- My first Explore tour, so didn't know what to expect! But I didn't need to have any concerns, as every aspect of the holiday exceeded my expectations. The majority of the group were seasoned 'Explorers', but we gelled very quickly and without exception everyone helped as individuals and as a collective to make the most of the amazing experiences we shared. New Zealand had been a destination I'd considered for many years and believe me it did not disappoint! Although friends and relatives had previously holidayed there and were able to recount marvellous memories, nothing prepares you for magic and marvels that you experience by getting up close and personal, which the tour itinerary enables. Our tour guide, Rob, was so knowlegeable about culture, geology and the native flora and fauna that his enthusiasm for the whole New Zealand experience was infectious amongst the group. There were so many highlights in a 'whistle stop' three weeks tour, but for me, the Tongariro Crossing is right up there with the best of 'life time' experiences. The views before you on the crossing are exceptional and quite surreal; there is no doubt the crossing deserves its status of one of the best 'day walks' in the world. The experience was only added to by our guides for the day, Sarah and Brett, who were excellent in imparting their knowledge and obvious love for the area and their country. From accommodation to return flights and every other aspect of the tour, Explore got it right, so thank you Explore.
Published on: 14 February 2017