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Our first trip with Aroha Luxury New Zealand Tours turned out to be a most wonderful experience. We were a group of four who spent 11 days exploring both the North and South Islands. We had two guides, Veronika and Stephen, who became more than guides. They felt like traveling companions as we were personally guided throughout NZ. The itinerary we set during our planning of this trip was spot on and the flexibility we had each day to adjust times and locations as needed was a perfect combination of itinerary combined with flexibility. Our experiences were exceptional and both Veronika and Stephens suggestions for dining and unplanned activities really added value to our trip. I will strongly recommend Aroha to my fellow travelers here in the states who may be planning a NZ trip. As for my group, we all hope to get back to NZ and of course we would only use Aroha when we return....highly recommended!!
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This was the third time I toured NZ with Aroha Tours. That alone may tell you what wonderful experiences I had with them. My first trip was together with my brother in 2013 (short 7 days tour of parts of the South Island). I posted a review about this trip here in November 2013. The second time my father and I went to the North Island for 10 days in 2014 and the third time we did a two weeks tour of the South Island in February/March 2016. I cannot thank Veronika and her team enough. Everything, from the first contact, to the planning and last but not least to the trip itself are done with expertise and warmth, which is hardly found anywhere. The itineraries and the lodges are planned and selected with the greatest care and are perfectly adjusted to your requirements and wishes. And there is always enough room for flexibility, so that changes are possible also while you are already there. On all our trips Jurgen was our guide. He did an awesome job! To say his knowledge of the country is extensive is actually an understatement. Most of all his friendliness and humor make him a perfect company for such a tour. We consider Jurgen a friend by now. I am convinced that there is no better choice than Aroha Tours when you want to visit New Zealand and make the most of your trip! I cannot recommend them enough.
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Our family of three travelled for 14 days in the South Island
with Chris as our guide. We enjoyed everything that Veronica had arranged for us. She planned an action packed trip that included a penguin tour, horseback riding, glow worm caves, hikes, a kayak tour, jet boat ride, Milford Sound and glacier visits. We sampled local wines and cheeses and saw spectacular scenery.
Our trip was very well co-ordinated. Chris knew exactly how long travel time would take and the best places to eat and drink. We did so much more than we ever could have on our own. He was so helpful and kind. Our 11 year old son adored him.
The accommodations were all unique with perfect locations. We really enjoyed Lakeside Villas in Wanaka and the Hapuka Factory. We appreciated the kitchen and laundry facilities available in all of them.
We found Aroha Tours on an internet search and were totally impressed with the honesty and quality of this vendor. Everything was exactly as stated and when one of our plan rides was cancelled due to weather our money was refunded promptly after we got home from New Zealand
We will remember our trip and experience forever. Many thanks!!
I just want to thank Veronika for arranging a wonderful tour for us in New Zealand. We had a fantastic guide Jurgen who was very professional, punctual, informative and knowledgable. It was a such a great experience and I would highly recommend Aroha Tours to anyone who wants to do a private luxury tour of New Zealand.
I have traveled the world over and the the 14 days spent with Aroha Tours, was one of the best experiences of my life. My wife Carolyn and I traveled with another couple around both islands. Aroha made all the arrangements in some fantasic lodges. Our guide, Veronika was knowledgable and was very accomodating when we made adjustments along the way. This was Carolyn and my second experience with Aroha. I would give them my highest recommendation.
My wife and I spent 17 days touring the South Island in January 2014. The itinerary and guide/driver were arranged by Veronika at Aroha Tours. Our movement about the country was totally seamless. Our guide anticipated problems and mitigated them before they became an issue. He adjusted the pace of our day depending upon our interests particularly since we are serious amateur photographers and tended to linger waiting for the right photo opportunity. Every lodge that was chosen was outstanding with regard to the basic accommodation, friendliness of the owners and staff and the cuisine. In several instances the lodges were quite unique such as the Hapaku Treehouse Lodge, Bay of Many Coves and Westhaven Lodge. We could sense that as a client of Aroha we were afforded every attention possible to insure a great experience. Our guide was thoroughly knowledgeable of the history and culture of the Island as well as the nuances of New Zealand wine and food. We were overwhelmed by the activities which were planned for us such as swimming with seals in the Pacific, watching sperm whales and spelunking. I cannot image a more enjoyable luxury tour of this part of the world than the one offered to my wife and I by Aroha.