Hi, a belated thank you for the Christmas Eve wildlife tour to the Otago peninsula. I had a fantastic afternoon, with some incredible views of the Yellow-eyed penguins and the Royal albatrosses, which will stay with me for long after my New Zealand birding trip has ended. Some of my photos aren't too bad either! Special thanks to Josh for his knowledge and enthusiasm, especially as it was Christmas Eve. He may remember I was asking about the Stewart Island Shags - I found out there are 'Bronze phase' birds as well as the pied ones so I think these were what we were looking at. Also, Sooty and Buller's Shearwaters out to sea. Hopefully there will be a next time when I can put my bird book to the test!
Vicky York, UK
Dear John - Elm guide
A few days ago we were lucky enough to have you as our guide when we got off the cruise ship. Its Cassie and David (I'm the guy with the limp). The tour was just us after you had to turn down a group of 10 as they could not manage the walking. Now we are home and have time to reflect on the cruise the highlight for me was your tour.
The reason for the email is to let you know that the day following our departure from Dunedin, whilst I was sitting on our balcony watching the sea, an Albatross flew in close to the ship and then flew out of sight but came back a couple of times just skimming the waves. What a sight.
We LOVED today!
You have an excellent operation, with great staff, and it is perfect for our guests! - I look forward to sending you our clients!
Yours in Adventures that Count
Christopher Hill - Hands Up Holidays
We have just arrived back home in Sydney and want to thank you very much for the great tour that we had with you on Monday. You probably know this but we wanted to tell you that in our opinion you really are very well suited to your job because we have had many a guided tour and yours was really a stand out in all regards. At all times we felt that our interests and needs were a priority. You are also very friendly and easy to get on with. Furthermore we appreciated the fact that you were also interested in the rest of our time in Dunedin and took the time to make suggestions and give us some great advice for more great scenery and wildlife.
Jackie & Gerard Williams
I just wanted to send my thanks to you and to Tony and Donah for two fabulous days touring Catlins and Otago peninsula. They were knowledgeable, engaging, interesting, and interested, and we couldnt stop sharing and learning in the two days we spent together. You have a beautiful peice of earth to share with us and others. The weather was perfect, especially for the albatross colony. (couldnt have planned it any better) and we shall always have wonderful memories and pictures of our stay.
Michele Edelman USA
We were in Dunedin on Dec. 26 and my family had the opportunity to take a tour with Elm Tours- you folks were incredible! Our day with you was truly one of the highlights of an amazing three week 'once-in-a-lifetime' vacation that we took through NZ and Australia. Thank you for helping my family make some incredible memories- the photos I have of our day there are unbelieveable- and our children's experience was so educational and fullfilling.
The Peicker Family - Bedford NH USA
We spent the day with you in early December. We wanted to let you know that it was one of the best days of our entire lives! It is hard to express in words just how much we enjoyed getting to know you and the places you love. We are already saving up for our next visit. Our daughter is a PhD student at Iowa State University, focused on ornithology and currently studying morphology of hummingbird bills using some new analytical methods as they relate to ecology. She is interested in broadening her focus and wanted to learn more about you and your projects (we told her as much as we know and infected her with our enthusiasm!!). Again, Brian, we can't say thank you enough! We look forward to spending time with you again!
All the best,
Don and Pam Berns
Hi Brian, Shaun and Josh
Just to say how much John and I enjoyed our tour with you the other
evening. It was great to be part of a small group watching the penguins
and sea lions and we were very impressed with your planting and the
position of the hides. We appreciated having plenty of time to enjoy the
animals and not feeling rushed. We were last at your beach area
almost 30 years ago, and it was a delight to see the area managed so
well for both the wildlife and the visitors. I'm glad we waited for a
perfect summer evening to come out with you!
Moira and John - Otago peninsula
Just a quick message to let you know how much Pam and I enjoyed our day trip with Josh. It was a fantastic day and clearly Josh's enthusiasm for all things to do with wildlife came to the fore. He is a credit to your company and we truly appreciated the time he devoted to making this such a wonderful experience.
Alan & Pam Myers
Bill, Irma Lou and Jo had a fantastic day with you. They where thrilled to bits with all of the wildlife that they saw.
Thanks for organising such a great day for them.
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