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Winter Wonderland: Ski, Spa & Southern Lights Adventure in New Zealand

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Dive into a Winter Fairytale with “Winter Wonderland: Ski, Spa & Southern Lights in New Zealand’s South Island”

Designed for the frosty months of May/June to September, this exclusive journey blends skiing and snowboarding thrills, luxurious spa retreats, and the mesmerising Southern Lights. Ideal for families and snow enthusiasts alike, it celebrates winter’s splendour against New Zealand’s awe-inspiring landscapes.

Why This Tour Stands Out:

Season-Specific Adventure: Tailored for winter, this tour offers rich experiences, from skiing Mt. Hutt and The Remarkables to relaxing in Lake Tekapo’s hot springs.

Southern Lights Viewing: Our team’s expertise enhances your chances of witnessing the Southern Lights, making your journey truly unforgettable.

All-Around Winter Fun: Whether it’s your first snow experience or you’re a seasoned veteran, our tour caters to all adventure levels. Enjoy the slopes’ rush and the tranquility of starlit hot tub experiences.

Ski and Snowboard Paradise: Ski at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables with included lift passes and equipment rental. Enjoy the wide-open runs and spectacular mountain vistas.

Bespoke Options Throughout: Catering to families, groups, corporate clients, or couples, this tour meets diverse needs and preferences. Tailor activities and routes to seek thrilling snow sports, tranquil celestial observations, or both, promising a unique and memorable experience.

Check out the amazing Ski, Spa, and Southern Lights tour idea below!

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The activities listed above are just a glimpse of what’s possible! We pride ourselves on creating bespoke experiences tailored to your interests and desires. If you have specific activities or destinations in mind, let us know, and we’ll craft a personalised itinerary just for you. Every journey is unique, and we’re here to make yours perfect. Dream big – your adventure is waiting to be customised!
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Your 13-day road trip itinerary

13-day journey exploring x key destinations across New Zealand's diverse landscapes.
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DAY 13
DAY 1
Christchurch Arrival

YOUR DAY

Guided: Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport, a shuttle driver will take you to your accommodation in the city. The day and night are free to spend at your leisure and your guide will meet you tomorrow morning.

Self Drive: Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport you will collect your rental vehicle within the airport terminal. Make your way to your inner city accommodation where the day and night are free to spend at your leisure and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Bespoke options today include:

A scenic tram ride through the city
An excursion to the Antarctic Centre
Experiencing the thrill of zip-lining or mountain biking at the Adventure Park
Savouring the tastes on a food and wine tour
Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!)

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DAY 2
Christchurch to Mount Hutt & Terrace Downs

YOUR DAY

154km, 2.5 hours driving

This morning you will make your journey inland and south to Canterbury’s premium skiing destination, Mt Hutt. With its stunning location in the Southern Alps and reliable snow conditions, Mt Hutt offers a range of challenging terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. From beginners to seasoned experts, visitors can enjoy the resort’s wide open runs, panoramic views and exceptional facilities. Following a full day up the mountain, drive a short distance down the road to Fable Terrace Downs Resort, where you will spend the night at the base of the alps and enjoy a complimentary dinner. Your ski package today includes lift passes & recreational skis/snowboard + boot & pole hire (Helmets additional. Goggles and gloves cannot be hired, only purchased).

Bespoke options today include: (not everyone might want the snow!):

  • A relaxing visit to the Opuke Hot Springs
  • A round of golf at Terrace Downs
  • A scenic walk at Washpen Falls
  • An exhilarating jet boat ride

Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!)

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DAY 3
Terrace Downs to Lake Tekapo

YOUR DAY

189km, 2.5 hours driving

Today you will make your journey south-west to Lake Tekapo, by initially following Canterbury’s inland scenic route. Along the way you will pass through high country sheep farming territory. Why not stop in the quaint little town of Geraldine and sample some of their New Zealand-famous jam. Arriving on the shores of the bright blue Lake Tekapo, stop and take a photo at the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd and then head further up the road to one of our favourite scenic spots in the country; Mt. John. At the summit of Mt. John, one feels like they are on top of the world with 360 degree views of the snow-capped Southern Alps, high country farmland and surrounding blue lakes. This evening you will enjoy a soak and stargazing tour at Tekapo Hot Springs, located on the edge of the lake. The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand. A two-hour experience, the first half of this guided indoor and/or outdoor tour introduces you to Tekapo’s amazing night skies with a unique combination of astronomy and storytelling. You will then enjoy exclusive use of a 37.5 – 38.5℃ hot pool; lie on a floating hammock and feel like you’re soaking in the stars as you explore the wonder of night skies!

Bespoke options today include:

  • Exploring Mount Hutt,
  • Rakaia Gorge Walkway,
  • Hot Air Balloon Rides,
  • Mount John Observatory,
  • Opuke Thermal Pools and Spa.
  • Tobogganing!

Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!)

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DAY 4
Lake Tekapo to Dunedin

YOUR DAY

287km, 3.5 hours driving

Today you head South East, towards the East coast, stopping in the town of Oamaru, for its Victorian heritage precinct and steampunk artefacts. Continue south along state highway 1 where you will spot the legendary Moeraki Boulders. These boulders are concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach, some of which weigh several tonnes and are up to 3 metres in diameter. Your final part of the drive takes you to Dunedin, “Scotland of the South.” In the evening you may wish to make a visit to the historic Speights Brewery for some sampling of one of New Zealand’s most iconic beers (optional – extra cost).

Bespoke options today include:

  • Aoraki Mount Cook National Park,
  • Clay Cliffs,
  • Penguin Watching,
  • Elephant Rocks,
  • Glider Flights,
  • Salmon Farm,
  • Glacier Explorers,
  • Heli Skiing

Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!).

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DAY 5
Dunedin

Your Day

Embark on a captivating day in Dunedin, starting with a wildlife cruise near the entrance of the Otago Harbour. On this journey, you’ll explore the rugged coastline, with full commentary on the local wildlife, history, and geology. Glide past Aramoana Beach, where you might spot sea lions basking in the sun, and observe the remnants of military history across the harbour. Marvel at the sight of royal albatrosses soaring with their impressive wingspans near Taiaroa Head, and get up-close views of a historic lighthouse and a New Zealand fur seal colony. Venturing briefly into the Pacific Ocean, keep an eye out for diverse marine life, including dolphins and rare ocean birds.

After your cruise, visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, offering a glimpse into Victorian splendor set against the backdrop of exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Explore the castle’s rich history, architecture, and the beautifully maintained grounds.

Tonight enjoy one of the best chances to see the southern lights with a guided star Gazing tour!

Bespoke options today include:

  • Royal Albatross Centre,
  • Dunedin Railway Station,
  • Speight’s Brewery Tour,
  • Tunnel Beach Walkway,
  • The Otago Museum,
  • Dunedin Botanic Garden,
  • Baldwin Street: The Steepest Street in the World,
  • Penguin Watching at Otago Peninsula,
  • Dunedin Chinese Garden.

Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!).

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DAY 6
Dunedin to Milford Sound

YOUR DAY

410 km, 5 hours driving

Today our South Island tour takes us inland to Te Anau- known as the gateway to Fiordland National Park which covers approximately 1.2 million hectares. The spectacular drive from Te anau to Milford Sound is one of the most spectacular in the world and certainly a highlight on any New Zealand tour. En route you will see spectacular valleys, breath taking mountains and hopefully spot the cheeky Kea (New Zealand’s mountain parrot). In the afternoon there is the possibility to take one of the many short walks in the area. You will stay overnight at Milford Sound Lodge, surrounded by rainforest and waterfalls, and a beautiful river.

Bespoke options include:

  • Visiting and staying in Invercargill
  • Visiting and staying in Stewart Island (great for shark diving and bird life!)
  • Going to doubtful sound instead.
  • Staying at a more family friendly accommodation in Te Anau.
  • Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!).
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DAY 7
Milford Sound

YOUR DAY

This morning you will experience all that the fjords have to offer with a kayak and cruise tour, featuring pristine waterfalls and towering mountains plunging into the Tasman Sea (included activity). Keep a look out for dolphins, seals and the Fiordland crested Penguin. The rest of the day is free to explore Milford Sound at leisure and take part in some of the fantastic day walks that Milford Sound has to offer. Options include:

Gertrude Valley – 4-5 Hours – Summer / Autumn – Climb to Gertrude Saddle; an exciting and hard to forget alpine hiking experience offering stunning mountain views, waterfalls and ice fields.

Grave Talbot – 3-4 Hours – Upper Track: Summer / Autumn – Follow raging Fiordland rives to the Esperance River Grasslands or simply stroll alongside the Gulliver River.

Key Summit – 3 Hours – All year – Walk to Key Summit, along a well-formed track suitable for all, for unforgettable 360-degree lake to sea views of Fiordland

Lake Marian – 3-4 Hours – All year – Climb to a beautiful alpine lake alongside raging mountain rivers or take an easy 20 minute stroll along Marian Creek to take in an exceptional view.

Tutoko – 5-6 Hours – All year – Walk through enchanting rainforest and enjoy views of Fiordland’s highest peak and witness the Herbert Icefields dropping into the Leader Creek.

Today is a great day to relax away from phone signal!

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DAY 8
Milford Sound to Queenstown

YOUR DAY

287 km, 3 hours 45 minutes driving

On your trip back to Queenstown there is the opportunity to take some short walks in the Fiordland National Park. In Te Anau you will take a tour by boat across Lake Te Anau to the glow worm caves to view the shimmering light of thousands of luminous glow-worms in a 12,000 year old grotto. Skirting your way around Lake Wakatipu makes for some stunning photography and you will be amazed by the Remarkables Mountain Range, one of the most famous back drops for Lord of the Rings. The evening is free to spend as you wish in Queenstown, and there is plenty to see and do!

Bespoke options today include:

  • Onsen Hot Pools: Relax in private hot pools with views of the Shotover River canyon.
    Skyline Dinner: Enjoy a meal at the top of the gondola with panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
  • Earnslaw Cruise, Dinner, and Farm Tour: Experience a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw, followed by dinner and a tour at Walter Peak High Country Farm.
  • Amisfield Winery Dinner: Savor a gourmet dinner at Amisfield Bistro, known for its fine wines and local cuisine.
  • Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!)

 

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DAY 9
Ski/Snowboard Coronet Peak

YOUR DAY

32km, 45 minutes driving return

Today is a full day dedicated to hitting the powder. The beautiful Coronet Peak ski area sits above Arrowtown, with stunning high points and rolling trails offering seasoned skiers and snowboarders an experience to remember, while the gentle lower slopes are perfect for beginners. Sitting at 1649m above sea level, don’t forget to take in the stunning views of the valley and surrounding snow capped peak. By the end of today’s ski run you should be really getting the hang of the kiwi ski style – both on and off the slopes! Head back to town and perhaps enjoy the evening with a visit to Queenstown’s iconic Ice Bar or snuggle up in a cosy bistro in front of the fireplace. Your ski package today includes lift passes & recreational skis/snowboard + boot & pole hire (Helmets additional. Goggles and gloves cannot be hired, only purchased).

 

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DAY 10
Queenstown Snowmobile Experience

YOUR DAY

Today you will enjoy a scenic helicopter flight and snowmobile experience, 6,000ft above sea level (drive your own snowmobile). If you’ve always wanted to try snowmobiling, then Queenstown Snowmobiles is for you. It is the ultimate adventure on snow: action-packed and adrenaline-pumping with the added bonus of stunning scenery and amazing views for the duration of the entire trip!

The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish in Queenstown. We recommend Moke Lake for the star gazers! Just a short drive from Queenstown, Moke Lake is a hidden gem, offering serene beauty and a circular walking track that encircles the lake. This relatively easy walk is perfect for families and those looking for a peaceful escape into nature. At night, Moke Lake becomes an incredible spot for stargazing, with clear skies and minimal light pollution allowing for a spectacular view of the stars one of our team has photographed the southern lights here!

 

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DAY 11
Queenstown Wine Sampler Tour + Onsen Experience

YOUR DAY

6 Hour Winery Tour + Onsen Experience

Did someone say Queenstown wine tour? It’s time to pinot! Travel in premium Mercedes vehicles visiting four of Central Otago’s finest and off the beaten track cellar doors, including a visit to New Zealand’s famous Gibbston Valley underground wine cave. Look, smell and taste over 18 spectacular cool-climate wines and enjoy an optional scrumptious lunch (additional cost ordered on the day) whilst your charismatic wine guide and knowledgeable cellar staff educate and amuse you with local winemaking facts and stories. This evening you will indulge in a private bathing experience at Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown. Your experience begins with a 45-minute soak in a cedar lined hot tub while you enjoy a complimentary drink and snack and soak up the incredible views of the quintessential southern landscape. Once relaxed, calm and warm, you will then be treated to your choice of face or body treatments in Onsen Queenstown’s peaceful day spa room with 1 hour spa packages available.

This day is easily substituted or adjusted options include:

  • Skyline Gondola: Ride to the top for breathtaking panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains.
  • Bungy Jumping: Experience the thrill of bungy jumping at the Kawarau Bridge, the world’s first commercial bungy site.
  • Jet Boating: Take an exhilarating jet boat ride through the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers, experiencing high speeds and stunning scenery.
  • Lake Wakatipu Cruise: Relax on a scenic cruise, enjoying the majestic views of the Remarkables Mountain Range and surrounding areas.
  • Queenstown Gardens: Enjoy a leisurely walk or a game of frisbee golf in this beautifully maintained public garden.
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park: Get up close to New Zealand’s unique wildlife, including the kiwi bird, in a natural setting.
  • Adventure Sports: Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world, offering paragliding, skydiving, mountain biking, and more.

Plus, many more experiences tailored to your interests (please share what you love!)

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DAY 12
Ski/Snowboard The Remarkables

YOUR DAY

47km, 1 hour 15 minutes driving return

This morning you will head to the top of the Remarkables to hit the slopes. The Remarkables are a superb place to test out the New Zealand conditions. This world-class ski field really lives up to its name! There are breathtaking views to be admired, both from the slopes and from look out spots on the drive, featuring 360-degree views of Queenstown and the lake below and also many sites used in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The Remarkables features a fantastic network of progressive terrain parks with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain steeps for the experts in the family. This field also boasts purpose built snow tubing lanes. After a fantastic day skiing we will head back down to Queenstown where there is the opportunity to dine in one of Queenstown’s many fine lakefront establishments. Your ski package today includes lift passes & recreational skis/snowboard + boot & pole hire (Helmets additional. Goggles and gloves cannot be hired, only purchased).

 

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DAY 13
Queenstown Departure Day

YOUR DAY

Today you will transfer to Queenstown Airport for your further travel arrangements. We trust you’ve had a wonderful time here in New Zealand!

Onward flight is not included.

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What’s included?
Your choice of accommodation. Silver (4 star), gold (5 star) or platinum (luxury lodge) options available
Most breakfasts, select lunches and dinners
A choice of self-drive and privately guided transport
In-depth and detailed custom travel guide
Listed activities (the list is fully customisable)
Full insurance coverage on rented vehicles
Overnight parking where necessary
Custom tour creation with one of our travel experts
What’s not included?
Return international flights
Personal travel insurance
Some lunches and dinners
Individual shopping and souvenirs
Extra, optional activities

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Safe, crowd-free, intimate exploration
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As a tour guide who has travelled every corner of New Zealand in all seasons, I can tell you that Winter in the South Island is absolutely delightful! Myself and our team of guides are skilled in driving on New Zealand's roads in Winter, so we can take away the stress of driving in wintery conditions, should that be a concern!
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A little late in posting this review, but it was such a wonderful experience I wanted to make sure I let Alex and our guide Constance know what a great time we had. Kudos to Alex for putting together a fantastic itinerary on such short notice and to Constance for her knowledge, wit, and patience with the four of us spry 60+ year olds. She was an amazing host who loves her country and loves to share its history, she was a fantastic driver as well, she knew when we needed to get on the road and knew so many short cuts during rush hour traffic, she made us so happy we weren’t driving. As a side note, being from the States, I would highly recommend not driving, we’ve driven NZ and Australia before and having a driver is sooo much more enjoyable. We highly recommend The Road Trip!!! Thank you again Alex for making our vacation amazing!!!
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The Road Trip New Zealand organized a 12 day road trip in the South Island for us! Alex and his team were focused on making the best arrangements to meet our goals for this trip. The team began by finding out what our interests were and then matched a road trip itinerary designed to meet our goals. The pace of activity in each day was good ( Though New Zealand is very very big and we could have spent easily a month exploring the country....or more). We will have to return! Highlights in the South Island are many including the helicopter ride to the top of Franz Josef Glacier, tramping through the rainforest, the Amisfield Winery wine pairing lunch, and our walks around Auckland to discover restaurants and see the sights. Dealing with the Road Trip New Zealand team was easy, they took the time to listen to us, pay attention to our budget and put together a great trip. Communicating with them from the other side of the world was easy and we found the team responsive to our emails. Many thanks for all your help in making this trip memorable!!
RB L
May 2024
Wonderful trip
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Apr 2024
Wonderful, custom made New Zealand road trip with "The Road Trip"
If you are looking for a bespoke tour of New Zealand's South Island, I would recommend going with the Road Trip. Other than for day trips, my wife and I avoid bus trip tours. We want my own agenda and dislike waiting for a large group of people to assemble and don't like being part of herd following a flag around and having to be rushed to the next place. After doing extensive research about the places we wished to visit and after looking at several companies, We decided to go with the Road Trip. We were able to talk directly with Matt about our interests and he put together a two week tour agenda. After reviewing, I added some things and changed others to get exactly the route and agenda we wanted. Chris M. was our guide and excellent driver and quickly learned what we liked and the types of things we wanted to do and see. We were able to make changes on the fly and spend as much or little time at each place as we wanted and arrive at our next lodging spot early - or later if we wanted more time someplace. When our whale-watch tour was cancelled, Chris suggested a steamboat tour and BBQ lunch as an alternative which was an excellent choice. He also knows interesting local and out of the way places to stop for views, walks, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks, many which we likely would not have discovered on our own or at a convenient time. Chris was very personable, accommodating and polite and had a great sense of humor. He is well versed in NZ flora and fauna and can identify native birds and plants and provide a lot of info about them. He is also quite knowledgeable about Maori culture, history and lore. He is well travelled and has many interesting life experiences and stories to relate. We spent many hours in the car so I believe we got to know one another quite well. Thanks again to the Road Trip and to Matt and Chris for taking good care of us and giving us a truly memorable experience!
usclapps
Mar 2024
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Having never been to New Zealand before we wanted to self drive and asked the Road Trip to suggest an itinerary. We spoke to Matt via Zoom and discussed our interests, time lines and budget. Within a short period of time Matt sent us a suggested itinerary. We met again via Zoom and discussed the plan. Each day we looked forward to opening the App and following the suggested route as we explored NZ. Points of interests, suggested cafes and rest stops along the route did not disappoint. All of the accommodation and activities were excellent. Wonderful to arrive in a city and look at the suggested restaurants, etc. we followed the the Road Trips suggestions most evenings for dinner and were delighted we did! On a couple of occasions, timings for activities were altered by the provider and our App was immediately updated and a email was also sent to us. We loved New Zealand, we thoroughly enjoyed The Road Trip’s staff and services. This is the way to travel!! Highly recommend! 10/10!!!
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Mar 2024
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Mar 2024
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Feb 2024
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Feb 2024
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Marco C
Feb 2024
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Road Trip NZ helped us plan a 15-day independent tour of New Zealand and we can't say enough good things about them. We started with some ideas of what we wanted and they provided suggestions to improve the trip plan. During planning and during the trip itself they were easy to reach and responded quickly. They coordinated a rental car for us on the North and South islands and booked all accommodations and planned activities. For each stop, we chose the "level" of hotel (platinum, gold, silver). No matter what level was selected, the accommodations were excellent for that type of stay (roadside motels to big city hotels). The included meals, and activities were all first-rate and every time we walked into someplace new, they had our information and checked us in quickly. Road Trip NZ provided an easy to use customized phone app that had all of the needed trip information: directions, places to eat, interesting stops along the way, and additional activities at each location. For directions, activities, or food, the app never steered us wrong. Highlights of the trip included a wine tour of Waiheke Island, Heli-hike on Franz Joseph Glacier, Hobbiton, Waimangu Valley, and jet boating. I highly recommend that everyone visit New Zealand and use Road Trip NZ to plan your trip of a lifetime.
Sharon G
Jan 2024
Couldn't be better ......
Responding at very short notice for a trip over the Christmas period, The Road Trip pulled together a well balanced week of sightseeing and activities. Kinloch hotel and Lana Hotel were both first class and our driver/guide, Chris Martin was a good driver, always on time and came with a great sense of humor. Very happy with our week.
globalguy
Jan 2024
December NZ road trip : Spectacular scenery and memorable experiences.
We had a wonderful road trip with my family of 4 along with my mum and uncle. We were surrounded by beautiful scenery while en route, not just at the destinations. The experiences and activities catered to the more active and sedate family members allowing each to experience NZ at their own pace . Several parts of the route were windy, and each day required 2-5 hours of driving either in parts or in a stretch. We were fortuitous to have my husband, who is experienced driving long distances abroad and in NZ to take us from place to place. Even so, the Toyota Hiace was challengeng to manoeuvre around the few hundred kilometres of steep windy bends. The weather was generally kind to us while we were there in NZ in Dec while we were there from 17-30 Dec 2023.
Jacqueline W
Jan 2024
Tasting Menu of New Zealand!
It was a most fabulous three week honeymoon in beautiful New Zealand! Our team at Road Trip (Matt and Denina) put together and booked an incredible itinerary. A true "tasting menu" of New Zealand. We decided on a self-drive option and presented Matt with a challenge (my husband's list was lengthy). After a couple of back and forths via email and a zoom call we ended up with one week on the North Island and two on the South. They booked everything; from the rental cars (Ezi Rentals - excellent), to the lodgings (all comfortable, clean, breakfast included and perfectly located), domestic airline tickets, and several things to do (kayaking, glow worm caving, etc). Except for our lunches and dinners everything was pre-paid which made it sooooo easy. Their detailed itinerary included so many suggestions for side trips, tips for the best photo opportunities, when to top off on gas and restaurant/cafes suggestions. Denina responded so quickly to our on the road requests to change times for certain activities or type of car (we wanted more trunk space). There is NO way we would have been able to enjoy this perfect "tasting menu" of New Zealand without The Road Trip. We wholeheartedly recommend using them for your trip to NZ! Thank you Road Trip team.
Jacalyn Y
Dec 2023
South Island of NZ
First time in New Zealand so hired the road trip to travel the South Island. The views were amazing as expected. The staff were very responsive and tried their best to make our trip smooth. They customized the trip to our budget and it was easy to enjoy each day following the itinerary. Please be more involved in choosing activities to get the maximum benefit
Jongdae L
Dec 2023
The Trip of a Lifetime
We had a phenomenal experience with The Road Trip. The whole team that we worked with (Alex, Shani, Denina, Matt and others who worked behind the scenes) was incredible! I tend to be a demanding customer, because I have high expectations and I'm very detail oriented. There are 6 key things I look for when selecting a travel agency and The Road Trip delivered on all of those things! LOCAL - they are a local agency, and actually have visited the places they are recommending. I don't want a travel agent who is just googling stuff - I can do that myself. I want a recommendation from an EXPERT who truly understands me and the experience I am hoping to create for my trip. The Road Trip team are EXPERTS and I knew I could fully trust that they were speaking from personal experience when they crafted all the details of our trip. I also especially love that they make the drives interesting by giving you information and cool places to stop. They specialize in road trips, obviously, but I loved that touch bc it's a LOT of work to research good hikes along a route on your own. They make it easy! LUXURY - Splurging on travel is my vice. I live for it and if I am not planning a future trip I feel sad! The Road Trip did a great job of delivering on what I was looking for while still sticking to the budget I provided. And I mean it when I say I'm demanding, especially in this regard. CUSTOM - Alex was the main person I worked with in the initial planning stages and he truly listened to what I was looking for: luxury, adventure, and a good use of our time to maximize the 2.5 weeks we had. The first itinerary he set for us showed me that he knew what I wanted and it only took us a few small tweaks here and there to land on the final. TIMELY - Gosh, they work fast! It took only 5 DAYS between the first time I spoke to Alex for an introductory call and initial discussion to landing a near final itinerary. I also loved that I was able to schedule a call to start, instead of trading emails. It's just more personal and easier to chat through what you are looking for. Also, I should mention that the whole trip was booked just 3ish months before the trip, because I made a sort of "last minute" decision that we wanted a big fun trip and we had only one window of time where we could easily get away from work for 2.5 weeks. To me, getting everything booked quickly was incredibly important and I really appreciated Alex and the team's urgency. ORGANIZED - The team uses a great tool that lays out every detail of the trip starting from the drafts to the documents provided for the actual trip. Everything was in an app and the level of detail satisfied my insanely Type-A personality that craves information. I could simply pull up the app and I knew everything in store for us that day. I did translate the details to a single page itinerary for my own purposes, but I always do that bc it ensures I am fully aware of the itinerary and all the critical times. TRUTH/TRANSPARENCY - I had asked to add Bay of Islands into the itinerary after the first couple of drafts and specifically asked to stay at specific luxury accommodation. Alex looked into it for us and then informed me that there was a promo (Pay 2 nights, get a 3rd free) that was only open to guests booking directly. It was not available to bookings via travel agency. He openly told me this and recommended we make that booking ourselves to take advantage. This shows that The Road Trip is transparent and dedicated to making sure their customers get the best possible experience. I already trusted Alex, but this made me trust him even more! CUSTOMER SERVICE - (this last one is most important to me). Everything went super smoothly on the trip, until the last 3 days when high winds (despite gorgeous sunny days) caused a couple of things to be canceled, most importantly our Fly-Cruise-Fly to Milford Sound, which I was SO looking forward to. No one to be blamed of course, not The Road Trip, or any of their vendors - sometimes it happens, weather is weather and safety is critical! However, I called the Road Trip team and spoke to Matt and asked if there was ANY WAY we could get rescheduled before we left the country and within LESS THAN AN HOUR he had managed to reschedule all our activities for the last couple of days so we could still go on ALL OF THEM. I was so impressed and SO grateful to him for making this happen for us. Not to mention, after he reorganized everything for us, he gave us his personal cell number just in case we needed to contact him urgently if anything else came up. Thankfully I didn't need to use, I certainly didn't want to bother him, BUT it made me feel like an incredibly valued customer! When I first set out to plan this trip, I contacted 5 agencies with the intent on selecting one after seeing first draft itineraries. I had spoken to Alex personally over a google chat and reviewed 3 drafts of an itinerary with him all before I even heard back from the other travel agents. I told all the rest of them that I had already found an amazing company who was delivering on the white glove customer service experience I expect from travel agents, especially for a luxury vacation. I knew pretty much right after speaking to Alex that I was going to book our trip with The Road Trip and now I've given you many reasons to do the same. You won't regret it, let them plan the trip of a lifetime for you.
Ruchie
Dec 2023
Great, fun and memorable times in New Zealand
Alex and team at the Road trip were great! Attention to details, willingness to make adjustments at the last minute, and planning our whole trip in New Zealand to be a truly enjoyable experience, were all things that we appreciate. The adventures were so fun and the people who took us on our adventures were great! Thank you for making our holiday one of the best ones..
Lisa Sofiar
Dec 2023
Even better the second time around!
We booked a 10 day South Island tour with The Road Trip and we had a wonderful time. Bruce was our guide and he was great. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. Also a great sense of humor. This is my second time booking with them for the same tour/trip but they made this experience different and unique from the last which was refreshing. I highly recommend this to anyone!
Huy N
Nov 2023
One of the best trips we have ever taken!
My spouse and I used The Road Trip to plan a self-drive tour of both islands and we had a wonderful experience. We usually plan all of our vacations ourselves, but we were overwhelmed by how to narrow down all the many fabulous things to see and do in NZ to two weeks. Plus we were confused about what activities were not recommended given the current weather and road conditions. The Road Trip created a great itinerary based on our interests, with the perfect balance of time spent sightseeing and time on the road. Their driving directions listed the highlights of each town we were to pass through, so we could decide in advance whether we wanted to stop, and they also included any scenic overlooks. The Road Trip even booked an amazing activity for us that I had not seen included in any of our guidebooks that became the highlight of our trip! They responded quickly to all of our questions and were always very friendly and helpful. We are already planning our next visit to NZ and look forward to working with them again.
Rachel B
Nov 2023