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Hi Eve, we had a fantastic time on Waiheke thanks to your expertise and planning – everything went to clockwork despite the rain. All were complimenting me on how well it went, but I did remind them that you were instrumental in putting it all together for us so well done!!

Thank you again for your wonderful assistance and please give our regards to Jenny & Paul. Paul was fantastic and told us all about Waiheke and what we were passing by while he was driving us around, a few stories and had a great sense of humour – he is a great asset to your company.

Ann Mealin - March 2017

On behalf of VinLink, Links, and Gisvin, I would like to thank- you personally, the bus drivers, and Ananda Tours for a wonderful and organised weekend. We had an amazing time, and everything I asked for was achieved.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding when cancellations came through. You were a delight to deal with, and the tastings that were organised were awesome. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you.

Kind regards
Tanya - November 2016

I just wanted thank you very much for your commentary and hospitality last Friday. We all really enjoyed our visit to Waiheke, the wine tasting and scenery, but all this was enhanced by your guidance and commentary, which reflected your passion for your business and Waiheke Island overall. I also took note of even the little detail such as the table by the window, for lunch at Mudbrick Winery. So a big thank you for making our day so very enjoyable. All the organisation, the helicopter flights, the return ferry – everything was well organised and put together. I’ve also just had another look at your website and again I would like to compliment you on this. The presentation and detail are excellent. When I was researching the trip I looked at all the available tour options on the Island and your website was the stand out feature that drew me to your company and this was reflective of our entire experience. So thank you once again for your contribution to a fantastic day.

Kind regards
John Cameron - October 2016

We had the pleasure of being hosted by Ananda recently for our two days of wine touring on Waiheke Island.
Right from first contact with Eve at Ananda I was impressed with how she took care of our every need, going well and beyond what we expected in terms of customer service. Proactivity is Ananda's middle name, extending to one of the team even walking down to the ferry terminal to check out the timetables to ensure that our arrival time would leave enough time for dinner in the evening. Eve also negotiated with one of the wineries to open early especially for us so we could enjoy Poderi Crisci's long lunch later in the day.

Nigel our driver for the two days was knowledgeable and gracious when trying to move us on from our wine tastings. Never did we feel that we were impinging on his time, and when one morning we asked him to arrive earlier than booked (so we could get a coffee before hitting a vineyard slightly early) he willingly obliged.

We had a fantastic experience wine-tasting on Waiheke, and this was due to Ananda's thoroughly professional and friendly service. Certainly a five-star company to deal with.

Janet Mazenier October 2015

A note to say thank you for organising the tour for our overseas & local guests - the feedback received was very positive, the experience was just superb!! They thoroughly enjoyed it, the view from some of the vineyards was simply magical – the wine and food was outstanding!

Many thanks & kind regards
Kalita Vaa - PA to CEO & Executive Chairman, First Assistance

I just wanted to thank you on behalf of our group for the fabulous service we received during our recent dealings with Ananda Tours. I appreciate all the help you gave us in creating a seamless day out. Special thanks also to Steve for being flexible with our program and for imparting so much of his local knowledge which we all appreciated very much. My group of clients had a fabulous day and I would not hesitate in referring others to Ananda in the future.

Many thanks
Jenni Wilson - Client Relationship Manager, Seeka Kiwifruit Industries Limited

I just wanted to send you a MASSIVE thanks for organizing the tour for me and my friends on Sunday. I really appreciate your assistance. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience (and the wine!). I also wanted to let you know – though I’m sure you already do – that you’ve got a real gem in Jude. She was full of interesting stories and background information which gave the tour that real point of difference. We felt like we were in good hands the whole time.

Many thanks and kind regards
Ruby Emerson - Key Account Manager, I.D Tours

Thank you so much for the time and energy you and the team gave both on the day and during the planning of our conference group’s visit to Waiheke. The flexibility you showed when we needed to change the running order for the day was absolutely appreciated. And the lengths to which you went to ensure that we got the best possible deal for our Waiheke experience were above and beyond expectations. I would be delighted to work with you again and would warmly recommend Ananda Tours as the Waiheke Tour Company that truly goes the extra mile for its customers

Regards, Lauren Cook

David says he had a fabulous 60th. We are keen to do the whole tour again sometime soon. The kids are also going to tell all their friends what a great time they had. There could be a lot more bookings soon.
As to any improvements that could be made, it is really hard to think of any. We loved Nigel and his commentary on the island and the wines and it is clear that he gets on really well with all the locals! We finished up running for the 4 pm ferry but that was because we could not tear ourselves away from the views and food at Mudbrick.
Thank you for making it such a special day.
Regards Keri

I wanted to send through a word of BIG THANKS to you for our fantastic driver and guide on our recent & very quick visit to Waiheke Island. I know the visit to Waiheke was certainly a highlight for many of the agents on their trip to NZ. Your guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, we certainly toured in style!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I just wanted to thank you for our day on Waiheke Island which was simply fabulous. Feedback was very positive. Thank you for your involvement, you worked hard and the results were just what I was looking for. Ananda Tours were an integral component of our success on the day as the day was important to the week. It appears my client felt this conference was their best ever - hallelujah!
Many thanks for everything. I have written separately to Auckland Tourism praising your involvement and I will aim higher to bring more clients to Auckland and we look forward to working with you next time.

Best Regards Paul Kerr - Managing Director, Aim Higher Marketing Pty Ltd

I just wanted to thank you and let you know that we immensely enjoyed our tour with you - hope we were not too much trouble. We all had a great time (especially me) and can not wait to do it again next year. Being as it will be the Rugby (also next year - September I think), I am sending all my English / Scottish / Irish / Welsh / American friends over and telling them to call you. The guys can watch the Rugby (make sure you beat the English please) and the girls will have fun (drinking lots of really good wine) and shopping. Photo attached just in case you forgot us. Our guide was fab. We had so much fun. Thanks again for a wonderful tour. See you next year.

Cheers, Morag and the rest of the Dunlop family

... We boarded the Ananda (meaning bliss in sanskrit) van and joined his tour through three vineyards. First stop was a small boutique production, only 600 bottles a variety a season, some which had won awards in a recent London showing. We had the unique pleasure the company of one of the owners on a walk through the vineyard, resplendent in their autumn colours. While being on an island, the attention to detail was never far from the surface. Alongside the vines were gorgeous olive groves whose fruit are centrifugally spun and the 'first press'
olive oil is extracted...

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