Who Are we?

About Wicked Wanders

History

About

“Wicked” A New Zealand colloquialism meaning ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ or ‘Astonishing’.

Established in 2015 Wicked Wanders is a boutique tour operator specialising in providing personalised history and tasting tours of the greater Tauranga area. We are a Silver rated Qualmark sustainable tourism awarded business, which is an assurance from Tourism New Zealand that we offer quality tours and deliver a quality visitor experience.

Russell Christian is the owner/operator of Wicked Wanders Tours. He has lived and worked in Tauranga for ten years and is passionate about the history and culture New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region has to offer. Having spent twenty years working in the hospitality industry both here and overseas Russell provides a high level of customer service. He is also a member of the Tauranga Land Search and Rescue team and is very comfortable working in the outdoors. Through his experiences and training as part of Tauranga LandSAR Russell is confident in managing risk in the outdoors and providing a safe experience for those in his care. You can rest assured that your safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Russell Christian

Russell Christian

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Why Choose Us?

At Wicked Wanders our promise to you is to create an experience that will enable you to immerse yourself in the magic of the diverse landscape, culture, heritage, flora and fauna right here in our backyard. We take pride in the uniqueness of New Zealand and strive to create an experience that visitors will share and talk about with friends, family and other visitors. To do this we work with other like minded people that share a passion for New Zealand, its people, culture and heritage. Our tours are not rushed and are in groups of no more than 11 people. If our planned tours are not for you we can tailor an itinerary that is specific to your needs. If you are looking for worry free leisure time whether it be for a tour, guided walks or private hire then give Russell a call and he will work with you to make it happen.
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Our Mission Statement

To provide a safe and fun environment that encourages as many people as possible to explore the uniqueness of New Zealand’s diverse landscape, history, culture, flora and fauna.

Our Conservation & Cultural Promise

We take pride in the uniqueness of the New Zealand outdoors and strive to educate as many people as possible from all over the world to appreciate and share their experiences about the environment and our culture. To do this we will ensure the stories we share about our history and conservation are based on fact and respect the cultures and traditions of New Zealand.

Reviews

Our Happy Customers

  • star rating  What a great time. I was up from Christchurch at a conference in Tauranga with some time to kill and decided to do this tour. Russell was a great guide... read more

    H1719OFandreww
    October 2, 2022

    star rating  Easy to book, quick confirmation, showed up on time as planned, good service. Very happy overall. Thank you.

    Anita H
    February 8, 2023

    star rating  Carol from Wicked Wanda Tours was waiting for us as stated just outside the gates to the port. She gave us a cheerful welcome and said as soon as we... read more

    silentp1948
    March 18, 2019
  • star rating  Fantastic and very informative time we had with Russell. He was casual but very well informed on lots of general life, history, commerce and found interesting New Zealand focused... read more

    Dragonboating
    April 21, 2023

    star rating  had a ball,Carol the driver operator had a idea of where we wanted to go but was very accommodating & suggested changes to the original ittinary that we had asked... read more

    tom m
    February 8, 2016

    star rating  excelent attention to detail, small group of 10 Water bottles placed on each seat. Mobility an issue & a step for entering & exit the minibus, just there... read more

    johntalbot4
    December 11, 2022
  • star rating  Great city tour with a visit to a honey farm, kiwi farm with great tasting kiwi ice cream and a avocado farm.

    Walt G
    January 28, 2019

    star rating  This was an absolutely amazing day trip and a great way to see more secluded thermal lakes. The walk down from the top of the valley was stunning with so... read more

    IanS4534
    April 15, 2023

    star rating  What a fantastic tour guide Carol was can't fault her, very informative and also has a sense of humor which can be hard to come by these days

    Taneika S
    February 20, 2016
  • star rating  When cruising it is easy to book excursions directly from the ship. We have found these can be very expensive and very impersonal. You have 50 on the coach and... read more

    Barbara N
    March 24, 2019

    star rating  The views was so amazing & our guide who was with us was very informative about the many locations we went to! Such a beautiful trip & highly recommend

    Saphire T
    April 16, 2023

    star rating  We were on the Queen Victoria and we absolutely loved this tour! So happy our daughter booked it and happy we didn’t book with the cruise company such a better... read more

    rpoli12
    February 26, 2023
  • star rating  All the trip was fantastic couldn’t fault it. Love Russell he was tops with everything would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a relaxing and interesting tour on Tauranga.... read more

    nataliebL644KB
    February 6, 2023

    star rating  Russell responded quickly after purchasing our tickets. Meeting off wharf was easy. Vehicle is well suited to the tour.
    Best of all it was a great informative tour - highlight... read more

    943nevilleh
    March 8, 2020

    star rating  Our guide, Nicolle was excellent: professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. She kept us on track to ensure we didn't miss our ship. The tour was terrific: entertaining, educational, and beautiful.

    ivettefaltoheck
    February 5, 2023
  • star rating  This was a really enjoyable and informative experience! Russell's encyclopedic knowledge and engaging personality made it a relaxed and interesting trip.

    T6728BIjuliank
    April 21, 2022

    star rating  We were on a cruise ship and wanted a low key tour that didn't go too far or for too long. Wicked wanders tours was the perfect choice. Carol was... read more

    Nancy C
    March 25, 2019

    star rating  Small bus was lovely. Very informative and flexible. Enjoyed by all of us including the teenagers. Need ot be able to walk on uneven ground but we are not particularly... read more

    lyndalS9302EU
    January 9, 2023
  • star rating  We had beautiful weather. This is a must to be able to experience the best views. Our guide was good and informative. Downside for anyone unable to walk unaided, not... read more

    NZcitz
    March 25, 2021

    star rating  Had a tour with Russell and it was fantastic!

    Saw lots of interesting stuff, learned plenty of cool facts about what we were seeing, and had a great... read more

    DR0PB34R
    December 28, 2022

    star rating  On a recent New Zealand cruise we visited a number of ports. Tauranga is a stunning place and our memories will be all the more special because of this... read more

    sueaussie
    May 9, 2019
  • star rating  our group of ten people toured the area of tauranga when we stopped there on a recent cruise. the tour guide, carol, gave clear instructions where to meet, and... read more

    fbokma
    November 17, 2017

    star rating  This was a veryinformative tour. Our guide was wonderful! We found out a lot about Tauranga and it's surroundings!

    DebbieMcKinley
    October 26, 2022

    star rating  Had a fantastic tour in Tauranga, Russell was superb on the tour and I would recommend this tour over the excursions offered by the cruise lines. He takes you to... read more

    Jk K
    December 28, 2022
  • star rating  Our guide Russell was a local man who was at the pier to greet us. The tour showed us around the town of the "Mount", beaches, harbour, the adjoining... read more

    Gail52018
    February 26, 2020

    star rating  We were looking for an affordable excursion getting off the cruise ship. We found Wicked Wanders which offered a four hour tour provided by Carol and was very affordable.... read more

    Wendi B
    March 9, 2016

    star rating  We were very lucky to be the only ones on this trip that day, our guide was excellent new what he was talking about and answered any questions we had... read more

    Ggaiau
    March 8, 2020
  • star rating  If you arrive by cruise ship with no plans for Tauranga, check out Russell Christian's Wicked Wanders tours. He's on the Pier (when his small group, mini van... read more

    AnnArborMHT
    January 22, 2023

    star rating  This trip is well worth it, especially if you want to quickly learn more about the history of NZ. We've tried a few other cultural experiences here but they felt... read more

    piccapii
    December 27, 2022

    star rating  We really enjoyed our 4-hour tour. Interesting and fun. The town is very near the port so you can walk in or take the ship shuttle. We were met at... read more

    barbarasimon1
    March 3, 2020