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  Russell Picks you up from where the cruise ship docks. He is very knowledgeable and makes the whole experience very interesting. We were lucky enough to be the only two... read more

    Dolly502014
    3/05/2020

    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
    3/03/2020

    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
    3/08/2020
  • 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
    2/26/2020

    star rating  Russell has a van that holds 6 people. It is a perfect size for a four hour tour. The atmosphere was relaxed, Russell was knowledgeable and friendly; he provided very... read more

    alexis s
    2/29/2020

    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
    3/03/2020
  • 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
    3/08/2020

    star rating  This was a terrific way to see Tauranga and the surrounding area. Russell was extremely knowledgeable and lots of fun too. All the stops were great and so was the... read more

    emB5262RV
    2/21/2020

    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
    3/25/2021
  • 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
    3/24/2021

    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
    3/08/2020

    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
    3/14/2020