Carrington Tours NZ focuses on giving you the most authentic New Zealand experiences. Your satisfaction is our only goal. Luxury, safety, comfort & privacy at the most affordable price. Thank you to each & every one of our contributors below, it was our pleasure to meet, share & spend time with you, to show you our people, land, spirit and culture of New Zealand.
Reviews – 5 Star TripAdvisor and 5 Star Facebook
”Speechless and that has never happened before!
John and Fiona thank you, thank you for every second, every adventure, every beautiful moment you brought to our lives, our family is so much richer for being in New Zealand with you personally and touring with your wonderful company. You will forever be welcome in our home.”
Devon, Carol, Mack, Gabby & Ash Miller Sydney Australia 2017 7 Day Family Tour of North Island 3/4/5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Couples Tour “To Carrington Tours New Zealand
Tour guides no, Friends Yes. John and Fiona are the essence of New Zealand and provided a wonderful tour encapsulating the culture, land and citizens of Aotearoa, spectacular, educational, memorable and left us as passionate as they are, sensational is a understatement”
Bryan and Aoife Murphy Dublin Ireland 2017 4 Day NZ Cultural Tour 5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Without doubt our most greatest choice was travelling (and in style) with Carrington Tours. It was our first big family tour and along with you, choosing New Zealand was incredible. John and Fiona our ‘guides’ but more so friends were just sensational with us all, the children constantly laughing and the experiences we had were perfect for us (Every night they went to bed with smiles on there faces which lasted all day, every day). From our very comfortable van, amazing hotels and fabulous farm stays including milking cows and shearing sheep (well sort of) to jet boating, swimming with dolphins, the most amazing Maori Culture shows, arts and food, fishing, kayaking to dinner (amazing experiences). Yet amongst all this you allowed for Barbara and myself the opportunity for romantic beach walks and dinners alone whilst the kids were entertained, something we neglected to ask for but you included, this was so so special and yet another reason why you were so brilliant and considered so much more than just our guides. I cannot more highly recommend a company or group of wonderful people to enjoy New Zealand with, we always felt so safe and comfortable and we will without doubt be back and hope one day you will visit us, Thank you”.
Jeff, Barbara, Bobby, David, Maria, Kenneth Williams Indiana USA 2017 8 Day Family Tour of North Island 4/5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
I am a film documentary director and for many years, I have been traveling all over the planet for my work. And as such, I often require the services of a guide. Last April, I had the great pleasure to spend two whole weeks with John Carrington and I must say he is in my Top-5! John is a true professional, very punctual and his car is always neat. He is also extremely resourceful, and very helpful. He knows a lot of fun facts about his country, which he never hesitate to share with his passengers. Very talkative whenever he is asked a question, he knows however to be discrete when one needs silence. In short, I would say he is perfect! Should you need a guide and/or transportation, I highly recommend his services as I have myself been more than pleased.
Yvonne Defour Trip Advisor Review Quebec Canada 2017 13 Day Eco, Nature & Cultural Tour of Waikato & Bay of Plenty Eco Sanctuary Accommodation
Group Tour “Kia Ora JC and Fi
A tour in a Limousine, simply Brilliant and so reasonable. We took a 1 Day tour of Hamilton as Carrington Tours was highly recommended funnily enough from Australian friends who traveled previously with John and Fiona. What a fantastic day we had, entertaining, informative, interesting and John and Fiona were great fun. We are New Zealanders and had never known the history, diverse culture and many activities and adventures in Hamilton and we have been really impressed. Thank you so much, our group of 10 all had a brilliant time”.
Dion Samson and the Wellington Crew. New Zealanders 2017 1 Day Hamilton Classic Tour
Young at Heart ”To our Wonderful hosts John and Fiona
“As rather ‘senior’ citizens we were a little nervous about the activities and experiences we booked for, despite reassurances. Our ‘fears’ were put to rest instantly upon meeting John and Fiona, what a lovely couple and considerate ‘kiwis’. Nothing was too much, Everything was perfect. The car was beautiful, spotless, safe and so comfortable, real luxury travel to such unique and diverse adventures. We jetboated just a little slower, we fished but in calm waters, we walked to waterfalls but short distances, we experienced such wonders with the Maori Culture, markets, arts and crafts and even milking the cows!. Thank you both so much, your not just a company but a wonderful couple and it was a great journey with great people”.
Dr Michael & Joan Ashford Ontario Canada 2017 5 Day Tour of North Island 5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
We used Carrington Tours for our cast and crew, and we were very pleased with the service. We booked Carrington Tours for round trip airport transfers and trip to Raglan and Tauranga during our 13-days filming in New Zealand. Everything went smoothly and efficiently. John was prompt and patient, and accommodated our numerous inquiries and requests, from the planning stage of our trip until our last day in Auckland. John was very warm and helpful. The vehicles were spotlessly clean, roomy, and comfortable. We were a sizeable group which included the director, the DOP traveling with our cast, and John made sure that our different needs were met and that our time with them was pleasant and comfortable. Such excellent service from our arrival to our departure ensured us a lovely first time in New Zealand! Would definitely call them again for future visits and highly recommend them to others.
Sara S. Associate Producer Trip Advisor Review Quebec Canada 2017 13 Day Tour Of Waikato & Bay of Plenty Eco & Sanctuary Accommodation
Friends Stag Party
“Kia Ora Mate, John our 3 days with you were brilliant. We asked for and got an adrenaline fueled tour to beat all tours. It rocked as did the sound system in that massive Limousine!!!! The boys had a blast as stag events go this one has be rate amongst the best ever we salute you (As did AC/DC most of the time!)”
On behalf of the Boys, Gary (Groomsmen) Melbourne Australia 2017 3 Day Adrenalin Tour 4 Star Accommodation
Cruise Ship – Group ”To Fiona
Fabulous day tour of Rotorua organised by Fiona. Fantastic day of surprises based on our requests. Fiona lead us on the perfect excursion. Wonderful lady, tour and company”.
Gabrielle, Juan, Matheus, Andrea, Angie, Tamara 2017 South America 1 Day Tour of Rotorua
John was my driver for a few days touring North Island. He was so knowledgeable and a great driver and guide. He is also a very kind man. I cannot say enough good things about Carrington Tours. It was a fabulous experience. Carrington Tours was fantastic.
Peggy Davis Trip Advisor Review Alaska USA 2017 5 Day tour of North Island 4/5 Star Accommodation
”Wow, we had so much fun, learnt all about New Zealand culture and people, land and history and did so many amazing activities for all the family, We cannot say enough about Carrington Tours and in particular John and Fiona who were the hosts with the most, so much fun, energy and passion. They delivered on all options, activities and adventures for us all and fantastic value. Superb”.
Steven, Millie, Connor, Brad & Ally Orange County USA 2017 6 Day North Island Scenic & Adventure 3/4/5 star Accommodation & Farm Stay
Corinne Lawson Trip Advisor Review Washington USA 2017 5 Day tour of North Island 4/5 Star Accommodation
Company Tour ” John and Fiona
Contacted Carrington Tours regarding preparing a company team building tour of New Zealand’s North Island for 8 staff. The tour, events, activities and ultimately staff development and results were spectacular. John and Fiona obviously set high professional standards but equally were very personable and flexible. My staff were treated to some wonderful team building events and challenges and experienced so many new and exciting adventures. Highlights for me had to be our Farm stays with genuine New Zealand farmers, Black water rafting, Horse Riding and Kayak fishing but everyone had a favourite and that is why this tour was perfect for us. Very impressed with the luxury vehicles and hotel accommodation, proving the icing on the cake and I wish to thank you for everything you did”.
Syafiq Megat Kuala Lumpur 2017 7 Day Company team building Tour 4/5/ Star Accommodation & Farm Stay.
Couple “Carrington Tours and John and Fiona
5 Star service, vehicles and New Zealanders. Hobbiton and Waitomo original and exciting. Perfect day”.
Tobiasz and Zuzanna Warsaw Poland 2017 1 Day Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Tour
Friends Tour ”To our amazing Kiwi hosts
We are a group of well traveled friends and just finished a fantastic 3 week tour of your truly wonderful country. It is absolute pleasure I write this note on what was a simply unforgettable experience for all the right reasons and not the least thanks to you Fiona who showed our group a simply superb time on the last leg. Your obvious passion for New Zealand, knowledge, care and great sense of humour keep us entertained on the very short times between activities, scenic spots and photo opportunities. We cannot speak more highly of the tour you organised for us, or of your contribution on the road. We traveled in luxury, stayed in luxury, experienced the most amazing adventures, always felt safe and secure, all for an incredibly reasonable price. We have promoted you to friends, family and local travel agencies as we were so impressed by your 5 star service and 5 star tour”.
Jonas, Anouk, ‘Big D’. ‘BJ’, Marie, Olivia, Ingrid, Liam, ‘Digger’ & Marco Australian/German/Dutch/Swiss 2017 5 Day Adventure Tour 4/5 Star Accommodation
Young at Heart ‘To John and Fiona of Carrington Tours
“Carrington Tours prove age is not an issue. John and Fiona took us on a marvellous activity filled adventure with my husband and myself both in our eighties (81 and 84). They are a beautiful couple of Kiwis who made us feel so special and safe, both often providing a guiding arm on our well suited and organised tour. The days were of an ideal length with beautiful walks, scenic stops, glorious gardens and arts and crafts, historic venues and cultural activities. Each day finished with a wonderful selection of farm stay properties where we spent time with fascinating locals, eating delicious meals and reclining in luxury. We appreciated feeling safe in our beautiful vehicles and in your safe hands and only wish to return, your friendship will remain as a highlight during our visit to your wonderful country”.
Arthur and Agnes Flurente Singapore 2016 9 Day North Island Scenic Tour 4/5 star Accommodation
Family Tour ”Fiona
”Just a superb time, we would like to thank you yet again for delivering so much more than just a tour, this was an experience, luxury at a modest price, an interactive journey of all the senses, our family will always remember, and as you know will return”.
Tina Banfort/Banfort Family Milwaukee USA 2016 Private 3 Day Tour 3/4 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Couple ”Bonjour Fiona
Merci Beaucoup, bon moment, magnifique, Au revoir mes amies”
Lucas et Camille Auxerre France 2016 Private 6 Day Tour 2015 4 Star Accommodation
Group Tour ”Carrington Tours New Zealand
Special thank you from our tour group from Shanghai, we expect very high quality and luxury and every client very happy which is not easy. Feedback from client is you have provided more than what they expect and help to make high class tour, lifestyle and memory. Our travel company and many clients discuss return and to use Carrington Tours New Zealand”.
Li Juan China 2016 9 Day tour Waikato, Rotorua, Waitomo & Hobbiton Movie Set 4/5 Star Accommodation
Couple ”To Carrington Tours Management”
“The events were magnificent, the dinners were wonderful, the hotels were beautiful, the vehicles very comfortable. This has always been a lifetime dream of ours to travel to New Zealand. The entire trip was much more than I imagined or even expected it to be–and my expectations were pretty high. You meet and exceeded time and time again, from your personable natures, obvious passion, to being so extremely informative, as well as entertaining. We had a wonderful time. New Zealand is absolutely beautiful. We hope to return to see the South Island also one day. Thank you once again for a wonderful vacation and for the memories of a lifetime.”
Bob and Belinda Robertson Idaho USA 2016 Private 8 Day North Island Adventure Tour 5 Star Accommodation
Family and Friends Tour “To our wonderful Tour Guides, Hosts and Friends
Our family and friends are so happy after our special tour. Everything was so very exciting from the beautiful Limousine to the unique Maori cultural experiences, Waitomo Glow worm caves and Hobbiton. Just a great fun two days for all of us and you both were fantastic. Thank you so much for everything you did for us”.
Michael Dobson, Michaela Peterson, Peter, Carol, Brianna & Rachel Turner 2016 West Virginia USA 2 Day Rotorua, Waitomo & Hobbiton Tour
Family Tour ‘To Fiona
Brilliant day and night, lovely car, fantastic itinerary, wonderful first class service, awesome thank you so much, we will be back for more”
Giles, Maggy, Connor and Harriet York England 2016 1 Day Hamilton Family Tour
Young at Heart ” To Fiona
“My parents waited until there 70’s to take there trip of a lifetime including 14 days in New Zealand of which we spent 7 with Fiona of Carrington Tours New Zealand. They loved every minute, every experience and especially the extra attention and provisions made for there age and needs and the personal touch and flexibility shown. From the amazing accommodation with onsuites, farm stays and amazing foods, shortening walks to amazing scenic spots, getting front row seats for the cultural and wildlife shows and your obvious and genuine care and safety first attitude for Mum and Dad. Travelling in Luxury cars was perfect and relaxing considering the miles covered and we always felt safe and special. You exceeded on all aspects of the tour and we all hope we can return again in two years with our extended family”.
Tremblay Family Vancouver Canada 2016 7 Day North Island Family Sightseeing and Adventure Tour 3/4 Star Accommodation
Corporate Team Building
“John and Fiona are great ambassadors for New Zealand, fantastic hosts who organised amazing tour activities for our group and in between travelling in modern, safe vehicles. Our group thanks you for our wonderful accommodation and food, 4 days of learning New Zealand culture, wildlife, landscapes and challenging team building activities”.
Aiman Sayid Malaysia 2016 5 Day North Island Corporate Team Building Tour 4 Star & Farm stay Accommodation
Mates Tour “To John
Brilliant John mate, our start to our Australasian down under tour couldn’t have been better, weather was against us but it didn’t matter and the Marae, Hobbiton and beaches were the best. To see dolphins and catch a 11lb snapper was special and the boys will always remember our three days with you, please come to Canada so we can return your amazing hospitality”.
Bryan, Tom and Gary British Columbia Canada 2016 3 Day Private tour 4 star Accommodation
Family Tour ”Ciao John Ciao Fiona
Our holiday was of a dream, we explore so much in so little time and we play and learn the best of North Island of New Zealand. Grazie Grazie Grazie”
Antonio, Sofia, Ricardo and Giulia Napoli Italy 2016 5 Day Private Tour 5 star Accommodation option
Couple ‘To John and Fiona
This tour exceeded any preconceived ideas we had of New Zealand, the land, the culture, the people. To talk of all we did would be pointless. To everyone book with this wonderful company, fantastic and passionate New Zealanders, simply spectacular. Thank you so much”.
Tom and Merle Davidson Mississippi USA 2016 Private 9 Day Tour 4/5 star & Farm stay Accommodation
Business Team Building ”To Carrington Tours
We thank you John and Fiona for an amazing journey and team building experience in New Zealand. We loved the luxury cars and challenges you provided for us. Fishing was our first day and to see dolphin and catch a big fish was one of our best adventures. Rotorua was amazing, from crazy Zorb, sheep and dog show, jet boating and amazing Maori Culture night, my staff are refreshed, happy and will have special memories for a lifetime, this was perfect for our company”.
Ravi Karalus Colombo Sri Lanka 2016 4 Day Team Building Tour Eco Sanctuary & 4 Star Accommodation option
Honeymoon Couple ‘To John (JC)
Great to meet you and have such a laugh during our tour of the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, stunning scenery, fun activities and delicious food, fell in love with Hot Water Beach and really appreciated your patience on those endless stops for a photo! Felt safe and relaxed in lovely luxury car in which we covered a lot of ground but so relaxing and enjoyed every minute of our time. Fantastic thanks John”
Kevin and Sally Barrett Devon England 2016 1 Day/Night tour of Bay of Plenty & Coromandel
Cruise Ship – Family Tour ‘To John and Fiona
Our brief tour of Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Hobbiton and the Coromandel was brilliant. Our accommodation was stunning, beautiful vehicles and the views out of this world, thank you for sourcing this slice of paradise for us. We wish only we had more time to explore the wonders of your country and the days we spent with you were without doubt the highlight of our cruise but next time instead of 2 days we will come for 2 weeks and you will be the first people we call. You have made such an impression we cannot wait to return. Thank you from all of us and especially the children who never wanted to leave as you know. A truly amazing and memorable tour”.
Don, Simone, Brad, Michael, Rachel Wyoming USA 2016 2 Day Sightseeing Tour 2016 Farm Stay Accommodation
“Simply the very best vacation, with the very best people, John, Fiona, New Zealand you are wonderful, all my family believes this is like heaven”.
The Michaan Family Salvador Brazil 2016 5 Day North Island Tour 3/4/5 Star and Farm Stay Accommodation
”We love New Zealand. My family not want to go home, we have so much fun and experience. New Zealand people so kind, friendly and country beautiful. We feel safe and travel was gentle and we learn everything of New Zealand people, culture and animal. Before we afraid but you and farm people so gentle and love animal like family. We go but heart stay in New Zealand. Bye bye and we thank you John and Fiona for your kind heart, we always think of you and come back”.
Akio and Seiko Osaka Japan 2016 7 Day North Island Tour 5 Star and Farm stay Accommodation
Cruise Ship – Solo Traveller
”Special, exciting, wonderful New Zealand. Thank you John and Fiona, thank you New Zealand”
Alberto Rossi Naples Italy 2016 1 Day tour of Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves
”We love New Zealand and we love our honeymoon time with you. You take us so many wonderful places, we learn New Zealand, we feel so safe, have many video for our lifetime memory which you make for us, we see everything in short time and have forever happy time”.
Zhang Wei and Li Na China 2016 6 Day North Island Honeymoon Tour 5 star Accommodation and Farm Stay Accommodation
Solo Traveller ”To Fiona Carrington
Remarkable, you are a credit to New Zealand from first contact to tour finish, absolutely faultless and memories to last a lifetime. I have no hesitation in recommending yourselves and your company to anyone considering touring New Zealand”.
Kevin Bollard Colorado USA 2016 Private 4 Day Tour Cultural, Farming, Adventure 3/4 Star Accommodation
Family ”To Carrington Tours
Hello – just would like to take the time to personally thank you for taking us on your Waikato’s Best Tour. Our family enjoyed every minute and your driving and information and odd bit of comedy made it good fun. We appreciated your extra safety and pandering to the children who as you know responded eagerly with there new best friend!. As discussed we will be returning and you will be our first port of call”.
Regards Toni, Barry, Simone, Andrea and Rosemary Cooper Australian 2016 2 Day Adventure and Scenic Tour 5 star accommodation option
Friends Tour “Fiona and Carrington Tours
In February this year we spent 11 fabulous days with Fiona exploring and experiencing the beautiful North Island of New Zealand’s countryside, culture and people. As regular travellers we are a little hard to impress such have been our fortunate history of travel, however without doubt this journey ranked in our top 3 and that is very high praise indeed and well deserved. We travelled in a beautiful car and Fiona made us feel safe and special as we took part, photographed and witnessed stunning countryside, magical waterfalls, geysers, Maori culture, arts and crafts and most heart stopping activities including Bungy jumping, off roading, black water rafting and sampling some world class wines and food along the way. As much as there was adrenalin rushes galore we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy each others company during our amazing Farm stays and restaurant dinners and scenic stops based on what we requested. As a seasoned traveller (and critic) I honestly highly recommend Carrington Tours New Zealand and there passionate owners John and Fiona, professional, personable and fantastic hosts”.
Mary Barber, Wendy Cobb, Susan Bergman, Abigail Turner Oklohoma USA 2016 11 Day Private North Island Tour with 4/5 star accommodation and Farm Stays
Couple ”John and Fiona
You made so much help, kindness and produce pure New Zealand for us. We played, we enjoy, we eat, we lived New Zealand and now want to stay, we are very sad to go as you make us like family, your friendship we will never forget, New Zealand never forget”.
Li Qiang and Zhang Min (China) 2016 8 Day Private North Island Tour 5 Star and Farm stay Accommodation
Family Tour “To John and Carrington Tours New Zealand
We cannot believe we travelled in New Zealand in our own luxury Limousine. This is amazing, everyone thinks we are royal. Fabulous and spectacular, you provided us with amazing experiences for our group on our trip of a lifetime. From our jet boating, fishing and rafting, to the glow worms and Maori culture it was fantastic and the fun and excitement at Rotorua will never be forgotten. Thank you for not only taking us but also your driving and sense of humour was great and really appreciated by all. We will be back!”
Noah, Nor and Maryam Kiambang Malaysia 2016 3 Day activities tour of Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua. 3/4 Star Accommodation
”We thank you, our love grow, time in New Zealand pleasure, all beautiful, kind and you are our friends forever’.
Yohei and Mizuki Japan 2016 6 Day sightseeing tour of North Island 4/5 star and Farm stay Accommodation
A wonderful organised two day tour full of excitement and discovery. This was perfect and exactly as requested, thank you for taking our family throughout the Waikato and to such unique and varied places. We would like to take this opportunity to highly recommended you to other Australians and overseas visitors, great service”.
Mike, Donna, Tyler, Brett and Megan Sydney Australia 2016 2 Day Waikato tour Farm stay Accommodation
You make us very special and New Zealand so many beautiful colours and location. We touch so many animals and even fish, we adventure, we learn, we grow, we love. You are so kind and we love you and New Zealand”.
Junichi, Aiko, Yama, Ryu, Kasumi Kobe Japan 2016 4 Day Private North Island Tour 5 Star Accommodation
Family “John and Fiona of Carrington Tours New Zealand
The time we spend a week in New Zealand is our treasure with mothers and daughters together. We were very worried because we little shy, but we enjoy this stay and tour very much. When we saw little sheep and walk in forest, experience kiwi and birds and walk on beach we very happy because those were first experience for all and your kind and help very special to us. We would like to return New Zealand and visit more with you. Thank you for making all spend nice time”.
Karin, Miko, Seira, Asuka, Sawa, Hikari, Aika, Mizuki, Yui & Mayo Toyko Japan 2016 7 Day Private North Island Tour 3/4 Star Accommodation and Farm Stay
Couple “Carrington Tours New Zealand
I am sorry my English, Special days and experience, very beautiful our time. Your fun and joy also for us and together the best time for our lives. We hope you come to China we make you home like you for us. Thank you John and Fiona”.
Zhang Xiao Chi Beijing China 3 Day Private Tour 2016 Hamilton, Waikato, Waitomo, Hobbiton & Rotorua. 5 Star Accomodation
Company Team Building Tour
”We have just got back home and we wanted to thank you all wholeheartedly for our terrific company team building tour. Ourselves and staff all agree it was a somewhat life changing for the better considering the adventures, challenges and cultural experiences we had with you. Your knowledge and willingness to involve each and every one of us was infectious and every member of our group experienced the real New Zealand culture, natural wonders, unique adventures and spectacular beauty of New Zealand. We all wish we can reciprocate hosting you in our homes and extend a personal invitation to you all such was our wonderful experience”.
Angel & Maria Rodriguez Illinois USA 2016 Private 7 Day North Island Tour 3/4/5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Couple “To John and Fiona
Before we leave our last few days of relaxation allows us time to reflect and express our gratitude to you personally and your company. New Zealand is almost a magical country with raw natural beauty, powerful people and cultures, and a never ending surprises. Thank you all and our desire is to return with friends and family and you will be our first port of call”.
Doug and Wendy Bignal London England 2016 Private 6 Day North Island Tour 3/4 Star Accommodation
Group Tour “Fiona
Our tour was everything you told us and more, much more. Our ‘journey’ was simply pure enjoyment with Fiona and we were amazed not only in the spectacular scenery, but also at the cleanliness and how safe we felt, as you know our group got very close with you Fiona, we highly recommend to others to make contact and enjoy your tour with Fiona and Carrington Tours”.
Cohen Family Jakarta Indonesia 2016 Private 8 Day North Island Tour 3/4/5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Family “Kia Ora John
“Wonderful experience with Carrington Tours. In just a few days with John driving, informing, humouring and guiding us we travelled in real luxury, throughout the North Island. On a limited time frame we were treated to adventure after adventure what was without doubt the real New Zealand. The Bay of Islands were simply beautiful, Rotorua amazing, Hawkes Bay spectacular and meeting the locals, shopping at markets and being participants in cultural , farming, scenic, wildlife and unique New Zealand activities were all special. Our family did not want to leave such was your impact and that of New Zealand, wonderful tour and truly unique and stunning country. Thank you from all our family and best wishes”.
Matt, Lena, Stefan, Anna & Tobias Graz Austria 2016 7 Day North Island Tour 5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation