16 Day Pure New Zealand

16 Day Pure New Zealand

When time is short but you want to see most of New Zealand in style, then this is the self-drive itinerary for you. Excellent unique inclusions and amazing accommodation options to go along with the magnificent scenery.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $5117 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 16
Tour Code: GNPNZ

Inclusions

15 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice
2 night stopover in Rotorua & Nelson
3 nights in majestic Queenstown
Guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Admission to the Te Puia geothermal region
Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi
Pukaha Mt Bruce Self-Guided Tour
Admission to the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal region
Scenic Interislander Ferry Cruise
Tasman Glacier Explorer Boat Excursion
Doubtful Sound Day Excursion
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
* 2 Bedroom Motel pricing also available with Exclusive Specials. Please request a quote for prices.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland airport, you will be personally met by our representative and transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation. The ‘City of Sails’ is New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant, offering an exciting array of cosmopolitan experiences.

Built on an isthmus of 48 volcanoes, Auckland’s fertile valleys and islands are home to award-winning wineries. Family attractions abound and the city has plenty of adrenaline for adventure lovers. Indulge in Auckland’s shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine.

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Day 2
Auckland - Waitomo Cave - Rotorua

Take delivery of your rental car this morning. Head south along the Southern Motorway to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton – New Zealand’s fourth largest city and the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves. For over 100 years Waitomo Glowworm Caves have attracted millions of people from all over the world. The moment you enter this subterranean wonderland you’ll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos. You’ll experience a boat trip like no other, journeying through the starry expanse of the Glowworm Grotto, while your way is lit by a multitude of tiny glowworm lights. On completion of your Waitomo tour, continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the “thermal city” of Rotorua. (2 nights)

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Day 3
Rotorua

Today, you’ll discover just how volatile this region used to be, when Rotorua fell victim to an expected pyroclastic event. On June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera erupted, putting the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu on the global radar, destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces in a devastating surge of lava. You’ll be guided through this historic entry moment by moment, as Rotorua’s landscape comes to life through stories and commentary. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run into the heart of the volcanic crater.

As the evening settles in and the stars brighten the sky, you’ll be treated to a Maori feast, as Te Po’s cultural experience promises hours of fun, thought and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a captivating performance by the local people, including traditional songs and the renowned haka. Following a truly delectable dinner, you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. (D)

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Day 4
Rotorua - Taupo - Napier

This morning depart Rotorua and head to Wai-O-Tapu. Walk at your own pace and marvel at the reserve’s unique features that include the world famous Champagne Pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and terrace formations. Stop at the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal project then wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities.

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Day 5
Napier - Martinborough

Today’s route has you driving through some of New Zealand’s rural heartland with a mixture of sheep, dairy and crop farming. Stop at Pukaha Mount Bruce Nature and Wildlife Reserve where you’ll experience some of New Zealand’s endangered wildlife up close and in the wild. Learn about what is being done to save kiwi, tuatara, kokako, kaka and return them to our forests. Later, make your way through the farming towns of Masterton, Carterton and Greytown before arriving in the boutique wine-village of Martinborough.

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Day 6
Martinborough - Wellington

Take time to stroll around the village before making your way over the Rimutaka Range to arrive into New Zealand’s Capital – the harbour city of Wellington. Take a drive up Mount Victoria or a ride up the Cable Car to get some magnificent views of this picturesque city. You may also like to have a walk around Oriental Bay, visit ‘Te Papa’, the Museum of New Zealand, or spend some time shopping or dining in one of the many fine restaurants down town.

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Day 7
Wellington - Picton - Nelson

Today you will travel across Cook Strait, the stretch of water that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The journey across Cook Strait has a dramatic beauty all of its own. Both Islands can be viewed, including the magnificent Kaikoura ranges, and there is often the chance to see wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, seals, whales and orca. On arrival in Picton, drive onto Nelson, a stunning seaside town and gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. (2 nights)

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Day 8
Explore Nelson

Today is at leisure to explore this beautiful region caught between sweeping coastline and the northern edge of the Southern Alps. Nelson is home to diverse communities that have blossomed on rich land in a Mediterranean climate. It is a true lifestyle destination based on adventure, art and nature. We highly recommend that you make a trip to Abel Tasman National Park.

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Day 9
Nelson - Punakaiki

Head south down State Highway 6 through Murchison and the Buller Gorge to make your way to the West Coast. Some different places to visit on the way are Murchison, Westport and Cape Foulwind. Stay the night at Punakaiki, best know for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, both of which are a spectacular must-see destinations when visiting the West Coast. Punakaiki has many colourful local crafts people – jewellers, carvers, painters and potters.

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Day 10
Punakaiki - Franz Josef

After a morning of sightseeing head south today down the West Coast. The West Coast is home to towering rainforests, mountains and glaciers, tranquil lakes and rushing rivers. It is steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1860’s. Tonight you stay at Franz Josef – unique in the fact that the glacier descends from the Southern Alps to just 240 metres above sea level amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. If you’d like to take a guided walk or heli-hike to explore the spectacular ice formations then you’ll need an additional night here. Please ask when requesting a quote.

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Day 11
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Today, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park and Haast Pass. Travel over the magnificent Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes District. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before travelling over the spectacular Crown Range to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. On to Queenstown, a beautiful alpine resort town regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. (3 nights)

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Day 12
Queenstown

Today is free to experience this magnificent town. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts adventure and leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Here you can take a thrilling jet boat ride, pan for gold, raft the white water rapids, take a wine trail, fish for trout, play golf or 4WD sheer canyons. It is also a great base from which to explore the Fiordland National Park, gateway to the awesome Milford and Doubtful Sounds. (B)

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Day 13
Queenstown - Doubtful Sounds Cruise - Queenstown

You will be collected from your hotel this morning and travel by coach to Manapouri. Your Doubtful Sound Wilderness Excursion begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri, a stunning lake renowned for its numerous islands and deserted beaches.

Then it’s over Wilmot Pass, on one of New Zealand’s remotest and prettiest sub-alpine roads, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland’s densest rainforest and to view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. On reaching Deep Cove, you will board your vessel for a cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. Nature guides provide an engaging commentary and point out the highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently swim alongside the vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed.

After your cruise, you will travel back to Queenstown by coach.

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Day UP
Doubtful Sound Overnight Upgrade Package

To experience the best of Doubtful Sound, upgrade to an overnight cruise and instead of returning to Queenstown, stay onboard the Fiordland Navigator. Return to Queenstown by coach the next day. This upgrade package adds an extra day to your itinerary.

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Day 14
Queenstown - Mt Cook

Make sure to stop off at the historic and beautiful mining village of Arrowtown today before journeying through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the MacKenzie Country to arrive at Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. Mt Cook is Australiasia’s highest mountain at 3764 metres. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery and is also home to the Tasman Glacier, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Day 15
Mt Cook - Christchurch

Experience the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest, in the most unique way possible.

This morning an experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier where you will also get to touch and taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later visit beautiful Lake Tekapo and stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of local stone and oak in 1935. Leaving the High Country, cross the vast Canterbury Plains to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch.

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Day 16
Depart Christchurch

Sadly, your holiday is at an end. Today you return your rental car to the airport in time to connect with your onward flight.

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4.9/5.0

There are 15 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.

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20/06/2018
Our tour was excellent and whenever we needed assistance it was prompt and helpful. Excellent trip! My only suggestion to better a great trip and organization is to improve the GPS service, which often did not pickup destinations. Consequently, I think in the written, daily itinerary those destinations should better include sites/locales very close to the destinations to bring greater clarity to the drive(ing). Regardless, great trip and thank you!
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23/10/2017
From my first 'Google' search for New Zealand fly-drive options, the Relaxing Journeys link caught my attention and upon reading previous customer reviews, we booked the "Pure New Zealand" adventure. We have recently returned from a fabulous 19 days touring New Zealand's North and South Islands. Additional days were added to include a visit to Bay of Islands (recommend 2-3 days), and stayover in Christchurch. The GPS Kruse Commentary system was excellent and provided information on all the towns we passed through, the Maori culture, history and legends. Mani looked after us and it was great to have a consultant "in country" who responded to our enquiries promptly, and was able to suggest alternative sight-seeing and accommodation options. All hotel accommodation was very good to high quality; standouts were Napier, Martinborough and Queenstown - unbelievable hospitality; and all breakfasts included. What worked well was taking the time to review the itinerary (and again the night before travelling), check the distance to be travelled daily, highlight any suggested key stops along the way, as well as the driving atlas for other sightseeing/historic sites. The voucher system was great, and best surprise was access to the "Premium" lounge on the Interislander Ferry and hire vehicle upgrades. Due to weather conditions and if you are flexible, additional activities can be incorporated on your own time, and we booked a sightseeing helicopter flight (Queenstown) and sea shuttle along the Abel Tasman National Park coast (Nelson stopover). We would have no hesitation in recommending Relaxing Journeys if you are planning to explore New Zealand.
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18/02/2017
The tour allowed us flexibility and spontaneity to see sights along the way as well as making certain we saw the must-sees. We feel, we saw a great overview of both islands and made us crave more for next time.
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16/10/2016
Great time. Would highly recommend your services to anyone travelling to NZ. Toni was extremely helpful in putting together our package.
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13/12/2015
We had a phenomenal time. The GPS had a function that told us stories about the area, history, Maori legends and warned us about particularly hazardous roads. Accommodations were superb (except for the one below), innkeepers were warm and welcoming and the tours were also great. It was not too rushed and we covered a great deal of both islands. The South Island scenery is truly spectacular, the Kiwis are great people; what more could we want? Maybe another trip another time. The only disappointment was our stay in Napier and the \"County Hotel\". The hotel was musty, hot and in dire need of a renovation and the town was disappointing. The \"Art Deco\" capital of New Zealand did not have the architecture we expected. That was our only disappointment; rest of the trip was phenomenal. Thanks for your expert advice and the bookings you made.
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13/12/2015
The trip was everything we hoped for. The accommodations were excellent - especially the Heritage Hotel at Aoraki/Mt Cook. In every B&B or hotel we were treated as special guests. I enjoyed the narrative that came with the GPS device - the geography, geology, and mythology lessons were memorable and added a lot to the hours we spent in the vehicle. If I had any recommendations I would probably have opted for more time on the South Island, and less time in the car on the road (maybe flying from Rotorua to South Island?) or train across the South Island? We would definitely recommend Relaxing Journeys to any of our friends contemplating a trip to NZ - we feel very lucky to have had such great service from you.
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11/10/2014
We were disappointed in the accomadations in Punakaiki. The Resort dining room was lovely but the room fell very short. It appeared old and run down and is in desperate need of some updating! The room actually had a musty smell to it. Beautiful setting! Unfortunately the day we went to Doubtful Sound it was poring rain and very cold. The Captain of the boat said we wouldn't be seeing all of the waterfalls if the weather was sunny! I'm sure it is a much different experience in sunshine! Stopping at the power station had not been mentioned previously to my knowledge. I would eliminate that portion of the trip. I was very claustrophobic in the tunnel and so were others I spoke with. Perhaps that should be an optional part. When we arrived at the Rydges Latimer Christchurch there was no where to park because there was a Mustang convention being held there. We could not get a dinner reservation until 9:00PM. The hotel was noisy because of the convention. Sunday morning they started the Breakfast Buffet early and closed it early but never informed us. (They changed the times to accommodate the convention group). My comment was that I know conventions bring in money, but no guest's stay should ever be compromised to accommodate a convention group. Every guest is important! We found New Zealand's mountain region reminded us a lot of Colorado. New Zealand is a beautiful, multi-cultural country. We met and talked with people from all over the world. You provided a fabulous, very well organized itinerary that provided a great overview of the country. ( A few times we did feel slightly rushed and didn't get to do all we wanted to see. ) Leanne was a delight to work with and made planning this adventure extra great! Thank you!
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22/09/2014
Everything about the trip was wonderful! Leanne was our consultant and she was great. She promptly answered all our questions via email and was very responsive when we needed to tweak our itinerary a little. There were one or two days that were a little longer drive than we would have liked, but after looking back on the itinerary we wouldn't change a thing. New Zealand is a beautiful country with very friendly and helpful people! We loved every minute of our trip. Thank you Relaxing Journeys!
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17/03/2014
I was totally satisfied with my tour in just about every way. The reason I rated the tour pace very good, instead of excellent, is that some of the driving days were very long and didn't give much time for stops or lingering. New Zealand is a bigger country than I thought it would be, so if I wanted to cover as much as I could in 16 days, some long drives had to be necessary. If I had the tour to do again, I would probably extend it to at least 21 days. All that said, I had an exceptional time. Some of the highlights: Waiheke Island, Rotorua (especially the Te Puia Maori experience), Wai-O-Tapu, Napier's Art Deco architecture, Martinborough's wine country, Wellington (but not enough time to fully appreciate it), the ferry ride between the two islands, the scenic drive from Picton to Richmond, Abel Tasman N.P., the Punakaiki coast, the Heli-Hike on Franz Josef, Lake Wanaka, Doubtful Sound and Lake Manapouri, Queenstown, Arrowtown, the boat ride to the Tasman glacier, seeing Mt. Cook up close, and Christchurch.

While all of the B&B's lived up to my expectations and more, some rate special notice: Koura Lodge in Rotorua is outstanding in room, facilities, setting, and service. The hosts at Kershaw House (Richmond) were Peter and Jill Archibald, who gave me exceptional service, which allowed me to see the highlights of Abel Tasman better and to also have two great dining out experiences. Another exceptional place was Breakers (Punakaiki coast - beautiful seaside/beach setting and great hostess. Brown's Boutique Hotel was easily walkable to everything Queenstown had to offer. The ambiance of craftsman-style Elm Tree House and very nice and informative hostess Karen were an excellent way to end my New Zealand experience. All the other B&B's also had their good points. The one exception I would mention is the Hermitage Hotel (Mt. Cook). It has a stunning view from every room, its lounge, and restaurant, but it truly is a hotel and lacks the personal intimacy of a B&B. It is, however, probably 'the only game in town', so if you want to hike around Mt. Cook and see Tasman glacier, there is probably no other alternative. (Ed. You're right - the Hermitage is the only accommodation in Mt Cook!)
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31/10/2013
Our trip was fantastic! Toni did an excellent job of putting together a self drive vacation that was everything we wanted. She listened and understood exactly what we were interested in and helped book it all from walks, to beaches, winery's, cities and nature; just superb.
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03/01/2013
We have just returned from our all too brief tour of the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and I have to congratulate and thank you and your team at Relaxing Journeys for a brilliantly planned tour and fantastically detailed, easy-to-follow itinerary. Our first port of call was Auckland, where we flew in late in the afternoon, which unfortunately left little time to really appreciate this city. We did, however explore the wonderful waterside area for dinner, before getting a short taxi ride back to the quirky Great Ponsonby Hotel. The accommodation was basic, but the staff and breakfast was great! We picked up our hire-car and travelled to the Waitomo Caves, then on to Rotorua. The Regent of Rotorua looked from the outside to be a glorified Motel but was in fact very comfortable accommodation. We enjoyed the Te Pula tour and the hangi evening. We headed off towards Napier stopping at Wai-O-Tapu to see the geo-thermal sights and later at the Aratiata Rapids where we watched the amazing sight of the Dam gates being opened. Travelling through some stunning scenery we arrived in Napier and stopped to admire the Art-Deco buildings, before a short drive on to the wonderful Mangapapa Petit Hotel. This was certainly one of the accommodation highlights of the tour. A beautifully appointed Victorian House in stunning gardens and the staff could not do enough for us. We had to drag ourselves away from this glorious hotel, somewhat reluctant to leave too early but aware there was so much more to see.

Arriving at Martinborough the Peppers Parehua amongst the vines was a relaxing and luxurious stop. A short drive the following day we reached Wellington spending a warm day around the Museum (free entry) and Botanical Gardens including the Cable Car ride giving easy access to the shops. A short walk from our B&B, Lambton Heights we dined at the fabulous Boulcott Bistro which we highly recommend. An early short trip had us embark on the Interislander for Picton where we collected our second hire-car and headed off to Nelson and the locally famous Warwick House for 2 nights. Unfortunately this was a little disappointing. Despite the impressive 'look' as you approach, the massive renovations undertaken by our hosts were somewhat 'tacky' with little thought to the modern-day requirements of hotel accommodation. My wife coined this place as Fawlty Towers! However, it was an experience! From here we travelled to Punakaiki, a challenging trip in heavy rain with a fallen tree on the road temporarily holding us up before 'enjoying' a walk across the chain swing bridge, a hundred feet about a raging river below. We finally arrived in sunshine at the Punakaiki Resort in time to walk around the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before relaxing in our beautiful suite overlooking spectacular views of the beach and Tasman Sea.

Leaving here, all too soon, we made our way along the beautiful West Coast stopping at Hokitita to buy some green jade products and arriving early afternoon at the spectacular Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Headed off immediately for a walk to the Franz Josef Glacier working up an appetite for a memorable 5-course degustation menu at the resort overlooking the Rainforest setting. Unfortunately our trip the following day to Queenstown was marred by torrential rain making driving conditions difficult and masking the spectacular scenery in cloud and rain. Ignoring advice to the contrary we made an uneventful, but pleasant trip from Wanaka over the Crown Range through the Cardrona Valley (a trip we ended up repeating 2 days later to visit Puzzleworld!) arriving at our accommodation for 3 nights, at the Hotel St. Moritz. Very adequate lodgings with views over the lake and close walking distance to restaurants and shops of Queenstown, but certainly not the same standard as Te Waonui or the Punakaiki Resort. We enjoyed what this place had to offer taking the Gondola lift up to wonderful views, happily just watching others partaking the Paragliding and Bungy-jumping! We drove up to Glenorchy for a morning coffee before heading back to Wanaka through some of the wineries the region had to offer. Our trip to Doubtful Sound the following day was a long day but very worthwhile arriving back into Queenstown around 8:15pm. The weather was very kind and perfectly relaxing out on the waters of Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound itself.

The following day we set off for Mt Cook stopping to marvel at the views of the turquoise Lake Pukaki, arriving in plenty of time to experience the Tasman Glacier trip, a truly worthwhile and memorable tour. The Hermitage Hotel, whilst quite large with many bus-loads of other tourists offered luxury accommodation with glorious views of Mt Cook and we enjoyed a pleasant evening in their A-La Carte restaurant after the days activities. Leaving Mt Cook for Christchurch we made a most enjoyable detour for morning coffee to The Astro Cafe on Mt John offering amazing views. Arriving in Christchurch we were initially disappointed at being so far from the town itself but on arriving at Peppers Clearwater Resort this was quickly erased. The 2 storey 'apartment' with stunning views over the water and golf course was amazing. The following day we took the Alpine Safari Tour with Hassle-Free Tours who were excellent and highly recommended. A 45 minute jet boat ride was thrilling, if a little refreshing, followed by a scenic 4-wheel drive trip through spectacular highland countryside, arriving in Arthurs Pass for the famous TranzAlpine train trip back to Christchurch. Our last day we had enough time before our flight home for an open bus ride around Christchurch, which certainly gave us a better understanding of the effects of recent earthquakes and the devastation they caused. A quick walk around the 'Container' shops before regretfully heading off to the airport. We have certainly loved our time in New Zealand and will be returning at some stage in the future to explore more that this spectacular place has to offer. Another certainty is that we will happily arrange our next trip with Relaxing Journeys; we have already recommended you to many of our friends and colleagues. Thank you, once again for a most memorable relaxing journey!
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23/09/2012
Relaxing Journeys was the perfect choice for us. Everything was planned and organized, but we were on our own to take it at our own pace. I was particularly impressed with the hotel selection. They were perfectly located and most had terrific views.
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10/11/2011
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Jarrod was a pleasure to work with, even though we scheduled the tour fairly close to our departure, had no clue what we were doing and modified the tour significantly (adding days here and there, reordering the south island, adding a third for the second half of the tour, etc). Everything on the tour went off without a hitch and it was all planned out for us very well. The only downside was that we didn't spend nearly enough time in New Zealand - it's a beautiful country full of very friendly people. For those of you planning a trip in the future, the one thing I would think hard about is how much time your spending at each stopover - it can seem a bit on the rushed side when you spend only a single night in most of the hotels, and this also tends to make the trip very weather dependent.
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28/02/2011
Our trip to NZ was just amazing!!! You have a beautiful country whose vistas constantly awed us. The operative word throughout the trip was WOW. The natural wonders, the hiking trails, the food, the people and the places we stayed were incredible. Your planning for our trip was particularly seamless. All the greetings, transfers, sight visitations and hotel accommodations worked perfectly. No snags at all. The activities that we did like sea kayaking, whale watching, paragliding, wine tasting, hiking and the Doubtful Sound cruise will remain with us forever. We always seemed to be short on time as we moved from one town to the next to do all the things we wanted. Loved the casual tracks that we came upon just off the roads. Most of our accommodations were stupendous! In particular WE LOVED the De Brett, Koura Lodge, the Resurgence, Hapuku Lodge (of course) and the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. The architectural wonders, service and hosts were all fantastic. At Hapuku Tree Houses Peter spent several hours with the owner Tony Wilson talking about building, architectural details and his initial concepts. Peter and Claire at the Resurgence were excellent hosts and we enjoyed having dinner alone with them on one of our nights there. Very personal interactions that will make this trip quite memorable. You were quite correct in spending extra for these wonderful stays! Of the B&Bs: Cobden Garden Homestay in Napier and Cambria House in Nelson were quite charming and the hosts quite accommodating. The B&B in Wellington was not great. Clean, but not so appealing. For a city like Wellington, thought we could have had a nicer place with some more charm. Peppers in Martinborough was lovely, they gave us a lovely very large room! The other Peppers in Clearwater was OK but understandably outside of Christchurch was quite difficult. Just for your feedback and possible readjustment for the future: our disappointment was with the Punakaiki Resort. Although the scenery and placement on the beach was incredible, the service was not! Staff were unfriendly, served poorly and were quite unhelpful. Our room was situated right above the kitchen. Good we only had one night there. Browns Boutique was pleasant and well situated. It's space is getting a bit tired but still quite comfortable. The hostess, Jillian, was lovely. Overall this was such an incredible trip that we will not soon forget the details. We thank you Jarrod for helping to create this wonderful memory.
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09/01/2011
The whole thing was great ! All the way through from inital enquiry to completion of tour. If I wanted to give constructive feedback - one thing which would help others is that if on the Pure Soak & Sail at Roturoa the instructions said that the boat sailed out of the harbour at Duxtons hotel (even the companys own brochure didnt make that clear) it would just be easier to find. All the accomodation was fine -the only motel you might reconsider using was the Albatross Motel in Napier -the acommodation was fine - but it is on a very busy road. Overall we would recommend your company highly to anyone. The web site is also very clear and informative. Thank you very much for a fantastic holiday!
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