23 Day Once Around New Zealand

23 Day Once Around New Zealand

A huge tour of New Zealand featuring a complete circuit of the South Island including Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown, the West Coast Glaciers, Nelson and 8 days in the North Island including the Bay of Islands. Prepare your senses and camera memory for an unforgettable getaway.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $3349 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 23 Days
Tour Code: GNOANZ

Inclusions

22 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport and ferry port collection charges
Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi
Interislander Ferry
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Book your self drive tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City! Disembark, pass through customs and collect your luggage – it’s time to start your holiday. Your rental car is ready to whisk you away to your centrally located accommodation.

What should you do with the rest of the day? Take it slow, sit back and relax, punting down the River Avon through the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

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Day 2
Christchurch - Mt Cook - Twizel

Cross the broad Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. Enter the foothills near Geraldine to the barren MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd dedicated to the early pioneers of the region.

Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow capped peaks before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama.

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Day 3
Twizel - Dunedin

Drive south to historic Oamaru and on to Dunedin – “the Edinburgh of the South.” An early arrival allows the choice of excellent optional activities. Perhaps a Monarch Harbour Cruise to see the albatross, penguins and seals.

Enjoy the historic and scenic Taieri Gorge Train excursion or explore the city only a few minutes walk away. Staying in Dunedin. (2 nights)

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Day 4
Dunedin

Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. It is also home to some of New Zealand’s top fashion designers and vibrant cafes and bars.

Take time to enjoy the rich historical architecture and abundance of wildlife to be found in this fascinating area.

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Day 5
Dunedin - Te Anau

Drive through the rolling hill country of South Otago and Southland. After the farming centre of Gore, cross the Waimea plains towards Fiordland. Visit Lake Manapouri with its rugged bushclad mountains before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau. (2 nights)

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Day 6
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Drive through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. One of the most incredible and frequently overlooked features of Milford Sound is the journey to get there. The Milford Road is a stunning alpine drive.

You’ll need to allow plenty of time to stop at the numerous viewing points or short walking opportunities en route, just to get out of the car. Drink in the spectacular scenery and the sheer scale of the landscape. We have included a cruise on the Sound to enable you to appreciate the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.

After the cruise, return to Te Anau.

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Day 7
Te Anau - Queenstown

A free morning to explore the region surrounding Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. Perhaps take in a cruise across Lake Te Anau to explore the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. This afternoon it’s north, following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown. (2 nights)

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Day 8
Queenstown

A day free for you to enjoy this fabulous Alpine resort. There are dozens of optional activities as well, from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris, bungy jumping.

We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet boat ride, take a Gondola to the Skyline high above, a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous – white water rafting.

Alternatively browse in the many shops and galleries.

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Day 9
Queenstown - Wanaka

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the goldmining era, then on to Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort town on the lake’s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Overnight in Wanaka.

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Day 10
Wanaka - Glaciers

Continue north, through dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards the glaciers. A short side trip will take you to view one of these massive rivers of ice. (2 nights)

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Day 11
Glaciers

A full day to explore this remote and beautiful area. You can take your own time walking up to the glacier, going to the Okarito Lagoon or join a guided walk on the glacier, take a heli-hike adventure, or a scenic flight over both glaciers.

We also recommend a visit to the colony of the beautiful white heron (Kotuku).

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Day 12
Glaciers - Greymouth - Nelson

Continue past Greymouth and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. The best time to visit the blowholes is at high tide when they are at their most powerful.

Travel through the Buller Gorge to Nelson, known for it’s gourmet wine and seafood, and the abundance of local artisans and craft people. (2 nights)

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Day 13
Nelson

A full day to explore the Nelson area. The nearby Abel Tasman National Park offers opportunities to walk or cruise its beautiful coastline. Walking and hiking are the primary reasons to visit Nelson Lakes National Park.

Day walkers can follow a network of short tracks, to enjoy lake views, birdsong and native beech forest. A number of kayaking companies run guided tours from Marahau and Kaiteriteri.

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Day 14
Nelson - Blenheim

From Nelson, head towards the Rai Valley. Nearby Canvastown is rich in old gold mining history – thousands tried to make their wealth here in the 1860s. Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve is a great starting point for easy walks through forest glades. For something a little more adventurous, choose the track that leads to a waterfall and rock pool, or walk up along a ridge to a 417 metre peak.

The drive will then take you to the town of Havelock, widely known as the Green Shell Mussel Capital of the World. Continue on to Blenheim.

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Day 15
Blenheim - Picton - Wellington

From Blenheim carry on to Picton where you will drop off your rental car and board the ferry. The journey takes you from Picton, through the majestic Marlborough Sounds and into Wellington.

Cross the Cook Strait between the South and North Islands of New Zealand on the Interislander Ferry, to our capital city, sprawled over the hills surrounding Wellington Harbour. The 92 km journey takes 3 hours and is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences. You’ll have a great view of Wellington and the harbour.

Here, you pick up your new rental car. Overnight in Wellington.

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Day 16
Wellington - Rotorua

Drive north along the rugged Kapiti coastline then over the Manawatu plains. Cross the volcanic plateau past the cones of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu to skirt Lake Taupo, then continue through steam clad Wairakei to Rotorua, steeped in Maori culture and history. (2 nights)

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Day 17
Rotorua

Free time to explore Rotorua today. You may like to visit the Agrodome or take a gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha for spectacular views of Rotorua.

This evening experience Te Po, Te Puia’s cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a performance including the beautiful songs, haka and poi dance.

After dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and hot chocolate. (D)

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Day 18
Rotorua - Coromandel

Drive north through the Bay of Plenty to Tauranga and the Coromandel Peninsula. It’s worth taking a break at the beachside resort of Mt Maunganui for a walk around the base of the mountain or along the long, sandy beach.

Continue along the East Coast to Tairua;  this centrally located seaside town is a great place from which to explore the Peninsula. Walk to the top of Paku Hill for spectacular 360 degree views. (2 nights)

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Day 19
Coromandel

Explore this region, known for its beautiful beaches and coastline, or relax and enjoy the local cafes and shops displaying the wares of local crafts people. This is where New Zealanders hang out during their holidays!

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Day 20
Coromandel - Bay of Islands

Drive across the Hauraki Plains towards Auckland and then to the Bay of Islands. In the Bay of Islands you can find thrilling adventure or perfect peace. The unbelievable natural beauty, amazing beaches and a host of islands make for an idyllic aquatic playground and ultimate retreat.

The townships of this historic bay are infused with both Maori and European history. (2 nights)

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Day 21
Bay of Islands

Today is at your leisure for optional activities, such as a visit to quaint Russell or the Waitangi National Reserve. Or you may prefer to join a full day coach tour to Cape Reinga or board a cruise to the intriguing Hole in the Rock.

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Day 22
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Take the alternative route south to Auckland via the Waipoua Forest. You’ll find a stop at the Matakohe Kauri Museum gives you some great insight to the area you are traveling through.

Reach the sprawling suburbs of Auckland, then cross the Waitemata Harbour. Overnight in Auckland.

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Day 23
Depart Auckland

Sadly your holiday comes to end. Return your car at the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

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There are 30 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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14/04/2018
My tour was organised and there were no problems with any of the bookings. Out of the 11 motels there were only 2 that I wouldn't stay at again, majority were excellent places. Changes to the tour were made with no issues or problems and in a very timely and friendly manner.
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03/04/2018
I initially was a bit hesitant in not using a local Australian travel agent, but after all my dealings with Relaxing Journeys and their rep Toni, I can now say that after the trip is over I can't praise the organising of it highly enough. Toni was extremely easy to deal with about a few changes to the initial itinerary as listed on the website. One thing to keep in mind when doing a driving holiday is that even though the trip should take "x" hours per day it was not unusual in our case to add 3 hours to this for the sightseeing and meals. I would also suggest that you have at least a two night stay in one place per week of travel to allow a bit of r&r. And don't forget that it is supposed to be a holiday so no need to get up at the crack of dawn and hit the road.
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05/02/2018
We debated between using a tour company to organize our trip or to organize it ourself. In the end we chose using a tour company and were pleased that we did. Mani altered the trip to match our criteria but also ensured that we did not talk ourselves out of any New Zealand's highlights. He chose motels in great locatons and seemed to know what time to book excursions. We were given a great map book to help choose routes but he also suggested things we might like to see on the travel days. When we arrived at our hotel in Christchurch we realized that due to construction it would not be a good idea to return to this hotel for our last night given we would have a long drive that day and then need to be at the airport at 3:30am the next morning. We called Relaxing Journeys and they were able to book us a room at the hotel 2 minutes from the airport. It took the stress out of an early morning flight. It also allowed us to return the car in the evening and avoid the extra time required to return the car in the morning. We really enjoyed our trip but in retrospect think we tried to squeeze too much into three weeks. We should have either just done the South Island or added a fourth week.
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21/03/2017
This was a wonderful 23 day trip. The trip was completely outlined in the 13-page itinerary we received before the trip. We drove 2,700 miles and stayed in 14 different hotels/motels. The quality of our accommodations was beyond our expectations. All the indicated driving distances were accurate; every reservation for lodging and excursions had been made and we were warmly welcomed at every stop. The Kruse Commentary system provided a lot of information as we traveled; we had to call their technical support for one issue, and the response time to resolve it was within one hour. It was a more carefree vacation for us, knowing that all the logistical arrangements had been handled by Relaxing Journeys.
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09/11/2016
Had a fantastic holiday touring New Zealand. Would like to thank Marie very much for helping us have an unforgettable holiday.
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29/10/2016
GPS/Kruse system was excellent, informative and simple to use. Vehicle was perfect for our needs of 4 adults luggage and comfort. Pick up and drop off of vehicles was straight forward. Most of the accom was good - In Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Joseph and Tairua the standard was not quite up to our expectation due to age of premise, no smoke alarms or RCD, size of rooms and fitout. Those in Dunedin, Queenstown and Auckland were great and the best was the Wanaka one (ed - Distinction Wanaka) - excellent, new, well-appointed etc. Tour at Milford and Maori experience were also great - as was the crossing between islands. Only unexpected event was the earthquake! Grateful did not impact us but sorry that was not the case for NZ.
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09/10/2016
Our 3 week tour went very smoothly. Accommodations were all good (a couple were fantastic) and well situated. Our rental vehicle was in excellent condition and perfect for our needs. We had a nice balance of planned excursions and free time to explore. Relaxing Journeys provided excellent, responsive service both during the planning phase and while we were in the country. We made a last minute change to our itinerary while in New Zealand, and they quickly altered our accommodation on a national holiday. Much appreciated. New Zealand held something amazing for us each and every day.
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04/03/2016
We had a great trip and Leanne was responsive and helpful throughout all the planning. Even when we requested a one day mid-trip itinerary change while on our trip, Leanne was happy to help. The only reason we didn't rate the trip as excellent was that there was a bit more driving than we expected. Distances were not that great but the windy, narrow roads mean that distances take longer to cover. All in all, it was a great trip and we hope to be back one day.
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17/02/2016
Overall trip was great felt the variation of standard in motels was quite great and also the car hire group not of the best service. We did find some of the days to be of a much longer driving period than we had expected, which at times made us push a bit harder tha we would have wanted. But as I said we really enjoyed your country and its lovely people.
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03/02/2016
Thank you very much for your fantastic tour organisation, we all had a great time. Twizell was a bit of a waste and the features just ok. Every thing else was brilliant. We thought the commentary on the GPS Cruze was great. Once again thank you.
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23/11/2015
Although we have never done a trip like this before on hindsight we should have stayed in one or two places longer to maximise our time and enjoyment. So I guess we will just have to come back again better start saving we won't hesitate to encourage anybody who is thinking of coming to do so and will certainly recommend Relaxing Journeys. Many thanks once again.
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05/03/2015
Excellent trip. Mani was first rate throughout the whole process, extending our base tour from 23 to 35 days and offering constant and sound advice. We chose to stay in Motels as we were two couples and this provided the flexibility of cooking for ourselves or eating out. Each of the motels were clean and tidy although a couple were quite small with only seating for 2 and this was a challenge bearing in mind there was 4 adults! Apart from this small gripe it did not detract from the wonderful trip. New Zealand is a spectacular country with so much to see and do. Travelling between locations was made easier by extending the tour and overall the 'pace' was about right. We have some wonderful pictures and lots of memories that we will treasure. As for Relaxing Journeys we would have no hesitation in recommending their services. There were no issues and we were provided with an excellent pack on arrival including a very good road atlas covering all parts of our trip. Our thanks go to Mani for his excellent service and patience as we put together our itinerary.
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04/02/2015
Outstanding service and support provided by our tour consultant (Toni) throughout the whole process. We encountered flight problems on leaving Australia and our trip was delayed by a day but Toni sorted it all for us. Everything went like clockwork without one hitch. Recommend Relaxing Journeys to anyone keen on visiting NZ.
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23/01/2015
After a wonderful holiday in New Zealand organised by your company there were just a few small points that could be tweaked to make the holiday perfect. We were given the keys to the Toyota Highlander by Thrifty and told it was in the car park - full stop. After a 10 hour flight through the night this was hardly helpful. We then had to study the handbook to find out if it was petrol or diesel, how to open the petrol filler and other points on an unfamiliar vehicle. 2. There were no instructions for the Sat Nav and we never felt it could be relied upon without a map. We eventually found a client at our first motel to set it up for us. There was a tiny reset button on the rear of the screen. To be advised of this would have been of great help. We didn't have time to go into Christchurch itself. The Kruse commentary was very good. The accommodation was excellent. The cars were excellent. Both South and North islands were beautiful. Perhaps a little warning about the sand flies up the west coast of South Island, and how to prevent and treat the bites would be helpful. Thank you for a wonderful holiday and I hope you take these points as positive and not criticism. The best accommodation by far was the Averill Court Motel in Paihia.
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19/01/2015
There were times where we travelled long distances from coast to mountains and back again to coast and then back to mountains when we could have completed all the coastal destinations and then moved to mountain locations. (Ed. Hmmm, not always possible Larry, we try to use the best/scenic/relaxing routes. Sometimes those connecting roads are not suitable for 'normal driving'.) Several of the accommodations were less than marginal. You had us booked in motel in the middle of a meadow when we were visiting Mercury Sound! Kruse GPS system was exceptional. Like having a tour guide in your back seat. Overall Relaxing Journeys did a commendable job when one discounts the marginal bookings. You were very accepting of changes in bookings when I chose to move to different accommodations. All in all I was pleased. I think there was good value for the money.
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19/01/2015
The self drive tour was excellent. It went very well. If I had it to do again, I would have had one less day on the South Island (perhaps skipped Blenheim) and added an extra day to the North Island. One more in the Bay of Islands or even a trip up to Cape Reinga and the 90 Mile Beach.
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16/01/2015
Everything worked like clockwork. All the accommodation was of an acceptable standard. The itinerary allowed us to see a wide range of scenery and gave us a chance for some great walking.
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01/01/2015
The trip was fantastic. It is such a beautiful country and we felt welcome everywhere we went. The motels were all pretty good and the tours and activities we selected were wonderful. My wife loved Milford Sound and 90 Mile Beach. I really enjoyed Tongariro NP and Nelson. The Kruse was good for the commentary but my eyes were not good enough to use the screen for navigation in the cities. This might be something to consider.
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16/11/2013
Excellent start with everything we needed provided straight away at the airport. The motels were of a very good to outstanding quality. The route and timing you provided worked very well. With hindsight, personally I would have liked an extra day in the Pahia region to explore the west coast a little bit (at the expense of one at Franz Josef). The information you provided, thoughtfully organised, was very helpful. Everything worked, first time with no fuss. Definitely a 5 star service, we thank you very much for your efforts which we greatly appreciated. Motel summary: Auckland - good (GPS could not find it). Pahia excellent. Whitianga, very comfortable but we were disappointed by the lack of kitchen facilities(1 shared microwave and electric pan between 11 rooms). Rotorua, excellent. Wellington fair. Nelson, brilliant. Christchurch, very good. Mount Cook, excellent room. Dunedin, excellent. TeAnau, good. Queenstown, very good. Wanaka, excellent. Franz Josef, very good. Additional useful information would be reception closing time at motel. Ours ranged from 7 until 10pm. Driving times are very approximate, with the time to Milford Sound seriously under estimated. Several phone numbers are out of date, we found the voucher information to be more accurate. Hope all this helps, it is intended to be positive as we had the most glorious time in your country.
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13/11/2013
The accommodation overall is great, except Bella Vista, where the room was a bit tighter. Bed was really comfortable. The literature for the tour is well written. My suggestion is to make it even simpler by highlighting the key points (whether cultural, heritage and background to a region or town) and suggest key attractions in point form for us to decide. For most Asians, I was taken aback that most of the motels provide cooking facilities. This is unique to New Zealand as most of the motels don't provide that. After traveling for 2 days, I realized why as eateries are not as convenient and available. This could be highlighted in the tour literature.
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16/03/2013
We had a fantastic holiday in New Zealand. The people we met were very friendly, & helpful. The accommodation was excellent, & the tour ran smoothly throughout the whole trip with all schedules met. We highly recommend Relaxing Journeys to anyone contemplating a holiday in NZ. Some of the highlights of our holiday were the Milford Sound Cruise, the Helicopter ride to Franz Josef Glacier, & we just happened to be in the right place at the right time & managed a day at the Omaka Classic War Birds Air Show. We will definitely be returning to NZ again!
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03/02/2011
The journey around New Zealand was wonderful! One of the best things was having an itinerary with lots of ideas and all the lodging reserved, but yet we could be independent and choose which things we wanted to do. The mountains and beaches are so awesome. Since we love to hike, we added an extra day at Mt. Cook which allowed us to stay right in the park. That was a really good decision and allowed us the time we wanted near the mountain. The hiking there was beautiful. Our favorite motels were: Aden Motel in Te Anau, Archway Motel in Wanaka, Parkside Motel in Nelson, and Aotearoa Lodge in Whitianga (beautiful deck and garden.) All of these places had really nice rooms, very friendly staffs and a quiet environment. Our least favorite were: Sherwood Manor in Queenstown (everything in room was cheaply made - drapes hung down onto floor, big tour groups), and Capital Gateway Motel in Wellington (no cooking facilities except microwave and could only access motel from one direction.) Jarrod did an amazing job working things into our itinerary that were perfect for us. Thanks so much.
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20/01/2011
Our holiday in your country was everything we had hoped and planned for - stunning places, scenic drives and very friendly, welcoming people. Your itinerary details were excellent and very useful on our journeys and everything worked well - no hickups anywhere. The trips you arranged (Milford Sound cruise, Hangi evening and Napier Wine tour) could not have gone any better. It was the same for hire car pick-up and Interislander check-in. Accomodation was as we required - generally in good location except perhaps the Sherwood Manor in Queenstown, the Aotearoa Whitianga and Glacier View at Franz Josef which were some way from the town centres. This is purely an observation - not a critism - and didn't affect our enjoyment (we had checked on their websites so knew in advance!). We particularly liked Parkside at Richmond which was extremely well fitted out and the owner was very helpful. At most of the motels the owners/staff were also very helpful and provided local info enabling us to familiarise ourselves with the area very easily. Thanks Jarrod for your help in organising our memorable visit to your country.
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12/11/2010
We had a fabulous time in New Zealand. New Zealand is a lovely country full of friendly and helpful people. Everything went according to plan and the voucher system worked fine. We were one voucher short for accommodation but one phone call to your office soon rectified that. The transfers were all punctual and the drivers very helpful. The tours you booked for us all went well and we enjoyed them immensely. The accommodation was generally good and met our expectations for budget prices on the whole. No doubt we paid a bit more for the Hermitage at Mount Cook but we did find this really good and it was well worth it. We would thoroughly recommend to any of your clients the Bella Tuscany on Kennedy at Napier and the Bella Vista at Wanaka was also quite nice. On the negative side however we were a bit disappointed with the Aden Motel at Te Anau. On arrival we were advised that we were being 'upgraded' to a 2 bedroom unit which we found wasn't up to standards that we had so far experienced. We were pleased with the car which suited us fine and the arrangements for pick up and drop off etc worked well. We had a wonderful experience in your country; the scenery, wildlife and activities were great and we would have no hesitation in using your company again. Your services before and during our holiday were excellent and we would not hesitate to recommend Relaxing Journeys to our friends. Thanks for everything.
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09/11/2010
A very good itinerary staying at mainly 3+ star motels which had everything we needed plus friendly informative owners. The drive one day then stay two nights, gave us a good opportunity to see a lot while sampling selected places. Administration from initial enquiry through to customising and extending the itinerary to four weeks, to document collection at the car hire desk was faultless. We chose to do the tour in reverse order, starting at Auckland and ending at Christchurch and we now feel this is the best way because of the south island's mountain and fjord scenery. Had we 'done' the south island first, I think the north island would have been a bit of an anticlimax. Coming from western Europe where 'historical city' means at least 500 years of buildings, I felt New Zealand cities greatly overrated. The scenery on the other hand was superb. One moment you might be in the English Cotswolds, the next in the Black Forest, the next in California (before it gets parched and brown), the next in Alaska in summer ( 50% DEET insect repellant does the trick), the next in nowhere else on earth.
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23/03/2010
We had a great holiday and thought that it was very well organised. Accommodation was generally very good, with the possible exception of Wellington, where the room was small. The inclusion of breakfast at all places was a welcome surprise, as was the variety of accommodation. Driving days were very long and maybe there could have been more detail on getting through some of the larger towns. Roads not always signposted that well, so we sometimes did not know if we were on the right one or not. Thought that our Milford Sound day was, although magnificent, very long. It may be better to return to Te Anau that night and then Queenstown the next day, as there was no time to enjoy anything after the cruise. Also worth mentioning that Pancake Rocks was not mentioned on the itinerary but well worth the stop. Everything went very smoothly with the vouchers and we even got upgraded at some places. This was our first trip outside Australia and it certainly was made easy for us. Thankyou so much to Craig and all concerned at Relaxing Journeys. We have had no hesitation in recommending them to others back home. Looking forward to returning to New Zealand at some stage, as there is still a lot we would like to see.
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15/01/2010
Thank you and Relaxing Journeys for putting together a complete tour package. Our trip to New Zealand was wonderful. We really enjoyed seeing the country and meeting the people. We counted ourselves very lucky to see so much of your country, much more than any organized tour that I have seen advertised in the U.S. We did not take a count of the hundreds of sheep, cattle, waterfalls and deer we passed on our three weeks of travel but we did estimate that we saw at least 60 different breeds of birds, counting the pheasant we (unfortunately) hit. My apologies for taking so long to sit down and write this. Time goes by quickly while getting back into the rhythm of everyday (non-travel) life and reviewing the thousand plus photos I took. Again, thanks to you, Relaxing Journeys, and the people of New Zealand for a wonderful trip. I have told people of your vacation options and would be willing to be a reference for others considering a trip like ours.
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12/10/2009
The holiday was great. We were lucky with the weather and missed most of the rain. We made a change in the itinerary from Queenstown to Milford Sound to Te Anau by switching the Milford Sound trip to the following day and taking in the glow worm caves on the first day at Te Anau. This let us have a relaxed drive to Te Anau without the thought that we needed to drive a long distance in one day. This is something you may consider for future planning. It was fortunate from a weather point of view as well because the first day the road to Milford had snow and would have required chains. The next day was clear and was great. The nature trip on the sound was outstanding. Generally the hotels were good. Some were noisy, some had small rooms and some required us to haul our bags up stairs but overall we found the people very helpful. We wished that we had more time and it did give us an appetite for at least another visit. We loved the relaxed atmosphere and the friendliness of the New Zealand people. Thanks for your help in the organization of the trip.
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21/03/2009
The tour was absolutely fantastic, all accommodation was good quality and very comfortable except the 1 night stay on the outskirts of Wellington. That 1 place was very unwelcoming and felt like staying in a box, it was only 1 night and didn?t spoil the holiday. The rest was fabulous good space, good food, service with a smile and great views. South island was just great, friendly people and good service with scenery to die for. Lots of adventure trips, helicopter rides, glow worm caves and jet boat rides and a place to return to. North Island was more cultural and felt at times like a different country. Overall about the best holiday we have had and would love to go back.
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17/11/2006
Just to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday that will live with us for a long time. We met some really friendly people, saw some amazing scenery and ate too many gorgeous meals! Thanks for all your help- the arrangements were excellent and all the motels were expecting us, which is always a relief! Shame about the rain but we are used to that! Fortunately the last week in the North Island was warm and sunny- it was weird for us to see all the Christmas decorations out when the sun was shining- you've got it all wrong it should be cold and dreary! Our favourite places- hard to say but Te Anau and the Coromandel region stick out- but then again the Glaciers were awesome. We would recommend your organisation to anyone wishing a relaxing holiday.
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