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Auckland Express Tour Reviews

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Steve C
Date of booking:-Apr 30, 2021
Enjoyable and enlightening
A personalised introduction to Auckland
Paul was a very cheery and knowledgeable guide. Put us at our ease straight away. We know now
that Auckland is a more interesting city than first impressions. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank

Ryan Yang
Apr 25, 2021

Excellent Overview of Auckland!
I did the Auckland Three Hours Express Tour hosted by Paul. Paul gave an excellent overview of Auckland with beautiful pit stops along the way. I really enjoyed myself, especially since I only had one full day in Auckland.

Whilst the tour was only 3 hours long, in no way did it ever felt rushed. We had ample time to explore at each stop, and any other potential attractions of interest were recommended to us along the way. Paul was also really patient and passionate in sharing both his city and culture, which made the whole tour really informative and enjoyable.

Overall, I would strongly recommend the express tour, and definitely look forward to joining any of Paul’s other offerings when I do come back to visit.

Thanks mate!

Ken K
Date(s) of Booking: 2/06/2020
Fantastic tour of Auckland 
Toru Tours gave us an amazing tour of Auckland. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and asked about our interests so that he could point out additional places of interest. He was flexible and had a wonderful and warm personality. We would definitely recommend him to others.
Date(s) of Booking: 15/03/2020
Great tour ...! Thank you
Very enjoyable tour
My wife and I enjoyed having Paul show us around his beautiful city. 

Date(s) of Booking: 3/02/2020
Good introduction to Auckland
This is a good way for first-time visitors - or even second-time visitors like myself - to learn a little about Auckland before starting off exploring on their own.
Date(s) of Booking: 16/01/2020
Paul was kind, informative and very awesome. Got a nice snapshot of all there is to see and do in Auckland. He even gave us some great tips on how to drive on the left (correct) side of the road. Thanks for getting our vacation off to a great start.
Date(s) of Booking: 3/01/2020
Excellent Tour
I personally experienced that Paul does go ahead with his tours even for one.  Paul is very passionate and knowledgeable.  He also gave me time at all stops to take photos.  Definitely recommend this tour.

Date(s) of Booking: 11/12/2019
Excellent Tour with Exceptional Service
Paul provided insights on Auckland, deftly showed us key sights and skirted traffic to make the most of our time. We appreciate his consideration of our needs and schedule. Highly recommend.

Date(s) of Booking: 11/12/2019
Picked up by Paul (the owner) and taken around the main sights of Auckland. He was friendly, knowledgeable and allowed plenty of time at the various stops. 
Date(s) of Booking: 10/08/2019
Fantastic morning tour
Date(s) of Booking: 27/03/2019
Auckland *** Quick overview* but very interesting and a great guide
Date(s) of Booking: 17/02/2019
A most enjoyable tour
Our tour was very enjoyable. It covered a good range of different places and scenery. We particularly enjoyed the Wintergardens, the wonderful view from Mt Eden and all the lovely parks and gardens. It was interesting to see how the rich live too! Paul was an excellent guide. He kept us entertained with his jokes and interesting commentary.

Our only criticism is that we were picked up about half an hour late due to traffic congestion and the tour didn't include the drive past the marina area.
Date(s) of Booking: 21/02/2019
A most enjoyable tour
Our tour was very enjoyable. It covered a good range of different places and scenery. We particularly enjoyed the Wintergardens, the wonderful view from Mt Eden and all the lovely parks and gardens. It was interesting to see how the rich live too! Paul was an excellent guide. He kept us entertained with his jokes and interesting commentary.

Our only criticism is that we were picked up about half an hour late due to traffic congestion and the tour didn't include the drive past the marina area.
Date(s) of Booking: 2/03/2019
Great Auckland City Tour
Paul was very personable.  He took us to key spots around Auckland which were nice to see to familiarize ourselves with the city on our arrival.  The timing was perfect for us because of the gap between the ship’s disembarkment and our hotel check-in times.  There were plenty of bathroom breaks and he was able to drop us off at our hotel at the conclusion of the tour, which was very much appreciated.  We recommend Toru Tours.
Date(s) of Booking: 14/02/2019
Great tour, great guide well worth the time and expense.
Our tour guide provided excellent commentary and entertainment, thoroughly enjoyed the tour, would highly recommend.
Date(s) of Booking: 30/12/2018
great experience

Date(s) of Booking: 15/11/2018
Comprehensive overview of Auckland.
Paul was entertaining and informative during our tour. Time was given for us to view gardens and get coffees. The panoramas of the city were amazing. 

Date(s) of Booking: 6/6/2018
Fantastic Tour
I am appreciative of the overall tour of Auckland I had. My booking was in low season (winter) so I was the only passenger. I felt like I had my own friendly personal tour guide who filled me in with so much information about Auckland, history and New Zealand. My three hours were well spent. There was enough time to get out and walk at viewing stops, take photos and even buy refreshments. I would definitely recommend.
Date(s) of Booking: 15/05/2018
Great whistle stop tour of Auckland if you are short on time
I only had a few hours to spare on a work trip and this was exactly what I was after.
Paul was knowledgeable about all aspects of interest and the locations were perfect.
Would highly recommend Paul and Toru to anyone visiting Auckland ?? ???? 

Date(s) of Booking: 28/03/2018
Amazing Tour and Tour Guide
Paul gave an amazing tour. He was both informative and fun. What more could you ask for?
Excellent Tour, very good commentary
Our guide, Paul, was very informative and friendly.  He took us to many interesting places, in and around Auckland.  We were able to see a lot of this place in the limited time we had available.  Thank you Paul.
Date(s) of Booking: 21/03/2018

Great Tour
Paul was great.  Very knowledgeable about the history, culture, and the city.  Highly recommend!

Date(s) of Booking: 1/03/2018
Perfect for an introduction to Auckland when time is limited.
Paul was very personable, informative, and considerate of all passengers.

Date(s) of Booking: 28/02/2018
Paul was an excellent tour guide and driver, giving us a first rate taste of all that Auckland has to offer!
Date(s) of Booking: 31/01/2018
excellent service
paul was amazingly knowledgable and attentive to detail. well worth the price.
Booking Made On: 20/01/2018
Great tour for the city
This tour works out great for my family, since we don't have a car.  It gives us an overview of the city.  
6th December 2017

Good overview
Paul was friendly, respectful, polite and knowledgeable about Auckland, it’s history and surrounds.

Alison Easton
7th October 2017

Great taste of what Auckland has to offer.
Great tour with that personalised touch right from the moment I was greeted. Some fantastic tips for things to explore further. The only tour I found that clearly catered for solo travellers.
Craig Osmond
16th September 2017

Had a very good experience with Paul. He gave a mini-history lecture within a few hours whilst driving. The sights are beautiful. Plenty of photo opportunities.
Kartini Abdul Jabbar
15th June 2017

Amazing tour
We booked a group tour with Paul and it ended up being a private tour of the city. He was very friendly and open and answered all of our questions honestly. He also was generous enough to take our pictures in front of local landmarks. Paul is very knowledgeable about the city since he was born and raised in Auckland. Overall Toru Tours is a great company, and I highly recommend Toru Tours to anyone who is visiting the city even for a day.
Jo Poli
4th June 2017

Great tour
Good timing and the guide Paul is really friendly.
Andres Casals
23rd May 2017

Terrific tour of Spectacular Auckland
Paul took us on a wonderful tour of this beautiful city. He was pleasant, well informed and sensitive to our interests. He provided just the correct amount of humor to make the trip enjoyable. I appreciated the fact that he took us to see not only the high tourist spots, but showed us some "real-life Auckland", too.
Cheryl Anderson
27th March 2017

Great overview of Auckland
Paul - our guide / driver was very friendly, courteous & knowledgeable. He provided a very informative commentary the entire tour. Will highly recommend Paul & Toru Tours to my clients coming to Auckland
Louise Weaver
22nd March 2017

Great three hour overview tour of Auckland. Paul was very personable and helpful.
Skip Ryan
13th March 2017

Excellent Experience
Absolutely great short tour, highly recommended! Paul rules!
John J
4th March 2017

The tour was exceptional.
It was really good. I have learned lots ftom the guide regarding the place. The only thing that is not good during that time is the weather. It is raining.

Heidi Gazo
31st January 2017

Paul was very knowledgeable of Auckland and NZ history taking us to some lovely places with great views. This allowed to decide where we wanted to return for a second visit and gave us the layout of Auckland.

Paul & Ute

7th December 2016

Good overview of Auckland, saw several great sites. Paul was an excellent guide and driver.
3rd December 2016 William M Jewel USA

Knowledgeable and accommodating,Paul was a fine tour guide. He gives a great express tour of Auckland. I highly recommend this tour.
30th Nov 2016 Alina Goldman USA

A Comprehensive overview of Auckland

Paul was a very friendly & knowledgeable tour guide. He delivered everything promise
23rd Nov 2016 Elaine Ogden UK
We loved the Toru Tour we took in Auckland. It gave us a great overview of the city sights and the history. We were given some time to explore at the stops we made which we enjoyed.
14 Nov 2016 EDWIN LAX USA

Great Tour. Very knowledgable tour director, van a little crowded but well worth the price

Paul, our tour driver was really nice and knowledgeable about the different places.I highly recommend him and i'd love to come back.

Excellent tour. This was a really informative tour. Paul proceeded with the tour even though it was only me who showed up! Friendly, helpful, really worthwhile value for money. 
05 Oct 2016 BRONYA KELLER 


30 Sep 2016 MARK SPITTAL  

We 5 ladies really enjoyed our city tour. Our driver/guide Paul was awesome. His knowledge of the area was excellent. He went out of his way to help in any way he could and his happy disposition had us all laughing along the way. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon and to see Auckland. Many thanks
21 Sep 2016 JOY BARBER

Superb service. Friendly driver and guide. Very accommodating and cheerful.

Great tour, great driver

Perfect way to explore Auckland with someone who knows the city! I had a wonderful time! Although I was the only person who booked the tour, it wasn't cancelled and I was given VIP treatment! I hadn't realized how big and beautiful Auckland is and how much it has to offer. Highly recommend THIS tour. This feedback has been published for other customers to read
17 Jul 2016 KATE THOM

Paul, our tour guide, was friendly, full of interesting information, and fun. We enjoyed our tour with him. The tour itself, for our family, was a great way to see sights outside of the CBD (as we didn't have a car). We drove through residential neighborhoods, a sheep farm outside the city, enjoyed all the historic and cultural information of the city and sights. We were glad we chose Toru Tours, especially as we were the only 4 people on the tour! 

Great driver, great tour. Paul was fun! Not many people on tour which made it even better!

Fun, and relaxed tour that covers a lot of Aucklands highlights. Friendly, and laid back approach -- welcomes questions and discussions, as well as a unique touring experience.

Great Tour with Toru. Great 3 hour tour. Took my friend on it, as she has never been to NZ before. I am a kiwi and haven't done Auckland for years. We both enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see Auckland and hear about it thru the eyes of a very good tour guide. Enjoyed ourselves immensely. This feedback has been published for other customers to read

Best tour ever. The driver was fantastic and we saw so much in a short time, loved it loved it loved it.
08 Apr 2016 LINDA ROWAN 

It was a wonderful tour - the guide is very knowledgeable and friendly guy. I recommend the trip for anybody who does not have 2-3 days to go around the city landmarks, an even if you do - 3 hours tour will give you a great summary and an idea on which places to visit again after the tour and spend more time exploring.
Boyan Velev (Lithuania)27th June 2015

A perfect afternoon & tour, there was a fabulous mix of city centre sights and suburbs. Our guide Paul was very friendly yet professional and very accommodating. We had our 8yr old with us and Paul was brilliant with him even stopping at a park during the afternoon to let him burn off some energy. We would highly recommend Toru Tours.
Mandy Karsa (UK) 13th April 2015

Fantastic tour a must do

Paul is a great host who is very accommodating and knows his city. Highly recommended !
Greg Burwell (Australia) 25th March 2015

Our group of eight from the Chicago area very much enjoyed our day with you in Auckland. We learned a good deal and had fun too. Best wishes.
David and Sue Ann Smith (USA) 24th January 2011

A most impressive tour, especially the urban Marae and learning the Maori history past and present. Paul was a great host and made me feel part of the tour, not just sitting and looking. It was great having a personal tour of the museum and zoo, learning things I would not have found out on my own. His offer to 'even do the tour for 1 person' is fantastic, I was that 1 person!

This is a tour - not to be missed!
Penny Seymour (UK)20th January 2011

Hi Paul:
We just got to our house yesterday.
We are very grateful for the tour,but more thankful for you.You made us a beautiful day in Auckland.
It was much better than expected.
You made it possible.
We shall return soon,ans you will be the first to know.
Its people,its culture,customs,Maori have enable our ideas changed for the best.
Thanks for everything.
Thanks for your time dedicated to us.
The best wishes for you and your family,
Mr. Francisco and Damasina Valcarce. (Florida USA). 6th September 2010

I am just back in Sydney and wanted to thank you for my wonderful day last Saturday. I has a great time and learn't very much. I have recommended you to two hotels now so I hope that will help make a small difference to your business.
Joanna Starling. (Sydney Australia) 24th August 2010

Toru Tour was Fantastic, excellent day and very informative about Maori Culture and Heritage.

Quality of Service Excellent you will not get better, Paul was and great tour guide and added a personal touch to the whole day. Wonderful.
Fiona Chisholm. (Melbourne Australia)
6th April 2010

je t'envoie ces 2 photos ( je viens de tomber sur ton adresse mail )
merci de nous avoir fait découvrir ton beau pays.
ma femme et moi on a déjà beaucoup voyagé,mais c'est la première fois
qu'on a rencontré un si magnifique pays:gentillesse des gens,beauté des
c'est sur on reviendra.

au revoir

Jean Francois Reunion Island 05/04/10

It was the best guided tour we could have asked for! Paul, our guide, was knowledgeable, interesting and involved. He spared no effort, to make it interesting and involving for us. His involvement and access to the local Urban Marae has given us such an insight into Maori culture, that none could have surpassed it. Please, do feel free to share this review with anyone - including Paul.

Robert Paszti (Australia)22/03/10

Hi Paul, Kia Ora

Just a quick note. What we were shown yesterday 28/02/2010 was best way to see Auckland and the True meaning about Maori Culture. Anyone visiting Auckland should book with Toru Tours.
Its worth every dollar. Keep the great work up Paul.
I have already told my Travel agent and he has booked marked your Website.


Peter from Australia and his cousin Antonio from Italy. 28/02/10

I disembarked from a cruise ship in Auckland a few weeks ago and had a few hours till my flight so I booked a tour with Paul at Toru Tours and enjoyed a personal tour of Auckland which was great but I also learned so much about Maori culture which I find fascinating.  I would recomend Toru Tours to anyone who wants an insight into Maori culture and history it was so much more than just a city tour.. Thanks Paul
Pat Varley (Brisbane)9/02/10

Thought you might enjoy these pictures! Thanks for a wonderful tour while in Auckland.Just the perfect way to finish our vacation in N.Z.


Mickey, Brenda, Audrey & Russ From USA. 16/02/09






Hey Paul – just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for yesterday. I had such a great time, the experiences you created and your knowledge of your culture and country by far exceeded my expectations. I’ve already written home about you!

Also, just FYI and in case anyone else asks in the future – I was able to rent a GPS from iSite. I got it from the city, and I’m able to return it to the airport. The websites you found while at lunch yesterday promised the world but delivered nothing, cos nobody answered their phones!! Weirdo’s!!

Once again, thank you so much. It was an absolute pleasure to learn from you yesterday, and I wish you and your business all the success in the world!!

Mandi (Sydney Australia)