Family Christmas

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New Zealand was everything we had hoped it would be and so much more. We had an unbelievably good time and much of the credit for that lies with Paul at New Zealand In Depth. Paul took the time to listen carefully to what it was we wanted out of our holiday, he presented a number of options and over the months that preceded our holiday helped us refine the details. It was his attention to detail and local knowledge that ensured this holiday exceeded all our expectations... although I guess the fabulous weather helped.

It is difficult to pick favourites but we have a few. We loved the adventure Queenstown provided, our most memorable experience being body surfing down the Kawarau River. Phil and I are still feeling pretty impressed we did not balk from launching ourselves into the river and remain grateful to the ‘Hand of God’ and his colleagues for rescuing us on many occasions! Swimming with Dolphins was truly special and will stay with us forever. Phil’s favourite place was Doubtful Sound whilst mine was the Bay of Islands, although Kaikoura with its glorious scenery is a close rival.

In terms of accommodation Paul got everything just right, particularly Commonage Villas and Hapuku Lodge for Christmas and New Year but we also loved the tranquillity, incredible hospitality and personal attention shown to us by Mark and Pam at The Hollows in Te Anau.

The whole holiday came to an end on Phil' s 50th birthday, New Zealand In Depth liaised with Air NZ to make the day really special, there were treats all the way home...

Thanks for all your help Paul...

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Digging a spa pool at Hot Water Beach

Digging a spa pool at Hot Water Beach

Body boarding on the Kawarau River

Body boarding on the Kawarau River

New Zealand Family Harrison

New Zealand Family Harrison

Looking out to sea

Looking out to sea