Customised Itineraries With Self Drive Option
Our Tours are created by New Zealand Based Travel Specialists who know what the Guide Books don’t!
"It was great to have someone in New Zealand available by phone whenever needed during our trip. Geoff responded quickly to all inquiries before and during our travel." - Barbara and Kim from Chicago, USA. March 2019.
Try Us - You'll Like Us
Congratulations on deciding to visit our beautiful country. Real New Zealand Tours are here to help you plan your trip of a lifetime. Self-drive trips are extremely popular with visitors and here are the reasons why...
- You enjoy the freedom, flexibility, independence and set your own pace each day.
- Real New Zealand Tours offer 24/7 freephone support AND Geoff’s personal mobile number (+64 21 177 9526) - we are a phone call away.
We provide comprehensive in-colour ring-bound itineraries, maps and GPS systems in your vehicle of choice (any preference for a particular type or size of vehicle please kindly advise us in advance).
Importantly, you spend quality time with your loved ones, family and friends, creating amazing memories along the way.
You make substantial personal savings when you do not hire a private driver - tour guide.
Your sense of personal achievement (from self-driving) when you look back on your trip - will have added so much more value to your Kiwi vacation down-under.
All Our Self-Drive Vacation Packages Include -
Personal airport meet and greet service on arrival and private transfer to your first nights accommodation.
A free phone 0800 number - helpline support 24/7.
Plus Geoffs’ personal mobile number - 021 177 9526.
Suitable welcoming accommodations of your choice.
Suitable rental vehicle air-conditioned and late model.
Interislander Ferry trip Wellington to Picton (including access to Premier lounge areas).
Unlimited distance (KM's). GPS navigation, additional drivers allowed.
Expert professional planning and tour management services.
Fully inclusive motor vehicle rental insurance for all drivers.
Comprehensive tour pack - detailed itinerary, GPS, driving instructions.
Maps/guidebooks, brochures, dining guide book - everything you need.
G.S.T. (Inland Revenue Dept. Government Goods and Services Tax 15%).
All activities and attractions as detailed in your itinerary - all included.
All Our Itineraries Offer Exciting And Authentic Options
Visit places where the locals go!
Visit our many beautiful National parks, World Heritage sites, and traditional Kiwi sheep farms. You will have the opportunity to see majestic mountains snow capped even in summer, to view and explore awesome glaciers, ancient rainforests, pristine lakes and rivers, remote golden sandy beaches, and active volcanoes.
Enjoy a unique Maori Cultural evening experience with the Mitai family (Rotorua) or one of our many romantic honeymoon packages, or, get excitied on a world-famous Lord of the Rings or Hobbiton location tour, including visits to Sir Peter Jackson's magical Hobbiton village, Matamata and Weta workshops, in Wellington.
Visit our world-famous award-winning wineries, or experience "Soul Journeys" Queenstown, a world-class Wellness retreat. Enjoy our many film location tours, or many thrilling adventure activities, unique attractions like Penguin Watch, and much more.
Sample Itineraries (we'll customise a bespoke itinerary just for you)
Another Point of Difference - We’ll Personally Share With You All Things Kiwi
When you visit Christchurch, if you like - I will personally (Geoff, Director, founder, owner) spend half a day with you - complimentary sightseeing (no charge!) to show you our beautiful local "garden" city and harbor sights - it would be my pleasure. For evening dining, I highly recommend the lovely Curators House restaurant located in our beautiful Botanical gardens beside our Avon river - it's my favourite, this link refers - www.curatorshouse.co.nz/gallery/
Our 5 Star trip reviews make us one of the world's best boutique travel specialists - www.realnewzealandtours.com/Testimonials/
About Us -
We are 100% "Kiwi" owned, operated, New Zealand based, Christchurch (not offshore!) and specialise only in New Zealand touring.
We are proud to be accredited by Tourism New Zealand as a 100% Pure New Zealand Travel Specialist.
We are also Qualmark accredited, Tourism New Zealand’s official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences.
Geoff and Libby [Directors, founders, owners]
When you see a business displaying the Qualmark symbol you can be assured that the business has met stringent quality standards and environmental criteria earning Tourism New Zealand’s official quality mark - we are therefore considered experts and look forward to helping you perfect your dream vacation to beautiful New Zealand, try us - you’ll like us.
Testimonials, a few of many along with our 5 Star Trip Reviews -
Julie, Houston, Texas USA.
To Geoff and Libby,
Thank you both again for such a wonderful vacation and all of your hospitality while Vilma and I were in New Zealand. I’ve been raving to everyone about how wonderful the trip was and am forwarding your information to folks that are expressing an interest, and hopefully you will get some more business from referrals in the future!! ...
Photo: Julie and Vilma.
Julie, Houston, Texas USA continued...
I sent off a little ‘thank you’ gift to you both last week – so you should receive it soon - just a little something to give you a sense of Texas. I read Vilma’s review – it was spot on!! thanks also for sending the photos – I will add those to mine.
Hopefully someday I will be able to get back down to see the North Island – it will be a lot of fun to reconnect again!!
Warmest regards, Julie, Houston, Texas, USA.
Photo: Geoff, Vilma and Julie.
Vilma, Houston, Texas USA.
We didn't know what to expect on our trip to the South Island in New Zealand, but our travel agent did an amazing job in planning our vacation. We had a few requirements and while we changed our minds a few times along the way, he was always quick to respond - especially given the 17 hour time differential!
Our travel agent made us feel so comfortable and at ease, that our trip transitioned from a "guided tour with a local" to a "road trip with a friend". We were keen on photos, so he always ensured that we had our photo opportunities, while sharing knowledge of our surroundings and the culture.
If we wanted to add or amend our itinerary, he never made a fuss, simply went with the flow - maybe it's the kiwi way, but definitely a great trait to have as a tour guide!
I believe this agent really listened to our requests because we were able to check off all of the boxes that were on our wish list! He was also a great calming force during my bungee jumping excursion! We even got to experience his local rugby team with him - another impromptu add on and one that I will always cherish. Rugby for the 1st time in Christchurch is a great way to get indoctrinated.
Although we were on the other side of the world - he did an amazing job in making us feel like we were at "home" with a much better view - the kiwi view! I'm already trying to figure out how to get back to the north island with this travel agent and his company!
Vilma, Houston, Texas, USA.
Chicki & Mike October 2018
Thanks for a super nice trip you arranged and conducted. You are a super nice guy and Shraga and I both think very highly of you.
I regard you as a good friend and hope to see u very soon, either in Israel or in London. Our home is always open for you guys in London.
With great appreciation,
Ben Lockwood - USA
Geoff - We got the gift! Thank you for the lovely coasters!
We have had a fantastic time here. I can say without a doubt my number 1 experience was the canopy tours. We are closing out the trip with a relaxing harbor tour which is good as we are both pretty tired. It was a great trip.
Thanks again for putting such a fantastic experience together for us!
Sent from my iPhone
On Jul 24, 2018, at 2:02 PM
Ben and Danielle, US
Photo: Enjoying world-famous Hobbiton!
Real New Zealand Tours provided a great service! They made themselves available at every turn while we on the road and checked in regularly to make sure everything was going smoothly. All of the accommodations they arranged were first class. We were on our honeymoon and wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle and the accommodations were just that. The chalet at Pauanui being the best of them for sure. All of the sites that they recommended to us were a lot of fun. We were highly satisfied with the trip that they provided us.
I think the most memorable part of the trip was the Canopy tour. Our guides took us about 100 feet into the trees and took us on a series of zip line tours and sway bridges and at the same time explaining the ecosystem of the forest and the conservation efforts that were ongoing to restore the plant and bird life there. It was pretty awesome. The guides were very kind and knowledgeable.
Barbara and Kim, US
Photo: Enjoying the Tongariro Crossing March 2019.
The Tongariro Crossing was amazing. It is well worth the strenuous nature of the hike. The views were amazing. We had near perfect weather with partly clear skies and comfortable temperature for hiking.
~ Ben and Kim.
Kim from the US - a very happy fisherman March 2019
Fishing was great as well. Our guide, Patrick, through Chris Jolly could not have been better. We both caught fish and enjoyed the day.
We Can’t Wait To Meet And Greet You!
Libby and I (Geoff), as Directors, founders and owners of Real New Zealand Tours, wish you a great trip - we promise we’ll bend over backwards to make sure you have the very best vacation of your life - and return home happy to tell everyone about it!
Also, - whenever you refer any family, friends or colleagues to book their travel with us, we will send you a very nice authentic Kiwi gift to show our appreciation.
Try us - you'll like us.
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