We had an amazing custom trip to the north and south islands of New Zealand. Our travel planner of this travel company lives in NZ and worked closely with us to put together exactly what we wanted. We received a detailed itinerary, road atlases, and maps upon our arrival, and everything went perfectly without a single problem. Our travel planner was in frequent contact and readily available throughout the process, and offered to take us to dinner and show us his hometown of Christchurch, although sadly our full schedule did not allow it. He took our wish list and made all the arrangements and made additional excellent suggestions. All our personal guides and tours and hotels were the best, because he knows the people and the companies and has done many of the activities and excursions himself. We absolutely loved gorgeous New Zealand and its lovely friendly people, and feel that the trip could not have been better. This travel company has our highest, unconditional recommendation.
We spent 2 weeks touring both islands and felt that we had a perfect mix of activities, and also got a very good feel for the country and its various regions. We were also fortunate to have great weather. We like to keep moving and love to hike (but are not into extreme sports), and would also like to see the country rather than focus just on the cities. There were truly no activities that we thought weren't worth doing, and if we were to do it again, would not change a thing. We had a nice blend of hikes, boat trips, land excursions, city visits and drive days, so we never did similar things 2 days in a row. Highlights of the trip:
Auckland Harbor Tour
Waitomo caves and glow worms
Wai-o-tapu thermal area
Mt Edoras/ Mt Sunday LOTR 4WD tour
Hermitage Hotel/ Mt Cook/ Hooker Valley Track Hike
Milford Sound drive and cruise
Mt Alfred hike
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