We were thrilled with our 21 day tour of New Zealand with Manu Tours. Tony and Wendy are wonderful and knowledgable guides to this idyllic country. It was our most spectacular trip yet. Joyce Miller and Bill Cook, USA
Mighty happy birders!! THANKS SO MUCH for taking such wonderful care of our birders and creating lifelong memories and friendships!
They couldn't be happier and we extend our gratitude for your excellent work!!
Karen Johnson, CTC
Preferred Adventures Ltd
Tony Wilson is a true professional in every sense and it was a distinct pleasure working with him and his brother, Ken, throughout the trip. Tony's pleasing personality, combined with his superb knowledge of New Zealand's birds and flora, made working with him a most satisfying experience.
Wayne R. Petersen, Massachusetts Audubon Society
I can tell you he's one of my favorite leaders. He seems to have a natural communication with birds, extremely good senses, and is a skillful spotter.
He is very good at helping people find the birds and makes every effort to see that everyone gets to see them. His people skills are excellent-- he is very low key, kind, thoughtful, and good humored, but definitely in command. Everybody I know who has met him likes him.
Barbara Magnuson, CA
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to bird the Solomon Islands, etc. It was a delight and a privilege to find so many species that few birders get to see. Your caring and skillful leadership and your thorough preparation were much appreciated. The friendly and helpful people of the islands were an added bonus.
Barbara Magnuson, CA
Many thanks for the most unforgettable, most strenuous birding tour of my life. Many thanks to you, Tony, for your birding expertise, your personal encouragement and your patience.
Overall the trip was outstanding. Tony and Ken as leaders were TOP NOTCH!
Kay Goodhue, WA
What a great tour – it was the best bird tour I’ve been on!
Bud Getty, CA.
I look back on the three weeks journey as one of the best birding trips I have been on. You, both of you, made that happen. I send my thanks for a wonderful trip.
..it was the beauty we passed through, the lovely people we encountered, the kindness of strangers, Tony's perfect planning and lots of laughter! Oh yeah, some very special birds too!
Peter and Ellen Derven. CO
Terri and I both want to express how much we enjoyed our trip and meeting the both of you. We both agree that the tour was one of our most enjoyable and rewarding trips for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which was the pleasure of your company.
We could hardly have expected a better birding experience or better results. We did extraordinarily well, thanks to your experience and leadership, Tony. Well done!! Thanks as well for the "special touches". You spoiled us with wonderful accommodations and great restaurants. They added immeasurably to the pleasure of the trip, as did the Maori night at Rotorua. Carol, thanks for your personal attention and care and the dedicated effort you made to feed us well and support us at Miranda and Tiri Tiri. It isn't likely that other tour operators will ever meet those standards. You've certainly raised the bar. We plan to let others know just how pleased we were with the whole experience.
We truly hope that we can meet up with you again in the future.
David and Terri Donsker. NH
NZ is a must destination for all world birders. The country is exceptionally clean, the lightly traveled roads are well maintained and signposted, and the people are the friendliest of any country I have yet visited! Add spectacular scenery, good food and lodging, and easily understood if highly accented English which is spoken everywhere, and all the ingredients for a wonderful trip are in place.
We arranged our trip through Manu Tours - manu is Maori for bird - it is owned by Tony Wilson and his wife Carol Harker. Tony is a native Kiwi with extensive guiding experience and lives near Auckland. He and his company are both highly recommended (usual disclaimers).
Terry Witt. TN.
I also went on the Northern Australia Tour Oct 6-20 with Tony and Ken. Also outstanding! These guys are really nice and willing to bird from dawn to dusk – and more.
Betty Siegel, Alaska.
This was a great trip. We will travel with Tony again, just don’t know when.
Randy Siebert and Glenda Brown, CO
Your country even surpassed our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed our birding trip with you and will gladly recommend your tour to any of our friends. We gained 116 life birds. The scenery and food were also great. Thanks again for everything that you did for us. You thoroughly spoiled us, and we loved every bit of it.
Pat and Sherron Lynch. PA
What a great trip. Thanks for all you two did to make it such. Great bird encounters, beautiful scenery, cold and blustery nights, gourmet dinners, the Keas!, the penguins!, Kaikoura pelagics!!, my own row in the van. Does life get better? Anyway, thanks so much. I hope we can arrange a future trip together.
Bruce and Sandy Rosensteil.. TX
With many, many thanks for a wonderful trip and for being such special people! I look forward to being with you again in the future.
Ben Olewine, Connecticut.
Thanks again for a wonderful tour. My family will never forget New Zealand or you two. We had a great time!
Adam Winer, CA
We have been raving about how much we enjoyed our trip, New Zealand and New Zealanders, and especially our birding experiences and our guide!
It was really super, and we thank you for all you did, your attention to detail, and showing us parts of the country we would have missed if we were on-our-own
Ron and Nancy Knaus, CA
NZ / Australia
Thanks for another great trip! Lots of birds, lots of laughs, lots of memories.
David and Mary Lord, Canada.