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Noel Jones (United Kingdom)
Never mind an essay - it would be easy to write a BOOK!!! This was, quite honestly, the most amazing trip I have ever taken and, let's be honest, probably ever WILL take. From the very start - via email - Craig was helpful, encouraging and -in the face of several last minute changes - eternally patient and efficient. His organisational skills were exemplary and laid the foundations for the eventual tour. I very quickly discovered that New Zealand is - no question - the most amazingly beautiful country on Earth! From the tropical balmy sun of the Bay of Islands, via the Maori mysticism of Cape Reinga to Auckland and its islands, then Rotorua and all the geothermal magic, experiences of stunning significance bowled me over. The Art Deco pizzazz of Napier was wonderful as was the wine of Hawkes Bay! Then to stylish, windy Wellington and across Cook Strait to Picton, South Island and the wine area of Marlborough. Kaikoura's whale watch was unmissable as was the TransAlpine Express from Christchurch to Greymouth. Then the west coast would provide Hokitika jade, helicopter trips onto the glaciers and jet-boat river trips - exciting and unmissable. Queenstown provided exhilarating opportunites on land and water but the highlight of so many highlights would come when I spent the night on a boat in Milford Sound - a truly magnificent and spiritual place of dolphins, fur seals, crested penguins and mind-numbing mists and sunsets! Finally via Scottish Dunedin and stunning Mount Cook back to Christchurch, the Garden City, and finally home. If I HAD to find one fault with my life-changing tour then it was.. the tour was much too short!!! My sincere thanks to ALL, including the tour guide, Lynn, and driver, Steve, who were superb!