GIven the amount of time we had on this trip, we made the most of it. Some days were long travel days getting from point A to B but we wanted to see as much of the south island as possible. I appreciated our travel agent Karen's suggestion for us to stay in hotel/apts with kitchens to give ourselves the option of cooking if we wanted (which we did). We were thankful for washer and dryers in some of our rooms. Esp on the very rainy days where our soaked clothes needed a dryer.
Karen had an amazing list of restaurant recommendations for every city we visited as well. Karen was always available to answer questions by email or by phone. Days before the trip we had a long phone conversation going over every aspect of our itinerary. I highly recommend a family vacation to NZ (the 12 hour flight wasn't THAT bad) and using this New Zealand travel company to help plan the trip.
New Zealand is a beautiful, amazing place to visit. The land and the people make it a wonderful experience for all ages. Our family of 5 traveled over the Christmas holiday and enjoyed our 2 week visit. Our focus was on the south island with a few days in Auckland. Karen at this travel agency put together an incredible itinerary that had us on the go but not changing hotels every night. We felt like we got a good taste of the south island and even the west coast (rain!). Our 3 kids (9, 13, and 16) continue to talk about our vacation with the fondest of memories. We loved having to stop the car in a sheep "traffic" jam, seeing hector dolphins, riding in a helicopter and luging at Skyline in Queenstown.
Other than spending more time in NZ, I would not change a thing about our trip.
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