New Zealand Tours & Trips 2020

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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$ 414 $ 10,000+

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.

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Exploring New Zealand featuring the North & S ...

Collette
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
22 days
$ 245 / day
$ 5,399
From : $ 6,641
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience an authentic Hangi dinner and learn about Maori culture.
  • Sample local specialties of the South Island at a “Taste of Fiordland” dinner.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands’ famous “Hole in the Rock.”
  • Overnight in the spectacular Mt. Cook region where permanent ice fields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks.
  • Visit a working, family-owned farm and learn about daily life in New Zealand’s high country.
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.
  • Take in the well-preserved Art Deco architecture of Napier.
  • Relish a breathtaking cruise through Milford Sound fjord.
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Best of New Zealand

14 days
$ 335 / day
$ 4,689
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Auckland : Sightseeing
  • Bay of islands: Visit the Waitangi Treaty House; scenic cruise
  • Rotorua : Traditional Hangi dinner and Maori cultural performance; visit Rainbow Springs and Te Puia; dinner at a local family’s home
  • Marton : Visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch
  • Wellington : Sightseeing including cable car ride; visit the botanic gardens and Te Papa
  • Interislander ferry : Scenic cruising across Cook Strait
  • Christchurch : Orientation
  • Tranzalpine train: Scenic train journey
  • Franz josef : Glacier Valley walk
  • Queenstown : Winery visit and tasting; visit Fiordland National Park; cruise on Milford Sound; farewell dinner
  • Experience the best of New Zealand on this unforgettable vacation filled with dramatic scenery, cultural exchanges, and the country’s top attractions
  • Your tour starts in Auckland, ends in Queenstown, and overnights along the way in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Franz Josef
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand Summer 2020

Trafalgar
Preferred
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22 days
$ 445 / day
$ 9,825
From : $ 12,054
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Franz Josef Glacier
  • VIEW Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour and the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound
Visits:
Alice Springs, Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

22 days
$ 375 / day
$ 8,250
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
  • Indulge in a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Discover rock art at Uluru and learn about sacred sites
  • Hike through Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Create your own dot painting
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean on Bondi Beach
  • Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Discover the glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in rich Maori arts and culture at an exclusive cultural dinner
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Discover spectacular Milford Sound on a lunch cruise
  • Experience warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea Farm
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia, New Zealand
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New Zealand Uncovered

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 346 / day
$ 5,875
From : $ 7,226
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Auckland, Blenheim and Wellington
  • VISIT a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke, a geothermal valley in Rotorua and the Museum of New Zealand
  • VIEW the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • CRUISE the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Australia & New Zealand Adventure
Group Tour
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Australia & New Zealand Adventure

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 279 / day
$ 5,299
From : $ 6,518
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • See the picturesque Queenstown
  • Explore Milford Sound one of the most scenic in the world
  • After a spectacukar visit to Dunedin have a great Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • See the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Explore Sydney Opera House
  • See the impressive Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Awesome Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Dunedin, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Australia, New Zealand
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Highlights of Australia and New Zealand

Trafalgar
Preferred
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22 days
$ 440 / day
$ 9,675
From : $ 11,900
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Franz Josef Glacier
  • VIEW Sydney Harbour Bridge on your city tour and the renowned Field of Light installation in Uluru
  • CRUISE on Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and Milford Sound
Visits:
Alice Springs, Auckland, Cairns, Christchurch, Melbourne, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Iconic North

Trafalgar
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7 days
$ 399 / day
$ 2,795
From : $ 3,438
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Auckland and Wellington.
  • ORIENTATION of Rotorua.
  • VISIT a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke, a geothermal valley in Rotorua and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
  • VIEW Huka Falls, Mt. Ruapehu, farming lands and spectacular coastal scenery along the Kapiti Coast
Visits:
Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Southern Spectacular

Trafalgar
Preferred
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10 days
$ 378 / day
$ 3,775
From : $ 4,643
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Dunedin and Christchurch
  • CRUISE on Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu
  • SEE spectacular sights in Fiordland National Park en route to Milford Sound
  • VIEW the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • VISIT Franz Josef Glacier, historic Arrowtown, and the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki
Visits:
Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Sensational South

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 390 / day
$ 4,295
From : $ 5,283
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Wellington and Christchurch
  • CRUISE Cook Strait, around Tasman Glacier and on Milford Sound
  • VIEW stunning scenery in Fiordland National Park, Lake Pukaki and Mt. Cook
  • VISIT a winery, orchard and historic gold mining village
Visits:
Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wellington, New Zealand
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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 462 / day
$ 6,925
From : $ 8,518
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland
  • CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour
  • SCENIC DRIVE through Queenstown with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range
  • VIEW Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House on your city tour
  • VISIT Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and a geothermal valley in Rotorua
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Melbourne, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Australia & New Zealand
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Australia & New Zealand

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 300 / day
$ 5,699
From : $ 7,289
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Farm Stay (Fairlie, NZ)
  • Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Harbor Bridge (Sydney)
  • Australian Wildlife Park (Sydney)
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Dunedin, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Queensland, Queenstown, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Jewels of the Bay

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
3 days
$ 342 / day
$ 1,025
From : $ 1,261
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • VISIT Whangarei, New Zealand's northernmost city and Parry Kauri Park
  • VIEW lush farmland scenery of Northland and marine life in Bay of Islands
  • CRUISE to Cape Brett and through the Hole in the Rock
Visits:
Auckland, New Zealand
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Discover Australia and New Zealand

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 475 / day
$ 7,125
From : $ 8,764
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Sydney and Auckland
  • CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour
  • ORIENTATION of Rotorua, Queenstown
  • VIEW sunset & sunrise at Uluru, the native kiwi bird at Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • VISIT Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, a glow worm grotto
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia, New Zealand
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Australia and New Zealand Panorama

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 428 / day
$ 6,425
From : $ 7,903
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland
  • CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour
  • SCENIC DRIVE through Queenstown with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range
  • VIEW Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House on your city tour
  • VISIT Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and a geothermal valley in Rotorua
Visits:
Auckland, Cairns, Melbourne, Queenstown, Rotorua, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand
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Top New Zealand Experiences and Attractions

Top New Zealand Experiences

Exploring the quaint shores, coffee shops, and restaurants as well as an adventure activity or two in beautiful Queenstown.

Hiking one or more of New Zealand’s world-famous “tracks” -- Milford, Routeburn or others -- to challenge yourself on mountain terrain while enjoying panoramic views.

Going on a thrilling white water rafting adventure tour down Buller Gorge.

Making your way through a dark glow-worm cave on New Zealand’s South Island, with the worms glowing like stars on a cave-roof “sky.”

Sailing Milford Sound in New Zealand’s southern Fjordland, one of the world’s most spectacular boat trips.

Walking through the Whirinaki rainforest on New Zealand’s North Island in the company of a Maori guide while learning about the flora and fauna and tribal history.



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New Zealand Trip Reviews

7,136 New Zealand Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 5,288
Great 1,556
Average 189
Disappointing 67
Terrible 36
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Amazing trip!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was an awesome trip and a great way to spend the holidays.

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Operator Active Adventures

Kea Family Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!! The Kea was the perfect trip for my parents and our kids, alike. Greg and Laura couldn

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Operator Active Adventures

Beautiful country but too much time on bus

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

On this trip we have seen very beautiful parts of the country and the two young trip leaders worked very hard. However, my overall experience was below expectations. First of all, except for the first 3 days, we spent too much time on the bus. On many days the bus time is more than 5 hrs/day. I understand that due to the heavy rain in the week before our trip, part of the west coast road was closed and we would have to take another route. However, when this happens, subsequent arrangements should also be made so that alternative best option can be taken. No body briefed us about the alternative options. We were just being told what change would be made. Those changes in my view didn

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Operator Active Adventures

Good, not great....Christian and Tess's collective review

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Our trip was a little different because of the road closure, so it's hard to know how it would have been if everything went smoothly. The road closure to the glaciers ended up leaving with us with a lot of driving time in the van and that was less than ideal, but we understand there wasn't much that could have been done. Our group complained incessantly about the changes and that added a little difficulty to the enjoyment but our guides Alicia and Roisin did their best and they were amazing. Honestly, if we had known of the closure and the subsequent changes I'm not sure I would have done the trek because it was too much time in the van. All in all we tried to make the most of it. We probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone else the way it was for us, but all in all it was okay. We have a few specific suggestions...

About the food: It was okay...there were a couple of meals that were prepared by our guides that we were happy with, but we think its a bad idea to charge so much and have the food be mediocre at best. It's absolutely not the fault of the guides...they had their hands full during the day to say the least. We think it would be a good idea to either hire a dedicated cook for the group who cooks while the guides take care of their guiding responsibilities or just have us eat every meal out. It seems like too much to expect the guides to do so much with the group during the day and then expect them to prepare meals worthy of the amount charged. If you'd like specifics, we can address them in a separate email...we want to help, not complain.

Also, it might be good to outline just how much time is going to be spent sitting in a van because we had no idea. I know we were in the van way more than expected because of the change in itinerary but it might be nice to mention on the itinerary just how many van hours there are compared to hours outside. Some days were only allowed maybe 2 hours outside with the rest of the time in the van and that was not clear in advance. I think other members of our group also had different expectations and that created complications that expectations did not match reality.

Overall, with amount of time in the van and the quality of the food, we think the trip cost way more than it should. Despite our dissatisfaction the guides were amazing and we have no complaints with them...the trip in general just could be organized better or cost significantly less. The two guides made it all okay and were the reason we had a decent time.

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Operator Active Adventures

Too much time devoted to riding a bus each day!

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Positive: The locations are fun and beautiful, but sadly it is 'getting there' that takes the joy away.

Negative: Spending up to 5 hours on a bus each day was never listed in the itinerary and was extremely frustrating and very disappointing to endure. Two participants in my group actually left the tour midway due to low expectations.

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Operator Active Adventures

Too much time on the bus.

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

I loved seeing all the beautiful scenery, but the time spent on the bus each day was much longer than I anticipated. I didn't know that we would be hiking every day, as I thought there would be more different activities involved. For instance, we could have gone tubbing or stopped at the glow-worm caves.

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Operator Active Adventures

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