Testimonials – Historic Homes Tours


An excellence chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand's formative years by visiting beautiful houses of the period – many still in the hands of the families they were built for:





Historic Homes


This is what they are saying:

"A unique opportunity to look at aspects of New Zealand history including settlement, lifestyle and design. A valuable example of cultural tourism."

Donald Getz, PhD. Professor of Tourism and Hospitality and Management, University of Calgary.

"A wonderful day – there is nothing like this tour anywhere in New Zealand."

Gordon Collier, Titoki Point, New Zealand

"It was a real eye-opener. We were all surprised at the amount and variety of product, but probably the one thing that really struck us was the genuine friendliness of the people we met." 

New Zealand Tourism Board.

I am writing to thank you for your hospitality on Wednesday.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and thought the Homesteads were great. As everybody had such a lovely time I am sure we will be back.    

Maureen Smith, Age Concern, Waipukurau.

Each tour is an unforgettable experience – thoroughly enjoyable and culturally rewarding.  John is a very knowledgable guide, and Sarah's lunches are superb.  The tours open doors to places few of us could otherwise visit and bring the past and present together in fascinating ways.

Diana Beaglehole, Marjie Robson, and Virginia Barton-Chapple.

My tour groups always enjoy their visits to Woodleigh.  For us it is a unique experience to meet New Zealanders in their homes and we learn much about life in New Zealand.

Sebastian Wendlandt.  Tour Leader,  Studioius, Reisen Muenchen. Germany.