Frequently asked (and answered) questions
Why should I choose Tailored Travel?
Drawing on over 16 years of experience, Tailored Travel will create your perfect trip, combining your interests and our infinite flexibility. People engage Tailored Travel to take advantage of our experience and expertise. Our in-depth and up-to-date knowledge and relationships with the various accommodations and destinations means you are treated to the best of everything. I am on the road with personal tours all the time, so discover new developments constantly. These can then be included in your personal itinerary. You can be secure in the knowledge that with Tailored Travel you will know NZ rather than just see it.
What are Custom Tours?
Custom Tours are New Zealand travel itineraries designed just for you. We include your specific interests and requirements. From airport pick up to the final farewell, your custom tour will be led by your own personal tour guide who is with you every step of the way. No more fumbling around in a strange airport or asking driving directions in an unknown area.
What can I expect?
Expect to have your expectations exceeded! Tailored Travel excels in identifying and meeting your specific needs. Expect unsurpassed scenery (as seen in movies like the Lord of The Rings), meeting people and participation in local attractions and activities.
Transport is luxurious with space and comfort: only 2 or 4 people in an 8 seater, air-conditioned latest model Kia Carnival, fitted with appropriate (NZ) music, fruit, drinks, first aid, binoculars, snacks and a library!
Quality Accommodation in a relaxing atmosphere, all hand picked and experienced over the years: chosen for their people, service, quality, character and location.
Dinners at a choice of superb restaurants, local produce, fresh each day. Everything is locally grown- whether it is lamb, venison or fish. One of my favorites: www.foodandwine.co.nz(Hay’s restaurant) and check out this months’ recipe.
On various occasions you will be introduced to our Maori culture, and you will stay with hosts of Maori descent.
What do we offer?
Our tour sizes are exceptionally small with 2 or 4 people, only you and maybe your chosen traveling companions. This makes the tour truly personal and private with your tour guide/driver becoming your friend. You determine the dates; length and pace of your journey and you are under our personal care from pick up to drop off at the airport. Accommodations are not shared with large tour groups but personally selected for their character, intimacy and great locations. Everything (except flights) will be included, without hidden surprises.
What makes us unique?
We are New Zealanders, living here and traveling with guests, thus having up-to-date and in-depth local knowledge. We cover all of New Zealand and not only one region. Depending on your time available, interests and requirements we can help you choose destinations giving you the best NZ experience. With twenty years industry experience in New Zealand and more than fifteen years providing quality, safe and secure fully customized tours; every tour is a work of art, starting with a blank canvas and using our experience and expertise of the subject and with an eye for detail creating the perfect picture just for you!
Where do we start or finish?
Because we are based in a central part of New Zealand, we can start from various places. However with international and domestic flights kept to a minimum, we usually start / finish from Nelson or Christchurch (when focusing on the South Island) or alternatively via Auckland.
How long do I need?
This is a tricky one – as long as you can! We recommend a minimum of 14-15 days to get at least a reasonable taste of our land and the people and focus on the South Island of New Zealand.
Can I have my input?
Absolutely! The whole idea behind Tailored Travel and our Custom Tours is to give you maximum input for your perfect trip. The more we know about you the better we can help you. Each custom itinerary is individually created for you, which will include many experiences not normally found if traveling on your own or with packaged tours.
What else do you do?
This is all we do and we do it exceptionally well. Tailored Travel is a full-time, year-round commitment.
Can you provide me with any references?
Certainly. Click here to see what our guests have to say about their experience with Tailored Travel.
What if something goes wrong?
I strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance before you leave your home. While you are in New Zealand, the ACC program, regardless of your nationality or length of stay, covers accident injuries.
In advance of your trip, aside from travel information, you will be provided with a comprehensive list of contacts that you may wish to leave behind with family and friends in the event someone needs to reach you while you are traveling.
What’s the weather like?
With today’s changing weather patterns it is very difficult to have a say on that. Check out www.metservice.co.nz for the New Zealand weather today.
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