2016 Reviews

 

19 MARCH 2016

pamela our local tour lady was amazing. She grew up there. Knows the area inside out. Wine tour is fantastic. Excellent choice of vineyards. The lunch restaurant she took us to was a must visit. it was a beautiful vineyard restaurant. The food was out of this world and price is cheap. The chocolate shop and local highlights were great. You will need a local person like Pamela to show you. Don't waste your money with cruise ship tours. You will not be disappointed with Pamela and her crew.
Thank you Pamela for a wonderful day and memory.

George. 

 

9 MARCH 2016

My friend and I were searching for a customised tour as she had a strong knowledge of wine and I just wanted to try it. We ran into Pamela at a winery and followed up. She was very flexible in fitting us into a tour the following day and revising her itinerary at the last moment to suit both of us and the other couple on the tour. We fitted in a lot during the day and Pamela was more than happy to change to suit our needs throughout. Also had good knowledge of the wineries as well as general local area knowledge. At the end of the day when we couldn't take any more wine, Pamela took us to see a lovely  high viewpoint instead. Overall a great experience.

Kirsty 

 

4 MARCH 2016

An incredible experience! Came as a whiskey and red wine drinker, and I am leaving with a crate full of white wines - especially the beautiful Sauvignon Blanc's of this beautiful region. Pamela was fantastic these last two days responding to our every need. I could not recommend her services enough! We all certainly plan on coming again.

 

16 FEBRUARY 2016

My wife arranged in advance the tour with Pamela via email. Pamela was very responsive and easy to work with is to customize a tour as we would have only about 4.5 hours off our cruise ship in the Picton area. We wanted to visit a couple of local attractions, a winery or two, but especially the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Pamela put together a tour working our requests into a near seamless mix with other tourists that had other request stops. Pamela really helped make the most out of the time we had in Picton and the surrounding areas, and because she was able to combine our tour with others, she afforded us a considerable savings. Her van was very comfortable and Pamela provided informative commentary and conversation about the area, scenery and history. If you do decide to book with Pamela (and I recommend you do) make sure your tour includes a stop at the Makana Chocolates. The chocolates and other confections are wonderful. Remember, Pamela can work with you to customize a tour, so be it history, scenery of wines, talk to Pamela and see what she can put together for you. Thanks for everything Pamela.

Robert B. 

 

22 JANUARY 2016

A fantastic day filled with lots of wine tasting and great outlook of the area.
Thank you Pamela

Angela, Gordon and Wella, Michael and Brett, Peter, Natalie, Ally, Simone, John, Robert, Danielle and Indie
PORT DOUGLAS AND MOSSMAN

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 KIWI SLANG!

 

 

Bach 

A holiday home, pronounced BATCH

Bro 

Brother or good friend

Chips 

Crisps

Chocka 

Full or overflowing 

 

Chur 

Thank You - "Chur Bro"

Cuppa

Refers to a cup of tea or coffee - we do tend to speak quickly & merge our words, so "cup of tea" became "cuppa tea".

Cuzzie or Cuz 

Cousin. Also used instead of "Bro"

Dairy

Corner/Convenience Store

Dear 

Expensive - "that shop is dear"

Duvet 

 Doona / Comforter

Feijoa 

A popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly eaten which is green and sweet

Flannel 

Face Cloth

Flat Out

"Oh man, he was just roaring down the motorway going flat out!". AKA "Oh man, he was going very fast down the highway"

Gumboots 

Wellingtons / Out door water proof boots

Haka 

Not slang, but it's something we talk about! Maori war dance, more "famously" known through The All Blacks rugby team

Hangi 

Not slang, but you will hear about it while here! The traditional style of Maori cooking

Hard Case 

Funny person - "Yeah, he's quite a hard case"

Hard Out

"Oh yeah hard out!" meaning "I totally agree!"

Heaps

A lot/Lots - e.g. yeah there are heaps of sheep in New Zealand

Hot Chips 

French Fries

Jandals 

Flip Flops / Thongs

Jersey or Jumper

Pull Over / Fleece / Sweater

Kiwi 

New Zealanders - Also a native bird to New Zealand

Knackered 

Tired/Exhausted

Mate

Friend - "Thanks Mate"

Motorway 

Highway

Munted

Broken / Not Working / Damaged

No Worries 

It's OK / Not a Problem

Not Even

Not true

 

Pakaru (puk-ar-roo)

Not working / Broken

Pavlova 

Meringue, smothered in whipped cream and fresh fruit.

 

Serviette 

Napkin

She'll be Right 

It will be OK / It's not a Problem

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Stubbie 

Can of Beer or very short pants that men wear, especially farmers and rugby players

 

Sweet As 

Cool or Awesome, also can be used as "it's ok" or "not a problem"

Ta 

Thank You

Takeaways

Fast food

Togs

Swimsuit

Tomato Sauce  

Ketchup 

Tramping

Hiking

Waka 

Maori Canoe 

 

Wop-Wops 

Middle of nowhere

2017 Reviews

 


24 JANUARY 2017

Fantastic Day. Thank you Paul.
Will have fond memories of Picton and Blenheim wine region.
Thanks to you.

John and Yvonne B. NEWCASTLE ON TYNE - ENGLAND
with Shirley and Bob, Anna and Kavan

 
23 JANUARY 2017

Pamela and her other tour guides were very warm and friendly, and informative of Picton and Blenheim and of the wineries we visited.
The presentations at the wineries were delightful and their passion for their wine was infectious!
Thank you for a great day. it is now confirmed....
I haven't met a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that I didn't like xxxx

Cheers Moni

 

21 JANUARY 2017

Our guide Pamela was excellent. Enjoyed wine tour very much. Very pleasant day out.

Alexandra J.

 

17 JANUARY 2017 

Fantastic Day! Perfect Tour! 

David and Diana R. MARYLAND USA 

 

16 JANUARY 2017

Such a fun day! A true dream to come and see the NZ vineyards.
Thank you!!!

Justin G.

 

16 JANUARY 2017

Amazing day! Paul was great, lunch fabulous.
Would do it all again!.

Julie and John W. YANDERRA NSW AUSTRALIA

 

14 JANUARY 2017

For a friends 'Hen Do'  we booked Pamela to drive us around some beautiful wineries and grab some lunch. She made sure we were catered for and being a Hen party we weren't going to bother other parties. On the weeks leading up to the visit she was a pleasure to deal with as our plans changed and people dropped out of the trip.
Nothing was to big of an ask!

Thanks Pamela. I am sure Marie will be coming back to see you again.

Fay P.

 

 13 JANUARY 2017

Great Day! Great Tour! Great Host!
Thanks Paul

Lyn (descendant of William Right - Builder Oxley Hotel-Picton)

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HERE ARE RHONDA'S 10 COMMON FUNNY NEW ZEALAND LANGUAGE BLUNDERS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM!

  1. If you are told to bring a plate, be sure it has food on it to share 
  2. If you are angry, remember to say you are "pissed off" not just pissed as in drunk. 
  3. If it's pissing down with rain - bring an umbrella. 
  4. Not the shops looking for the woollies store as I did. Putting your woollies on, it refers to any warm layers.  
  5. If your mate tells you about someone pushing up the daisies, look sad; this is someone who is dead and buried. 
  6. Don't worry about what to do with a box of fluffy ducks. it is just a happy expression and completely bird-free.
  7. That guy walking down the street wearing tiny shorts that are too tight - that's a NZ fashion called stubbies.
  8. A sparrow fart is just an early morning sunrise.
  9. If you hear someone say it's hosing down - they really mean raining very heavily. 
  10. If you were invited to 'grid iron' and it is not very likey in NZ, you would be going to American Football!