Gallery & Testimonials
Making Grand Memories
Date of experience: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
MissBec wrote a review Nov 20191 contributionSparkling in the sunPerfect timing, as some seasonal rain cleared to reveal the beautiful Hokitika Gorge. Easy access and a solid walking track. On the journey my delightful driver Rachel gave some pertinent and interest facts covering the area, it’s history and whetted my appetite to explore further. She happily catered to my request to visit Punakaiki (the pancake rocks) with breathtaking views of the Tasman. Rachel was bright, warm and friendly and nothing was a bother. She enhanced my enjoyment of the trip by 100 percent.Her comfortable vehicle and a great local knowledge of the area means I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her tour company to any traveller wanting a bespoke tour experience. Thank you Rachel.
Date of experience: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo More testimonials below.......
Impressive Pancake Rocks
Dave & Noelle - Ireland.March 2017
- " Thanks very much good trip, Gorge is beautiful " Caroline Auld - UK September 2004
- " Beautiful & Tranquil - Great photo ops thanks" Jon Santono - New York November 2004
- " Loved it absolutely fab! & gorgeous! Thank you " Anna & Maria - Sweden February 2005
- " You did a great tour around and were very kind " Marilyn Ferraro - Hollister CA December 2005
- " A very pleasant and informative tour, thank you very much" Dave & Jenny Howse - Portsmouth UK December 2005
- " Great Tour thanks Rachel. Would not of seen so much on our own " Dave & Edie - Hastings NZ December 2005
- " Beautiful luxury tour, just perfect thanks " Susanna - Switzerland October 2016
-" Stunning place and learned alot from all your great info "Emily, Kate & Jamie - Canada & UK November 2016
-" Fantastic day with a lovely driver, thank you so much! " Tilda & Annie - Sweden December 2016
Kea_ElisaDelft, The Netherlands5 starReviewed 2 weeks ago via mobileScenic & wonderfulMore than a year ago, I took a tour with Hokitika Scenic Tours to see the Hokitika Gorge and other sights in the surrounding area. It was a beautiful experience, each place we visited had its own charisma. Rachel was a fantastic guide: not only was she very knowledgable about all the spots we visited, I also very much enjoyed her stories of what it is like living in Hokitika. I still think about Hokitika once in a while, especially the serene lake we visited. I really hope to return one day!
Date of experience: November 2018
Monique RQueenstown, New Zealand5 starReviewed 14 March 2019Great way to explore HokitikaReally enjoyed Hokitika Scenic Tours, Rachel was super personable and friendly and offered really good local commentary on the region. The Hokitika Gorge was so beautiful and the Treetop Walk was awesome. Highly recommend!
Date of experience: March 2019
rachel_m_donnellyDarwin, Australia5 starReviewed 9 February 2019 via mobileGreat way to see the sights of HokitikaI really enjoyed my tour to Hokitika Gorge with Rachel! I was travelling solo and with little time to explore the hinterland, this was the perfect option for me. Rachel was knowledgeable about the area and it’s history, and allowed plenty of time for me to explore the Gorge. A 2 hour trip in total - well worth it.
Date of experience: February 2019
Penny BAuckland Central, New Zealand5 starReviewed 4 February 2019Helpful and efficient tramper track transportThrough Hokitika Scenic Tours we organised a drop off in the Mikonui Valley and pick up in the Whitcombe Valley before and after a tramping trip. There were 5 of us with big packs. Rachel was super helpful and accommodating, especially as we couldn't be specific about when and in which valley we were finishing. Rachel also recommended a secure place for us to leave our cars. We appreciated Rachel and Morrie's friendliness, knowledge of the area and helpfulness. A great service!
Date of experience: February 2019
ImogenMozMelbourne, Australia5 starReviewed 6 January 2019 via mobileHighlight of Hokitika!When we arrived in Hokitika via InterCity bus, we were desperate to visit Hokitika Gorge, but left scratching our heads as to how to get there being car-less. Luckily, after a swift phone call to Rachel, greeted with a friendly and accommodating voice - we...we were booked to travel there the following day.
We had a beautiful journey with Rachel. It was fantastic to converse with a local and hear the fascinating insights regarding the geography and local history that makes Hokitika so special. The vehicle was smooth and comfortable, a real delight to drive in!
Upon arrival, we were offered some sandfly repellent. However it wasn’t just any repellent - it was a non-greasy oil made from local and natural ingredients! Another thoughtful touch that did not go unnoticed.
The gorge was stunning, and upon our arrival back to the vehicle, Rachel had some lovely postcards waiting for us. She also had a towel awaiting us just incase we had swam- how thoughtful and hospitable can you get!!?!
We thank Rachel for this excellent service and highly recommend it to all for a stress free and highly informative journey!
Date of experience: January 2019
iwalle645 starReviewed 16 November 2018Perfect Timing...Epic!I had a little lay over here in Hokitika from the bus trip coming from Franz Josef. Perfect timing. I wanted to see if I could make it to Hokitika Gorge in time before my flight. At the same time I was looking for a taxi to the airport. Talk about perfect timing! Went to the Information Center and bumped into Rachel. She took us to the gorge and then the airport with lots of spare time. The gorge was beautiful and Rachel was kind enough to take a picture of us on the suspended bridge. Well worth it! Rachel is flexible and nothing but positive vibes! She gave us a little brief history of the surrounding area as well. One of my favorite parts of my trip. Highly recommend it!
Date of experience: November 2018
amtrogstadLancaster, United Kingdom5 starReviewed 26 August 2018Rachel is just the friendliest, most insightful guide ever!Direct quote from my little sister: "I loved Hokitika Gorge, but the highlight of the trip was speaking to Rachel. She's just so interesting and it's so nice to speak to a Kiwi about life here!"
- I agree with her! My sister and I (19 & 23) had what was basically a private tour to Hokitika Gorge and back with Rachel. We didn't have our own transport so this is the PERFECT way to head out there (and $45pp is totally reasonable even as (essentially) backpackers, really really happy with that price for a 2hr trip for just the two of us!).
The Gorge is just a must do (it's super beautiful) but make sure you use Rachel. Honestly, having met nearly as many actual Kiwis as the bird out here, getting insight into Hokitika/West Coast life was just lovely. Rachel is so bubbly, down to earth, genuinely interested in your travels and she knows SO MUCH. We loved finding out about the first mass murder in NZ back in 1941 (I think!) along the way to the Gorge, and she was happy to stop along the way for pics of cute calves if we wanted to. Rachel also took some great photos of us at the Gorge from afar, which are snapshots we wouldn't ever get otherwise. She happily emailed them to me which is just way beyond what any guide would have to do just for two travellers.
We had a bit of extra time too as the Gorge was so quiet so Rachel drove us around Hokitika to point out Sunset Point and where to find the glow worms at the dell later that night.
Honestly, it was just a huge highlight of our little two-night break in this wonderful tiny town out West. I can't wait to return to Hokitika and I'm so so grateful that my sister got to see the Gorge in such an interesting, relaxing, friendly and exciting way while she's here from across the world.
Thank you so much, Rachel!
Date of experience: August 2018