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4WD at Red Rocks Reserve

Posted on 21 Mar 2017
I recently had the pleasure of taking the team from King Toyota Lower Hutt out to Red Rocks to put their latest 4WD's through their paces. The notorious Devil's Gate was a great test for these high tech beasts but the vehicles and drivers won the day. See photos of this great day out.  

Captours on the move

Posted on 02 Mar 2017
It's been a busy and productive summer for Captours. To meet the increased demand we've taken on two new drivers (Phil & Richard) who come with a 6 seater Mazda MPV and a 12 seater Toyota Hiace minivan respectively - see photos attached.

Spring is here

Posted on 06 Sep 2016
Just rolled over into September and lambs are in abundant supply in the Wairarapa. Cruise ship season is almost upon us and Captours is ready for the bumper season with more cruise ships and bigger ones at that.

A Saintly Lord of the Rings Experience

Posted on 25 May 2016
Took five Australasian nuns on a LOTR tour. Sister Rae Boyle from Christchurch and four fellow sisters from Melbourne and Sydney enjoyed their day at Peter Jackson's Weta Empire followed by lunch at the iconic Chocolate Fish cafe. After lunch we ventured north to the Hutt Valley and visited the sites of Helms Deep and Rivendell - see photos..

Wine Tasting with the Expert

Posted on 29 Apr 2016
Took Jack from London on a Martinborough wine tour. What I didn't realise until half way through the day was that Jack is an International wine tasting judge, specialising in pinots from Burgundy. He said he was impressed with the wines and wineries we visited on the day which included Palliser Estate, Martinborogh Vineyard, Margrain for lunch and Murdoch...read more »

Anyone for Crayfish?

Posted on 16 Mar 2016
Popped into the entrance to the Island Bay aquarium with two couples from Alabama to get a closer look at the fishing boats. Perfect timing as one of the Italian fishermen was transferring a cray from his catch. He was more than happy to pose for a photo with my curious clients while chatting away about his morning fishing trip

Craft Beer Tours

Posted on 02 Feb 2016
My latest tour addition has proved extremely popular. While I assumed the demographic would be males with beards and beer pots, this did not always prove to be the case. As you will see from the photos young Japanese ladies love their beer as well and knew all the top Wellington breweries such as Garage Project, Tuatara and Kereru.

Mexican Tour with Spanish Interpreter

Posted on 19 Nov 2015
Took my first tour with an interpreter yesterday. I was lucky enough to be able to use Guille from out football club who was the Argentinian Liaison Officer during the recent Fifa U20 World Cup. Guille did a great job, seen here 3rd from left at the Chocolate Fish Cafe with our Mexican guests.

Rimutuka Memorial to WW1 soldiers

Posted on 28 Oct 2015
On my recent Wairarapa tours I've watched the progress of the WW1 Memorial, built to commemorate the soldiers who marched over the Summit to the Upper Hutt army camp as part of their training before heading off to war. Photos show the Masterton stonemason at work plus Canadian couple Jon & Laura at the finished memorial.

Craft Beer Heaven

Posted on 05 Aug 2015
Aldo from Switzerland became the guinea pig for my inaugrual craft beer tour. By all accounts he had a great day out with tastings at Parrot Dog, Tuatara Third Eye and Garage Project. After a fine lunch at the Buthcer and Brewer in Petone, the friendly crew at Kereru Brewery in Upper Hutt gave a master class guided tour of...read more »

Poppies Winery in Martinborough

Posted on 22 Jul 2015
Wellington recently staged Fifa Under 20 football and Captours hosted a Fifa dignatory from El Salvador for the day. Carlos Mendes and his family enjoyed a stunning winters day in the Wairarapa. The highlight being the platter lunch at Poppies restaurant, the sun came out so we ate outside - see pic by clicking on the title above.

Southwards Car Museum tour

Posted on 07 Jul 2015
Took 6 car enthusiasts from Melbourne travelling on the Dawn Princess to the Southwards Car Museum. Hayden, great nephew of founder Sir Len Southward, gave them a great guided tour and the group raved about the vsit all the way back into Wellington. Click on the title to see the photos.

Wairarapa Extravaganza

Posted on 30 Jan 2015
I spent Wellington Anniversary in the Wairarapa with tours over the Rimutakas on both the Saturday and Monday. Saturday was spent with two Canadian sister's and their Australian and Canadian husbands, lunching at Lake Ferry, before visiting the Cape Palliser lighthouse and the local seal colony. Monday was spent with Gavin from Sheffield who had been on a NZ...read more »

Couldn’t get much more Kiwi than this!

Posted on 27 Jan 2015
A great day out at Nga Manu Reserve in Waikanae with Martin from Zurich. Nature walk, Kiwi and tuatara viewing, native birds and capped off with eel feeding. See pics by clicking on the title above.

Pencarrow and Baring Head lighthouse tour

Posted on 13 Dec 2014
Just took a great tour starting at the southern point of Eastbourne, then around the coast past the two Pencarrow lighthouses. After lunch we drove up to the baby lighthouse at Baring Head then back home along the Old Coast Road to Wainuiomata. Perfect timing for a ferry crossover as well - amazing how close they get to the Pencarrow...read more »

Lighthouse Tours

Posted on 18 Nov 2014
I seem to have become the lighthoouse guru with recent tours to the Castlepoint and Cape Palliser lighthouses over in the Wairarapa. Click on the title to see recent photos.

Martinborough Wine Tour

Posted on 06 Oct 2014
Took Gordon and Lyn from Sydney over to Martinborough to sample some pinots. Sean the winemaker at Murilea Rise is a must visit just for his lively diatribe. Then we parked up for lunch at Poppies next to this old racing car from the past.  

Cape Palliser sojourn

Posted on 02 Oct 2014
Had a great day over the Wairarapa with a lovely Aussie mother and daughter. Fish n chips at the legendary Lake Ferry pub, followed by a stroll among the seals then a little more strenuous exercise up the 234 steps to the Cape Palliser lighthouse. Click on the title above to see the photos.

Photography Tour with Simon Woolf

Posted on 29 Aug 2014
Took a photography tour at dusk with renowned photographer Simon Woolf, taking in some of our favourite Wellington spots. Makara Beach, the stunning view from Wright's Hill and the last light at Oriental Bay. Click on title to see photos.

Red Rocks Seal Colony

Posted on 20 Aug 2014
Breeding season at Red Rocks and my Aussie guests wanted a look. A plethora of seals but no pups visible yet.  Plus a shot of the infamous Devil's Gate. Click on title to see pics.

Wedding party

Posted on 12 Aug 2014
Took a tour for friends and their family prior to their wedding in Hawkes Bay. The pending bride and groom and her parents who were over from Hong Kong, found it a bit sub-tropical at the top of Mt. Victoria. Click on title to see photo.

Boomrock

Posted on 25 Mar 2014
Took a trip out to Boomrock recently. Activities galore and simply stunning scenery. Click on title to view pictures.

First Celeb on Tour

Posted on 07 Feb 2014
We took our first celebrity on tour last week. A tour to the Weta Cave and around the Southern Coast with Indian cricket icon Sunil Gavaskar and two friends who had flown in from Singapore and England. Sunil took great pleasure in showing them a street sign in Khandallah named after him. Click on title above to see ...read more »

Busy New Year

Posted on 11 Jan 2014
The New Year has started with a roar. Five tours to date to assorted locations with customers from as far afield as Cuba and the Phillipines. Click on the title to see a selection of pictures from these tours.

Open for Business

Posted on 07 Nov 2013
Capital Personalised Tours is "up and running" and accepting bookings. 

New Kid on the Block

Posted on 09 Sep 2013
Capital Personalised Tours (CPT) will be fully up and running in mid-October and accepting bookings from 1 November.

Some of our tours...

Janette Clarke Looking for a great day out wine tasting, lunch and shopping in Martinborough, Greytown and the Wairarapa.........well look no further than Capital Personalised Tours. Highly recommend Capital Personalised Tours as you can actually personalise it to what, where and when you want to spend your day. Lunch was delicious at Poppies and it was hard to chose the wine as they were all so nice. I would definitely use Capital Personalised Tours again and recommend to everyone to give John a call or check out his website and book a tour if you are up that way! Thanks Janette and the Gals from CHCH.
- Winery tour by Janette Clarke from Christchurch