“What’s included in the price”?

This is the one question New Zealand travel Agents love being asked!  Please guys, when you get quoted a price for a tour or accommodation, don’t immediately dismiss it as being too expensive. You might be surprised by the number of goodies included in that price and the value for money.

So what about those inclusions..?

Just for an example, let’s talk about farmstay options for young families.  Very often you’ll get breakfast, dinner and a farm tour included in the price of the accommodation (which all makes sense as farmstay are often away from restaurants, bars and other facilities.)  So before the kids are denied a pretty neat New Zealand experience and you opt for ‘Hotel Average’ down the road offering a ‘special’ with NO extras, think about it.  Once you tally up all those extras, you’ll probably be paying more! Even worst, you won’t even remember where you stayed. But I guarantee you and your children will always remember baby lambs, those clever sheepdogs, and the acres of rolling hills you’ll virtually have to yourself. That’s what travelling is all about, isn’t it?

Tours – From average to fabulous:

There’s about an $80.00 difference between merely flying over the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and actually landing on them.  But isn’t landing on the glacier 50% of the experience? I’ve seen the infectious excitement of  people moments before their helicopter ride, only to see a more subdued mood on their return. Why? Because they tried to save money by lessening the experience. My advise: don’t think about the money you might have saved with a short ride where you merely hover over the snow, think about a lifelong experience you have gained by doing it properly with a landing stopover and feeling the snow crunch under your feet!

Accommodation – Getting value with Boutique Hotels:

Think about the owner/host personalised service, the acres of olive groves they may have on the property. In New Zealand, your hosts may quite possibly be artists or fly-fishing experts with a trusty 4-wheel drive at your disposal, or fabulous gourmet chefs – and 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 set for two, outside your room on a private verandah/balcony…..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.

Ok, smaller group tours cost a little more but wouldn’t you prefer to see the special and sometimes hidden spots, rather than merely skimming the surface?. So when you weigh up price difference between tours, ask yourself this:

(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?

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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