Doug & Jordan Akin, South Island Outdoor Spectacular, Travelled on 27th May 2019
Hi Laura, We had a great trip. Thanks for everything. The customer service from your company was great! Regarding the the specifics of the trip, the hotels were generally very good. Locations of all were excellent, all attractions were very walkable from each hotel. The walls of the hotel in Wanaka were a little thin - we could hear our neighbors pretty well, but the view from the room was SPECTACULAR! Probably our favorite place to stay was at Mt. Cook. The hotel there was great. We loved the night sky there too! I don't know if this was planned, but the route was good, saving, in my opinion, the best for last which was the Milford Sound cruise. The weather didn't cooperate fully, we had to reschedule the heli-hike. But that may have been in our favor because I think the Mt Cook heli-hike was probably better than the Franz Joseph heli-hike. That was one of the highlights of the trip along with Milford Sound and hiking up Iron Mountain and Roy's Peak. It was a little disappointing to miss the train trip, but the weather was to blame for that. And we got to keep the car and make the trip over Arthur's pass at our own pass. Arthur's pass was spectacular too. Also, the jet boat tour up the lake was just ok. But it was a good way to start the trip because the trip was like a crescendo - generally it just got better and better until Milford sound. The snow on top of the mountain at Queenstown prevented us from getting to the summit, but we knew that there was a chance of a lot of snow. Generally, I think the timing wasn't bad for the trip - except for the rain! We could tell that it was a downtime for most of the hotels which left the towns uncrowded. To sum - it was a great trip, your service was great and we were very impressed that EVERYTHING in your control went according to plan. Thank you very much! If we return, and we certainly would like to, we will use your company. Thank you very much Laura for everything!
Peter & Megan Burke and David & Carolyn Le Lievre, Customised 24 Day Discover New Zealand, Travelled on 20th April 2019
Shelley you did a wonderful on our second tour booked through NZ Self Drive Tours. You took us to places we would never have found on our own which were delightful with a sense of discovery. Loved Bay of Islands, Nelson and Clyde.
George & Rosemary Ruban, The Essential South Island 9 day Tour, Travelled on 13th May 2019
Overall, the trip was magnificent. Accommodation, car, itinerary were all great. However, a couple of comments that might make an improvement. 1. Having our hire car dropped off at 9am in Christchurch and having to be at Aoraki Mt Cook by 1.30 pm was a very tight schedule, given road works and unfamiliarity with the car and the roads. It was a rush and there was no time to see some of the sights on the way. An earlier drop off would make it easier. (In the end, our planned activity was cancelled, so it was a rush for nothing.) 2. The day trip to Doubtful Sound was too long. Two hours in the bus, another hour across the lake, another hour in another bus, to get to the cruise for 3 hours, then the whole thing in reverse was trying. Twelve hours in total! Doubtful Sound is beautiful.... perhaps an overnight stay on the Sound would be more rewarding if it can be worked into the itinerary. We really enjoyed the scenery, the friendly people, boutique accommodation, fantastic wine and food and fresh air. The highlight was the helihiking on Franz Josef Glacier. Unforgettable! We were dodging bad weather a lot of the time, but the sun shined on us on that day. Brilliant! Thanks for organising our trip.
William McCarvill, Jane Bell, Judy Maurer & Donald Maurer, The Natural Wonders Of The South Island New Zealand, Travelled on 30th April 2019
All arrangements worked perfectly. The Toyota fit all of us and baggage including wheelchair comfortably. The Kingsgate motel in Te Anau was a bit worn. Doubtful Sound was a nice overnight. Needed more time in each place to really get to know it.
Arch and Peggy Payne, Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains Adventure, travelled on 5th May 2019
Our South Island driving tour was an excellent adventure! Every arrangement you made for us worked perfectly. I especially appreciated your ability to “reverse” our tour plan -- and re-set every reservation — when we learned that the Trans-Alpine train would be cancelled at the start of our trip. All of the hotel and excursion reservations went off without a hitch. We enjoyed excellent weather throughout the trip, except for one rainy day in Franz Joseph, and were able to complete all of the scheduled events. As I am sure you’ve heard before, “we will be back” and plan to spend a good deal more time experiencing NZ. We made the most of our 10 days, but that is nowhere near enough time to see and do everything available on the South Island. Thanks for all of your help!
Kacey Kurimura, The Southern Circuit Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 29th April 2019
Thank you for an amazing trip! Your staff was so friendly and helpful! All of the hotels were really nice and had very friendly staff too. It was really nice to only have to take care of my flights and have everything else taken care of. Thanks for making my first trip to New Zealand an amazing experience. I can't wait to come back. I will definitely recommend your company to my friends that want to go to New Zealand. Thanks again for ecerything.
Julie O'Neill, The Essential South Island, Travelled on 23rd April 2019
A big thanks to Nichole for the fabulous itinerary and the precision booking of my activities, everything went like clockwork (weather allowing). The trip was seamless and having the timings of activities and travel time was super helpful. Overall with the single lane (but good) roads and stopping for amazing photos I added 60-90 minutes onto every journey and it worked well. Also having the car allowed me include other notable places into the mix including Glenorchy (from Queenstown) and Akaroa (from Christchurch). Traveling solo means having a defined route (and reliable contact; Nichole) were important to me and ensured I had a fully loaded experience (with backup if ever needed). Accommodation was a good standard and in great locations (I had booked motels) with call outs to the Mount Cook and Hanmer Springs stays which were both pretty spectacular. There were too many highlights to mention however the inclusion of Kaikoura for whale watching definitely provided the final high on an amazing trip. Can’t wait to come back and do it again (yes it was that good!). Self drive was for me the best way to do it and Nichole with her obvious passion for this wonderful country ensured I had the best experience.....bravo!
Zulkifly Johari, Zurhea Chung Abdullah, Dinesh Gill & Pay Fern Chew, The Southern Circuit Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 26th April 2019
Thank you very much for the arrangements and preparations. We had a fabulous time - all the arrangements made from the moment we were picked up at the airport on arrival to the final day of our vacation when we were dropped off at the airport - was just fantastic. We had no issues at all, the rental car, the accommodations, the drive instructions, tours... everything was great. We could not have asked for a better planned holiday. Huge thanks to Laura Davidson for patiently working the details with us, and coming up with a holiday that suited us perfectly. It was everything and more than we had expected or hoped for. New Zealand is truly a most beautiful country, some of the sights literally took my breath away. I will certainly plan to be back to see more of it. Thank you once again for all the preparation and arrangements.
Rich Reilly & Elaine Warmuth, Queenstown to Auckland Explorer, Travelled on 11th April 2019
The entire tour was great!! Most of your suggestions exceeded our expectations, and the weather certainly cooperated. Your prompt refund for the cancelled sailing cruise is greatly appreciated, and we would suggest you add "She's A Lady" to your list of sailing options in Paihia. Captain David did sail on our planned date. Kia Ora
Aniruddha, Lilian Jessie & Layla Kadambini Paul, Southern Lakes, Milford Sound and Glacier Scenic Explorer, Travelled on 21st April 2019
Shelley Ryder of New Zealand Self Drive Tours organised the perfect vacation for us! She took time to understand our preferences (we were a family with a 10 year old daughter), which were quite varied - adventure and outdoorsy stuff for my daughter and me, and fine dining, nice hotels and great scenery for my wife. All the hotels we stayed in were top notch and the rooms thoughtfully selected for a family of 3. The sit down set menu dinner at Te Waonui was special. The activities that she recommended - jet boarding, Milford sound excursion, bungee jumping, helicopter landing on glaciers - were amazing. But above all, it was her commitment to her customers - us - that won us over. We requested for a last minute change, that too on Anzac day which is a public holiday, and she went out of her way to accommodate our request. That's amazing commitment. This company came to us as a recommendation and I'm so glad to say that it lived up to the recommendation and more. I'll be happy to pay it forward....
Craig Hill, Deborah Carroll & Regan Hill, Southern Highlights Tour, Travelled on 19th April 2019
Thankyou so much for helping my family and I have a fantastic experience in New Zealand. Everything went perfectly and we had a wonderful time. Will definitely use you guys again and have already recommended you to three other families!
Susan and Herbert Graf, Auckland to Christchurch Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 15th April 2019
My husband and I were met at Auckland airport and without delay we were taken to the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour. We were very impressed with the high quality of the accommodation and very relieved when we were shown to our room straight away at 6am! Later in the day we visited the harbour district and walked in to the city centre where we visited the Art Gallery and the Sky Tower. That night we went on the Harbour Dinner Cruise where we met great staff and a diverse group of people of differing nationalities. Fortunately the weather was mild and the sea smooth so that we could enjoy the food and drink. The next day we were very happy to get an upgrade on our rental vehicle and then proceeded out of Auckland toward Rotorua. We enjoyed the trip very much - the countryside was beautiful and the driving conditions were excellent.Read more
We took a diversion toward the Corimandel Peninsula but stopped at Thames which we found to be a very friendly, pretty town. From there we continued to Rotorua via Tauranga. We loved Peppers on the Point: a great location, very friendly and informative staff( we loved Matt), excellent room, superb dinner and breakfast, and there were donkeys and sheep to feed! We would go back there in a heartbeat! Thank you so much! We ate at Peppers the first night, the next day we went to see The Lady Knox geyser and the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area then later we were picked up and taken to the Mitai Maori Village for a cultural performance and hungi. We were told by the ladies at Peppers that the seafood chowder was too good to miss. We enjoyed the music, the singing and the haka's. The weather was warm, the scenery perfect and we really loved Rotorua. The next day we drove south to Napier with breathtaking scenery along the way. We stopped at the Huka Falls which were amazing although we didn't feel inclined to get close up in the jet boat that just skirted around the edge of the drop. Further on the Ahimanawa Range was incredible - we would have liked more safe places to stop and look at the view! We loved Napier although it was colder with few people out and about on the waterfront. The town was lovely - so neat and well laid out, the art deco buildings beautiful and as always, friendly people. We walked the waterfront, visited the Community Arts Centre, walked around town and found a small Art and Crafts shop that had lots of inspiring pieces for me as an amateur potter. The room at the Masonic lodge was nice and we had the best coffee there. We ate at an awesome Indian Restaurant called Rasoi and had the best Indian food ever! Again the scenery to Wellington was amazing - post card perfect! We stopped at Masterton for coffee but being Good Friday there were not too many places open. We later drove through Greytown which was very vibrant with lots shops open and beautiful architecture along the main street. Wellington was colder and windy, as you would expect, but very quiet. Our suite at the Bolton Hotel was very nice in a good location close to the harbor and Parliament House. We nearly missed our Weta Workshop Tour as our phones had not updated the location of the tourist bureau but a quick phone call to the tour operator sent us in the right direction. The guide who drove the bus was very informative with lots of interesting facts about Wellington, Miramar and Peter Jackson. We enjoyed the trip very much however the tour was disappointing in that we watched a film and then were guided through a series of rooms which held displays of costumes and weapons etc. They were all great to see but I would imagine that many people would think that the tour would include the actual workshops and seeing the people who work there. It's completely understandable that we don't have access but a bit disappointing. That night we went to Zealandia on a night tour and saw a Kiwi, Tui, Takahe, glow worms, an eel, shags and our favourite Nocturnal Duck and babies. We loved it - a great place to learn about the wildlife. The next day we boarded the ferry and travelled to Picton - it rained all the way but the sea was calm and we had a seat at the front of the ferry and could enjoy the trip. Blenheim was quaint but most places were closed on Easter Sunday. The motel was very retro and well kept with very modern amenities. We ate at a lovely café in town with good produce an ongoing theme in all we ate. The drive south to Kaikoura was great, we saw some seals, but it rained all the way and during our stay. It was a lovely town where we stayed at the very nice Kaikoura Boutique Hotel on the waterfront, ate wonderful fish and chips at a local pub and wore our new raincoats for a walk around the town. We stopped, on the way to Christchurch, at Gore Beach - the day was sunny but chilly with only one person in the surf. It looked a great place to holiday. Again the scenery was superb all the way to Christchurch. We stayed at the terrific Orari B & B which was across the road from the Art Gallery and 100m from the Botanical Gardens and the Museum. Very friendly staff at the B & B, great food at the Thai restaurant we found close by and a lovely city to visit. We flew back to Auckland the next day and again had a room at the Sofitel. Thank you so much for the superb job of organizing our trip. The accommodation was excellent, especially Peppers on the Point, and the itinerary was worked out and presently in a perfectly easy to read manner. The accompanying atlas and brochures were also very handy. We really appreciate the time and effort you have taken. It would have been a very hard thing for us to do ourselves. We will let you do it again! Perhaps to the Bay of Islands. Kind regards, Susan and Herb Graf
Paul & Rebecca Clark, Auckland to Christchurch 12 Day Splendour, Travelled on 14th April 2019
Thank you to Jane for preparing our holiday so well. It was our first time travelling in New Zealand, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. All our reservations for accommodation, activities, car hire and ferry were correct and easy to obtain. All we needed to do was to show up at the right time and enjoy! In the planning process, Jane did a great job in arranging everything we asked, and if there was a variation, she contacted us promptly with alternatives that worked. All my email correspondence with her was handed in a very professional and timely manner and it took all the stress out of the bookings! We appreciated all the extra information on activities that we could do, various sights along the way to look at, and what each accommodation place provided in terms of parking, laundry facilities and kitchenettes. The best accommodation was at Hanmer Springs, but all places were adequate. When we next travel in New Zealand, we are sure to use this company again.
Roy Ong and friends, Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains, Travelled on 13th April 2019
Dear Chelsea, Thank you very much for planning our holiday. We had a very wonderful time driving & enjoying the sights in NZ. Check in was a breeze for all the accommodation you arranged & the staff were helpful & friendly too. Staff at Mt Cook & Kim at Lakefront lodge gave us a very warm welcome. The activities booked were spot on too. We even managed to change the date for the cruise at Queenstown. We really enjoyed some excellent food & services along the way. Rob who pick us at the airport welcome us like friends & provided with us with a brief about Christchurch & gave some suggestions as well. Steve who send us off on the last day was also very friendly & helpful and managed to pick us earlier when requested. Overall it was an excellent holiday & I would not hesitate to recommend your services to all. Once again, thank you very much.
Heather Marshall & Suzanne Wilson, Your customised Southern Highlights Tour, Travelled on 12th April 2019
Thank you for organising our Southern Highlights Tour. We both had a wonderful time and it was fantastic to have our accommodation booked and activities paid for before we departed. All the accommodation was excellent except for the motel in Invercargill, Tower Lodge Motel. The accommodation was suitable for our needs but we could hear everything in the next door room. That is the only complaint I have for the whole trip. The book that we were given at the beginning of our trip was extremely useful and detailed our itinerary, activities and reservation details. We knew that we had some tight time frames in our itinerary for the activities we wanted to do but you accommodated all our requests and with the flexibility to include other activities that we had not booked. Highlights of the trip was the Glacier Explorers boat trip at Mt Cook and the accommodation. The view of the mountains from our room at Aoraki Court Motel was spectacular. There is so much to see and do. There were many firsts for me as I had never been to the bottom of the south island or to the west coast; the glow worm caves at Te Anau; the helicopter ride over Franz Josef glacier; visiting Stewart Island; the skyline gondola ride and spectacular views over Queenstown and buffet dinner (which had just about everything you could wish for); the quaintness of Arrowtown. Thank you again for helping to make this such a memorable holiday for both of us.
Kaye Cooper & Becki Hyde, Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 1st April 2019
We had an awesome trip, everything was arranged perfectly and the accommodation was great. Despite the disappointment of not being able to catch the train from Greymouth back to Christchurch our diversion to Dunedin was most enjoyable Thanks again for arranging everything so well and we will certainly recommend visiting the lovely South Island of New Zealand.
John Noiseux & Nicholas Piasecki, Extended Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains, Travelled on 25th March 2019
Thank you soo much for coordinating our trip. Laura was so helpful - and I’m sure there were a lot of folks needing some adjustments to their itineraries after the west coast bridge washed out - but she was right in it - helping rebook accommodations - providing suggestions. Super awesome to work with! The accommodations that we were connected up with were all very nice. And it was the perfect rental vehicle for the terrain we were on - I would have gotten a smaller car and we would have regretted it over and over. Laura’s advice for spending an extra day we had to fill in Wanaka added one of our favorite hikes of the whole trip. And she was so right about stayin in Punakaiki instead of Greymouth. It was our first time Not completely planning our own trip and we are both so glad we let you guys do it. Thank you so much and all the best!
Ricky & Virginia Lester, Central Highlights Self-Drive Tour, Travelled on 7th April 2019
My wife and I were planning a visit to New Zealand for the first time and felt the need for "on-site" planning help. Nicole proved to be a tremendous resource for planning the driving trip and acquiring the needed car, routes, event tickets, etc. (including air flight from north island to south island and alpine train trip to Christchurch). Having someone meet us at airports to drive to the hotel was a great comfort. There were no hiccups at all during the wonderful 12 days in NZ. Highly recommended!
Rich Reilly & Elaine Warmuth, Queenstown to Auckland Explorer, Travelled on 11th April 2019
Our trip was an amazing adventure! Definitely one of our BEST trips ever! Thank you, thank you!
James & Micki McLaughlin, A Custom Southern Circuit Self-Drive Tour, Travelled on 3rd April 2019
In early April 2019 we had a delightful self-drive tour of the South Island, prepared for us by Christina Brockie of New Zealand Fine Touring. This trip was the culmination of much planning over several months with Christina, involving many emails and phone calls. She was able to determine the type of trip we wanted and get a feel for how we like to travel, and patiently made suggestions accordingly. It was great to have someone with so much local knowledge who could make recommendations for/against any particular matter. As our trip got underway, we were faced with the aftereffects of an earlier storm on the West Coast, which had closed Hwy. 6 from a bridge washout at Franz Josef Village - the only highway on the coast (that route being a necessary part of our planned travels). Christina kept close contact with us about this after we arrived, as we all still hoped that the bridge would be reopened in time for that portion of the trip. However, when it became obvious that other plans had to be made, Christina quickly found substitute housing and activities for us so that our travels could continue without interruption. She also has assisted us in vouching for the matter with our trip insurance policy when a particular motel denied reimbursement due to our ‘late cancellation’ despite the bridge problem. On another unrelated matter, she guided us in dealing with a malfunctioning GPS unit in our rental car to get a replacement. Early on in our trip a dental issue arose for one of us late on a Friday at a place where no area dentist was available. A call to Christina resulted in a contact for emergency dental help in Dunedin (over 3 hours away), and we were able to complete that appointment and finish the trip without further incident. We would have been lost on this without her help. This trip was our combination anniversary/retirement/birthday celebration. It was also the “trip of a lifetime” for us. We owe so much of the success of our adventure to Christina and New Zealand Self Drive Tours. She was always cheerful, candid, professional, quick on correspondence, and easy to deal with (and also took our Texas accents in stride). We’d highly recommend her and the company to anyone seeking assistance to travel in New Zealand. New Zealand seemed to be the cleanest, most beautiful, and one of the friendliest places we have ever been. Seeing it by self-driving also allowed for occasional spontaneous detours to experience even more of this marvelous area at will. Other travelers would do themselves a favor by contacting New Zealand Self Drive Tours!
Trevor and Helen Bentley, North to South Explorer Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 31st March 2019
Wonderful holiday fantastic support from Chelsea lodge who efficiently organised everything we asked. The car hire was really good and accommodation was very good as it was always close to center of towns / cities and of a great standard. The travel pack with map and instructions was a real asset and top idea as were contact numbers if needed. Everything we saw and did was wonderful except Mt Cook where it rained nonstop and was clouded out plus we found the accommodation there was average but you expect that in alpine regions unless you want to spend the earth and we specifically asked for and changed the itinerary to go there. However Franz Joseph more than made up for it with sunny days up on the mountain....thank goodness the bridge was replaced just in time! Fantastic experience and would reccommend the package to anyone, many thanks.
Alicia and Mike Brodner, Customised Taste of the South Self-Drive Tour, Travelled on 30th March 2019
Shelley, We can’t thank you enough for all your care and attention to our self drive trip to the South Island of NZ! Everything was perfect! Thank you especially for handling the last minute changes due to the train not running on the day we had planned and the rerouting due to the bridge wash out on the Western shore. We were disappointed not to see the glacier side of the island, but enjoyed our travels on the East Coast and through the interior. You were most gracious and the accommodations you picked for us were lovely. We especially love the B & B near Twizel, the Manuka Luxury Lodge. Peter and Jo were amazing hosts and the site was just beautiful. We only had one night there but would stay again for sure if we are in NZ. We highly recommend NZ Self Drive Tours and especially Shelly Ryder as a Travel Agent. All the best. Your country is just beautiful!!!
Mary & Peter Somerville, Our Epic New Zealand Wine Journey, Travelled on 26th March 2019
It has been a week since we returned home from our 3 week self driving tour of New Zealand. What great memories we have! First of all I want to thank Brigett for helping me organize the trip. I honestly did not really know what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised by everything! There were absolutely no problems with our tour. Everything went as planned...I could not be more pleased. All reservations for places to stay and the various tours we had planned were confirmed and we were welcomed everywhere! We had a wonderful vacation. New Zealand is indeed a special place to visit. People could not have been more welcoming. I am so glad we decided on a self-driving tour. We were able to stop whenever we wanted and had plenty of time to see things at our leisure. Brigett was easy to work with and had great ideas about what we should see and do. If you are lucky enough to be able to plan a trip to New Zealand, I would not hesitate to use Brigett and the NZ Self Drive Tours people to assist you!
Gene & Karen Bruni, Christchurch to Auckland Must Do Tour, Travelled on 25th March 2019
It was an Amazing trip of a lifetime! And it all started with the Excellent guidance of Laura Davidson and N.Z. Self Drive Tours! Every detail was well planned and set in motion from the very beginning, and we would recommend Laura to anyone considering seeing N.Z.
Linda & David O'Brien, North Island Highlight Tour, Travelled on 30th March 2019
Hi Abbey! Firstly let me say it has been a pleasure dealing with you throughout all the stages of our holiday. At all times I felt we were in good hands. Our trip began so well with being met at the airport and the scenic drive to our hotel. Our driver told us about the Street Food night in Cuba Street and we enjoyed time there later that evening. Hotel Ibis ( as we have found in other places around the world) was comfortable and a short taxi ride to pick up our nice, almost new Mazda. All was handled very professionally at the Budget office. We were on our way. We found the directions in our handbook very helpful and found our way mostly with ease throughout our journey. The notes re places along the way certainly made our travels more interesting. The weather was generally kind to us with the exception of the day we drove from Napier to Rotorua when much needed rain poured all the way. However this did not adversely affect our trip. Having two days in a number of places was much appreciated. We especially loved our trip to Waihiki Island in Auckland as well as our time in Pahia and exploring the Bay of islands. All in all we had a lovely holiday.
Helen & Tom Gregson, Your Customised Cape to Capital Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 23rd March 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and were very impressed with all the arrangements made by New Zealand Self Drive Tours. We appreciated being met at Auckland Airport and driven to our accommodation. The information package was extremely comprehensive and covered all our destinations plus suggestions as to what other activities we could undertake. We did not experience any problems with any of the arrangements which you had made on our behalf.
Arthur Dewar & Diane Haggerty, Customised New Zealand Grand, Travelled on 20th March 2019
Holiday arrangements were easy to follow. Map book & brochures were excellent. The Car GPS was hard to see & perhaps a little old. Had to press quite hard for it to accept our input. Annoying to have to sit it over the radio screen. Prefer more modem GPS within the car dash. Found it better to use our own phone. Accommodation was satisfactory, but some was a little under spec I think. Overall we were pleased with what you did & would recommend your service.
Ron, Lori & Brooke Belluomini, Milford Sound Spectacular 8 Day Tour, Travelled on 18th March 2019
Hi Louise, We had an amazing time in New Zealand. Everything went according to plan and on time. All reservations were ideal and seamless. Your services were very reliable and helped make our trip perfect. The only change we made was stopping in Queenstown. We would have liked more time there. We did push the Glow worm tour to a couple of hours later so we could spend some time in Queenstown. We would recommend your tour company to anyone that is planning a trip to New Zealand. Thank you again for everything.
Karen & David Cook, Essential Southern Extravaganza, Travelled on 12th March 2019
Our trip to New Zealand was absolutely wonderful and we give both Brigett and NZ Self Drive Tours 5 stars! Brigett was wonderful in helping us customize our trip to include special activities like kayaking. All of the arrangements were perfect, and everyone was expecting us when we arrived. Mother Nature caused a few glitches, but we were warned of the problems and other arrangements were quickly made for us. The company has done a great job in selecting excellent providers for accommodations and activities. We were booked for private tours and our guides made sure that we weren't held up or inconvenienced by large groups. I can't imagine a better way to see New Zealand!
Leonard & Rosdiana Ginocchi, Classic New Zealand Driving Adventure, Travelled on 4th March 2019
We are in Christchurch departing to the USA in the morning. My wife and I want to thank you for the truly wonderful job you did with the schedule and suggested activities. We very much enjoyed what was a somewhat hectic but very interesting schedule and really enjoyed visiting many of the less “touristy” small towns like your hometown of Wanaka. I could live comfortably there. The guides on all suggested activities were “tremendous” and really “into their jobs”. Thanks so much
Richard and Jennifer, 26 Days Exploring Aotearoa Great Outdoors Tour, travelled on 2nd March 2019
Shelley from New Zealand Self Drive Tours worked with us to arrange a month long vacation to both islands. She was very accommodating from the start helping us devise the best route for all the places we wanted to see. She also made suggestions on tours, activities, where to spend more time and where to spend less. Once the decisions where made and we were happy with the itinerary Shelley arranged everything for us. From the initial greeting at the airport, all accommodations, all car rental pick up and drop offs, ferry tickets, train tickets, tours and activities. We had one small miscommunication regarding the car rental and Shelley took care of it promptly. Everything went off without a hitch. The accommodations were, on the whole, excellent as were the drivers, guides and activity companies. We are very satisfied with New Zealand Self Drive Tours and would recommend them.
Douglas & Barbara Click, 24 Day Discover New Zealand, Travelled on 8th March 2019
WONDERFUL TRIP....EVERY detail was covered perfectly....the places we stayed where very hospitable and clean...the suggestions of where and how much time to spend at any one place were spot on! You did a top notch job....(not to mention rearranging everything when the trip up the western side had to be changed due to washed out bridge etc). Thank you!
Margaret and Malcolm James, South Island Coastal Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 6th March 2019
Thanks so much for your wonderful organisation of our trip Chelsea. All went very smoothly from the beginning, with Adrian picking us up from the airport and Christchurch railway station to our leaving our car at Christchurch airport at the end of the holiday. All the accommodation was great and the excursions also well planned, especially the Milford Sound cruise as the morning trip was a more convenient time than later, as there were numerous tour Buses taking up lots of spaces in the car park. The Queenstown SS Earnslaw dinner cruise was amazing. This is a must and the Gondola ride was spectacular, thanks so much, Chelsea! I adored the whole adventure! The TranzAlpine trip was breathtaking! The Queenstown motel complimented NZ Fine Touring for their excellent organising. We were deeply saddened by the Christchurch mosques incident. We were also shocked by the Waiho Bridge destruction, near Franz Josef and it was a shame that the open bridge carriage on the train was shut, but it's understandable. We will definitely come back to our favourite places in the South Island and possibly include the North Island.
Ronald & Laura Green, A South Island Explorer, Travelled on 5th March 2019
Everything was great, your choice of hotels was terrific, especially the Fletcher Lodge in Dunedin, which is a spectacular old house. I wish we could have spent more time in Christchurch as we found it to be a delightful city, fortunately we had left before the terrible shootings. The Merivale Manor was very comfortable and we enjoyed our short stay there. We enjoyed the Punt trip on the Avon as well as the Tram and Gondola rides. So once again we enjoyed visiting your beautiful country and will maybe return at some point in the future and thanks so much for all your guidance and attention.
Edwin Saw Group, Revised Essential South Island 10 Day Tour, Travelled on 17th March 2019
We (19 of us) have a wonderful time doing a 10 days Self Drive Tours expertly and meticulously arranged by New Zealand Touring Company. At time when we needed assistance, they were prompt to attend to our needs. All arrangement, from pick-up transfer, accommodation, tours and optional activities including the Info Pack were very thoughtfully planned. We thank Jane for a memorable holiday in South Island.
Ciy and Sharon Young, Auckland to Wellington Highlights, Travelled on 16th March 2019
Our time in New Zealand was excellent. Everything went as planned. The weather held and the crowds stayed home. All of our side excursions were very enjoyable. Our favourites were: 1. Weta Cave 2. Hobbiton 3. Zealandia Our communication with you was excellent, the material provided was good, I suggest you add postal codes to the itinerary locations as they make use of the GPS in the car much easier. Thank you
Judy and Keith Parker, Auckland to Christchurch 14 Day Explorer, Travelled on 13th March 2019
Thank you Chelsea Lodge for an amazing trip! We were so happy with all the arrangements you made for us. It was such a pleasure to travel without worries about where to stay and to have all our activities taken care of. New Zealand is such a beautiful place but it is the people we met that will stay with us. So warm and welcoming. We have already recommended your service to a number of friends who have been inspired by our experience. Thanks again for a great adventure!
Mitch Sogin & Laurel Miller, Spectacular South Island Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 11th March 2019
We had a wonderful time in NZ. Overall the schedule worked quite well. Each day we experienced wonderful walks that on average exceeded 16 km. We especially enjoyed the Wanaka area and the walk to Rob Roy glacier. The hooker trail was interesting but as expected many many people were on that track . We found numerous other walks that revealed the amazing beauty of NZ. Even the drives between locations were enjoyable. As for lodging, the only disappointment was the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown. Initially they booked us into a room that was below street grade and directly faced a very noisy intersection of two busy streets. They did find a way to move us later in our stay to an interior courtyard room but overall the room was significantly inferior to every other hotel that we visited. The one thing we learned is eating out every night (something we normally do not experience because of a tendency to rent condos or homes with cooking facilities) quickly gets old. We want to thank you for organizing this visit and I suspect we will plan to return to NZ for a longer period of time in the not too distant future. Best wishes.
Joe Wilhoit & Chuqiu Wu, Auckland to Christchurch 10 Day Highlights, Travelled on 5th March 2019
We did a 10 day tour starting In Auckland on North Island and ending in Christchurch on South Island with Jane as our agent . It was great trip, although we had a few days of rainy weather. Being from the US I was a little nervous about driving on left side of roadway, but I didn't have too many problems, I managed not to make very many other drivers angry ..lol The itinerary that Jane put together was very nice and we did a lot of the suggested activities plus more. The accommodations were nice except parking at Wellington NZ hostel was a little bit of hassle. Also the rental car shuffle from North Island to South Island was a little bit of hassle; if you can retain car on ferry that would be much better. If you are interested in some beautiful country and nice people New Zealand is the place to visit. After you been there a few days and get your bearings you can wander off and enjoy very many delightful things to do. Now that I have been there once the next trip you can customize things that you missed the first time. I will be returning for sure Thanks Jane and NZ Self Drive tours
Ken & Lesley Hobday, Jon & Julie Limmer, Custom Ultimate North to South New Zealand Tour, Travelled on 5th March 2019
With many thanks to NZ Self-Drive Tours and specifically to Brigett Turner, we enjoyed a wonderful and unforgettable 16 day trip through the North and South Island in early March. Special memories include our tour of Te Puia in Rotorua (with an extremely informative Maori guide), our heli-hike on the Hooker Glacier in Mt. Cook N.P., the beauty and hospitality we experienced at Hidden Lodge B&B in Queenstown, cruising Milford Sound, and hiking in the Franz Josef Glacier area. Everything was exceptionally well-organized and the lodgings Brigett chose were all quite memorable. We have already recommended NZ Self-Drive Tours to friends and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for helping us make memories!
Ann Killian and Catherine Phillips, The Customised Day Discover New Zealand, Travelled on 4th March 2019
Thank you for organising our holiday in NZ. Had a fantastic time. The itinerary and organised activities were well planned and most enjoyable. All accommodation was spot on - very clean and centrally located in each town/city, all motel owners were very helpful. The only complaint would be is that some of the beds were a bit uncomfortable. All planned activities were great. Such a variety, I think we traveled on just about every type of transport you can do! It was great that while traveling in between destinations there was enough time to do our own thing as we researched each night and found other sights along the way. The locals were very friendly and guided us to the best spots to see. NZ is such a beautiful country and so scenic. We will definitely recommend our friends to go and see for themselves. Self driving was a great way to see everything as Traveling on a bus tour would not have been suitable for us. Thanks again it was fantastic. Ann Killian
Will & Laura Rollin, Your 21 Day New Zealand Adventure, Travelled on 28th February 2019
We want to thank NZ Self Drive Tours for such a wonderful and exciting trip! Our trip was amazing, we just wish we could have spent more time in your fabulous county. The activities and pace were perfect and we enjoyed every minute. Heather was easy to work with and really listened to what our desires were. She helped to facilitate a special trip for us. We had no glitches and everything flowed perfectly. All our reservations and activities were well planned and exactly what we asked for. We were able to spend time exploring on our own and meet some new friends and see some amazing places. We liked having the ability to do our own thing and not worry about where to stay or keep to a specific schedule. We want to return again and again to further explore and experience all New Zealand has to offer. The only thing that we think we would have changed was not staying in major cities, though we did enjoy seeing them, but to stay more rural and spend more time hiking and exploring small towns and villages. We loved Te Anau, Franz Joseph and Kaikoura and exploring the area around Queenstown (Arrowtown, Kinlock, Greenstone, etc.) The Rainforest Retreat was awesome and we loved it! We loved the county side of the Fiordlands and the Milford Sound and the beaches were incredible. Our Canopy Tour was both fun and very educational. We explored several museums in Auckland, Christchurch and Rotorua. The Tamaki Village was wonderful. Thank You again for such a wonderful experience and we can't say enough about what an exceptional trip. We will definitely recommend your company to our friends. Thanks Again!
Lucienne Godbout & Gilles Beaulieu, Custom Essential New Zealand, Travelled on 21st February 2019
We have been back home for almost two weeks and our savouring all are memories from New Zealand! We truly enjoyed our New Zealand self-driving tour and your work in getting our itinerary right was a great part of our great trip! We particularly liked our visit to Bay of Islands and our stay at the Bellrock Lodge in Russell; our trip to Mount Cook and our stay at the Hermitage Hotel; our visit of Hobbiton, our stay at the Black Swan and our day at the Polynesian Spa (a gift from our daughters!); our visit of Christchurch and our stay at the Merivale; we could not have asked for better days doing the excellent Doubtfull Sounds excursion and the Trans-Alpine train trip! We soon realized that the suggested driving times are underestimated and everyone mentioned this Google issue! Of course there are a few things we would have done differently: the Hanmer Springs accommodations were not at part with our other lodging and we preferred the Rotorua Spa experience; our stay at the McHardy Lodge in Napier was very comfortable but we felt we were disturbing the host. While we enjoyed our stay at the McCormick House and at the Fyffe Country Lodge, we probably could have skipped the Hanmer Springs stay and rearranged our trip in terms of a better distribution of time driving per day.
Nandan & Jyotsna Sashital, Uday & Kanchan Nadkarny, Aruna Naimpalli, Custom Whirlwind Tour, Travelled on 22nd February 2019
Our trip to NZ was memorable. The itinerary was well planned and we were able to see most of the South and North Islands. The hotels were very good except the one in Te Anau. Overall, I will give this trip five stars and to Brigett for planning this trip. We will come back again to visit areas that we missed. It is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly.
Mike & Mary Baker, 21 Day Ultimate New Zealand Discovery, Travelled on 19th February 2019
Our 21 day self driving tour of NZ was a once in a lifetime experience. The accommodation arrangements were superb. All of the extra activities we scheduled were great. The absolute best activities were the 1 day of flyfishing with Paul of Glendeer Guides, the gondola trip in Queenstown and the Waitomo glow worm caves. The weather for the most part was excellent and escaping the winter weather in the NW of the US was really great. A big thank you to your company for putting this all together.
Cheryl & Bryan Jordan, Natural New Zealand - Hidden Gems tour, traveled 11th March 2019
Louise, I want to thank you so much for your brilliant organisation of our NZ holiday. Most especially, for coming to our rescue and organising wonderful alternatives for us when our West Coast plans got washed away with the bridge. It was incredibly comforting to know you had our back and would manage it all brilliantly. Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook were, in fact, the highlight of our trip – the views from The Hermitage, oh my! That stay was particularly joyful for me because I had foot surgery just before we left Adelaide so was quite limited in the range of walking I could do. But at Mt Cook, I could just sit and watch that mountain all day while Bryan had lots of fun with a glacier. The booklet with all of our booking details and suggestions for activities became our bible and so so useful – it seemed you had thought of everything we could want or need, just so helpful. All of our bookings were smooth and hitch-free and the accommodation was really good (The Hermitage was amazing!). The one exception perhaps was the Quest in Christchurch which was a bit strange and claustrophobic and their customer service wasn’t great. Particularly when you tried to contact us about the train cancellation – they apparently kept ringing our room but I was sat next to the phone all afternoon and evening and the phone didn’t ring. I was surprised that they didn’t try our mobile numbers because they had those details. Which also made me realise that I didn’t let you know our NZ phone numbers which I should have done, my apologies. Anyway, I thought you might like that feedback about the Quest – it was fine, just not quite up to the standard you had set for us previously and after! Thanks again Louise, your support, good humour and amazing attention to detail was very much appreciated by both of us!
Andrew and Helene Bowie, Auckland to Christchurch Highlights, Travelled on 5th March 2019
Our trip to New Zealand, organised by you was not just a story but was so wonderful. Simply a living dream. We have nothing whatsoever to complain about. Thank you so much for the lovely itinerary. There was pleasure joy and happiness. We were bit sorry that we could not thank you personally. Thank you again a million times. We wish you all the best for you and please continue with the good work.
Andrew Nicholas, Auckland to Wellington 8 Day Highlights, Travelled on 6th March 2019
Thank you very much Chelsea for your help in organising and tailoring my holiday. I had a wonderful time! The only feedback I would provide relates to the car hire and scheduling. I collected the car in Auckland at about 9:30 to drive to Matamata in time for 1:00pm. To drop the car off in Wellington by 10:00am leaving from Martinborough was not feasible so I was charged an extra day's car hire. I understand this was my agreement with Europcar but I would have preferred the option up front of 7 days rental rather than 6 which would have been much cheaper.
Peter & Gillian Brown, Customised Southern Circuit Christchurch to Wellington, Travelled on 1st March 2019
Gillian and I want to thank you Shelley for all the time an effort you obviously put in to creating our trip. Nothing seemed too much trouble for you as we chopped and changed before finally settling on what we wanted. Everything went almost exactly to plan and the only bit that didn't was due to the weather which, of course, is unpredictable and unavoidable. The accommodation you chose was excellent, as was the car from Budget. We did find the driving directions were sometimes a bit confusing, generally because they gave all the individual street or road names to turn into or out of, but often these were not shown or mentioned on the map, or in many cases un-signposted. However, despite this minor issue, the car had it's own built in navigator in addition to the Navman also supplied so we arrived at each destination without a drama. On one or two occasions we were diverted from the suggested route by one or other of the navigators but this lead to exploring back roads which were less well travelled and hence, even more enjoyable. We absolutely loved the South Island. The scenery was diverse and magnificent and the driving was easy.The suggested and included activities were all excellent (apart from Mt Cook which was cancelled due to weather). We think our favourite was the Queenstown TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak with the delicious BBQ dinner etc. This was a real show-stopper and should be undertaken by everyone visiting Queenstown. Overall, the various component of the itinerary came together seamlessly, making for an unforgettable adventure. A huge thank you from both Gillian and myself.
Marta & Peter Herzog, Our Very Own New Zealand Northbound Encounter, Travelled on 1st March 2019
Thank you so very much for helping us to set up this wonderful experience. Little did we know that Peter would be in the hospital only one week before and we almost didn't make it. That experience gave our vacation all the more meaning when we realized what we could have missed. New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited and the excursions you sent us on were fabulous. You really added value!!! All of your arrangements went off without a hitch. All of our accommodations were up to our standards or the best that I believe was available and we could see the wisdom of your choices. I believe the only suggestion we could come up with was that we started adding about an hour to all of our drive times each day to allow for traffic and our making wrong turns (tourists don't always know where they are going.) The very first day our GPS got us going in the opposite direction and so we stopped using it, feeling that I was a better navigator. We had a blast and a very memorable experience! Thank you so much, Marta PS I will send referrals if I have an opportunity!
Will & Laura Rollin, Your 21 Day New Zealand Adventure, Travelled on 28th February 2019
Everything about this experience was great! After contacting the company about the package we wanted, they contacted us & serious negotiation began. They were very flexible. On arrival, our ride was waiting with a full information packet with step-by-step instructions, and literally everything for the next 24 days was like clockwork! Hotels, rental cars, event reservations and flights were all smooth! If you want autonomy in your trip, you can’t go wrong with New Zealand Self-Drive Tours!
Bill & Lorraine Thomas, Grand New Zealand - A Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 16th February 2019
We had a fantastic time in NZ and the itinerary showcased the magical scenery the country has to offer. Our accommodation was always of a high standard and the suggested activities we took up were all excellent value. Principal highlights were the Gap in the Rock cruise at the Bay of Islands, the thermal activity park at Rotorua, the Interislander cruise between north and south islands, the glacier cruise at Mt Cook, the Milford Sound cruise and the gondola ride and dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant in Queenstown. But every day was priceless and we can unreservedly recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery and getting close to nature.
Preston and Janet Adcox, Customised Ultimate Discover New Zealand Tour, Travelled on 12th February 2019
My wife and I used NZ Self Drive Tours for a month long North and South island trip. We were completely satisfied with our trip including accommodations, rental car selection, suggested attractions, and route plans. We experienced a couple of minor reservation and car glitches which were immediately addressed. We were really impressed with the planning process, friendly help, attention to detail, and follow-up when needed. We were 100% satisfied!
Mark & Marcia Pratt, Ronald Fann & Molly C. Little, Extended New Zealand Iconic Explorer, Travelled on 23rd February 2019
The Fann’s and Pratt’s loved our New Zealand holiday which Jane designed for us went off without a hitch. From the pickup at the airport, to all the hotel and BnB reservations, to the car rental and ferry reservations, and special activity reservations, all went perfect. It allowed the four of us to just concentrate on the beauty and uniqueness of NZ. We particularly enjoyed the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, the unique quaint town of Napier, the beautiful ferry ride from the north to the South Island, the Kaikoura whale watching boat outing, the whole Mt. Cook National Park area and especially the Mt. Cook Glacier Explorers outing, the Queenstown TSS Earnslaw cruise to and dinner at Walter’s Peak Station, the Milford Sound tour, the Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter flight, and the beautiful village of Franz Josef. The phone SIM cards came in very handy for checking the SUV GPS against Google Maps and also allowing connectivity away from WiFi. All-in-all this was a once-in-a-lifetime vacation! Thank you!
Tony and Michelle Ballard, Exciting Auckland to Wellington Highlights, Travelled on 17th February 2019
Abby, we had an amazing holiday on the North Island and we're so glad we used NZ Self Drive Tours. From the time we started organising our holiday via emails with you, to the day we flew back to Perth from your beautiful country, we never had a problem. All the tours we took that you guys recommended (and a couple of other tours in Rotorua that we saw online that you booked for us) were fantastic. Accommodation was really good and the car and its GPS were great too. This was one of the most enjoyable trips we've done because we didn't have to worry about anything - you had done it all for us. All we had to do was decide where to eat each day, and boy did we have some great meals! We will definitely be using you guys when we do our self drive tour of the South Island in a couple of years - that's a promise!
Amy & Jim Thompson, Jeannie & Jim Linsley, South Island Coastal with Rotorua and Auckland, Travelled on 17th February 2019
Christina, Thank you for your help on our trip. Overall, we had a Fantastic time! The hotels were very nice, clean and comfortable. Our activities were well organized, fun and entertaining. The drives were reasonable and beautiful. We loved the Country! There are a few things that we noted that I will provide as feedback. Again, we had a Wonderful time! Thank you for your help putting our trip together! I have already recommended NZ Self Drive Tours and will again.
Lareen Galleid & Chris Stevenson, A New Zealand Motorbike Exploration, Travelled on 9th February 2019
Christina was extremely helpful in the planning and booking stages and made our tour really memorable for us. Without her help we would not have managed such effective use of our time, nor would we have seen some of the very best roads in the country. Touring by motorbike is different than by car, and Christina understood that well. The places we stayed were almost all excellent - we didn't enjoy the Copthorne hotel in Paihia (which was only booked when the first choice had been filled before we finalised). We also found the hotel in Wellington unhelpful with regard to parking, and inconvenient with our room being upstairs (having to carry bike gear up and down). Finally the Picton Yacht Club was below standard - not clean, worn carpets. Otherwise all our stops were most enjoyable, especially the Waldorf studio apartments in Auckland, the Snells Beach motel, the Oceans Resort in Whitianga, the Lugano Motor Lodge in Blenheim, the Clearbrook Motel in Wanaka, and Woodland Park in Waitomo. All provided an extra something by way of customer service or facilities. The tours Christina suggested were also first class. We really enjoyed Waiheke Island, Hobbiton, boat trip at Mount Cook, Milford Sound, and the boat trip at Wanaka, not to forget the glow worms! All worked nicely into our schedule and preferences. So our heartfelt thanks to Christina, and New Zealand, for a trip we will never forget.
Julie & Brian Thomson, Auckland to Queenstown Southbound Explorer, Travelled on 18th February 2019
Wow. What a fabulous holiday. Christina had everything arranged and Nesse stepped in when there was a mishap and Christina was on holiday. The transfers,locations, accommodation and the tours were just amazing. If I had to pick one place, it would be the overnight cruise on Doubtful sound... or was it the helicopter flight over Franz Josef glacier. Really can't choose, all awesome. Thank you, we will be recommending your company.
Jim & Ruth Turner, Customised Discover New Zealand Tour!, Travelled on 15th February 2019
Sarah and Nisse put together a wonderful trip. Would definitely recommend thus to others. It both saved us a huge hassle of organizing this on our own and putting us in hotels and tours we might not have known about or found on our own. Please thank them for us. The hospitality industry is really about the details. As they say, the devil is in the details. We were very impressed with the comprehensive packet you put together for us and gave us on our arrival and your attention to the details. The only suggestion we can offer at this point is that we ended up going into places (hotels, tours) without any paperwork and just giving them our name. This, we found out, does not always work. Suggest that you make it clear to your future guests that they always take their booking number with them at all stops. A possible option is for you guys to add one more page to their trip book .. a page of pre-printed, perforated vouchers, .. 16 per page, sort like a of business card size vouches that they would just tear out and bring with them. Jim
Dave and Carol Hastings, Customised New Zealand Naturally Experience, Travelled on 14th February 2019
We had a wonderful time! The itinerary book and atlas were a great help. The accommodation varied but all were adequate. Mercure Wellington Apartments was very hot with no air conditioning. It was very noisy and windy with windows open. The Staff was great though. Our room at Punakaiki Resort had ripped screens, but location was fabulous. It was the only restaurant which we were disappointed in the meal and service. Our very favorite was the Kimi Ora Eco Resort. We could could have easily spent another night. The Maple lodge was a wonderful place to celebrate my birthday and the golf course had stunning views. It is hard to pick our favorite place or activity, but I think Milford Sound was the most spectacular. We loved the Progressive Wine tour and the atmosphere in Napier as well. The jet boat was fun and we also did The Tss Earnslaw/ Walter Peak lunch cruise. Beautiful place on a beautiful day. Thank you for your efforts, it truly was the best trip ever!
Mary Ellen & Wayne Heike, North Island and top of the South New Zealand Explorer, Travelled on 8th February 2019
We had a great time on the trip Self Drive Tours planned for us. Just about all the hotels met our expectations and we were guided to some of the great highlights the North Island offers. When booking the trip, would suggest working closely with your consultant to make sure you have everything you are expecting. Check out all the hotels and work with the consultant to ensure they meet your expectations. We found working with Erynn to be a great experience and she really helped us map out a trip that was memorable.
Daniel, Sheri & Taylor Mclane, A Custom 7 Day Central North Island Explorer Tour, Travelled on 2nd March 2019
Visiting a foreign country can be challenging. I reached out to New Zealand Self Drive Tours for helping. After a short interview, Christina put together an itinerary for us that was perfect. It had excellent outings and plenty of free time to allow us to explore. Every planned outing had a reservation that helped us enjoy the activity without any drama. The lodgings and car where exactly what we wanted. I highly recommend this organization.
Chris & Christine Wragg, Revised 25 Day Discover New Zealand, Travelled on 5th February 2019
My wife (Christine) and I booked our trip to New Zealand from 6th Feb-2nd March 2019 with Jane Zwerrenz, who could not have been more helpful. We started making arrangements with her in early 2018 and over the months before our trip we worked together on an itinerary that ended up suiting us perfectly. The choices that Jane helped us to make about what places to visit and what activities to take part in, gave us an excellent overview of both North and South Islands. The accommodation that Jane chose for us was first class and we could not fault any of it. When we did have a little hiccup with hiring our first car, Jane sorted this out in minutes! It was definitely worth upgrading our hire car to a small SUV, it made some of the journeys just that little bit more enjoyable. I love driving and I thoroughly enjoyed the 3,971 miles that we covered in 20 days. We have so many memories, but some the highlights would include seeing orcs and dolphins on our boat trip in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, seeing kiwis in Zoolandia in Wellington, Aoraki/Mount Cook, seeing Albatross and penguins on the Ortago Peninsula, getting soaked in a waterfall in Milford Sound, Queenstown and the amazing accommodation (Rainforest Retreat) we had in Franz Josef. We even got to like Auckland... well Devonport in particular! The only thing we regret is not having more time in New Zealand. Although we saw and did a lot in our 25 days there is still so much more that we would like to see. Probably not going to happen, but if we could we would return in an instance and we would have no hesitation in asking Jane for he help again or recommending her to anyone we might know who is thinking of going to New Zealand. In addition to all that Jane did for us and the amazing people we met, we cannot fault Singapore Airlines and would highly recommend them to any traveler. The one thing that I would defiantly do next time is to take a spare phone and buy a NZ pay-as-you-go sim card - would have made phoning within NZ a lot cheaper! So a big thank you to everyone who helped to create a lifetime of memories for my wife and I.
Jeremy Bartle and Rungrawee Saibut, Auckland to Queenstown Southbound Explorer, travelled on 12th February 2019
Now our tour has finished I thought you might like to know what we thought. In summary, we had a great time, almost everywhere we went we kept saying that next time we’d need to spend a bit longer here. It was one of the best holidays we have ever had, neither of us wanted to come home. Thank you very much for arranging everything so well.
Juliana & Juzailah Khatmin, The Natural Wonders Of The South Island, Travelled on 1st March 2019
Kia Ora from Singapore. That is one word which we pick up at least. We would like express our appreciation to Nichole White for making our vacation a memorable one! Throughout the entire trip, it was a smooth transition. All the arrangements (ie. car rental, hotel & motel accommodation) were excellent. Thank you so much once again, too bad didn’t get the chance to meet you in person. We would love to visit your beautiful & peaceful country again someday.
Paul and Julie Rogers, Northbound Explorer of New Zealand, Travelled on 16th February 2019
We had a wonderful trip! Everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were lovely, and the itinerary was perfect. We only wish we could have stayed longer. D One question--Our train from Christchurch to Blenheim was cancelled. They transported us on coaches, which was fine, and sent a refund of half the cost of the train. Thanks for arranging an awesome trip!
Joanna & Charles Warren and Andrea & Kurt Nelson, Customised Classic New Zealand Driving Tour, Travelled on 10th February 2019
Hi Christina! This has been the MOST fabulous trip!! You arranged everything so perfectly and every tour, hotel, and person we encountered were beyond wonderful. We have already one other couple ready to sign up with you. NZ is positively fabulous and we are so glad we had the opportunity to go. We would recommend you, your company and NZ to anyone and everyone!
Rick and Denise Smith, Ultimate Explorer Tour of New Zealand, Travelled on 31st January 2019
These are my thoughts on our trip. Kelly did a great job of identifying our interests when she scheduled our activities. We loved the winery and brewery tours. The activities on the water were excellent, the highlight was sailing in Auckland Harbour, especially because I was allowed to sail that magnificent vessel. We really enjoyed the Coves, Caves and Coastline Cruise In Whitianga, however, we nearly missed this tour because Captain Ken wasn’t aware that we were scheduled to go out with him that morning. He advised that he had received a last minute request from another couple that morning, and that was why he was at the wharf. He was an excellent tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our time on his boat. We really appreciated the recommendations in our tour book stops along our route. We did make a stop that wasn’t included in the book, and were very happy that we did. We drove out to Cape Palliser to see the lighthouse, and immerse ourselves in the fur seal colony. You might consider including a recommendation in future client’s travel books. The accommodations met our needs very nicely. We found every one to be clean and in very good repair. The beds were all comfortable and we found the staff to be very helpful and friendly. Our sincere appreciation to both you and Kelly for putting together this trip.
John & Ann Hampson, Customised Return New Zealand Explorer, Travelled on 6th February 2019
A great trip planned by Shelley, driving distances were just right allowing time to sightsee and enjoy coffee breaks. Hotels at the various locations were well chosen most having excellent views, We also enjoyed the side trips as recommended giving us a chance to experience more of what New Zealand had to offer especially the tours of various vineyards
Rosanne Schoech, Top of the South Island Self Drive, Travelled on 2nd February 2019
Brigett did an amazing job to get my trip organised with less than a weeks notice. The team were always available to assist me if i had any questions. We loved our trip and it was so easy with everything organised so well.
Nicole & Cedric Tille, 18 Day New Zealand Must Do Tour, Travelled on 6th January 2019
We had an absolutely awesome time in NZ. We were very lucky just about everywhere with our excursions except for the whale watching tour. Apparently you have become a refund of it. It would be kind of you to give us this money back. The first car we rented was ok, except from the GPS that wasn't up to date. We had an upgrade on the second car, that was quite luxurious. All accommodations were very nice except perhaps the Terra Vive Luxury Suites, though. We feel so sorry for what just happened yesterday in Christchurch. This is really horrifying. Hope you're not too much under shock. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
Gregory Taylor & Michael Briones, Auckland to Christchurch Essential Highlights, Travelled on 14th February 2019
We very much enjoyed everything about the trip! The hotels were all comfortable, clean, and centrally located. All of the activities were great. We especially enjoyed the volcano hike, the jet boat ride, and the ferry ride between the north and south islands. The driving was surprisingly easy and allowed us to view the wonderful landscape, and to visit two winery regions which were beautiful! Our one driver who took us to the wineries near Picton thought it was hilarious that we asked her to stop at KFC after sampling several wines. Her husband called while she was parked in the lot and asked "why are you parked at KFC?". All of the meals were amazing but hey at the time, we just needed some fried chicken :-). Thank you for an awesome experience! We will definitely recommend your company to friends and family!!
John & Sue Miller, Auckland to Queenstown Scenic Explorer, Travelled on 11th February 2019
Thank you for such a great trip! We especially thank you for contacting us so quickly (at the B&B since we didn’t have cell service) about the road closure and then for re-booking us so we could get around it. Everything went so smoothly. The excursions were wonderful, transport to/from hotels made things so easy, and the hotels were in excellent locations. Everything you did made it very easy for us to just go along and enjoy our time in New Zealand, which we definitely did! Because you booked things, we had the best seats on the trains, at the Skyline Restaurant, and on the ferry. Couldn’t have done that without you. Thanks again.
Nicole & Cedric Tille, 18 Day New Zealand Must Do Tour, Travelled on 6th January 2019
Many thanks for organizing our tour in New Zealand. We had a fantastic time throughout the trip. Everything went perfect. The accommodations were very good and the distances during driving days were short enough to leave us plenty of time for stops and discovery. The additional activities were also excellent. The only one we couldn't do was the whale watch in Kaikoura due to rough seas. We left with plenty of fond memories and will highly recommend the trip to our friends.
Jenny Morgan and Kristy Jordan, The Customised South Island Escape, Travelled on 24th January 2019
We were thrilled with our trip. Three weeks on the South Island with NZ Self-Drive Tours was a dream-come-true-vacation for us. We plan to return and we will use your company to visit the North Island. Your attention to detail served us well. Everything you arranged for us happened exactly the way you promised. What a joy it was to experience 100% satisfaction all along the way! It was the best vacation of our lives. Thank you for all your work on our behalf. We loved almost every place we stayed and every adventure we experienced. Our accommodations near the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes was the only place we can't rate super high. In our opinions it didn't match up to the other places we stayed. And yet, The Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes was one of our favorite sites to see. We had a lovely lunch in Wanaka, and had hoped to stop by and say hello to you folks. But we didn’t have quite enough time to do that. Maybe next time. Now, if you could just help us become New Zealand residents, we would be indebted to you forever. :-)
Norm & Dee Randall, North Island Scenic Explorer, Travelled on 14th February 2019
You booked a fabulous trip for us and the late inclusion to Hobbiton was well organised by you. Accommodation was all great (except for M Social in Auckland. We complained and they redeemed themselves with an upgrade for the second night). In retrospect we should have spent a second night at Whakapapa and walked over the volcano and cut out the night at Taupo. But that was our error of choice. We would totally recommend you to anyone wanting to travel to NZ. Thank you!
Stephen & Gail Francis, Customised Northbound Christchurch to Auckland 23 Day Self-Drive Tour, Travelled on 21st January 2019
From the first enquire to NZ Self Drive Tours to the last email from Shelley hoping we had arrived home safely, we couldn't have wished for better care and attention to detail on our amazing holiday. We arrived late at night to be met by a lovely man who delivered us to our first 3 nights in Christchurch. Beautiful accommodation which was repeated at our every destination over the 23 days we spent in NZ. Because of an avalanche the train was cancelled, which was a small disappointment but I was impressed once again by Shelley who sent an email that evening apologising and to explain we would receive reimbursement. We would highly recommend Self Drive holidays and especially our wonderful Shelley Ryder who went above and beyond to prepare our fabulous holiday. New Zealand is beautiful with scenery to awe, friendly charming people. We will be returning for another holiday with a very hard decision to make, do we go to the North or South Island?
Georgie Pawloff & Lynnie Edwards, 8 Day Boutique Northland Tour, Travelled on 5th February 2019
We thought the itinerary was well thought out, taking us to areas one wouldn't have thought to go. The selection accommodation we thought was good & in ideal location to carry out our sight seeing within the areas. We must mention the Morepork Riverside Lodge, because the Brian & his wife just bent over backwards to make one feel you were part of the family. Thank you Shelley for putting this itinerary together for us.
Anne Huntzicker & Kim Stevenson, 16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand, Travelled on 16th January 2019
Loved it all! What a beautiful country full of nature. You need to add 1 - 2 hours to your driving time because of road construction and stopping along the way. The nicest, most scenic places would have been nicer to stay at least 2 nights instead of 1, but then you would need a longer trip or just visit the North or South Island in 16 days, and then return to do another 16 days on the other Island - lot's to see and enjoy!
Jakki and John Stephenson, 60th Birthday New Zealand Grand Tour, travelled on 6th February 2019
We just wanted to say thank you so much for organizing an AWESOME trip for us!Everything fell seamlessly into place whether it was being picked up from the airport/hotel/train station to car hire. With one exception- all the hotels you chose were lovely! The one glitch we had was sympathetically resolved. The route was AWESOME given that we were trying to cram so much into two weeks. The hotels I would highlight as our favourite would be: The George in Christchurch, Browns in Queensland, The Bolton in Wellington and Te Waonui at Frans Josef. In a slightly different category, the Milford Mariner trip was fabulous and the whole package- including the weather- was just magical!! Thanks once again for creating a most memorable trip for us.
Richard Miller & Rosalyn Bayly, Let's Head to the South Island, Travelled on 1st February 2019
A brilliant holiday and well organised; Thank you Amanda! The train trip was awesome. Motels fantastic. Gosh we had a super time. Only wee criticism is Wellington parking: darn cheek of the hotel to charge us to park in their basement. We did an upgrade to Premium lounge on the ferry - very worth while and suggest you offer this to your clients (plus you attract a discount.)
Craig & Mary Charlotte Kelly, A New Zealand Adventure, Travelled on 22nd January 2019
We were extremely pleased with the service we received from Christina and New Zealand Self Drive Tours. Everything was perfectly arranged, the pace was exactly as we wanted and all our expectations were surpassed. On a scale of one to ten, they were a 12! The guest accommodations were very nice, the tours, with two exceptions that were cancelled due to weather, were very nice and we never had any issues with all the various bookings they did for us. We would highly recommend them and have already shared their contact information with some friends here in Virginia. This was a vacation of a lifetime, a country whose beauty and wonderful people have to be seen to believe and a trip planned by experts in every detail. THANK YOU!!!
Brenda Ryan-Dejak, Frank Dejak with Charlie and Lynne Page, North Island Highlights, Travelled on 15th January 2019
Louise our trip was terrific. All the bookings you did for us, lodgings, tours, car rental, were perfect. We enjoyed seeing your wonderful country. I will recommend your company to anyone who wishes to visit New Zealand. Already did with our friends the Sterlings who are working with another person with your touring company. Many thanks for all your help.
Alistair Duncan & Maureen Hornak, South Island 24 Day Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 18th January 2019
Very pleasant touring the South Island. It seemed by going clockwise we were in much less traffic. Everything from motels to activities went off as planned. Selection of motels was very good, especially on the first half of the trip, a couple on the second half were a bit worn. Hope to get back to tour the North Island in 2020.
Anthony and Anna Sultana, Bernard and Antonia Ciantar, Customised New Zealand Highlights, Travelled on 18th January 2019
We were very satisfied with the package provided to us. The standard of accommodation was great, the timings of the programme, excursions and activities were very well organised and well planned. We enjoyed having the possibility of seeing a variety of things, places, landscapes etc around New Zealand. We are very happy with your service and we find no objection to recommend it.
Jenny Morgan and Kristy Jordan, South Island Escape, travelled on 24th January 2019
I’m writing to you from the airport in Auckland on February 14. We’re heading back home to Denver this evening, after truly the best vacation of our lives. Thank you for all your work on our behalf. We couldn’t be happier with New Zealand Self Drive Tours and your work in particular. 100% of the details you arranged for us worked out wonderfully. We loved every place we stayed and every adventure we experienced. Each of your recommendations were fantastic for us. We are thrilled with the 3 weeks we spent in NZ. And so grateful for your help. We will be back. We hope you can keep our records open and active. We anticipate reaching out to you for help again in the future. Now, if you could just help us become New Zealand residents, we would be indebted to you forever :-). God bless you. And thank you very much.
Nick, Mary Beth and Bryan Adams, New Zealand North and South Adventure Holiday, Travelled on 20th January 2019
Fantastic vacation! Amanda D. did a phenomenal job of putting together a terrific itinerary. Details were well organized and easy to follow. We would definitely use NZ Self Driving Tours (and Amanda D.) again should we make another trek to New Zealand!
Andrea and Paul Jull, Customised Discover New Zealand Tour, travelled on 21st January 2019
What a fantastic trip! So many great highlights! We were so lucky, if the trip had been a few days later the weather would have totally changed the trip. We had beautiful sunny weather for both Doubtful Sound and the Franz Joseph heli-hike. Swimming with the dolphins was fantastic though a bit of confusion of whether lunch was included (it wasn’t). Thank you for your advice on planning this trip, you were a pleasure to work with! Now back reality, snow in Victoria, trees across the driveway and the furnace stopped working while we were away so the house is only 9 degrees! Oh well, we have some wonderful memories of New Zealand and hope to return soon!
Melissa, Maree Pearce & Bailey Wilde-Pearce, A Custom Family Fun North Island Tour, Travelled on 10th January 2019
Thank you for a wonderful itinerary Christina, you sure did assist us to have a lovely holiday that was stress-free. You planned everything perfectly, from short distances to pick up our hire car to making sure our itinerary had rest times. We were more than happy with everything you planned for us. The accommodation was perfect and most importantly lovely and clean, (we are super fussy and we couldn't fault the cleanliness). We appreciate the time, effort and energy you took in making sure every detail was perfect. Thank you once again, your friendly, helpful professional manner was very much appreciated. I would encourage friends and family to book through New Zealand Self Drive Tours!
Sue and Ken Vaughan, Ken & Sue's Incredible 15 Day Highlights of New Zealand, Travelled on 30th December 2018
First off, we had a marvelous time in New Zealand and appreciated both your efforts and those of your entire team. We needed to contact your office twice with questions. Both times we had our questions answered very quickly. We were glad the rental cars were automatics. It was awkward enough to drive on the wrong side of the street and have the driver on the wrong side of the car…if we had to learn to shift with our left hand on the narrow mountain roads we might have gotten into trouble. The way you put the book together was easy to follow. Having the Quick Reference of the Itinerary was extremely useful. We found the Driving Directions not to be very useful. It seemed to us that road signs were not very prevalent or obvious enough for us to read. The hotel rooms and breakfasts for the most part were great. The room in Dunedin was quite small and the snack for breakfast was very meager. Perhaps we were just spoiled with the wonderful breakfast buffets at the Scenic hotels. We also appreciated the in-room laundry facilities in both the Waldorf and the Garden Court Suites (the Garden Court Suites was especially convenient for our 3-night stay, since all the stores and sites to see were within walking distance). The Zealandia Twilight Walk was very interesting, but we think it would have been beneficial to visit it first during the day (to learn more about it and see more of what there was to see in the facility) and return for the night tour. The tour guide we had for our night tour was exceptional and very informative. We also highly recommend going to the International Antarctic Centre, especially if you like Blue Penguins. We got a private behind the scenes tour of the facility which was quite meaningful since we had gone to see the Albatross Center in Dunedin the previous day and stayed to watch the Blue Penguins come ashore at night. The ride in the Haagland Tracked vehicle was also fun to experience and learning about expeditions that take off from Christchurch to the Antarctic. We never ran out of things to do and see. As a matter of fact, we seemed to always run out of time. In retrospect we could easily have spent another week + traveling around. We did not have time to get to all the suggested stops, so we often had to prioritize what we went to see. Thanks again for making our New Zealand visit such a big success!
Gwen and Neil Blackshaw, The Customised South Island Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 10th January 2019
First of all we had a wonderful time in New Zealand and it met many of our expectations. We didn't start very well and I suggest that if someone is flying in then the first night should be at a reasonable hotel in Christchurch. We did not enjoy the Bella Vista! By the time we came back for the last night we knew what to expect. Didn't arrive until 7pm due to the late arrival of the Tranz Alpine express and we're leaving at 9:30am so it wasn't a problem. The first two days were especially as it was hot! We didn't really enjoy the other Bella Vista in Franz Josef either. Other than that the accommodation though mixed was quite acceptable. The one at Bealey Motel was very quirky but interesting! The last night before the train at Punakaiki was amazing and by far the best stay...we could have stayed a week. We enjoyed all the activities with the cruise on Milford Sound and the Tranx Alpine being highlights. We did a lot of walking and saw many fantastic sights. The other good one was an Albatross watching in Kaikoura. The car was very good although it only just fitted all our luggage in with the seats down. It would have been useless for four people but we got quite attached to it. We were very pleased with the paper work and all the bookings worked beautifully. There weren't any hiccups. All worked as it should and we were picked up and dropped off at the right time. Very dependable. We found the kiwis friendly and helpful throughout our stay and would happily come back again soon.
Jared, Neville and Carolyn Lieschke, A Taste of the South Self Drive Tour, travelled on 3rd January 2019
I just wanted to let you know that we all had a fantastic holiday in NZ! Narissa created a wonderful itinerary for us! We all loved every moment! Loved the Hertz 4WD, and the hotels were very comfortable, too! We loved Mount Cook, and The Earnslaw cruise! In fact every place we visited, we went on gorgeous walks and hikes! We all definitely plan to come back, next time we may select 2 or 3 towns and spend more time in each of this towns, exploring. Thank-you for your help!
Greg Storey, Greg's Customised 21 Day Discover New Zealand Tour!, Travelled on 8th January 2019
I was very pleased with the service I received in arranging my trip. Sarah Baumanis contacted me directly by phone to establish contact, and called me several times as we fine tuned my itinerary. This personal touch is different from my typical experience with travel agents in other countries, who typically just email back and forth. I was happy with the quality of all of the hotels she picked out. There was a mix up on one hotel reservation, which turned out to be the fault of the reservation agent at the hotel. They did a great job of making a change on the fly for one activity. I requested a change in date for an activity based on the weather forecast, and they came thru in meeting my request. This allowed me to enjoy that activity without getting rained on. Also, one tour provider had to change the time of one activity, and they did a great job of interfacing with that provider and letting me know of the time change ASAP. Sarah has extensive knowledge of New Zealand, and it is apparent she has traveled to many of the places that typically are desired by clients, and has taken many of the tours and done many of the activities, giving her the ability to provide expert feedback to clients that help them decide if that activity is right for them. I highly recommend New Zealand Self Drive Tours and New Zealand Fine Touring.
Peter West & Barbara Minney, Customised Discover New Zealand, Travelled on 13th December 2018
Overall the holiday ran smoothly, all reservations were correct, the itinerary worked well and we saw everything we had wanted to see. The motels were very good, and even the most basic was totally satisfactory. Very nice to tea/coffee facilities usually with fresh milk provided. Those with full cooking/washing facilities were much appreciated. As far as the locations were concerned they were excellent, we would have preferred not to have been in city centres as parking was expensive and access often difficult, This does not apply to Christchurch were parking is currently plentiful. The information supplied was accurate but needed more detail in the directions with distances. Without a Sat Nav we would have struggled. Great holiday.
Shirendra and Tara Lawrence, The Customised Auckland to Christchurch Explorer, Travelled on 6th January 2019
Overall it was a fantastic experience, and the arrangements made by yourselves were awesome. We did have reason during the trip to make contact with yourselves a couple of times, and the actions needed were addressed immediately. Thanks and we would be happy to recommend yourselves to friends - in fact we have already done that.
Ray & Dee Webb, Queenstown, Milford Sound & Te Anau Spectacular, Travelled on 15th January 2019
We have traveled around the world many times and experienced good and poor travel advice and service. Without doubt Nisse Perry at NZ Selfdrive Tours provided an outstanding service which we could simply not fault. Nisse's ability to package our tour to match our requirements was exceptional. Equally her constant communication with email phone and in writing was like dealing with a close friend. We would not hesitate to recommend Nisse to all wanting to travel this beautiful country. One negative we must reveal was the amount of time we allocated to the trip, it should have been twice as long - it was that good. Nisse was there when we made some stupid mistakes like rocking up to the airport without our passports and having to reschedule our trip by a day. Nisse took charge and all went so smoothly. We met with Nisse on the NZ trip for a brief chat and now regard her as a friend and look forward to engaging her on future trips. Thanks Nisse for a wonderful holiday and your genuine interest in our travels.
Brenda Ryan-Dejak, Frank Dejak with Charlie and Lynne Page, North Island Highlights, Travelled on 15th January 2019
Louise your planning and bookings worked beautifully. All reservations were without a hitch.
Reeta, Vijay, Joshua & Hosanna Kumar, Coast to Coast Family Adventure, Travelled on 23rd December 2018
I wanted to thank you and your tour company for booking such a memorable trip for us - the hotel rooms that was booked were excellent choices, the maps and places that were recommended to see were awesome and the activities included were tremendous - we had no issues at all and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. This has to be the best holiday we ever had and South Island is out of this world in terms of its natural beauty. I highly recommend you guys!
Karen, Hilton, Candace and Max Lees, Auckland to Christchurch 14 Day Highlights, Travelled on 4th January 2019
Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful holiday. We crammed so much in and the weather was perfect. All accommodation and activities were great and we could not fault our stay anywhere. It was unfortunate that we missed the Shotover Jet activity but it ended up being a good lay day. Instead we did an extra Canyon swing for the kids which they loved. We have done nothing but rave about the holiday and have marketed New Zealand Self Drive as the place to go for coordinating a trip to New Zealand. Hassel free and easy it was a holiday to remember. Thank you so very much for nursing us through the itinerary and making the process easy. Your knowledge and recommendations were spot-on and met every expectation.
Daniel J Brady and Kaela Gabrell, The Customised New Zealand Grand, Travelled on 30th December 2018
Our New Zealand customized tour was absolutely awesome. Everything that we wanted to do was included and went like clockwork. There was never a time while on the journey that we were interrupted for anything, you took care of all arrangements for rooms,cars and all other excursions that we wanted to see. Everything went so smoothly just like you planned it out for us. We were more than happy and amazed at how smooth it all went. The booklet that was included was also so well prepared that we were never in doubt as to driving directions or time that we had to be anywhere. You were so well planned and organized that we just were able to relax and enjoy all the New Zealand had to offer. Thank you so much!!
Kerry & Joseph Grauches, South Island Coastal Self Drive Tour, Travelled on 30th December 2018
It was a great experience for myself and my husband we will definitely be doing it again. Abby was absolutely amazing arranging our holiday always in touch with us as we live in Australia thank you very much New Zealand self drive tours
John & Margaret Granger, Top of the South Island Self Drive Loop, Travelled on 29th December 2018
We thought the balance of the self drive holiday you arranged for us was excellent. The accommodation was good, the tours you pre-booked were ones we needed to go on, the distance we needed to drive each day was not excessive, and the car was ideal for our purpose.
Lauren Schade & Daniel Lambden, 8 Day Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown, Travelled on 28th December 2018
Amazing trip! Couldn't of planned a better trip myself. NZ Self Drive Tours were absolutely amazing to deal with. Would recommend to everyone heading to NZ! The locations, activities and itinerary were perfect for us. Can't wait to book my next adventure to NZ with them. Thanks guys!
Bruce, Jodi, Brendan & Joseph Lavell, 14 Day Christchurch to Auckland Must Do Tour, Travelled on 20th December 2018
This was a phenomenal trip! (I don't want to spoil it by saying anything else!)
Stephen James Rink & Tobias Baumgartner, 26 Day Discover New Zealand, Travelled on 19th December 2018
Our trip to New Zealand was fantastic! It was truly the stuff of dreams. We were lucky enough to spend nearly a month there which didn't seem like enough! It made us realize how much we still want to do there! Most of the hotels were perfect, only the Bella Vista in Rotorua was a bit cramped, comparatively. Everything else was smooth and wonderful! I look forward to booking an additional trip with you soon!
Pam Stein & Alan Gorberg, Your New Zealand Adventure, Travelled on 17th December 2018
Hi! We had the best time on our trip. New Zealand is an amazing country and Heather and the team made is so easy for us. In addition, we enjoyed al the activities selected for us and wouldn't have changed anything. the only bad things was that our trip had to end...thank you for an experience of a lifetime!!!
Tim and Hannah Cory, South Island Summer Escape, Travelled on 16th December 2018
I just wanted to take a few lines to express our sincere thanks to those at New Zealand Self Drive Tours. We chose to concentrate on the South Island as most of our interests were in mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Unfortunately my wife was not able to make the trip as she struggles with long flights, so this was my biggest disappointment. So my travel companion was my daughter. To say she and I were not disappointed would be a big understatement. It was perhaps one of the best vacations I can ever remember taking. This was due to a couple of factors. First, the stunning diverse natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer is like none I've ever seen. Second, the travel suggestions and travel arrangements made for us by Tare and follow up by Amanda were spot on with our interests. their communication was clear and always timely should we have any questions. Every schedule and booking that was set up went off like clockwork. I turned out to be the biggest problem in that I couldn't go more than five kilometers without having to stop and take more photos, which made the drives from place-to-place a bit of a challenge for me. If time and budget would allow, the only thing I would change is to double the time I'd spend in your beautiful country. As a testament to your company's reliability, I spoke with one of our hotel operators and mentioned we were doing a Self-Drive. She said she'd been dealing with your company for years and has always been impressed with the precision and dependability of your tour arrangements. Thank you for your attention to detail and if I ever have another opportunity to visit, I won't hesitate to call again.
Manohari, Jayantha, Navin and Dilan Abeysinghe, Customised Southern Icons Tour, Travelled on 18th December 2018
We are back in Sydney after our 10 day holiday in New Zealand South Island. We had a very enjoyable holiday. New Zealand South Island has such stunning scenery, and is so beautiful. Thank you very much for organising our itinerary for us and for booking our accommodation and vehicle. Everything worked well and all motels were comfortable. The only thing we couldn't do in what we planned to do was the helicopter ride in Franz Josef. All flights were cancelled that day due to bad weather. We enjoyed the two cruises in Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound. The weather could not have been better. We had perfect sunny days for these, and the scenery there was fantastic. From Queenstown we drove to Glenorchy and to Paradise, the drive was so scenic. On Christmas day we did the Key Summit Track in Te Anau, and there too you see stunning alpine scenery everywhere. We went to Invercargill and then to Dunedin and then to Mount Cook, as it was a nice sunny day we could see Mount Cook very clearly that day. We enjoyed New Zealand South Island very much and thank you very much for organisng the tour for us.
Bob & Nancy Gustin, Customised 14 Day Christchurch to Auckland Must Do Tour, Travelled on 7th December 2018
Each day we awoke was filled with wonder and fun. The beauty of NZ is astounding. So many scenic roads that take your breath away. NZFT was fantastic in guiding us and selecting most of our hotels. One bit of advice, don't wait til you're in your 80's to drive these roads; exciting as heck for us but can be a challenge with hairpin turns and narrow lanes. The time of year we picked (early December) turned out great and we missed the crowded tourist season. Seemed like great weather followed us everywhere - for example, when we arrived at Mt. Cook, the tourist office told us it had been locked in clouds for two weeks. The day we arrived it was blue sky and sunny!
Brian and Richelle Gist, The Customised Ultimate Tour of New Zealand, Travelled on 16th December 2018
We had an absolutely wonderful trip, and you found places that there is no way we would have found. The tours were exactly as expected, and we had a great trip. Congrats! We can’t wait to come back to NZ. Our trip was unbelievable. Thanks for everything.
Vimal Narayanan and family, Queenstown to Auckland 14 Day Highlights tour, travelled on 16th December 2018
I am writing to thank you for making a wonderful arrangement for our tour in the last two weeks of December 2018. Your country is beautiful and rich in culture and natural diversity. The Milford Sound and Mt Cook visits were out of this world. The train ride to Moana and lunch in the small restaurant - station house cafe was awesome. The Museum Te Papa was a rich education for us on the history and culture of your country. The drive through your country is in itself the biggest attraction - each turn of the wheel we were spellbound by the beauty of your land. Stopping at small shops to savor the local produce was wonderful. I can go on and on. The trip was flawless except that one episode in Wellington Ferry terminal which was out of your control. In the end, I think you and your team did a great job. I would recommend to my friend's to visit your beautiful country and experience the natural wonders of the unspoiled world out there. Keep it pristine. Wishing you and your company great success.
Goutham Balachandra and friends, Explore New Zealand's Incredible South Island, Travelled on 3rd December 2018
Nisse did an excellent job of preparing a self drive holiday which catered to our specific requirements. She was available on call to sort out little issues during our trip. The holiday was everything AND more than we had expected. Thanks
Jonathan & Nancy Shalev and Eliezer & Monica Kraus, South Island Discovery, Travelled on 11th November 2018
Thank you very much for organizing our tour of the Southern Island. All the arrangements and the choice of motels and tours were very good. We really enjoyed the trip. Also, your suggestions for short walks were very helpful. The only remark we have is that we almost missed the great site Nugget Point that wasn't mentioned in the program, which would have been a pity, as it was very close to Kaka point. Best wishes.
Marla Allen & Cindy Tsingis, 21 Day Natural New Zealand, Travelled on 2nd November 2018
First of all we want to extend our love and support to you and the country regarding the recent outrageous act of violence that occurred. You have a wonderful leader in PM Arden and the governing body. USA could really learn from her leadership. Overall we had a wonderful time in New Zealand! Beautiful country and one we will visit again. Accommodations were good as were the SUVs I drove. Very easy to drive in New Zealand despite the reality of using a "different" side of the road; well maintained roads with clear and instructive signage. I'd say if someone wants to travel the path we took they need to really consider the amount of daily driving involved. I'm very glad I had purchased a map of the country. Additionally I'd say the costs of fuel and food are expensive. I wish we had more real opportunities to kayak and hike. Loved all of the events we participated in. I'd recommend them all. The nature preserve in Wellington and the Rotorua canopy tours were favorites. I'd say Christchurch is not really a key stop (We would have rather spent two days in Wellington.) One bright spot was stumbling upon the Canterbury Museum. Loved it! Our only real complaints have nothing to do with your company's tour. We did not have a good experience leaving the country due to delay in flights and no real guidance on how to access the bus to the International terminal. Thankfully Air New Zealand waited for us and made efforts to get us to the plane; we were at least 30 minutes late getting the actual plane that had been boarded.
Jeff & Fran Young, Coast to Coast Family Adventure, Travelled on 24th November 2018
We had a wonderful time on our recent trip to New Zealand. We have been fortunate enough to travel to many destinations and my wife and I agreed that New Zealand is possibly the best location we have visited. Additionally, we have used several travel agencies over the years and our experience with New Zealand Self Drive Tours was excellent. Christina was wonderful to work with and she did an fantastic job setting everything up for us. We had high expectations for this trip and our expectations were exceeded. New Zealand is an incredibly beautiful and clean country. We also met the nicest people. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We have only great things to say about New Zealand. We will recommend New Zealand Self Drive Tours to anyone we know who will be planning a trip there. Thank you making our trip so enjoyable. We look forward to visiting again in the near future.
Joanna Au and Family, Revamped Customised South Island Top Spots, Travelled on 30th November 2018
We booked a self-drive tour to the South Islands for 12 days with NZ Self Drive Tours. Amanda was extremely helpful and patient even with the numerous iterations of the itinerary. The accommodations provided were awesome and able to cater to our needs. Activities which were provided and those suggested by Amanda were awesome. As this was our first self-drive trip in NZ, Amanda was thoughtful enough to suggest that we took the TranzAlpine down to Greymouth on Day 2 and then pick up our vehicle from Greymouth where we started on our wonderfully scenic drives. Thank you for the awesome suggestions. The trip has left many beautiful memories!
Pierre Thibaut & Axelle Ghiste, Customised New Zealand Tour , travelled on 6th November 2018
We want to thank you for the perfect job you have made arranging our trip in NZ. In summary: far Better than expected!
Jenny & Terrence Fay, A Customised Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains Self-Drive Tour, Travelled on 21st November 2018
I was VERY pleased with the service and support from Christina and the company. The only glitch we had was the rental car not being delivered .. thankfully we weren't in a hurry to depart! The number provided in the booklet was not direct to the Christchurch depot so that was an issue as we went on hold for over 20 minutes ! While one of us was on hold we instead rang your company and it was quickly sorted out. Everything else was just perfect and we would highly recommend this service. It made for a very stress free holiday. Thanks so much.. especially to Christina.
Gordon Chua Choon Hiong, Seng Chuan Tan & Eugene Chan, Tailored Northern Explorer Adventure, Travelled on 3rd December 2018
Thank you Laura. It was a wonderful trip overall. The weather wasn't kind on the 1st 2 days, but subsequently it got better. I love the Hobbiton movie set visit, the Waitomo Caves Exploration, the Maori cultural exchange, the Huka Fall jet ride, and the rare encounter with a Kiwi bird. The pace of the entire tour and car travel from town to town was awesome, lots of exploration opportunities and photo taking. New Zealand is such a beautiful country, and I would love to head to the south one more time in the near future. Thank you.
Diana and Heather Chase, Spectacular South Island, Travelled on 23rd November 2018
Thank you so much for all the arrangements you made for our holiday in NZ. It made everything so easy to pick up the car and just check in to our accommodation without any hitches. It was really very useful to have the NZ touring atlas and once we got the GPS talking to us (we took a while to figure the GPS out) we were reminded to 'obey all traffic regulations' i.e speed limits!! When we were in Dunedin we decided to take the train trip up the Taieri Gorge. We thoroughly enjoyed this and wondered whether you could include that in your suggested activities for visitors to that city. Needless to say we were thrilled to wake up to a blue sky on the morning of our heli-hike! That was an experience not to be missed! So really everything went swimmingly and we would recommend others take advantage of your services. We cannot thank you enough!!!
Deborah and Graham Dodd, Customised Ultimate Discover Tour of New Zealand, Travelled on 17th October 2018
We had an awesome vacation thanks to New Zealand Self Drive Tours. They started by asking what were our interests and tailored a trip to take in the locations we had suggested and some very good alternatives that we would not have known about. The itinerary was well laid out and simple to follow. Seamless check-ins at each hotel, car rental, boat crossings and all excursions that made our trip easy and very relaxing. Annelise Radford was a great help answering all of our many questions during the planning stages. When the weather caused a sudden change to our planned itinerary, NZSD were on it before we were aware there was an issue. They made suggestions and arranged alternate accommodation that made our transition stress free. They also assisted us with our travel claim after part of our vacation was disrupted. We cannot say enough good things about this company and it’s very helpful, professional staff. We would certainly recommend them to anyone considering visiting New Zealand, their inside knowledge of the various locations was invaluable. We plan to return to New Zealand at some point in the future and will definitely use them again.
Mike & Carolyn McDowell, 21 Day South Island Highlights Tour, travelled on 8 November 2018
Our trip was a phenomenal experience, a ‘trip of a lifetime’. Usually the weeks leading up to a big international trip like this, I am a little anxious, hoping we make all our flight connections and all of our bookings are really booked, when we arrive in another country. Everything went smoothly, did not miss any flights, and all of our lodging and excursions were booked when we arrived. I always take a printout of all reservations with me as a back-up. All of our pick-ups and drop-offs were on time, very friendly, and helpful with luggage.Read more
We appreciated the fantastic room views we had at several of our lodgings, the Garden Court Suites in Queen town which was ‘out of this world’ spectacular, the Aoraki Court Motel with an unobstructed ‘to die for’ view of Mt. Cook right in front of our faces. Akaora Village Inn had a wonderful view overlooking the Akaora harbor, Anchor Inn Motel with a lovely view of the east coast with beautiful rock formations, the Ocean View Chalets nestled in a rainforest with a spectacular view looking out on the north coast, loved the view at the Hydrangea Cottage in a rainforest setting overlooking the ocean surf on the west coast. I would have loved spending an extra night at the Hydrangea Cottages, (we had only 1 night there), such a magical setting. It was nice having a living space at all our accommodations to relax in the evenings.
Everything we saw was absolutely gorgeous. Usually at the end of a trip we like to talk about what we each enjoyed the most from the trip, that was a real challenge this time, but we both finally agreed the Queenstown experience was the most treasured, as it is set in such a spectacular location, (even the airport is beautiful with surrounding mountains).We had such a delightful room view and the gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, the view is ‘out of this world ‘on a sunny day. Luckily, we had sun both days we were in Queenstown. We did a wonderful 6 mile return hike to Hooker Lake at Mt Cook, after crossing 4 lengthy swing bridges twice, I overcame my fear of swing bridges. The winding drive down the ancient volcano of the Banks Peninsula and then Akaroa village at the bottom was quite unique and amazingly beautiful with all the greenery. We loved the west coast, very lush and tropical. The drive from Fox glacier back to Queenstown, our last full day on the trip, was spectacular. The sun was out and the azure blue lakes were absolutely gorgeous. The Crown Range Road drive from Wanaka to Queenstown was breathtaking. What a wonderful way to close the final full day of the trip.
The Atlas was a huge help as we are ‘map’ people. The detailed itinerary booklet was a huge help as well. Overall, we were super impressed with the organization of all the details of this trip. NZ Self Drive Tours does an outstanding job, highly reliable and professional. I will highly recommend your tour agency and your name to anyone I know asking for recommendation for a NZ self-drive travel agency.
Thanks so much for your service, attention to detail, and accommodating a lodging room view when possible with no additional charges. We are now reviewing our video and pictures, we saw so much!
Tina Naidu & Jatin Patel, North Island Adventure, Travelled on 18th November 2018
My husband and I were visiting New Zealand for the first time. We had 7 days to tour New Zealand as we spent some time in Australia visiting family prior to NZ. Louise helped us prepare an itinerary for our visit to New Zealand and I'm so glad I decided to do it this way as she took a lot of time to listen to the things that were important to us. It was also a reality check that we shouldn't be doing the north and south island in a 7 day period as it would feel rushed and we would lose out on the beauty this country has to offer. We decided that for the time period we had in NZ, it'll be better to visit North Island because we will definitely be back for the South Island. Louise and I exchanged several emails on what we wanted, what were our priorities, highlights, ideal time to spend in each city, etc. She gave some great recommendations and even though the skeleton of the trip was made by her, we were able to do a lot of other items on her list and also relax during our time there instead of rushing through each city. Everything was well organized and our trip went without a glitch. All the details from rentals to hotels to tours were easy to understand and well organized. I will definitely be planning another trip.
Robert Janelle, Saaskia Girdler & Priscilla Steele, Customised Ultimate North Island Tour, Travelled on 8th November 2018
We have just had our best ever NZ North Island experience. The best ever, most beautiful part of the world, very friendly kiwis people, & too much for us to see & do, still have not seen everything, just a small percentage of whats to offer on this great North Island experience. Had a nice beach swim at Goat Island, north of Auckland. Greatest holiday experience, great people, natural scenery.
Spencer & Katherine Maxcy, South Island Spectacular, Travelled on 16th November 2018
Great experience! This was by far the best trip I have ever been on. Louise knocked it out of the park. She was super helpful and was always a phone call away if anything came up. 5 star experience!
Leanne Thompson, Doreen & Angus Catchpole and Desmond Zanow, Fiords, Glaciers, Mountains and Beaches, Travelled on 19th November 2018
We had the best holiday and Jane did an amazing job of put everything together. We highly recommend her for anyone looking to book a self drive holiday in NZ.