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Reviewed 30 August 2017

We spent three superb days with Tom and enjoyed everything he showed us, which included ancient podocarp forests at Whirinaki Conservation Park, the volcanoes at Tongariro National Park, bird life at the Bay of Plenty, and the conservation project at Sanctuary Mountain (Maungatautari). Tom planned excursions that matched our interests in the forests and birds of New Zealand. We were fortunate to see magnificent forests, unusual plants, and great birds, including Wrybills at the Bay of Plenty and Blue ducks (Whio) at Tongariro National Park. Tom is extremely well informed about the natural history and conservation of New Zealand, and his enthusiasm for these subjects made for three very enjoyable days. Tom also steered us in the direction of interesting places to visit in other areas of the North Island, which made our entire trip memorable. We highly recommend Foris Eco-Tours- a great way to see the best of the North Island.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We were 5 women on a full-day bird-watching adventure. Our experience with Tom was exquisite and so much more fabulous than we ever imagined. He is extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating. If I had to do it over again, I would begin my entire visit to New Zealand with a call to Tom first, book everything he offers and take his advice on the rest of the country. We were blown away. Tom has a wonderful sense of humor, is very thoughtful, cares passionately about the environment, and is a dedicated teacher. Trust me: Start your plans with a call to Tom and Foris Eco Tours!

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Visiting Whirinaki Forest for the first half of the day and ending the day with rafting was a great way to spend the day out in nature and being active.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 15 July 2016

The forest was like nothing else I have ever experienced. Truly magnificent and magical. Our guides pointed out some interesting birds that I would never have seen without their help. Lunch was great. The hike was the perfect day out, we returned to our hotel happy, fulfilled and reflecting one one of the best day trips we have done in a long time.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

I was traveling solo; and so grateful for the opportunity to join Tom & another couple for an awesome day! Tom's special connection to this area, rooted in his passion for education and engagement in nature -- made for a truly memorable experience. It was a privilege to have Tom as a guide, to share access to this sacrosanct spot (we were the only "tourists" to be found). After our Whirinaki Forest walk & picnic lunch, we went river rafting in the teeming (warm) rain, with walls of towering ancient trees on both sides -- both magical and majestic. Keep up the great work, Tom, on your vision and mission!

Date of experience: January 2016
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