Our travel agent was absolutely wonderful. She spent so much extra time making sure this trip to New Zealand was very special. My best friend and I went for 15 days and it was a special once in a lifetime trip for me for my 50th birthday. We started planning a year ahead, and our agent really listened to what I was interested in doing, but also giving great suggestions because she actually has lived in New Zealand, has family there and goes back to visit frequently. That in itself was one of the reasons why I chose her to help me plan my trip. I would highly recommend her agency to anyone planning a trip to New Zealand. I just which I had more time to spend there, there were so many things we did not get to do because, of course, had to come back to the States and get back to work.
My most enjoyable part of the trip was swimming with the Hector Dolphins in Akaroa. That was so much fun, and the guide on the trip said we had one of the best dolphin experiences he had seen all week because we had at least 3 pods of dolphins come visit us. I could have stayed out there all day and I was able to purchase some really great pics of the experience . My second close favorite was our Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, it was really beautiful and something I would recommend anyone going to New Zealand to experience .
I would like to have seen Wellington, it is supposed to be a center for the Arts there in New Zealand and because I'm an artist myself, I think I would have enjoyed it. I would not have done the walk and sail in Abel Tasman, the scenery was beautiful, but the actual sail was a disappointment and my friend and I were ready for it to end. There where no sea lions, and we found out from the captain, they usually are seen in the morning rather then the afternoon. We were supposed to get something to get refreshments and we didn't. I enjoyed Abel Tasman, but I would probably do something else than what we did. Also I think I would have liked to spend another night in Christchurch, loved the George hotel and it was a very interesting city. I think it's going to be really beautiful once they finish the rebuilding.
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