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“Exquiste indeed!”
Review of Xquizit Day Tours

Xquizit Day Tours
Ranked #33 of 63 Tours in Rotorua
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Owner description: Xquizit Tours specialise in small group tours in the Rotorua Region and beyond,and tailor these tours to suit your interests as there are many places to see and attractions to visit, i.e. Geothermal, Cultural, Adventure, Nature, Lakes and Mountains etc. We also specialise in Shore Excursions from the Port of Tauranga to ensure that you get the most out of your day trip to this exciting and unique area. Free WiFi in all vehicles and complimentary chilled bottled water.
Reviewed 11 January 2016

On leaving our cruise ship, Holland America's MS Noordam, Anne from Xquizit tours takes us for a drive along Pilot Bay and then along the Pacific Coast of Mt Maunganui, surf beach on one side and luxury homes on the other, before we head inland through fertile land to the “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke. We stop at Kiwi 360 which is a working Kiwifruit Orchard, where we are shown the kiwifruit vines and we learn the keys points of the kiwifruit growing cycles.

Next stop is the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, where we get up close to the falls but watch from a lookout, but we don't see any rafters or kayakers racing down the falls. This is a Grade 5 rafting river with the highest commercially rafted waterfall at 7m, in the southern hemisphere. Anne shows us the silver fern and explains how it came to represent the spirit of New Zealand, used by Maori hunters - to find their way at night.

Next a real treat, the Te Puia the Maori Cultural Centre. We are guided through this park and see the boiling mud pools, the natural geysers. Pohutu is the largest natural geyser in the southern hemisphere erupting to 30m in the air and generally twice an hour. We also visit the kiwi house where two kiwi birds live, looking at the nocturnal birds through a TV monitor. The kiwis are flightless and endangered. We also see the carving and weaving demonstrations and attend a Maori cultural performance which includes the traditional challenge, action songs and the famous Haka.

After Te Puia, we travel to the city centre and take in the beautiful Government Gardens, which is home to the Museum of Art & History, the Blue Baths, Te Runanga Tea House, Band Rotunda, Rachael Spring and the Totara Gates erected in the early 1900’s.

We return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway, and it has been quite an entertaining day!

1  Thank Mike K
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Xquizit L, Owner at Xquizit Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2016

Thank you for your review and so pleased that you enjoyed your tour

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Reviewed 8 December 2015

We engaged Xquizit for our transfer between Auckland and Rotorua, with a stop at Hobbition en-route. The vehicle assigned to us was clean and spacious, with Wifi onboard. Brian, our driver and guide for the day is also the co-owner of the company. He is a friendly and jovial gentleman who takes great care on the roads. He is passionate about NZ culture and made some detours to show us some must-see sights in Rotorua.

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Reviewed 15 November 2015

Had a great tour around Rotorua with Anne, Xquizit Tours, nothing was any trouble and she was a mine of information. Booked it online as our cruise was docking in Tauranga for the day, would recommend.

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Reviewed 29 October 2015

We had a half day tour with Brian. He was a wonderful guide as well as a walking encyclopedia of knowledge of the area, it's history and its modern culture. We enjoyed every minute of his company. It was like spending a day with family.

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Reviewed 17 October 2015

we have used Xquizit twice when visiting NZ and keep looking to go back again. So much to see and Anne will know where to go and what you should see to make the most of your time there. Fantastic knowledge of the area and by the end of the day you're a part of the family as you enjoy the drive back to the cruise ship.

2  Thank Fiona226
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