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Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours

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Address: Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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+61 2 6563 2247
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Chase "n" Thyme Island Journeys - More than a tour, a journey...

Chase "n" Thyme Island Journeys - More than a tour, a journey through the island from early settlement to the present day and all the wonderful things in between. Come with your hosts Janine and Peter Phillipps on an entertaining and informal tour of Lord Howe Island's more interesting nooks and crannies! Janine can trace her origins through five generations to Nathan Chase Thompson who settled on the island in the 1850's. Peter was the island's postmaster for nearly ten years, he has had a number of the photos published in various articles as well as writing a book and producing two DVDs on Lord Howe Island's history. Think you know the island? After our tour you will know Lord Howe Island! You will learn more in a morning with us than you would if you spent a week searching things out for yourself. We get you "under the skin" of the Island, the "nuts and Bolts". There is more to this small island out in the South Pacific than first meets the eye, and you will have a way better holiday for the knowledge you gain! All Corners of the Island Tour! every day by demand pick up 9.10am (3.15 hours). A great introduction on what, where and how to do Lord Howe! What are the best walks? Where do you get the best photos? Includes visits to the local school, Government House the hospital and the Catalina monument! We point out many of the island's ever changing sea and land birds. The island's rare bird the endemic Woodhen and Kentia Palm.Learn all about the island's social history, early settlement, predators and pests, flora and fauna, ships, flying boats and the airstrip, island tales and even buried treasure! Cappuccino/tea and muffin at our secluded Ned's Beach home included with this tour.

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What a great way to start the week on Lord Howe. Peter was both informative and amusing during our 2 hour tour of the island. Thoroughly recommended.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Book this tour for the day you arrive on Lord Howe - what Peter doesn't know isn't worth knowing! I thought it would be too long but it was so interesting as Peter gives a complete overview of the island with very interesting commentary and light hearted jokes. Great!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great way to start the week on Lord Howe. Peter was both informative and amusing during our 2 hour tour of the island. Thoroughly recommended.

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Winmalee, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes I had read the reviews and was prepared for the rubbish and daggy dad jokes. Peter did not disappoint. Peter is very passionate about the environmental issues that the Island is challenged with and is managing quite well. He gives a good overview on things including, education, policing, government. He is very personable and his lovely wife makes great... More 

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ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Thank you HJD52, we love what we do and having our guests home, we have a lovely location which is nice to share. Daggy dad jokes and rubbish won’t be going away, sorry they are part of the show! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Lord Howe Island is a unique island and Chase 'n' Thyme is a unique tour. Not many holiday destinations are located on a small island which is also a world heritage area. The balance between catering for human population and protecting the environment is a fine balance. We enjoyed hearing about how Lord Howe Island goes about every day business... More 

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Thank Robyn S
ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Robyn S, thank you, what you have said is exactly what we want Chase n Thyme to achieve. After a visit it is obvious why Lord Howe was one of the first islands to be put on Unescos World Heritage list. Our role is to show and tell people why, what, when and Howe, we are privileged! More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Peter has an amazing knowledge of Lord Howe and its history. The tour covered the length and breadth of the island and embraced all aspects, including wildlife, vegetation, walking trails , beaches, transportation, schooling, environmental innovations, accommodation and service facilities etc.. We also visited Peter's home where his wife Janine, a direct descendant of the original Thompson family, gave us... More 

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Thank John G
ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments John G, the many roles we have performed over the number of years we have lived here have helped us learn and understand the island and it’s broad and varied facts, quirks, secrets and treasures, we are happy we played a part enhancing your stay. More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

We did this tour around the island on our 3rd day. Book early, as it is usually heavily booked. We were interested to learn how the Island functioned. It gave us all the information needed. We even visited the tip. Interestingly a very important part. Even in road building, which is done with recycled glass. Our driver/guide explained the ratio... More 

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Thank Lynne M
ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lynne M, the behind the scenes aspects of the island are some of the most important issues we have. The isolation can create difficulties, generally we are doing a pretty good job looking after the island. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Wow, I learnt so much from this tour it was great. I would recommend going on this tour especially early on so you know what you should be seeing and why. My only criticism is the tour was supposed to include morning tea and a postcard but we never got our card. Next time.

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ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Thank you Hellj2014, sorry for the miss understanding, our aim is to answer all those questions and have your stay benefit as a result. Many of our guests agree with you, your holiday will be much more if you do our tour early in your stay. More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

This tour with Peter is a must for all visitors. He knows everything there is to know about the history and every day life of the island and drives to every accessible part of the island and you are sure to see a great number of the local wildlife including the local wood hens. It is a great introduction so... More 

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ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks ElizabethG, the woodhen story is one of our favorites, bringing this bird back from the brink of extinction is truly one of the island’s great triumphs a very special story within the island’s many stories. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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120 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were left in the lurch on the first day after a mix up with our booking, but when we went on the tour it was great, Very informative and friendly hosts.

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ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Hi David, we appreciate your comments and pleased you enjoyed the tour, anyone can make a mistake this one was beyond our control as the guesthouse owners gave us the wrong room number. More 

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

From start to finish, Peter brings the Island to life, and those yummy home cooked muffins. This is a must do on Lord Howe.

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Thank Ian M
ChasenThymeTour... C, Owner at Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, responded to this review

Thanks Ian M, we like to cover the beginning to the end and all the interesting bits in the middle as well. More 

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