John & Ruth Boyle, Essential 12 Day New Zealand Experience , Travelled on 18 January 2016
—Overall NZ was fantastic, People, country, food, and cleanliness of land and cities was beyond expectations....
Shelley was fantastic. B and B's were lovely as well as hotels selected. You need to recalculate your driving times. You state these times include stops. We did not stop long or did not stop at all in some instances. If you state 3 hours it usually is 4 hours.. Only the last two stops was it correct. Auckland to Waitomo Caves and then on to Rotorua was a along day. Especially since you are learning how to drive on the left and use your new gps. Thank goodness we had two days there. Actually 2 days would be best in most areas since you arrive on the first day late. You NEED THAT SECOND DAY IN MOST AREAS. The first Toyota car was older and did not handle well. The second one was newer and was much better. I would suggest moving up to the next larger vehicle for safety and handling. The Taipu thermal wonderland is south of Rotorua. We saw that on our way to Napier rather than drive south-return to B&B and then next day cover same road on way to Napier. Overall NZ was fantastic, People, country, food, and cleanliness of land and cities was beyond expectations. Thanks for all Shelley. JB
—John & Ruth Boyle, USA
18 January 2016