Although I have not been with New Zealand Self Drive Tours as long as others, my passion and knowledge for New Zealand go way back. Having spent my childhood adventuring around I went on to become a New Zealand guide. I have a great understanding of what works for some might not for someone else, after all, we're all different. I strongly believe the best way to get the most out of your holiday is to take guidance from one of our team, we will listen, create and support you through the entire process.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I spent almost three years living and working on the road around New Zealand as a tour guide. My favourite areas to explore are definitely those around the Southern Alps which include fiords, glaciers, and glacial-fed lakes. There are so many varied activities you can do in these areas that I will find the best fit for your activity level to ensure you get to have the best experience."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I travelled overseas and realised how special New Zealand was and how lucky we were to have this as our backyard. I wanted to share it with you!
I started my tourism experience as a Tour guide, showing New Zealand off for almost 3 years. I moved into different seasonal roles within the tourism industry before taking up this role where I get to help you in the first stages of your New Zealand holiday planning and continue that journey with you right through till you return home. I love that I get to be a part of your entire holiday process and recommend my favourite places for you to visit."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Spending New Year's Eve on the overnight boat trip in Milford Sound. The weather was incredible and we were able to swim and kayak in the afternoon and then the following morning the clouds had rolled in and it was stunning and moody and the dolphins came along for a swim off the bow waves of the boat. "
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Recent trip reviews for Chelsea
Accommodations: 1) April 5-8: Pros: The Wat...
Apr 5 - Apr 19, 2023
1) April 5-8: Pros: The Waters B & B: Excellent; private, comfortable, fantastic views, well appointed, romantic, amazing in unit breakfast, quiet. Cons: Had to drive to restaurants but small price to pay for this very special B&B. Would highly recommend.
2) April 8-10: Pros: The Peppertree B&B: Quaint, beautiful grounds, quiet, amazing communal breakfast. We had fun conversations, Heidi, the owner was terrific and helpful. Cons: Had to drive into town for any... Read more
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What Chelsea did best was the timing- we would get up in the am drive to our excursion view it and get to our... Read more
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