had beautiful weather. This is a must to be able to experience the best views. Our guide was good and informative. Downside for anyone unable to walk unaided, not for wheelchair, steps quite steep. Pushchair can manage, money we'll spent. PS: I have both knees reconstructed but able to get around the hilly terrain.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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446jennifer wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand33 contributions26 helpful votes
Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our day out. The tour guide picked us up from our accommodation and took us back the end of the day. The tour guide was very informative and we learnt a lot about redoubts, kiwifruit and avocados. We enjoyed our fish and chip lunch at Maketu. Would recommend this tour to others.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Margot K wrote a review Mar 2020
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We were on a cruise that unexpectedly visited Tauranga for 2 days. The fist day we did a hop on & hop off bus tour around Tauranga. The second day we booked a tour with Russell who took us on sight seeing tour around the town and told us bit of history of the region - very interesting. We then headed out of town to Comvita Manuka Honey factory, then to a kiwi fruit farm & finally an avocado farm. Russell was an informative, welcoming & good humoured host - very enjoyable.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Russell C, Owner at Wicked Wanders
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hi Margot, Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to host yourself and Adam when the Voyager of the Seas docked in Tauranga unexpectedly. I'm glad you liked the tour and what the lovely Bay of Plenty has to offer. All the best, Russell
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Gerry wrote a review Mar 2020
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We were very lucky to be the only ones on this trip that day, our guide was excellent new what he was talking about and answered any questions we had also the van was very clean. Started with a tour of the city then made our way to a kiwi fruit farm was very interesting and lots of different foods to sample bought quite a few things, the honey farm was good has a nice little cafe also very interesting. The just a quick visit to a avocado farm were we sampled some amazing avocado oils yummy. All up a great day would recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Russell C, Owner at Wicked Wanders
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hi Gerry, Yes, yourself and Gary lucked into a private tour that day. It was my pleasure to host you in our beautiful party of the world and I'm pleased you enjoyed my tour. Thank you for your review. All the best, Russell
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Neville H wrote a review Mar 2020
6 contributions4 helpful votes
Russell responded quickly after purchasing our tickets. Meeting off wharf was easy. Vehicle is well suited to the tour. Best of all it was a great informative tour - highlight was the visit to kiwi fruit farm. Lovely day - definitely recommend this tour run by enthusiastic owner operator.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Russell C, Owner at Wicked Wanders
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hi Nev, Thank you for your review. I thoroughly enjoyed hosting Marie and yourself along with everyone else on your tour. It was a lovely day in Bay of Plenty and I it was a pleasure to show it to you. All the best, Russell
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