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Russell Mini Tours - Day Tours
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An hour well spent!

Definitely a great thing to do at the start of your stay in Russell! Our driver Kelly was super... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
NJB399
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Nelson, New Zealand
via mobile
Awesome mini-tour!

Sheryl is an amazing guide, would absolutely recommend it. She's a delight and told us so many... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2021
SarahA7293
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Clayton, Australia
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Reviewed 1 January 2020 via mobile

Extremely disappointing tour lead by John who is a bombastic and rude tour guide.
We we

re the only 2 people on the tour.
He was unwilling to take questions and answer them he was totally inflexible he had more interest in talking about current retail businesses and where friends lived than the history of Russell.
When we visited the mountain he us 15 minutes and honked his horn as we were overtime.he threatened to shorten the tour if we overstayed our time on the mountain.
He said he also could not take questions due to noise of engine and air conditioning.
He said all our questions would be answered in his presentation which were not,as was more knowledgeable about to where eat and shop

Need to rate a minus score

John and Trish

Date of experience: January 2020
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Michele F, Owner at Russell Mini Tours - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2020

Hi John and Trish

As the owner of Russell Mini Tours I can only apologise most profusely about your experience with John (who has since retired). It is not the policy of our company to be rude to our travellers and the tour should have been about the history of the town.

If you visit Russell again I would like to offer you a free trip in order for you to fully enjoy our little town.

Kind regards

Michele Fryer

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Reviewed 15 November 2019

A great way to understand the history and lifestyles on Russel in one hour. Kelly brought it all to life and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 16 August 2019 via mobile

Joined a tour which took me around Russell, showing you the township before taking you to Tepeka and the highest point, which is marked with a flagpole.

The tour introduces you to the history of the area, covers why it was the capital of New Zealand for only ten months, as well as why the flagpole was cut down three times.

I really enjoyed seeing the Weka, a flightless bird I had never seen before. The Weka looks similar to the Kiwi, but the advantage was the Weka is a diurnal bird, or comes out during the day, whilst the Kiwi is a nocturnal flightless bird.

Saw the oldest church in New Zealand, which still operates today.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 19 June 2019

Kelly provided a great 1 hour bus tour of Russell pointing out the history and various points of interest and places to visit. Kelly is highly professional with excellent diction so you won't miss a word. Without question the best commentary of any tour we have ever taken.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 21 April 2019 via mobile

One hour bus tour, super interesting and a lovely guide with lot of little stories. It was a pleasure

Date of experience: April 2019
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