At the end of our first 10 day journey to NZ, we debated whether to “splurge” and take a private tour on our last morning in Queenstown. It seemed a bit of an indulgence. After weighing our options, and having read rave reviews about Charles on this site, we decided to give it a go. Between us, we had a LOTR fan, an interest in farming, and a desire to see more incredible views. We were not disappointed! This tour is one of “the” best memories of our entire trip. First, Charles was prompt in his response to our call, and most accommodating in terms of coordinating our logistics (picking us up, our luggage, flight out, etc.) which was an immediate perk of having a private tour. Next, Charles is not only an NZ native, but comes from a farming family. He was incredibly knowledgeable about all things NZ. In 4 hours’ time we saw a variety of sites, raced some sheep (allowing them to win), learned a lot, and had many of our burning questions answered about the area and its people. Plus had many laughs! Charles has a calming and kind personality, and was also up to tailor the journey to our interests. A highlight was his serving of tea to us on a beautiful mountain-side with an amazing panoramic view. Our best photos of the trip. We saw rainbows, LOTR spots, lots of birds and animals up close, Glenorchy, and various quaint townships. It’s hard to believe that we questioned whether to include this experience in our trip. Next time, it would be a must to “ask Charles” to show us the area. It was like having a generous family friend drop everything and show us what the locals consider the “best of” the area. Well worth the time and investment.
Do you believe this glowing customer response can be possible? Well this was a recent Trip advisor post from a satisfied guest, why don’t you be the judge and try it yourself.