- This trip provides an excellent overview of New Zealand. You see lots in a short space of time which you could never do on your own. The accommodation and transport is excellent. The tour leader, Herbie, was exceptional, with his knowledge of the plants, birds, NZ - he used to give us talks on the bus which made the journeys more interesting and taught us a lot.
You are able to buy food in supermarkets a lot, cutting down on the cost of restaurant meals - NZ is more expensive than UK. Our group got along very well, partly because we did different things for dinner and the bus was so roomy, allowing people their own space.
We were a group of 12. Highlights were Tongariro and Mt Cook, however the whole trip is full of new discoveries and sights of interest.
For me, this was a fabulous trip and I would recommend it.
Re options, I went to Hobbiton and did the dolphin cruise at the end. Both were good - i'd rate them 4/5. Hobbiton was very crowded though. As it wasn't on the trip itinerary I missed one of the walks at Rotorua to do it.
There are about 3 days of long driving, but I didn't mind as the scenery is fabulous and there are frequent stops to see interesting things along the way.
The walking gets better and better as the trip progresses and there are options to make it harder if you want. I found the walks very enjoyable and definitely not a doddle in the park, beware the Mueller hut walk at Mt Cook - It was pretty tough. Even the walk up to Sealy lakes was quite hard. People who did the Hooker Valley walk were very happy with it.
This trip must be done!
Published on: 16 March 2017