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

owner/operator
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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  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  Russell from Wicked Wanderers met our cruise ship on time for the 4hr scenic tour of Tauranga. Small group, very comfortable air conditioned van. Tour commentary was excellent & well... read more

    V933YZsueb
    January 6, 2023

    star rating  Our experience with Wicked wanders was EXCELLENT. Carol was an excellent guide showing us Tauranga. great value for money and we saw so much, Had a great... read more

    Toni W
    January 16, 2016
  • 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

    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  Could not find a tour that suited us with the cruise line, so found Wicked Wanders online. really enjoyed the small group, the well thought out tour, the super tour... read more

    _davidandjoanmay
    February 24, 2017
  • star rating  We booked our trip through Viator, but you may be able to book w/ Wicked Wanders directly online. Wonderful tour around Tauranga with stops for local Tea & Kiwi... read more

    Dr_JayL
    November 22, 2022

    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  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  Russel was a lovely welcoming guide who took great care of us. Very informative and relaxed. Highly recommend it

    H845DHannes
    October 18, 2022

    star rating  Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our day out. The tour guide picked us up from our accommodation and took us back the end of the day. The tour... read more

    446jennifer
    March 24, 2021

    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  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  We are delighted that we booked this tour instead of one of the cruise ship tours. Russell was well informed and interesting, and his knowledge of the... read more

    T2287SGkevinb
    January 25, 2023

    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  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  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  We were on a cruise that unexpectedly visited Tauranga for 2 days. The fist day we did a hop on & hop off bus tour around Tauranga. The second... read more

    MargotK621
    March 14, 2020
  • 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  This small group tour was very informative and we had the opportunity to see a selection of locations that had important historical significance. The guide was knowledgeable & able to... read more

    Olive R
    March 3, 2020

    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 Kiwi farm was fascinating and our Kiwi sample tastings along with Ripe NZ Avocados and NZ cooking oils dipped in bread were a treat. Russell was most interesting in... read more

    Pamela H
    November 29, 2022

    star rating  The sites are lovely. Russell knew his history. Disappointed about the tea stop being closed but the elms were fascinating

    758debbier
    December 28, 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  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  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  Four of us got off the cruise ship at Tauranga and started looking for a small van tour for several hours. We found Carol of Wicked Wanders right at the... read more

    tunebug
    February 27, 2016
  • star rating  Very worthwhile tour for cruise passengers. Carol is very informative and friendly. Had a lovely time and still had time for a walk round.

    Brian T
    February 13, 2019

    star rating  The tour was reasonably priced and went all round Tauranga but didnt stop enough for photo moments next time we would walk off port and explore the town ourselves but... read more

    Diane L
    February 6, 2019

    star rating  Russell was our knowledgable guide who took us in our mini van round all the points in the tour. He was informative and entertaining. We enjoyed learning about the kiwi... read more

    Viv451
    March 8, 2020