Richard and Joan Hannah, Salem, MA, USA, 17 day self drive tour, North Island, April 2009
We have been back to the United Sates for a little over a month--still basking in the afterglow of our wonderful visit to your country. We had a wonderful trip--thanks to New Zealand Fine Tours.
We arrived in Auckland at about 6:00 am after a very long series of flights from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Your charming representative met us, took us to the car rental counter, and sent us on our way with superb maps, books and Kruse. These amenities were invaluable for our visit in New Zealand.
We wish to comment on the Bed and Breakfast stops that you set up for us: Spectacular!
We headed off on a pleasant Sunday drive stopping for breakfast in Hamilton. We found the tours at Waitomo Caves excellent. Then on to Liz and Evan Cowan’s Kamahi Cottage--a magnificent bed and breakfast. Liz prepared a wonderful dinner for us that she served at Kamahi Cottage. What a treat! Liz and Evan came by later to visit with us on the porch of the cottage. Breakfast the next morning at their spacious dining room was excellent and followed by fine advice for our upcoming travels. They are gracious hosts indeed.
Later on we spent two nights at the Clover Downs Estate. Lynn and Lloyd were our hosts. We were near Rotorua which is a fine place to visit and we thoroughly enjoyed the history and charm of the region. Even so, we continue to linger as we look at the pictures taken from the Clover Downs Estate farm tour. Lloyd spent a lot of time with us as we toured his place and learned about New Zealand agriculture, forests, sheep, border collies, deer, cattle, ostriches and more. Another high point!
A bit later on we stopped at the Saltings, Maureen and Terry hosts. Gorgeous B & B and setting, another excellent breakfast and delightful host and hostess.
The itinerary, maps, Kruse and arrangements for our seventeen day visit to North Island contributed to a truly memorable vacation.
Thanks for your kind attention to our particular requests for our visit to New Zealand. A memorable seventeen days.
—Joan & Richard Hannah, USA
22 March 2009