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Reviewed 18 November 2014

The staff were very efficient but the vehicle would not be legal in the UK. There was a bald tire, very noisy steering column and general bad driving feel. We only rented for 4 hours and drove a total of 15 km. we did not complain but we're glad to hand it back. Be careful if you rent.

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank Capttravl
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Real_Journeys, Public Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2015

Hi CaptTravel, We are sorry to hear about your concerns with your rental car. We take safety very seriously and would have immediately checked the car had we been aware of any potential issues. Since your visit, we have updated our fleet of cars on Stewart Island but I can assure you that our vehicles have always been regularly serviced and undergo the strict independent vehicle inspection regime (COF), every six months.
Kind regards
Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We were lucky to get on. If you are a family group you need to book as seating is limited in the minibuses. I saw more of the Island than when I lived there 60 years ago. Of course, there are several kilometres of sealed road nowadays. We had an interesting and informative driver. It does cost a bit ($37 each) which makes it quite a price for a family group but you're only here once as a group so make the most of your time in Oban and enjoy this tour.

Date of experience: April 2014
5  Thank rosieterry
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

rosieterry, Nice to see you return to Stewart Island after a long time. Thanks for your feedback. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Best way to get a quick snapshot view of Oban & surrounding area, and with a very knowledgeable driver (who also somehow worked out we were on honeymoon)!

Date of experience: December 2013
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Thebin16, Thanks for taking time to post a review so that other travellers can benefit. We do pride ourselves on our high standards including knowledgeable drivers and guides.
Thanks for our other reviews too and hope you had a great honeymoon!
Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team.

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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the bus tour around the bays. Just wish we had done it on the first day so we had a better feel for what we could go back and do.
Kylie was a great guide, passionately informative about her island home. I could’ve happily added another hour to the tour as there was more I wanted to see.
But next time I will stay longer and explore more.

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank Raewyn7150
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Raewyn7150, Thanks for your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 5 January 2013

Best tour to know and get around stewart island. Duration of the tour is just right. We got the complete experience of places in the island,local landmarks,idea of the island community. Would have been hard, if otherwise went around independently. Had a nice and friendly guide,Rachel.

Date of experience: December 2012
6  Thank RameshNZ
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