Usually we try and plan our own holidays independently, but are now extremely pleased that we met you Paul at the Travel Show in London. Your knowledge and expert planning created an itinerary for us resulting in a truly memorable 'Four Week Awesome Adventure!'
The variety of accommodation suited us and we particularly enjoyed staying at the Sofitel Hotel in Auckland and with Pip and Mark in Dunluce B&B in Te Anau. However our clear favourite was our final three days staying in Queenstown Country Lodge. Sandie and Ian are the perfect hosts and the evening meal they cooked for us on our first night was probably the best meal that we had experienced during the entire trip!
Throughout our holiday the whole itinerary ran smoothly. We never felt rushed and found that your suggestions of what to see 'en route' extremely helpful. We also enjoyed having 'leisure' days programmed in, as we were then able to incorporate some extra activities and experiences that we simply had not thought about before, or in some cases dreamed doing!
We can honestly say we didn't really have a bad day or bad experience throughout the four weeks. Since coming home we have shown our photos to a few friends, and whilst doing so we now realise how much we actually achieved. Some notable highlights of our trip would include climbing Auckland Bridge, visiting White Island on our 30th wedding Anniversary, watching yellow-eyed penguins waddling up the beach passed sleeping sea lions, spotting a whale, getting very close to the playful seals at Ohau Point, Franz Josef glacier landing, Lake Matheson, days walk on the Kepler Track, overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, zip lining through the trees on Gondola Hill, surviving the 360 degree spins during the KJet boat trip and of course sampling a few different varieties of wine!
Thank you Paul for arranging this wonderful trip and also for helping our daughters arrange a surprise Anniversary gift. We would definitely not hesitate in recommending New Zealand In Depth to family and friends.
Fiona and Trevor Ward