Carrington Tours NZ focuses on giving you the most authentic New Zealand experiences. Your complete satisfaction is only one of our goals. 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. Below is a brief sample from our adventurers…


Wedding Anniversary Tour

Best 35th Anniversary EVER!

We are from Honolulu Hawaii and my husband had business in New Zealand. Since it would overlap with our 35th wedding anniversary I decided to tag along. We knew we wanted to tour the Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton, but I was not sure how we would get there or how to organize it for the short time that we would be in the area. That's when I found Carrington Tours and owners John and Fiona. I called him and I'm so glad I did! I told him what we wanted to do, he made suggestions and took care of the rest!!! He suggested for the Hobbiton that we stay for the evening feast. I was sold, but found out that they were sold out. JC made a call and suddenly we were in! It was one of the most memorable evenings EVER! JC went way above and beyond...picking us up at our hotel... complete with sparkling water and champagne glasses...getting our tickets for both tours, making sure we had enough time for souvenirs and champagne and glasses for the ride back to our hotel that evening. You won't find a nicer guy in all of NZ and you certainly won't be disappointed with his service! Thank you, JC, for making our special day even more special! We will be looking you up next visit to NZ! Until then... Barbie and AT Ball

Barbie and AT Ball 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2018 Hawaii USA
Honeymoon Couple


My wife and I traveled from the US on honeymoon to NZ. We were in Hamilton for a couple of days and we were going to see the glow worms caves and hobbiton movie set. John was set to drive us there. He was very polite, punctual, good driver, and very accommodating. He provided us with water for ride, asked to make sure it was a comfortable temperature in the car, told us stories and fun facts about the Hamilton area. We had a little extra time and he even pulled off the road for some quick scenic pictures. He gave us some recommendations for things to do with the rest of our day, and even in the other areas of New Zealand for the rest of our trip. Overall great guy and was a very pleasant experience. Would recommend to everyone. This tour was one of the activities we had looked forward to doing the most and Carrington Tours made it even better.

Jordan and Lauren Titus      5 Star Trip Advisor Review 2018     Seattle  Washington  USA     1 Day Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Family Tour

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     2019   7 Day Family Tour of North Island       3/4/5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Company Tour

I was with a group of travel agents which just spent five days with John of Carrington Tours touring the North Island of New Zealand. John was our driver/guide and he was wonderful. I highly recommend John & Fiona's company if you are looking for a reputable company that has a fleet of vehicles that will take care of any of your needs. John has a great deal of knowledge about the North Island, a great sense of humor and went out of his way to satisfy all of our requests. I highly recommend Carrington Tours and will be recommending them to my clients.
John Carrington of Carrington Tours is a wonderful company to show you around the North Island.

Chris Meny 5 Star Trip Advisor Review 2017 California USA    5 Day Adventure Tour     Napier, Taupo, Rotorua, Hamilton & Auckland    4/5 Star Accommodation  
Friends Tour

Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set

The trip was really amazing! We had a lot of fun driving to Waitomo and Hobbiton with John, who gave us interesting Information and a lot of laughter. The tours in the cave and through the Movie Set were fantastic. John made sure that we could get the best out of our day. It was great!

Lorina and Jolene 5 Star Trip Advisor Review 2019 Germany
Family Tour

"To John/Fiona and the other great staff at Carrington Tours New Zealand"

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    2019 8 Day Family Tour of North Island     4/5 Star & Farm Stay Accommodation
Company Tour

I am a film documentary director and for many years, I have been traveling all over the planet for my work. And as such, my team and I often require the services of a guide. Last April, we had the great pleasure to spend two whole weeks with John Carrington and I must say he is my Top!
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 hesitated to share with his passengers.
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      5 Star Trip Advisor Review     Quebec Canada     2017     13 Day Eco, Nature & Cultural Tour of Waikato & Bay of Plenty     Eco Sanctuary Accommodation
Cruise Ship Tour


We booked a tour to Hobbiton through Carrington Tours. We needed to picked up at specific time because we work on a cruise ship and docked late. John and Fiona were able to accommodate us perfectly, picking us from Auckland cruise port and taking me and my two friends on the 2 1/2 hour journey to Hobbiton in our own private vehicle. There and back.
The tour was amazingly priced and John was very polite and kind. He had lots of knowledge of New Zealand and interesting facts too. Also a very safe and good driver.

Would definitely recommend Carrington Tours if you are thinking about taking a tour and don’t know who to go with. Great price, and wonderful tours with people who genuinely care about delivering a quality service.

Next time I am in New Zealand I won’t hesitate to go on another tour with them again.

Thanks John!

Megan, Grace and Laura :)

Megan, Grace and Laura 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2017 England
Family Tour


John and Fiona picked us up at our hotel in Hamilton, and took our family on a private tour to Hobbiton (movie set) and then the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.They had arranged our tickets to each activity, and made it so easy for us. We had an EXCELLENT time and really felt like we had local friends showing us around. They both made us feel comfortable, and answered any questions we had about the tour and all things New Zealand. They also took some great group photos and sent them to us later. The greenstone pendants were icing on the cake! Great people, great company = great experience and great memories! Thanks!

Nancy, Dennis, Chris, Cathy, Bryant 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2019 Hawaii and Mainland USA
Family Tour


Myself Rajesh Agrawal, travelled to NZ with my family in December and on the last day of our holiday we travelled by road from Rotorua - Hobbiton movie set - Waitomo glow worm caves – Auckland. John (Carrington Tours) drove us through this day journey. He was outstanding guy who shared lot of information with us. John went out of his way to make our travel comfortable and he also. The photos he shared with us will serve as a good memory of this awesome drive my family and I undertook with him. I feel we were fortunate to be driven by John, which truly made our entire holiday unforgettable. Overall great guy, will surely recommend everyone.

Agrawai Family 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2018 India
Couples Tour

Amazing time showing us All over the North Island
We spent just 3 days with John and if we knew how awesome he was going to be we definitely may have left longer on the north island. John helped us to schedule 3 jam packed days including the amazing Black Abyss tour at the Waitomo glow worm caves, He took us to all of Rotorua with different stops, and on the last day we went all the way to the bay of plenty which is beautiful and lastly the reason for our NZ trip the evening banquet tour at Hobbiton. This is actually how I found John, on their website. What a find because through our initial and comprehensive communication leading up to our trip we were able to prepare and get excited for our trip. Down to the basics, John has a comfortable and clean van, great driving skills and he know so many awesome little spots along any route to get a great view, and so many interesting and amusing stories! As a well traveled man he know all about international travel and has stories galore to keep conversation going non- stop, unless you don't want to chat, he can let you sleep too if your needing an energy nap. I HIGHLY recommend booking with John if you have the opportunity and he has time for you. We look forward to seeing John again in the near future.

Jessica and Jason 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 3 Day Tour 2019 Los Angeles USA
Hamilton and Waikato Tourism Business Events

I cannot speak highly enough about Carrington Tours and Limousines. Hamilton & Waikato Business Events have used John & Fiona on a number of occasions to provide transport and tours for our multi-day familiarisation visits to the region. They are 100% reliable, flexible and work easy to work with. Very knowledgeable about the region and have some great stories

Hamilton and Waikato Business Events Management     5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2016 New Zealand
Company Tour

"John was the most amazing driver and guide on my recent trip to New Zealand. His knowledge of and enthusiasm for his country is incredible! He made my experience beyond delightful and I hope to tour with him again in the near future. I highly recommend using Carrington Tours!!"

Sandy Hoar     Washington USA     5 Star Trip Advisor Review     2017     5 Day Adventure Tour Napier, Taupo, Rotorua, Hamilton & Auckland     4/5 Star Accommodation
Couples Tour

Waitomo and Hobbiton.

If you wish your day to, not only cover the sights, but be that little bit more personalised and special then Carrington Tours should be your first point of contact.
From my first e-mail enquiry through to being dropped off at our hotel after an absolutely great day out with driver/guide/raconteur, John, my wife and I really came to appreciate the Waikato area and its people.
Then later that evening I received an e-mail containing several photographic reminders of our day——just another little extra from a remarkable company.

Derek and Lynne 5 Star Tripadvisor 2019 Scotland
Friends Tour

Fantastic Tour, Company and "Kiwi' Couple

John and Fiona were simply brilliant from first contact to our fond farewells and are marvelous ambassadors for New Zealand.
We are a group of friends from Australia who wanted to immerse ourselves in the Maori cultural and adventure side of NZ with sightseeing and just a hint of adrenaline thrown in.
Well over 4 days we got all that and so much more, just a awesome mix of fun, excitement, culture, breath taking scenery and surprising accommodation.
John and Fiona organised and provided our group of 9 with days of wonder in Rotorua, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel and nights of great food, wine and outstanding accommodation such as in the farm stays, with great kiwi farmers and beautiful meals.
We found the tour to be the perfect mix of all we wanted and at great value, but more than that, John and Fiona were a wonderful couple who obviously and genuinely cared for there country, had indepth knowledge, wonderful sense of humour and feel for our groups mood and needs.
We cannot say enough about Carrington Tours and John and Fiona themselves as guides and friends and more than happy to let others know of there outstanding tour company.
John and Fiona were so flexible, we travelled in a very comfortable spacious van and luggage trailer, felt safe at all times and welcomed with open arms everywhere.
Thank you from all of us and our experience was so fantastic we hope to make this journey 'across the ditch' a yearly event.
Roger, Marilyn and friends
Melbourne Australia

Roger, Marilyn, Kevin, Suzie, Pete and Andrea 5 Star Trip Advisor Review 2018 Melbourrne Australia
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 kiwi homes. We appreciated feeling safe in our beautiful vehicle 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
Solo Traveller

John is simply the person you want to travel with

I had a great 3-day tour around Hamilton and beyond with John from Carrington Tours.

Carrington Tours is a great choice for those who require comfortable and timely transportation for their holiday in New Zealand.

John would go an extra mile to deliver an excellent experience for his customers. He understands the region really well and gets to know every client genuinely. Whether it is for a one-day tour or more, I strongly recommend anyone to use his service.

Randy 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2017 Indonesia
Family Tour

Excellent service from start to beginning!
I did the dual cave tour with my niece and nephew and we all had a great time. Our guide for the day was John and he provided a great experience centred around hospitality and family values, to top it off he even gifted us each a green jade necklace to remember the day! The communication provided from initial contact to completion of the tour was very timely and thorough. John even took some photos of the day and emailed them through later on which I thought was a nice added touch. Would highly recommend using the services of John and Fiona for any tours!

Scott, Jess and Tom 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2019 Melbourne Australia
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
Business/Educational Tour


We were a group of 10 people from India. We were in NZ on business purpose and we were looking for someone with good knowledge and experience to guide us to the places in NZ. John & Carrington Tours curated the best visit for us. They were caring, thoughtful and knowledgeable. John was very flexible and had lots of helpful suggestions to help make the most of the experience. All of us had a truly wonderful time. We certainly will be back to NZ again in the near future. And looking forward for another great trip with you.
Santoosh, Chitra, Indian Delegation

Santoosh and Chitra 5 Star Tripadvisor Review 2019 Southern India
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
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     Farm Stay Accommodation
Cruise Ship - Friends Tour


John arranged tours for our group of 8 to visit Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton. He picked us up from our cruise ship, drove us to the sites while providing details on the beautiful country we passed through and had us back to our ship in plenty of time. We didn't have to wait in line at either of the sites and had a great lunch at Hobbiton. It was the best shore excursion we had while cruising New Zealand. John is very friendly and entertaining and we would highly recommend Carrington Tours. Thanks again John for a wonderful day.

Response from John C, Owner at Carrington Tours & Transfers
Response Published — 4 Dec 2018
Kia Ora MaryAnn, Jim, Rodney Jay, LaNae, Larry, Carlene, Stacey, Steven.

Thank you for your fantastic review, It was a real pleasure to meet you all, share information and to take your family on tour and show you some of the best of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, Hobbiton and Waitomo.
It was fantastic to also learn so much about America and appreciate all the info to assist with our tour of the USA next year, we are so excited.
We certainly hope to see you all again here in NZ or in the USA.
All the best from us both
John and Fiona

MaryAnn, Jim, Rodney, Jay, LaNae, Larry, Carlene, Stacey, Steven USA 2019
Solo Traveler

''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     2019     Private 4 Day Tour Cultural, Farming, Adventure     3/4 Star Accommodation
Company Tour

"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      5 Star Trip Advisor Review     Utah USA     2017     5 Day tour of North Island     4/5 Star Accommodation
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     4/5 star accommodation and Farm Stays