Tailored Travel Talk. NZ Spring 2014
Kia Ora Travelers,
Spring is here! Lambing is underway and daffodils are coloring the landscape all over.
Last month we invited our previous guests from the past three years to submit photos they had taken and reflect their New Zealand experience. All photos are posted on our Facebook page and one is here to the right.
New Zealand will have the chance to vote for their government on 20 September –in an entirely different approach and execution from the USA presidential elections.
As usual, if you refer guests who sign up with Tailored Travel for a guided custom tour, we will reward you with ‘Gathered Thoughts: The basket of knowledge in Maori legend’. These are commissioned art works, mixed media on hand made paper by local Nelson artist Marilyn Andrews. See picture on the right.
On 28 September New Zealander’s will put the clock forward –spring’s definitely here!
Air Tahiti Nui has added Washington DC to their itinerary, thanks to an expanded code share agreement with American Airways. Nowadays, 15 US cities are accessible via this new code-share agreement. They also have a new International terminal at Los Angeles (LAX)
New York has a bit of Kiwi; you can now cool down at the minus 5 degree ice bar at the Hilton Midtown. 80 tons of carved ice creating the walls, chairs, sculptures, including the ‘glasses’ you drink from. Some of you may have visited the one here in Queenstown!
HAVEN”T BEEN TO NEW ZEALAND YET? OR PLANNING ANOTHER VISIT?
Escape before the Christmas break with a relaxing New Zealand journey, exploring our scenery, culture and acquire some unique NZ purchases such as Jade –to take back to the cold and put under the tree. OR: BBQ on the beach, dreaming of a white Christmas at 80 degrees F: Sounds different? Sounds New Zealand!
Susan & Doug said
Custom Tours was an investment in a “once in a lifetime” vacation to a truly magical country. Robert provided us with accommodations, restaurants, as well as sites and activities that consistently exceeded our expectations. His knowledge of the country, that he is quite proud of, allowed us to see more, do more, and compress more into the time that we were in New Zealand.
We have never done a group tour let alone a personal guided tour on previous vacations so we were somewhat apprehensive in advance of our trip. Rather quickly we realized that we hit it off with Robert and that the personal guided tour was a good decision. I agree with other customers that state “I wish there where Roberts in the rest of the world”. Robert is flexible, willing to do what you want to do, give you the space to enjoy, and then step in and arrange activities that he knows will be memorable.
Driving in New Zealand is hard, as most roads are two lanes, (bridges are one), and the sites are so fantastic that making time is very difficult. Having Robert do the driving allowed us to sit back and enjoy the ride! Our time in the Marlborough and Otago wine districts was great as Robert did the driving and we enjoyed the tastings. His love and knowledge of the great Pinot Noirs of New Zealand got us to the right vineyards and assured that each dinner was capped off with a great wine selection.
Going through the held mail upon our return we found a National Geographic Traveler magazine, which ironically rated the South island of New Zealand number 3 out of 135 worldwide destinations. It was obvious to us had the authors of this article retained Robert, New Zealand would have been number 1!
Susan & Doug Heck May 20, 2014