New Zealand travel – getting value for money – What’s included in the price?

This is the one question Travel Agents love being asked!  But what we stress to customers is this – when we quote for a tour or accommodation, consider what is included. Initially, people make the mistake of dismissing a great experience because it looks too expensive.  But most times, the inclusions offer terrific value for your money.

Let’s take a family Farm Stay as an example:  Usually, you’ll get breakfast, dinner plus a farm tour included in the total price. This makes a lot of sense, as Farm Stay properties are located in rural areas away from urban services.  Now the kids will a pretty neat New Zealand farm experience – better value than’Hotel Average’ with zero inclusions.  Once you tally up all those extras, you’ll probably end up paying more! Your kids will never forget hand feeding baby lambs and watching those clever sheepdogs at work.

New Zealand travel - getting value for money

New Zealand travel – getting value for money – Average to fabulous

There’s about an $80 difference between merely flying over the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and actually landing on them.  Landing on the snow is an amazing experience. Why not have the total experience of a lifetime by landing on a real glacier and feeling the snow crunching under your feet.

Accommodation – Getting value for money – Go boutique

If you’re after the personalized service of the locals in the area, consider using boutique accommodation. You’ll always get a different experience than staying in a ‘brand’ hotel. In New Zealand, Boutique accommodation more often than not, are located in beautiful scenic spots, away from the crowds. Acres of olive trees, vineyards, lakes and beaches are pretty appealing to most of us.

New Zealand travel - getting value for money

New Zealand boutique hosts are very interesting people with a tremendous amount of overseas experience in hospitality – they may be artists or fly-fishing experts with a trusty 4-wheel drive at your disposal. Many are fabulous gourmet chefs – and this is all included in the price folks!

So rather than waking up to the sound of hotel attendants cleaning the room next door, you’ll hear the sound of bellbirds and Tuis.  Then you’ll sit at an elegant breakfast table with views to die for. What better way to start a busy day exploring New Zealand!

Group travel – We encourage our guests to take smaller group tours.

We get that smaller group tours cost a little more – but wouldn’t you prefer to see the special and sometimes hidden spots, that you’d miss in mass tourism? Here are some important questions to think about:

(a) Is hotel pickup included?

(b) Is lunch provided?

(c) What is the ratio between guide and passengers?

(d) how much time is being wasted with 50 people moving in and out of the bus 3-4 times a day?

Remember, you may never visit this country again (although we hope you do). You won’t remember what you paid, but you will remember the experience. Are you convinced?

Happy Travelling

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2 responses to “New Zealand travel – getting value for money”

  1. Oh my goodness…we could not agree with you more !!
    How many times do we know how people focus solely on the $$. But, this is today’s society…sadly, it has become focus on price first.
    Let’s do a little experiment…In your article [a product!] above, if you had the price first, (and it was somewhat over and above the average price of a competitor) how many people would continue reading right to the very end to see how you have justified your asking price? (I would say very few)! This is unfortunately what happens. It’s a vicious circle; Higher prices are a put-off (but are usually) indicative to products which are of a more unique nature, but these products have things which like to be justified, but are not [always] seen, because people stop at the price!
    People need to realise there IS a “justification” for things like: a resident-*born* guide over an immigrant guide…a tour which has “local” (only!) policies over one which trips around all over the place…a business which is committed to doing carbon offset over one that isn’t…a tour which provides unique experiences over one which takes people to Public places…a tour which includes a gourmet [and sit-down] lunch (with beverage!) over a tour where you either buy-your-own, or get a $5 sandwich to eat in the bus you have been travelling all day.
    But without [screaming] down the internet, it is becoming a very difficult thing to do!
    I like your article very much that I will be linking to it on our own website 🙂

    • GuestNZ says:

      Hey Donna, thanks for your feedback and taking the time to write it. Heartening to know there are other like-minded individuals out there. Let’s keep up the good fight with promoting a quality experience for our valued travellers!

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