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Real New Zealand Tours latest 5 Star Trip Reviews -


Julie, Houston, Texas USA.

To Geoff and Libby,

Thank you both again for such a wonderful vacation and all of your hospitality while Vilma and I were in New Zealand. I’ve been raving to everyone about how wonderful the trip was and am forwarding your information to folks that are expressing an interest, and hopefully you will get some more business from referrals in the future!! ...

Photo: Julie and Vilma.

Julie, Houston, Texas USA continued...

I sent off a little ‘thank you’ gift to you both last week – so you should receive it soon - just a little something to give you a sense of Texas. I read Vilma’s review – it was spot on!! thanks also for sending the photos – I will add those to mine.

Hopefully someday I will be able to get back down to see the North Island – it will be a lot of fun to reconnect again!!

Warmest regards, Julie, Houston, Texas, USA.

Photo: Geoff, Vilma and Julie.

Vilma, Houston, Texas USA.

We didn't know what to expect on our trip to the South Island in New Zealand, but our travel agent did an amazing job in planning our vacation. We had a few requirements and while we changed our minds a few times along the way, he was always quick to respond - especially given the 17 hour time differential!

Our travel agent made us feel so comfortable and at ease, that our trip transitioned from a "guided tour with a local" to a "road trip with a friend". We were keen on photos, so he always ensured that we had our photo opportunities, while sharing knowledge of our surroundings and the culture.

If we wanted to add or amend our itinerary, he never made a fuss, simply went with the flow - maybe it's the kiwi way, but definitely a great trait to have as a tour guide!

I believe this agent really listened to our requests because we were able to check off all of the boxes that were on our wish list! He was also a great calming force during my bungee jumping excursion! We even got to experience his local rugby team with him - another impromptu add on and one that I will always cherish. Rugby for the 1st time in Christchurch is a great way to get indoctrinated.

Although we were on the other side of the world - he did an amazing job in making us feel like we were at "home" with a much better view - the kiwi view! I'm already trying to figure out how to get back to the north island with this travel agent and his company!

A. Honestly - too many highlights. The views are extraordinary - our agent rearranged our gondola excursion, so that we could get a better view after the storm passed. His suggestion in Queenstown to take the boating excursion was a great idea - and the entire crew signed a commemorative book for me for my b-day!

Crossing the Alps on the train - provided us with amazing views and an opportunity to make snow angels! Hiking up to see the Franz Josef glacier - was challenging but oh so rewarding. Definitely go with a guided tour - you'll get so much closer!

A. I would add another 2 days and try to visit Milford Sound.

Vilma, Houston, Texas, USA.

From USA


Thank you, thank you, thank you. We can’t imagine having had anyone else show us around beautiful New Zealand. Your love of country came through with every turn of the road and all of your knowledge and stories entertained us along the way. We will carry all of this in our memories as we travel home. Thank you for being so mindful of all the photo stops that will provide us with a visual of where we have been, though it is impossible to capture the true beauty NZ has to offer. We wish you all the best on the next stage of your life with Libby and hope your penguin venture brings much success and fulfillment.

Your American “Cuzzies”
Sharon & Reinhard

From USA

Hi Geoff,

We enjoyed our trip immensely! You are very knowledgeable and have a great personality.

After a short time, we really felt like a friend was proudly showing us his home.

If we should again get the opportunity to visit New Zealand, we will definitely contact you.

Thanks very much.

California, USA

From Canada

Hi Geoff,

I’m only back to work today. It is so great knowing you are my first New Zealand friend now.
I can’t express how wonderful and fruitful it was of our 15 day stay. I even still remember all
the places, things, adventures we have been to.

You are such a great tourist guide that I have told my friends about you and your excellent services.

We definitely want to visit your nice country and cities once again and you will be our first point of contact.

Happy New Year and wish you great business in 2016/17.

Vancouver, Canada

South Bay Kaikoura