Thomas Murphy (USA), March 2019

It was a fantastic trip made possible by the recommendations, coordination, and follow up by our agent, Dick Webster, at Journey Earth.

Our lodging accommodations were excellent, Peppers Beacon, The Hermitage, Bendemere, Orari, Chateau Marlborough, QT, and M Social.  The breakfasts were fabulous. 

Highlights included:  The kayak float down the Pelorus with Shane at Eco Pelorus, Mt Cook day hikes of the Hooker River valley, Dart River (Funyaks, although the kayak was cancelled due to weather), golf at Jacks Point ( although expensive), and, in Auckland, a ferry ride to Waiheke Island. Unfortunately weather cancelled our scheduled fly-cruise to Milford Sound which was disappointing. 

The other scheduled events, gondola in Queenstown, Whale watch in Kaikoura, Wine tasting in Marlborough, were all very enjoyable too. And we had the flexibility to sightsee and dine according to our schedule. 

Details made a big difference:  interIslander plus lounge on the ferry from Picton to Wellington, driving maps, directions, times and distances from city to city, City details and other information provided in the AXUS App were great surprises to the overall package.