Thank you so much for the amazing New Zealand adventure. The land of the long white cloud was everything as billed and more. From the beautiful beaches and summer isles of the North Island to the beautifully serene landscape of the South Island, this was a trip that we will never forget. Our travel plans covered almost two weeks of travel, through four different cities, on countless bus trips and airplanes, and the one constant was the timeliness of each and every transport, and the strong sense of professionalism of each guide. Thank you Karen and the Australia 2000 crew, your meticulous planning and adherence to each and every detail made our family trip both exceptional and stress-free.
When mentioning some of the numerous highlights of our trip, we must first relate the high quality of each accommodation in each city. Not only were the hotels all very unique and city centric, each was of the highest quality. In Auckland, it was the beautiful high-rise in the city center overlooking the Pacific; in Rotorua, it was the retro-modern hotel with fabulous food; in Wellington, it was the artisan waterfront hotel with an exceptional location; and finally, in Queenstown, it was the hillside condo with the single most picturesque skyline we have ever witnessed. And this is just the accommodations.
Of the countless activities that Australia 2000 planned and prepared for us in New Zealand, what stuck out the most was the quality of the guides contracted by Karen and crew. Every guide had a colorful and unique perspective, from the transplanted Englishman, to the Maori tribesman (“Uncle”), and the homegrown kiwi “Bear Grylls.” Our favorite activities were the Wellington luxury food tour, the Rotorua volcanic hike, the Queenstown bungee jump and nature adventures (including jet boats!), and finally the Auckland wine tour. In particular, the boys really enjoyed the plane ride through the mountains to visit Lord of the Rings locations and the girls loved the city adventures in Auckland and Wellington.
Thank you again for helping us plan the trip of a lifetime. We will never forget the experiences and adventures we had in New Zealand.