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“Great day in Dunedin”
Review of Awesome Tours

Awesome Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Awesome Tours is a privately owned and operated small group tour business providing local scheduled tours, tailor made personalized multi day tours and shore excursion tours to meet your needs. These can include areas such as Milford Sound, Queenstown, West Coast, Mt Cook or the entire South Island. Day tours from Dunedin can include areas such as the Catlins and Moeraki Boulders and the Otago Peninsula. We provide small group scheduled and private shore excursion tours for cruise passengers while in Dunedin including pickup/return from/to Port, Key City Sights, Natures Wonders Argo Wildlife tours ( Yellow Eyed Penguins, NZ Fur Seals and much more) Natures Wonders authentic Sheep Shed experience, Larnach Castle and the Royal Albatross Colony.We look forward to being of service to you.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We arranged our tour through a private website called Shore Trips & Tours as we were travelling around New Zealand on the Dawn Princess. There were four people in our group and Mark met us in the arrival centre when we disembarked the ship. There was one other couple on our tour which made for a lovely day. The directions to meet Mark were clear and well communicated.
We started our tour with a drive into the centre of Dunedin with Mark pointing out out places of interest and giving us information regarding the city. We then had free time downtown which enabled us to look around, buy some souvenirs (including chocolate at the Cadbury Chocolate factory) and take photos. He then drove us down to the historic Dunedin Railway Station and we were able to have a look about. The original mosaic floor was beautiful and the gardens outside the station were lovely. Mark then drove us up to Larnach Castle giving us the history of the Castle and it's owner on the way up. The story of the Castle is fascinating as is the place itself and it was well worth a visit. The gardens around the Castle were stunning.
Mark then drove us to Portabello and took us to the pub for lunch (at our own cost). We were all well pleased with the food.
Our next stop was Nature's Wonder stopping along the way to see Albatross and taking in views of the city. When we arrived at Nature's Wonder we were taken by Martin to see seals (many as young as 10 weeks) and penguins (some which were nesting). This was a real highlight of our day.
Mark then drove us back towards our ship driving through the University and stopping at Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Mark returned us with plenty of time before our ship set sail.
Our party of four really enjoyed the day and Mark was friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

Thank jamate
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We were picked up by Pauly exactly on time , the coach was immaculate with USB charges at hand , I cannot stress how good this tour was. Pauly was knowledgeable beyond expectation and added some humerus stories , loved his Chamel story !
The scenery was phenomenal, I have been to Brazil and the Grand Canyon before and this was every bit as good if not better. We got to Milford Sounds and straight on the boat , lunch was excellent , the views were spectacular with Dolphins and seals , the boat was comfortable and not over crowded, we were taken to the airport and our plane was waiting for our flight home to Queenstown the views were out of this world, every thing went like clockwork on arrival there was a taxi waiting to take us back to our apartment.
I loved everything about this trip and can not recommend it highly enough

Thank farrell
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awesometoursnz, Owner at Awesome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

Hi, what a wonderful review however, I believe this review is possibly meant for AwesomeNZ not Awesome Tours NZ. You may wish to re-send this review to them. Thank you.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We took this tour off Celebrity Solstice with a group of 10...
Marina was knowledgeable, and lovely to spend the day with.
We drove through Dunedin, saw the steepest street, and got a look at the town.
Off to the Royal Albatross Center
An informative talk before we climbed to the lookout! We were fortunate to see several Albatross flying as well as some sitting with their baby chicks... this is a must- do when in Dunedin!
After lunch at the center- Marina reserved a table- off to Natures Wonders... a nature preserve privately owned by the Reid Family! Perry Reid, the patriarch of the family, and his grandson, took us by his mini- bus to see fur seals, a penguin nest- no adults visible... private beaches for nature only!! No humans allowed.
An incredible adventure... a little walk around Dunedin and back to the ship!
Great guide, excellent venues!
Go!!

1  Thank jtravel_10
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had booked our tour online, and Mark informed us at booking that he personally would not be our guide as he was booked on our date (Jan. 30, 2017), but that he would have another guide for us that day.
When we disembarked the Celebrity Solstice at Dunedin we walked into the arrival hall, and there was our guide Patrick, holding a sign with our name on it. There were 3 other Solstice passengers in our group, making us a total of 6 in the van.

Pat drove into Dunedin, stopping at places of interest including the University, the Dunedin Railway Station, and Baldwin St. We had some free time at the Octagon in downtown, allowing us to see a couple of Cathedrals (or get a coffee). We then rode out to Larnach Castle, which was really very interesting. Pat gave quite a narrative about it on the ride out there, and we had a guided tour inside the castle. There was enough time to explore the gardens (or get a coffee) or both.

Pat then drove us to a pub in his home village of Portobello for lunch. We all ordered the fish and chips, which were by far the very best we've ever eaten! After lunch, Pat, ever narrating the next stop, drove us out through sheep farms, to the Otego Peninsula for our visit to Nature's Wonders. There, we were put into an off-road vehicle for the ride out to the natural coastal habitat of fur seals and the blue penguins. The seal pups had just been born the month before. It was truly amazing and awesome!

We had a stop by the Albatross Center, and the albatross were circling overhead.

Pat has a great sense of humor, and was an excellent guide and driver.

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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Mark was great in rescheduling our tour that was delayed by a day due to a cruise ship schedule change. We had a great time on the Argo tour even with the gale force winds that we experienced that day. The Albatross tour was cancelled due to the terrible weather conditions but Mark did not allow bad weather to dampen our experience. Well done!

Thank macooke53
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