I posted feedback and reviews (on Google), but I wanted to send you a personal note to thank you for planning a fantastic trip for our 10 year anniversary! Josh and I had such a fabulous time. All the accommodations and tours were wonderful. Everyone was professional, kind, welcoming, and full of great information. The tips you provided in the itinerary were so helpful for us to plan for the tours and the plan with the driving was a great set up to not over tire us. Every day was fun and full of adventure. We will definitely be recommending you to anyone planning to travel to New Zealand!!
Jamie & Josh, USA, April 2017
Michael, I do not see how you could do better. Your assessment of our interests, likes, and dislike were right on. The patience in dealing with with our tech communication ineptness was greatly appreciated. The fact that you always "had our back" was comforting and relaxing as was your immediate availability to handle any mishaps, worries, etc. We have already recommended you to several people. On the above question, if the form would allow, I would say "all the above".
Guy & Pat, USA, March 2017
I just wanted to drop a quick note to you of how wonderful our trip to New Zealand has been! We are appropriately exhausted, though obviously elated, and in so many places we wished we could linger. We cycled, kayaked, hiked, cruised, rafted, flew in a helicopter, saw amazing wildlife and one breathtaking natural wonder after another. There simply aren't enough hyperboles to describe our experience. It was a great way to see the country for the first time, and we know we'll have to come again soon.
Faye & Ian, New York, February 2017
I have only positive comments about the level of service we received from Michael from start to finish. His level of knowledge on where to go, what to do, where to stay etc is fantastic. When changes were needed, even at the last minute, he was always contactable and eager to help. In the past, when I have used a travel agent to plan our trip, I have often felt that I did not get my money's worth but that was certainly not the case with Michael. Brilliant from start to finish!
Andrew & Family, Malaysia / UK, January 2017
Flaxmill Cottage was lovely. The Grace Hotel in Sydney was wonderful. Actually all accommodations were great and very centrally located. I loved that everything that was planned went off without a hitch. The holiday was fantastic. Michael did a fantastic job planning everything and he was always there when I needed to talk to him before we left. I would not hesitate in the least to recommend him!!!!
Barbara & Family, Canada, December 2016
Sitting at the airport in Christchurch and reminiscing our last two weeks. It wouldn't have been possible without all your help and effort is planning a perfect holiday. From the best adventures to the best acco. We had a fantastic time and would like to thank you for everything. Your country is indeed beautiful. As I would label it. Gods own country. Thank you so so much again Michael and I would referring you to a whole load of friends who have New Zealand on their plans.
Chhaya & Family, Singapore, November 2016
We just completed the survey- we had a fantastic time and will be highly recommending you and your services to all of our friends and family!! You made the trip so wonderful and easy - thanks for going above and beyond.
Sammy & Bob, Ohio/USA, October 2016
Dear Michael, Just came back home from beautiful North Island. Thanks you so much for a trip so well organized. We all had a great time.
Go Family, Philippines, July 2016
Trip has been absolutely spectacular so far. Thank you again for creating such an amazing itinerary for us!
Faiz & Alliya, California/USA, June 2016
We are sad to be leaving down under, and we hope to come back. I hope all is well with you. We really appreciated our days with you and appreciate greatly the planning you have done for us.
Chic & Marianne, California/USA, April 2016
We had a wonderful time and without you, Michael, stepping in to help, we would probably not have made the trip work. Truly outstanding island, fabulous trip.
Keith & Family, Brunei, March 2016
We had a wonderful trip to New Zealand and wanted to thank you for all your help and useful tips in planning our trip. The trip was very meticulously planned including the tours, stay & travel and we have already recommended you to friends and family.
Shomrita & Abhishek, Hongkong, February 2016
Thanks to you, my family had a wonderful trip to New Zealand over the holidays. We are wishing that there was someone like you living in every part of the world who can help us see other countries just the way we saw yours. We are grateful for the thoughtful process you used to customize a trip that perfectly fit the needs and budget of our family. You've built up an interesting and reliable network of people to meet, places to go and things to do and it was fun to tap into this network as we traveled around both islands. Your connections helped us see New Zealand from the "inside out," so to speak, which is not something we could have managed on our own. So, many thanks to you. You are one in a million!
Emily Monaghan, USA, Januray 2016
We can't select just one - we enjoyed everything! Michael, the accommodations and excursions that you recommended to us were spot on, and we greatly appreciated your knowledge and expertise. Also, thanks very much for your flexibility when we had to cancel one of the planned excursions on short notice. We absolutely would recommend your services to others who are planning a New Zealand vacation!
Norm & Linda, USA, December 2015
Doreen and I are back home again now after our wonderful five weeks in NZ. Everything went so smoothly with all the trips and we were so fortunate with the weather. We were also so impressed with the standard of accommodation and degree of hospitality afforded to us. Thank you for your professionalism and patience in putting together such a memorable experience.
Terry & Doreen, UK, November 2015
I cannot thank Michael enough for helping us plan a memorable honeymoon in New Zealand, our trip was flawless and Michael's support throughout was incredible. A true professional, German efficiency delivered in a Kiwi friendly manner! Specifics would be Michael’s organisation skills and dedication to helping us plan our holiday. Michael took numerous skype calls to explain and clarify things and was an incredible guiding hand in helping us decide where we stayed and what we did. During our time in New Zealand, Michael was always on hand to support and deal with any issues to help our holiday run smoothly. Taking a phone call late in the evening to rearrange a trip early the following morning is one case that springs to mind. There are few people I know who would have the dedication to ring you at 7am the following morning to make sure everything is okay! I cannot recommend Michael enough. Anyone who is planning a trip to New Zealand would do well to just sit back and let Michael take care of things. You are in safe, professional hands.
Garrett & Ana, Qatar, October 2015 (via Linkedin)
I was lucky enough to stumble upon Guest New Zealand as I was researching for my New Zealand trip. I contacted Michael and scheduled a phone call. From the start, Michael listened to what my husband and I wanted out of the trip and advised accordingly. He suggested lodges that I would have never found on my own, which all were excellent! The trip itself was perfectly planned! We never felt rushed, yet our schedule always had exciting things to do. We didn't need to worry about pick ups or details of the car rental! Everything was organized that we just enjoyed ourself! Even when we needed to change something during our trip, Michael was always just a phone call away. The best advice i can give someone going to New Zealand is to get in touch with Michael as he will put together the perfect trip!
Farah & Bader, Kuwait, September 2015 (via Linkedin)
We all had a fantastic holiday thank you and many thanks for organising everything so well. We managed to see and do a lot in 3 weeks and feel we have had a very good introduction to your beautiful country. The amazing scenery, clean air, empty roads, great food and wine, and the friendly and hospitable people all made it an unforgettable experience. Many great memories.
Ian & Family, UK, May 2015
Elaine, Marla and I want to thank you again for the truly memorable and thoroughly enjoyable trip you planned and implemented for us. Thanks to your good offices, our visit to New Zealand was beyond our expectations and one we have been describing to friends as a trip of a lifetime. It also was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for taking the time in Wanaka to sit down with us.
Ray, Elaine & Marla, USA, April 2015
Our last night in NZ and we would like to thank you for the perfect planning, itinerary and accommodation. Everything worked out exceptionally well. The family lodges were lovely – the couple at Twizel were particularly helpful with their route guide and advice, as were the people at Clearwater Lodge (who got us rugby tickets!). We liked the mix of hotels and lodges. The Bayview was a great last stop. We had some great day hikes at a number of places. So thanks again for the excellent trip design. We feel we now know a bit about New Zealand and we would recommend your company to anyone going to NZ for the first time (or even the second or third!).
DeeDee Yates, South Africa, March 2015
Wir hatten eine großartige Reise und sind von Ihrem Land und den Leuten begeistert. Wir wurden überall herzlich empfangen, unsere Gastgeber waren alle, ohne Ausnahme, äußerstfreundlich und hilfsbereit. Man hat unsvor Ort mit Empfehlungen, Reservierungen und nützlichen Informationen sehr geholfen. Wir fühlten uns überall willkommen. Die Lodge mit der besten Lage war für mich die Breakers Boutique Accommodation. Die Queenstown-Lodge gefiel uns besonders wegen der Ausstattung und der Herzlichkeit der Gastgeber. Ein besonderer Höhepunkt für uns war der gelungene Ausflug bei herrlichem Wetter in den Abel-Tasman-Park. Herzlichen Dank nochmals für die perfekte Ausarbeitung. Unser Urlaub war erlebnisreich und erholsam mit bleibenden Eindrücken vom Land und den Menschen.
Mr & Mrs Wensauer, Germany, February 2015
Michael we are sitting in the Auckland airport on our way home. I want to thank you for making this a memorable trip for the Bergstrom family. I am so glad we choose you as our travel agent.
Jerry Bergstrom & Family, USA, January 2015
First and foremost we would like to thank you. We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and made the absolute most of our time without feeling terribly rushed. A great honeymoon adventure.
Phillip & Galyn, USA, January 2015
We cannot find the words to express our absolute pleasure and overwhelming gratefulness for your help in planning our honeymoon. I know that we might have been a bit difficult to deal with at times as we were making many changes to our initial itinerary and always adding more. We really appreciate your patience and willingness to answer all of our questions over email/Skype and provide us with your input and recommendations. All of the accommodations, excursions, and bookings were fantastic and feel like you already know having done it yourself. We now realize that there is just too much to see and do while visiting New Zealand, but know that we had made the most of our time with your help. This holiday is truly special and one we will remember for the rest of our lives. We were glad to have worked with you on the planning. As you probably saw from our online form, we had no complaints at all (even the weather was perfect!). We hope that our paths cross again soon, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you ever plan on coming up to Chicago in the United States.
Michael & Kirsten Telwak, USA, December 2014
Just to thank you for helping us organized such a wonderful holiday! My family and I had a great time. The scenery was beautiful and food was yummy. Will definitely recommend my friends in future.
Keep up the great work.
Benny, Singapore, December 2014
We've come to the end of an awesome honeymoon and we couldn't thank you enough for it. You've planned an excellent trio for us (: and we were very distraught in Queenstown when we realized that we didn't bring the car license, but you has help us significantly in changing the itineraries. Our honeymoon went really smoothly. New Zealand is really like heaven on earth! There's so much to see here, and our two weeks in NZ was definitely not enough. Thank you again for the complimentary pizza offered at breakers boutique. We really loved it there. Jan was an excellent host and the Kevin was exceptionally friendly and welcoming.
Khairul & Ayuni, Singapore, November 2014
I am not sure if I ever said thank you? Well if I did not here it is, we thoroughly enjoyed NZ and really happy with your help and recommendations. I have given my friend your details too, she should be in touch. Let me know how I put a note on your page.
Stephanie Butler & Family, China, May 2014
I hired Michael to design a trip to Australia and New Zealand. It was important to me to use someone local and with deep knowledge of the areas to be traveled. Michael was spot on with respect to the resulting itinerary, duration, accommodations, and activities. The flow of the trip was just the right combination of relaxation and adventure. Each and every accomodation was off the hook fabulous. The amount of time in each place was perfect and the daily activities were memorable and perfectly suited to our wish list. I highly recommend Michael as a travel designer for the best down under vacation imaginable!!
Mindy Ross, USA, April 2014 (via Linkedin)
Your (feedback) form doesn't leave any space for us to put our glowing comments about how wonderful your services are, how glad we are that we found you and how heartily we will recommend you to anyone we know travelling to New Zealand in the future.
Trish & Andrew McGill Family, Canada, March 2014
We are back, safe and sound. It was a lovely vacation and we all just fell in love with New Zealand. Except for the weather not always cooperating, which was out of your control, everything went so smoothly. Our helicopter ride did not happen, it was very bad weather that day. We walked up the glacier in the blowing wind and pouring rain and it was still amazing to see, wish it all worked out. It just gives us another excuse to come back to NZ.
Kane Family, USA, February 2014
Thank you Michael! The trip to Waiheke island was fantastic, we had a great time! We fly out tomorrow. I would like to thank you for your amazing planning and guidance through the trip. I would like to leave a note on tripadvisor or other travel related portals that you might use. I'll be sure to notify my friends to get in touch with you if ever they plan to visit this side of the world. Your knowledge and selection of every place has been fantastic to say the least.
Pranav Rastogi, Hongkong, January 2014
We made it back yesterday and all want to say a huge thank you to you for organizing such a totally fantastic vacation. Once we made it to NZ, every single detail went without a hitch, and the directions you gave us made everything super easy. We felt that we had a great selection of things to do and see, but never felt over-scheduled or pressed for time. And of course we had lots of time to be wowed by the people, food and scenery of New Zealand. I think I told you that I've put a ton of posts and photos on my Facebook page, and mentioned how you had helped us out too; you're welcome to check out the posts, and I've already been talking with friends who are also thinking of visiting NZ so that they know to book through you. We're already talking about returning in the future, maybe in a couple of years when the kids can take part in more adventurous activities. We will be sure to give you a call! Many thanks again for an amazing experience.
Andrew Mogendorff & Family, USA, December 2013
We had wonderful time in new zealand and would like to thank you for helping make our honeymoon special one.
Prasoon & Supriya, India, November 2013
Ann will be completing the feedback survey as she wanted to give you her input on the high quality of the accommodation arranged. The suite at Te Anau you recommended in particular was stunning and given it had only just been completed, we were thrilled by the quality, outlook and the location. The staff were also good to deal with, and generally I have no issue with any of the hosting provided - Thank you. We will be passing your details along to other families considering a similar trip. Given we originally enquired about doing part of the trip in a campervan, the quality of the accommodation in general led Ann and I to feel we probably got the better outcome regardless.
Michael Thorpe & Ann Lancester and Family, Australia, October 2013
There's nothing you could improve on. Thank you for all your help and advice. Fantastic!!!
Amanda Wilce, Australia, June 2013
Hi Michael, we continue to appreciate all that you did for us and know that our trip would not have been nearly as wonderful without your planning and input. It was unfortunate that we had so much rain BUT, we did so much and saw and met so many people...we just kept going. I would like to return to sail and go to the reef soon. I guess it is hard to know about the weather ahead of time. Is the spring of the year any better with weather/rain? Just thinking ahead. How far out do you need to book? Hope all is well with you and thank you again so much. Would you like for me to post on trip advisor?
Kay & Terry Myers, USA, May 2013
Hi Michael, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for organizing such an amazing trip for us, we had a wonderful time in New Zealand. It was so beautiful and unbelievable, we want to come back for the summer! Thanks again for your incredible recommendations, we all loved every minute. New Zealand is a wonderful country and we are so very lucky to have seen such amazing things.
Claire Souleyman & Family, Hongkong, April 2013
Michael took great care of me and a group of friends as we traveled New Zealand. While planning the trip, even with a 16 hour time difference Michael was always right there with a plan, suggestions and quick confirmations. Each of the accommodations and activities he suggested and confirmed were of the highest quality. I highly recommending having Michael put together your trip to New Zealand and or Australia. Well done!
Chuck, USA, March 2013
We are back in Israel, after a fantastic trip in NZ. We really had a terrific time! And we wanted to thank you for your major contribution, in planning and booking the trip. All the attractions that you booked for us were real fun, scheduled to the best hour and possible! And we were lucky enough to do them all (With no weather problems). You really do live in some sort of paradise! We really enjoyed every moment! So thanks a lot! If you will be contacted by Israelis in the future feel free to forward our details if they need. There was only one thing we suggest you do a bit differently in the future (very minor thing) - the GPS you sent wasn't so good, half the times it didn't display the all the streets if any image at all. Other than that the trip was perfect - Thanks! We prepared a short video that summarized our trip if your interested can be found here.
View their stunning video about their honeymoon in New Zealand!
Uri & Gali, Israel, February 2013
I had not used a travel agent since my first trip to the states in the 1989 and I'm sold on the experience you have given our family. Please advise if you do other countries or have agants you would recomend when the time comes?
David & Family, Australia, January 2013
Michael services were definitely the best choice in our honeymoon. We thought it was New Zealand, but with Michael expertise New Zealand revealed even a greater destination, something that we thought it was not possible, since New Zealand is already a fab country by itself. Michael concern to know our profile, expectations and at the same time trying to fit it in our budget, was tremendous exercise, that only a person with the deep knowledge about the country choices and offers can perform it. We were able to plan our trip from Portugal and Michael was always available to answer to our doubts or listening to our suggestions.
During our days in New Zealand whenever we need it we could call him and I cannot point a single moment that we felt that we were left alone. A quick story: the GPS provided did not have a bracelet to stick it to the car glass. Since we were driving along the country it was something that was very useful. We call Michael and in the next accommodation a bracelet was waiting for us. Michael services went far behind of the “extra-mile” that made our honeymoon so special.
Thank you Michael!
Nuno & Bea, Portugal, December 2012 (via Linkedin)
Kia Ora Michael! Thank you so very much for a splendid holiday! We had a truly memorable time thanks to your meticulous planning and thoughtful scheduling. You had everything ( including the weather! ) all nicely arranged. Your invisible hand made it easier for us to enjoy every step of NZ in a unique and fun way. Will send you a link to our photo uploads soon. If you visit Singapore, do look us up. Would be nice to see you! Many thanks yet again!
Sujata & Prashant, Singapore, November 2012
I have been meaning to email all week to say thank you so much for all your hard work. We had such a great holiday. I wish we had of spent longer but that is our fault for not having more time off work. The kids loved every minute and are desperate to do the South island now. Not sure when but it is definitely on the list. I was so impressed with how you dealt with us. I have no hesitation in recommending you to any other families thinking of visiting New Zealand. Many thanks and we'll be in touch to help with organising the South island trip in the future.
Fiona Liu & Family, Australia, October 2012
We truly had a gorgeous time away and are very thankful for the care you have taken to make our trip memorable.
Jenni Wiltshire & Joe Tempone, Australia, September 2012
It was a pleasure recommending your services to Nikhil and Smriti. We had such a memorable time, the experience of a lifetime!
Karan Sood, Singapore, August 2012
Michael did an absolute fantastic job in creating our round trip in NZ. Perfect assistance from renting the car, over bed& breakfast and motels until the perfects spots to see. He was available at all times especially when you needed a helping hand and very thoughtful by considering the needs of a family with kids. I can highly recommend Michael and his team for the trips to NZ.
Armin Natter, China, June 2012
I found Guest NZ online and sent them an email along with several other agencies, as I was looking to book my vacation to Australia and New Zealand. Michael Nees responded right away. I proceeded to book my vacation through his agency. He asked what I liked and worked with me in order to fulfill all of my wants and needs. He was very responsive and professional. And when I say responsive, I mean he would respond the same day even with the time difference. It was one of the best vacations I have taken, and I do travel a lot. When I arrived in NZ a bag with GPS, maps, cell phone and electrical plug adaptor were waiting for me along with an easy return envelope and some post cards. This was so helpful; I was able to stay in touch with my family and my boyfriend, plus I knew I could always call him or emergency # if I needed it. During my trip to Australia I forgot all my cash inside a safe at one of the places where I stayed. Michael arranged for the $ to be sent and deposited to my credit card. I cannot say enough of how happy I was with Michael Nees’s services. I would wholeheartedly recommend Michael and Guest NZ to anyone who is looking to go to New Zealand and/or Australia and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for a wonderful and most memorable vacation ever!
Sandra Stancic, USA, May 2012
My wife and I hired Michael to plan our 2 week vacation to the south island of NZ in January of 2012. I found Michael's website (on a whim) from some other online reviews and took the gamble in soliciting a proposal from him. I would have to say we got very lucky in picking him as he prepared a completely customized vacation itinerary after taking the time to understand what we wanted to get out of the trip. In the end, we ended up starting in Christchurch, heading north to Kaikora, then to Abel Tasman national park, then over to the west coast to Fox Glacier, and ending in Milford Sound. The trip was great and most of all, we stayed at some great bed & breakfasts that we never would have found on our own if it hadn't been for Michael. So, if you're looking for a custom vacation itinerary, but don't have the time to spend months researching and planning on your own, we would reccomend Michael as a great alternative. Another positive is that he was always extremely prompt in responding to questions/concerns that we had along the way, which was a critical factor for us as we had never been to NZ before.
Anthony & Kevin Thill, USA, April 2012
What a great trip! Thank you for your awesome planning! We started the trip out with lost luggage but Wendy at Thorold house was very helpful and directed us where to get some temporary things. Luckily the luggage showed up the next day. But the trip only got better after that. Each accommodation was different but we loved all of them. The weather was beautiful too! Only one day with rain.... And we were wine tasting so still a great day. Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and your planning made it stress free. When we return to New Zealand we'll be contacting you again!
Lori & Meredith Tomasi, USA, March 2012
We have reached back safely. Had a wonderful time in NZ & Bora Bora. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time. Also I am glad to plan my honeymoon in NZ as no other place could live up to for the precious occasion. I wish you luck for your health, wealth and family If there is anything related to NZ I will take the privilege to get in touch with you. Once again thank you.
Harsh & Akriti Saraf, India, February 2012
Thank you for all your assistance in setting up our NZ trip. All the details and planning went off perfectly, it was a masterpiece of coordination. Via this email I would like to introduce you to our friend Kelley (she is copied). Kelley and her husband Todd live in Sydney and are planning to plan a trip to NZ. I recommended to them everything we did. I’m sure they will want to add some outdoor activities (i.e. Fishing etc.) as well. I’d appreciate it if you could give them a run down on your process and services. Thanks again for all your efforts.
Bryan Weinstein, USA, January 2012
Ros and me would like to give our deepest appreciation for creating such a lovely memorable trip. All was in order and arrange well. It was beautiful and sweet to spend our honeymoon there and we will for sure to return back to New Zealand via Guest New Zealand. Thank you for the GPS unit that helps us get to our location with ease. Thank you for such a clear, clean ,well done itinerary. You have done a great job and i will tell more about you to my friends. Thank you so much.
Ros & Raizal, Singapore, December 2011
I'm sorry but I have been really busy since we came back. I just can say THANKS for the amazing trip you helped us to prepare. We really loved every day and spent the most amazing journey of our lives. I think it will be difficult to enjoy in any other place. If you ever need something from Spain, you just have to ask.
Marc & Julia Dominguez, Spain, November 2011
Accommodation enjoyed: The wonderful diversity and richness of experience in every accommodation makes it nearly impossible to select highlights. Each location, from Phil and Wendy at Decks of Paihia to Lindsey and Graham at Ngongotaha Lakeside Lodge to Karen and her kitchen window at Fox Glacier, to name a few, became an opportunity to get to know not only the best tips for local sites but also an endearing taste of the true hospitality of New Zealanders.
Joshua Eikkenberry, USA, October 2011
We just wanted to thank you for arranging our travel and stay in NZ. We loved every minute of our trip. The accommodations u had arranged were simply awesome and romantic. It was definitely a dream come true honeymoon for us. Thank you once again and we will definitely contact you the next time we make our holiday travel plans.
Vikram and Charanya, South Korea, September 2011
Yes Michael, it was an amazing and lifechanging experience! We love the attitudes of all the people we have met in new Zealand and it's great to see this especially at the start of our marriage. Thanks for your very well planned itinerary and also the comprehensive info on NZ. The gps was also extremely invaluable to us. We would have been lost many times if not for it!
All the best to you and we will definitely recommend you to our friends!
Kenneth & Huiwen, Singapore, August 2011
Michael provided us with outstanding service in organising our holiday to New Zealand. Nothing was too much trouble for him and his staff and he was available whenever we needed him - including outside office hours. He contributed hugely to a holiday of a life-time for my wife and I!
John & Margaret Purnell, UK, May 2011
We are getting settled back into our normal routine after our wonderful trip and I am finally getting a chance to email you. I just wanted to say thank you for helping us to plan a perfect trip to New Zealand. We were very please with all of our accomadations, especially Cliff Top and the Mountain Lodge... the tours were all wonderful and the internery was well put together. We were even able to sneak in another helicopter ride while in the Milford Sound! I only wished we maybe had a day or two more to spend in Wanaka as we both loved it there. New Zealand is a very special place and this trip was certainly one to remember, we are in the process of sorting through the 1,000+ pictures we took between the two of us. I can't stress enough how nice it was to have a contact in NZ to help answer all of my questions and provide advice while planning the trip. Many people have heard of "my friend" Deborah in New Zealand.
Elizabeth & Ben, USA, April 2011
Hi Michael, I have just completed the feedback form for our trip last month, apologies for the delay but has been a manic three weeks trying to sort out backdated work stuff. I would like to personally thank you for organising such a fantastic trip. Both Jon and I had an amazing time, and we really appreciate the work that you put in, in making sure we had such a great time. Every part of our trip was perfect and we both didn't want to leave at the end of it. I hope all is well, especially with the devastating earthquake that has
Samantha Hackett, UK, March 2011
Hi Deborah, I wish to personally thank you for all your organisation and suggestions. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay in NZ. The locations you selected were excellent and they exceeded my expectations. The activities that we could select from were also varied. We were particularly pleased with the first four places we visited. The hosts went out of their way to make sure that we comfortable and they made suggestions of things to see places to visit and they were also happy to book things for us when we selected an activity. They were also very knowledgeable and knew the events and their many differences so that they could answer our questions. Since we have been back we have not stopped talking about our wonderful experiences to all our family and friends. Yes I have mentioned Guest to them as well. I took many photos and they bring back wonderful memories and some interesting smells, but even these we became accustomed to quite quickly once we worked out the cause and what they were. Thank you very much and I have no hesitation in recommending Guest as a company that will assist you to your satisfaction.
Angelo Scaringi, Australia, February 2011
Hi Michael, We all reached Singapore safely yesterday after a great holiday. I was thinking of writing to you. This was one of the best holidays we have had so far. The whole itinerary was perfect and you have done an amazing job in planning the whole trip. I am not an easy person to impress, but I must say I was very very impressed with your holiday planning :-). Each and every accommodation was fantastic and suited our needs perfectly. Every place we stayed, Madhvee and I discussed that next time we should just visit NZ and stay here. There was not a single reason to complain in the whole trip. A very big thanks to you for that. I wish we had more time so that we could have stayed in each of the places for a coupe of days more. The levels of service and hospitality that we experienced surely matches the best anywhere else in the world.
Rupam Deb, Singapore, January 2011
We're back in the USA after a very successful trip to NZ. We had a wonderful time and all of your arrangements worked out perfectly. Thanks again for helping to set this up and keeping most of the bad weather at bay!
Todd Rubano, USA, January 2011
I know Rick sent you the feedback survey but I did not get to THANK YOU so very much, not only for putting together the PERFECT trip for us but also for the wonderful New Zealand book that you sent to Arrowtown which was waiting for us when we arrived! It is absolutely beautiful and we will treasure it along with our memories of the trip of a lifetime. We were so excited to be able to meet the man in person who planned and executed perfectly our vacation! You are the best and we are spreading your name around to all of our friends. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011. Fondly, Diane & Rick.
Diane & Rick Nightingale, USA, December 2010
We had a fantastic time in New Zealand! Hopefully we will be able to visit again in the future and for a longer time frame (10 days is not enough!) All of the accommodations you selected were wonderful. Thank you, and I will definitely recommend your company to anyone I know that is visiting NZ.
Karen Moronski, USA, November 2010
Sadly but true Michael and I have reached the last day of our vacation in NZ. We enjoyed every minute of our trip and want to thank you for everything. It has been great. Special thank you for the souvenir which was awaiting us here in Christchurch. We understand that you will be picking up the iPad at Elizas. Once again thank you for all your help, we will be in touch once we are back in Germany.
Daniela and Michael, Germany, October 2010
Now that Shirley and I are back in Abu Dhabi and recovered from our jet lag I wanted to write and say a very sincere thankyou to you and Guest New Zealand for putting together our holiday itinerary and making all our transport and accommodation arrangements. We really did have a fantastic time and I think the whole experience surpassed our expectations. Neither of us had been to New Zealand before so we very much hoping that the programme you prepared for us would afford us a good an overview of both islands as we could achieve in the time available without ltrying to accomplish too much and leaving us totally exhausted. Overall the balance was just right and we both came away feeling that we had had a truly memorable holiday and one that has left us with many lasting impressions - stunning scenery, and such contrasts and variety, great pace of life ( a real joy to have to drive at 100 km ph!), good food and wine, lots of great things to experience (white water rafting on my 60th Birthday stands out!), fantastic hospitality and the really nice people we met all along the way. If you have a comments form or something similar for us to complete, please let me know. In the meantime, thank you again for doing a great job organising our holiday for us.
Andrew and Shirley Pillar, Dubai, September 2010
Hello Michael! Chelsea and I would like to send you our greatest, most sincere gratitude for your wonderful service. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in New Zealand, and were very pleased with all accommodations and activities that your arranged. Your country is gorgeous, your people friendly and easy-going, your food delicious...what a wonderful honeymoon we were able to experience. We couldn't have been more happy with each place you booked our stay. Each owner was immediately available for any help, and especially the lovely couple that own the Lakeside Lodge made for pleasant company. We were also able to enjoy a wine-tasting tour by our hosts at the Kina Beach Vineyard.
As I did all the driving - which went well - I must praise your road system. What a joy compared to here in southern california. We would love to visit again soon, and see more of the south island. Though everywhere we went was lush and green, our horse trekking at Cape Farewell made a want for more.
God bless, and we hope to talk or even see you soon.
David and Chelsea Schleifer, USA, June 2010
I wanted to thank you so much for planning an amazing trip to NZ for me and Alex. We returned from the South Island on January 9. We were truly enchanted by the beautiful country, the natural scenery, the beaches, the drives and especially, some of the amazing inns that you booked for us. The Schoolhouse Cottage in Motueka and the Miharotia Lodge in Kaikoura were real standouts. Overall, we liked all the accommodations - they were all special. Some photos of us: One - Two - Three - Four - Five
Karen Imas, USA, February 2010
Just got back from NZ and wanted you to know we had a great time. The accommodation was excellent throughout and the various tour bookings were ideal. There were no disappointments with anything at all. When we come back to NZ we will definitely organise the itinerary with you again. Thank you for everything.
Deb Cook, Australia, January 2010
Firstly I must apologise for the very late email, I was sorting through my holiday pictures when I realised I didnt email to say a huge thank you for organising our wonderful trip to New Zealand. We visited back in September and meant to send this then, but Im not sure where the time has gone!
Kim Broad, UK, September 2009
Thank you for the beautiful book, I shall treasure it as part of the wonderful memories I will have of this trip. All the best and speak to you soon. PS Today was wonderful, saw whales, LOVED the tree house! Thank you again for your wonderful planning.
Simonetta Morrison, USA, May 2009
Dear Jane, We want to thank you very much for the perfect organization of our travel. We discovered your wonderful country, and maybe we'll come back next year to finish our tour. We were very happy by your choice of hotels very well situated and comfortable. Our preferred was this one in Nelson, but all are good. Your country is gorgeous, with beautiful landscapes, pleasant cities (Queenstown is fabulous), people very pleasant and helpful. It was a delightful trip and you help us when we need. So, if all is good for us, we'll join you next year. Thanks a lot and take care.
Murielle & Jean Pierre Lacoste, France, March 2009
Jane ...just a note to tell you how FABULOUS our trip was and how special some of the places you send us to were...for example the Schoolhouse in Motueka was like being a MOVIE! We loved everything and are saving our pennies to come back. You were the BEST.....tell your boss or I will if you give me his e-mail!
Susanne Rheault, USA, February 2009
Hi Michael I was meaning to write to you to thank you for putting together such a great trip for us. We all had a terrific holiday and the accommodation (with one slight exception mentioned in the feedback) was varied yet exactly what we would have wanted and better than we could have chosen ourselves. Overall the accommodation was excellent and worked very well for a family as it gave the adults space and allowed the children to do their own thing (usually watching TV) while the parents could read a book elsewhere in the unit. Queenstown was a great unit as was Lake Tekapo (Peppers). The Te Anue farm cottage was also a great change and my wife and daughter particularly enjoyed this place as it had cows, cats and a friendly dog. All the activities were fun. Kayaking was especially enjoyable. The Maoiri hangy (spelling) at Rotorua was terrific and the food was far better than I would have thought considering the number of people who they catered for. The Routeburn track day walk was marvellous and please thank the guide Karen for us as she really made it that much more enjoyable. I would like to do a couple of full hikes (Routeburn, Keppler, Tongoriro or Arthurs pass some time in the future with my wife but this would mean leaving the kids at home. Maybe in a couple of years. Also we were very lucky with weather. It barely rained at all.
Jeff Burgess, Australia, January 2009
We are just back in Sweden again after a fantastic trip. One of the best part was of course NZ and that was thank to you and Your fantastic support. I am very glad that I found you on the net and and listen to your advice. If we should go to NZ again the first thing I do is to contact you again.
Stefan Davidson, Sweden, December 2008
Hi, Jane! Just a few words to thank you for so much work ABSOLUTELY WELL DONE. Yes, I' ve enjoyed every second on my travel and you can be sure that I' ll strongly recomend your services to all my relatives and friends. Thank you for this unforgettable hollidays!!! And also many thanks for the picture books I loved it. Jane, please ,remember, you've got a friend in Spain for anything you want.
Joaquin Rubert, Spain, September 2008
Kia Ora Michael, We are finally back home and back to the daily routine of the office. We had an excellent time however in Australia and New Zealand. Everything was perfectly organized and I am writing to you to thank you for everything. It was a great trip and everything worked out just fine. New Zealand is a very beautiful country and we are definitely going to visit again soon - and Australia of course - next year, or the summer after that. It was one of the best trips of my life. Thanks again for everything, Michael (Christchurch and Eliza's Manor were awesome)! PS: Do you also organize trips to other parts of the world?
Orestes and Anna, Greece, August 2008
Dear Michael, It is our last day in New Zealand and we just wanted to say thank you for all of your help in organising the trip. Everything went flawlessly. The only problem we have is leaving, our flight has been delayed leaving Auckland tonight. All the arrangements worked well. We loved staying at Citylife. We are not sure if you arranged the suite but we got a large three room suite with it's own kitchen, dryer and washing machine. This was fantastic as we could get everything cleaned and straightened out before we head off.
Bryn and Saori, UK, June 2008
We are still digesting the multitude of impressions from our 3 weeks in your beautiful country. I have (as I knew I would) fallen deeply in love with N.Z......the nature touched me deep inside my soul in ways that I am not easily touched...and I have seen my share of gorgeous places around the world. This was very special for us and I want to thank you for your input and attention to detail. Everything went sooo smooth! And to receive the book at the last hotel was such a sweet thing,esp. as I had nearly bought it that day because I liked the photos so much.
Leontine Elder, USA, May 2008
We arrived home safely after an enjoyable trip through your country. We wish to express our thanks to you for developing such a nice travel itinerary that enabled us to see many fine parts of your Islands. The accommodations were very nice and everything went without a hitch. We were very well pleased with your service and will recommend and have recommended you to our friends for travel in that area.
Laurel & Guy Humphries, UK, April 2008
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday and that it was in large part due to your excellent service. It was such a convenience to have had everything pre-booked and pre-paid so that the presentation of a voucher covered us without having to hunt around for cash or details for each and every transaction. I was also impressed that you sent us to places that you had obviously visited and assessed and your taste was on the whole impeccable. Your local knowledge was a great benefit to us, thank you. Our experience of New Zealand was totally positive, and when telling friends and family about it GNZ has always had a mention because your involvement was integral to our enjoyment of the holiday.
Kevin Mullan, U.K., March 2008
We enjoyed all the tours very much. We loved the train trip, the farm stay was excellent. Wonderful people. We really enjoyed the overnight on the boat, but the best was knowing that when we arrived someplace it was all set up, paid for and they were expecting our arrival.
Richard Couser, USA, January 2008
Thanks for excellent service and assistance with organizing of transport for Latvian delegation. John provided excellent service, showing deep knowledge about region and highly professional tour guide assistance and punctuality as driver. I would have no hesitation to recommend your Company and John as a tour guide for any other VIP group.
Laila Jansone, Latvian Delegation, September 2007
We were all thrilled to receive the book present and many of the photographs reminded us of our fantastic holiday. Thank you also for the great job you did in arranging our accommodation and extras for our NZ trip. It all worked out particularly well. We had a wonderful time and all found the scenery breathtaking and the people we came across were so friendly and helpful.
Iris Forrest, Australia, March 2007
Thank you so much for your help with our trip to NZ. We had a wonderful time, to say the least. The hotels were all terrific. We liked the special personalized touches that you added. I am going to highly recommend you to anyone that plans on taking a trip there.
Vijay & Sowmya Viswanathan, USA, 18 May 2006
Just wanted to thank you for what we deemed a perfect week on the North Island. Our hosts were warm, & welcoming and the accommodations were perfect. Helen in particular was beyond gracious and when we left we felt we were leaving behind a dear, dear friend. You were right about the helicopter ride to White Island. It indeed, was one of the trip's highlights. Your attention to detail, responsiveness to questions, and all around professionalism deserve special merit. I will certainly not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who plans to visit. So, again our many thanks for all of your excellent advice and planning.
Shelley & Solon Holstein, USA, April 2006
I must write to express my appreciation and thanks to your team who has given me the most professional service that I've ever got for any tours. Your team at GNZ has never fail to delight me and always been positive to my request. I can't be sure to find another party who is as good as yours. We have enjoyed our trip to the fullest , thanks to your careful planning of our itinerary and the wonderful organisation of all our arrangements. Once again, let me say a big thank you to you and your TEAM ..I will promote GNZ to my friends travelling to NZ!
Peline Ong, Singapore, March 2006
To Fellow Travellers: My son Peter and I live in Colorado, USA. We were planning a trip to New Zealand but didn't really know where to start. Fortunately we came into contact with GNZ Travel. Michael and his staff were very thorough and communicative. One of the things I really liked about working with GNZ is their after the sale service. During our trip we decided to make some last minute changes and GNZ was right there, making all the neccessary arrangements and follow thru so our trip was even that much more enjoyable and hassle-free. New Zealand is a wonderful tourist destination and GNZ really know their stuff.
Len and Peter Goldberg , USA, January 2006
Thank you very much for the lovely N.Z. Photo Book and the chocolates. We really enjoyed our entire trip. The camper van experience was fabulous. The Orari was wonderful and we really enjoyed our few days in Christchurch, what a beautiful city! Thank you so much for all of your help! I will definately recommend GNZ to anyone I know who is traveling your beautiful country!
Angela and John Page, USA November 2005
Well, we got back from our fabulous New Zealand/Australia adventure yesterday. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks so much for all the arrangements that you made. Everything was wonderful!
Cheryl Bhence, USA, September 2005
Thank you very much for helping us to organize our vacation. We had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed every day of it. Every excursion was an exciting adventure, full of discoveries and new impressions. Every day was memorable, different and exciting. Thank you very much for all your help. We will remember this trip as one of our best vacations.
Elena Moska, Japan, March 2005
In general, our trip has been a fantastic success. The places you chose for us have been uniformly clean, very special places, run by very interesting and helpful people. We've enjoyed the little driving we've done, and the transfers were flawless. We're very satisfied with our trip and thank you very much for your help in arranging it so well. We're already recommending you to others and will continue to do so.
Bill and Kay Shafer, USA, March 2005
Kia ora Michael ... Loved the trip you put together. Especially for the hosts at Wanaka, Stewart Island, and Brenton Lodge. Your choice of the Old Schoolhouse in the winery was brilliant giving us excellant surroundings to relax in before we ventured forth again to the North Island. We will certainly use your name whenever the subject of travel comes up involving Down Under. Again thanks for the time you put into meeting ours wishes.
Stuart and Judy Landau, USA, November 2004