Most Inspirational Moment
Imposible to single out just one highlight for this trip. We were a small group of only five people, plus a diferent leader for each of the islands . Smaller groups get things done more efficiently, enabling all of us to pack more into an already busy schedule, combined with exellent knowledge by our leaders Kath & Chris, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Their help, imformation and passion for their home New Zealand lead us to efficient use of our time, with many extra side trips , viewpoints and short treks added .
Thoughts on Group Leader
We had one for North & one for South Island! Both knew their country like the back of their hand; Kath lead us North and Chris lead us South. We all developed team spirit, strange when a group of people are thrown together at random. Our leaders were passionate about their homeland ,keen conservasionists ,so helpful, full of knowledge and enthusiasm. Quickly they became our friends rather than a leader.
Advice for Potential Travellers
This N.Z. must be the best action packed ,sight seeing ,thrill seeking New Zealand package available ANYWHERE. OK, you could say OH, we will make our own way, do our own arrangements , No Way, time would be wasted sourcing and organising, you would see and do far less. These guides know their stuff, just who to contact etc. while your kayaking/ trekking/whitewater rafting/sight seeing /jet boating or whatever is your passion these guys are booking /organising the next step!
The walk on the Fox Glacier was probably the only slight disappointment. It was very busy and you were not given a chance to look around much.