I contacted Marie via email and she was responsive and fun to communicate with. We arrived Akaroa on cruise ship Azamara Quest on a wild weather day. Our tender barely made it in. We had invited 4 other guests, Marie was waiting on the Wharf for us. Since we couldn't visit the park she had arranged a surprise Lighthouse tour where we had tea and scones (Marie is a great baker also), this was a very welcome substitution. It seems her family has lived in Akaroa for Seven Generations and she knows a few people! We found Marie to be very professional, a true historian, a delightful storyteller, and a dedicated conservationist. She is also an awesome driver, is very sweet and has a great since of humor. This was one of the highlights of our trip. We feel we have a new friend, and everyone in our group felt that way. I recommend her highly, great value for money, a sure thing and for the discerning traveler. When we went back on the ship and told everyone what we had done, their mouth pretty much dropped open. Marie made several excellent recommendations for wildlife conservation excursions in other ports, which we followed and were equally delighted. I recommend Seventh Generation highly.
I was lucky enough to go on a tour hosted by Marie and can't say enough about how great it was. Banks Peninsula is a beautiful location with fascinating flora, fauna and an intriguing history. Marie's story telling ability and imagery first took me back in time, then stepped me through to the present day and then propelled me into the future. She has a a genuine connection and passion to protect and conserve Banks Peninsula, she is full of information and really good fun too. I would recommend her tours to anyone visiting Akaroa.
"Marie, you are an extremely effective communicator who is able to eloquently transmit the spirit of the Wildside project. The approach those landowners are taking is great, and is leading to outcomes that everyone involved should take pride in. I’m sure it will continue to evolve as expectations grow, and further resources and capacity becomes available."
"Thanks again for your neat Wildside talk. You are a fabulous speaker and you gave us a lucid and passionate account of the ecology and people of the place. It is amazing to see how local people have each met the restoration challenges of a landscape in their own unique ways. You all have much to be proud of."