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“Great wine & cheese”
Review of Total Tours

Total Tours
Ranked #1 of 3 Food & Drink in Paihia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: TOTAL TOURS, Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ : Wine, Food, Tastings, Craft & Scenic Tours. New Zealand is a land like no other. We bring together unique soil, climate, water, pioneering spirit and offer exciting adventures. TOTAL TOURS visits local family run businesses including, wineries, craft studios, confection outlets - chocolate & fudge, cheesery, honey shop, historic & scenic sights, waterfalls, forests and much more. Enjoy a personalised guided tour with commentary and local stories, on our fun, relaxed adventure. We have 2 vans with seats for 5 & 11. We welcome visitors holidaying in the Bay of Islands or visiting via a cruise ship please contact us. Annette & Allan look forward to meeting you.
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

Just had a great afternoon with Annette taking us round. Started at Kerikeri markets the couple of very nice winery's, especially Cottle Hill (very nice especially the Syrah) then Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese (the " Very Old Edam" is to die for) all cheeses very nice. Annette was very helpful & willing to fit in with whatever we wished for. Go with them & have a great time

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AnnetteG54, Owner at Total Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thanks so much We enjoy giving a more personalised tour. You never know what is around a corner. Cheers Annette

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our wine tour with Allen yesterday. Both Annette and Allen were so helpful and flexible when organising our tour.

Allen took us to a great family run cheesery, followed by three winery tastings and he also managed to fit in an unexpected few extras (fudge tasting and chocolate tasting!). Allen was so friendly and informative, we learned a lot about the local area and enjoyed some delicious wines. Allen kindly stopped en route for us to collect dinner to save us a long walk, and we really enjoyed his company.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour, and would love to do it again if (or when) we return to the Bay of Islands!

Thank ACaulks
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AnnetteG54, Owner at Total Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

We in the Bay of Islands will always welcome you. Personal tours is what makes us tick. Thanks so much for coming with us. Annette

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Our wine tour with Allen was such an amazing experience. His love of the area and love for the customers were very evident. We arrived late because our flight got delayed but he still picked us up later, offered us lunch, and took us on the tour without a problem. After the tour concluded, he took our group to one of his favorite local bars and then to one of the most scenic sites in the city. He did all of this after hours of the tour and free of charge purely because of his superb generosity. Because of Allen, It was defiantly one of the best tours I have ever done and would recommend to all of my friends and anyone else. Happy Touring!

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AnnetteG54, Owner at Total Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thanks so much for coming along. Total Tours always aims for a fun and flexible time and Allan said he really enjoyed your company
Thanks for spreading the word Cheers Annette

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

It is just a year since we returned from our New Zealand travels that included North and South Islands. To be sure, one of the most memorable activities was the 1/2 day Wine and Cheese Tour which we took with Annette. She was delightfully informative. Her driving was superb, giving all of us a very comfortable experience. The wineries were good selections, not in any way redundant. Small, medium with cheese also, and one very established. Chocolatier added a nice extension, and we had a side ride to overview the Bay of Islands. It was a delightful trip and included a stop for special honey!!

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AnnetteG54, Owner at Total Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thanks for coming along and for remembering us. Total Tours enjoys the freedom of being able to give our guests an extra stop if they see something they would like along the way. We like to offer a flexible itinerary.

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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Two tours in one day with Allen weren't enough. His knowledge and love of the area were obvious and his care for his customers came through loud and clear. A general area tour started our day and then the afternoon included the Glow Worms Caves and a quick stop in town for an "artistic" viewing (take the tour with Allen to find out more details). Overall, this was fantastic and I highly recommend Allen!

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AnnetteG54, Owner at Total Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Thanks so much.

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