Private tours are growing in popularity as more and more and tourists begin to value privacy over other factors such as the costs of traveling as well as holiday destinations.
It’s not a weird occurrence as traveling with other tourists may not be something that some tourists enjoy; with private tours, you’ll be able to have more flexibility in your scheduling as well as having more time for you to spend with your friends and family.
A research by Expedia has shown that demand for private tours around the world has risen by 13.7% in 2017. That trend is also seen in New Zealand, where private tours are usually the package of choice by first-time travelers.
In today’s post, we’ll provide useful information on New Zealand private tours to help you make an informed decision.
What are private guided tours?
A private guided tour is a type of tour that is done exclusively for you. It can be catered to any occasions such as a honeymoon for you and your significant other, a private tour for your bachelor party, or a business tour with your colleagues – it can be anything!
The best part about private tours is that you have the power in determining the itinerary and scheduling of the tour. With your needs in mind, our team of travel experts will plan a suitable itinerary for you. This means that you can enjoy the trip instead of being stressed about planning the trip.
Some of the aspects that can be planned to meet your needs include:
- Accommodations: You can choose to stay in 4.5-star hotels or luxurious 5-star resorts.
- Travel options: You may choose to travel on the island in a private bus or via private escorts.
- Activities and itineraries: You can choose the activities that you want to do specifically such as whale watching or swimming with dolphins. Your itinerary will be planned to meet your wants.
- Food requests: You can tell us about your dietary needs or allergies to ensure that your dining experience on the island goes smoothly.
- Translators: You may choose to bring along a translator with you if you are not comfortable speaking English or you are unfamiliar with the NZ dialect.
- The size of your group: You can change several factors of the trip based on how many people you have in your travel group.
In most cases, private tour companies are more than happy to meet your requests even if it is not within the usual ones. So, don’t worry about voicing out your requests and concerns!
Usually, you’ll have a chat with your tour company to express your preferences and travel goals. Then, your tour guide will plan an itinerary that fits what you want.
Of course, since private tours are so flexible, you may change your itinerary anytime if you want to do so.
What are the advantages of private guided tours?
You travel with people that you know and like
Traveling and meeting with fellow tourists on tour are part of the traveling experience. However, there is a chance that you would not get along well with some people which might ruin your travel experience.
With private tours, you have the power to travel with only the people that you like and get along with such as your friends, families, or colleagues.
You gain access to unique experiences
There are no issues with doing your own research and planning your own itinerary for your trip. However, you may miss out on spots and experiences that are really only known by locals. Private tours may also allow you to access places which are not able to be accessed by the general public.
For example, on our private tours, we offer experiences such as a luxurious wine-tasting experience at private vineyards and wineries, access to unparalleled ski areas, as well as access to wonderful in the South Island.
Online information is not the same as local information
Similar to the point above, local tour guides are very, very familiar with the area. Though you can research your itinerary online, there are amazing experiences and activities that are unknown to anyone except the locals.
With our tour guides and vast connections, you’ll have access to experiences that you were not even aware of previously/
Ultimate flexibility in the planning of your trip
Over at The Road Trip, we are proud in our abilities to create wonderful and flexible itineraries for our clients. We understand that each person has a different set of expectations which was the main inspiration behind our private guided tours.
With our private tours, you’ll be able to decide where you want to go, what you want to eat, and what you want to see. With the help of our team of experts, you’ll be able to plan your dream vacation easily.
With private tours, you’ll also have a lot of flexibility in the timing and scheduling of your vacation. For instance, you might be busy during the usual travel dates in New Zealand. With a private tour, you can plan your vacation according to fit your personal schedule.
How to choose the best private guided tour for your New Zealand trip
They should be passionate and committed
The best tour guides are passionate about what they do. They don’t see it as just a regular job; instead, they see it as a commitment. Over at The Road Trip, our tour guides are some of the most passionate bunch of people that you can find in New Zealand.
Nothing makes a tour guide happier than to serve other tourists and help them have a positive and rewarding experience in the country. They will treat you with warmth and friendliness throughout the whole trip.
They have empathy and great communication skills
A great tourist guide is not all about reciting travel facts and being a translator; they also have great communication skills and fun to talk with.
You should also play your role by getting to know your travel guide, learn about what their story and tell them your story. It’s going to help a lot in maintaining relationships as the trip goes on.
Having a tour guide that you can trust and have fun with allows you to relax and enjoy the trip. All our guides at The Road Trip have excellent communication skills which is great for your next trip.
They are experienced in the touring industry
Tour guides don’t really need a specific qualification or certification; they do however, need in managing tours. Managing a group of tourists is actually difficult which can pose scheduling issues if the tour guide is not experienced.
A great tour guide knows how to manage a group efficiently so that everyone is happy and their expectations are met at the end of the trip. They also have the innate ability to give tourists space and privacy when they need it.
They are knowledgeable and respectful
A great tour guide connects you and the country and community that you will visit. Their experience combined with their knowledge of the local scene allows you to have an unparalleled traveling experience.
Great tour guides are not only respectful to you, they also respect the people around them. They treat everyone equally well and they do not become impatient or restless even in the toughest of situations.
Where do I find more about private guided tours in New Zealand?
We have a reputation for preparation and detail that goes above and beyond – making excellent recommendations for your itinerary as well as including the best stops to enjoy the scenery and take memorable photos on your next time.
We offer a wide choice of private tour packages and you can select one based on your needs and travel expectations.
We’ll be happy to discuss your interests and the length of your stay, before putting together an itinerary that is tailored exclusively for you.
Over here at The Road Trip, we have several tour packages on offer for visitors.
From a 19-day luxury tour that covers both the North and South Island to a short 6-day luxury tour for those who don’t have too much time, we have it all.
We are one of the leading tour provider in New Zealand with a host of awards under our name. You can check out our client testimonials over here.
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