Our travel planner really listened to our needs/wants and was great at guiding us to a super vacation in NZ, while visiting our daughter who is studying abroad there. Our accommodations were wonderful. Very glad we listened to her that premium economy on NZ Air was worth it. Her travel directions and tour companies she recommended were superb.
The tour to Milford sound was fantastic. We really enjoyed doing day hikes on Kempler, Routeburn and Abel Tasman tracks. My daughter and I loved the glow worm caves near Te Anau (though not for those who get easily claustrophobic.) Loved kayaking in Kaiteriteri and biking the Central Otago Rail Track and along lake in Queenstown. Sunrises and sunsets were spectacular. The best accommodation was PenyBryn Lodge in Oamaru. We had phenomenal hosts and splurging on dinner there is well worth it.. The best food we had in NZ. We also really enjoyed Paulina's and Oliver's in Clyde for dinner.
Driving in NZ takes more time and concentration than we had anticipated (even though we were forewarned). I might allow for more time to drive and to relax after. I might pack water proof pants - Our wildlife tour in Dunedin was a rain soaked day - as was our first day in Christ Church (with remnants of Cyclone Cook). I discovered some local tracks in Oamaru and Clyde which I wish I had known about beforehand as I would have hiked there more. I also might stay closer to towns themselves - so I could walk around the lake in Te Anau or easily walk in Queenstown (our apt/hotel was 45 min walk along lake or 25 min walk on busier road) or Dunedin (we stayed hotel with a beautiful beach but since it poured our 3 days there - might have preferred closer location to Univ of Otago/downtown). Our accommodations were comfortable and great -but often emphasized view/setting over location closer to towns.
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