John & Katherine Gordon, Auckland to Christchurch Explorer , Travelled on 28th October 2012
—Did an excellent job of putting us in ... great spots for bird and wildlife watching
We had a wonderful time touring as much of New Zealand as we could pack into 18 days. We were very pleased with all of our accommodations and other tour arrangements.
I love maps so I was pleasantly surprised at the very nice atlas we were provided as well as all of the day by day directions and detail maps. With the atlas in hand and the GPS we were able to explore all sorts of places we may have passed by otherwise.
My wife and I also really enjoyed the Cruse GPS as we were able to learn all sorts of things we would not have otherwise discovered. We told Nicky during the planning stage that what we really wanted to experience was the natural beauty of New Zealand as well as do some birding and other wildlife watching.
Our itinerary did an excellent job of putting us in some really great spots for bird and wildlife watching with the highlights being the albatrosses, penguins, parrots, and kiwi. (We did cheat a little on the kiwi as we saw them at the Mount Bruce wildlife center.) The natural beauty on the other hand just seemed to be everywhere!
One thing that we really enjoyed that you can't get from pictures or even from the tour book is how wonderful the people in New Zealand are - everyone we met was just happy, obviously proud of their country, out of their way helpful, and above all just really interesting to talk to. Our accommodations were all exceptional so I hesitate to single one out as better than the rest, but I will mention two that we really didn't want to leave - the Lambton Heights B&B in Wellington and the Kaimata Lodge near Dunedin. We really hope to return sometime for more adventures!
—John & Katherine Gordon, USA
28 October 2012