Breathtaking!
New Zealand | Nov 13 - Nov 24, 2022

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Nancy P.
Calabasas, CA | Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

The entire trip was amazing. It was such a wonderful experience to have everything all planned out in what in my opinion is the most beautiful country in the world. The only advice I would give is to remind the guide to make sure they're getting the best deals when they purchase tickets to various experiences. We were a family of 2 adults and 2 kids and one booking was made for 4 adults and another one could have been purchased as a family package instead of 4 separate tickets, which would... read more

The entire trip was amazing. It was such a wonderful experience to have everything all planned out in what in my opinion is the most beautiful country in the world. The only advice I would give is to remind the guide to make sure they're getting the best deals when they purchase tickets to various experiences. We were a family of 2 adults and 2 kids and one booking was made for 4 adults and another one could have been purchased as a family package instead of 4 separate tickets, which would have been a few dollars less. Other than those minor details, everything was extremely well planned out so that we did not have to rush anywhere, and we moved seamlessly from city to city. I would definitely use kimkim again.

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M Social Auckland
Auckland

Great food and central location with beautiful views.

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Mantra Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

It was a cute and comfortable little house with all the amenities of an air bnb. It was located walking distance to the lake. My only recommendations to the staff is to update the pots and pans - they were very used and the Teflon was peeling. Also, there were no condiments, oils, or seasonings that one would normally find in a comparable an air bnb. Because we were only there for a few days, it didn't make sense to buy an entire bottle of oil or butter to cook with for example, so our use of the kitchen was limited. It was nice that it had a washer/dryer, heaters on both floors and a connected garage to keep the car warm.

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Super cute and user friendly
Location
Walking distance to the lake
Staff
There was nobody there when we checked in or out. A key was left in a locker.
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was very clean. Newer pots/pans were due in our unit.
Rydges Rotorua
Rotorua

It was a clean and comfortable stay. The restaurant downstairs had a buffet but the food was not the greatest. The gift shop is only open 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours at night. It was difficult to catch it open because we had daytime activities but once we did, we were pleasantly surprised at the variety and prices of the items sold. They had 2 EV parking spaces, which was nice because parking was sometimes full and we happened to have a hybrid. I would stay again.

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It's a 5 min drive to all the restaurants next to the lake
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Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Christchurch

It's very elegant and clean. The restaurant downstairs was great and everyone was welcoming and nice. There is a charge for parking but it's worth it because there is no other parking nearby. I wish we would have stayed here longer.

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Location
Walking distance to great food and the theater
Staff
The front desk gave us wonderful ideas for things we could do on a rainy day.
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Rydges Lakeland Queenstown

Beautiful views from all the rooms. The room was clean but it had an awkward layout (I would imagine it's to ensure the beautiful views from both the bedroom and the sitting area. The walls are super thin as we could hear our neighbors having a regular conversation. There was no designated area for a coffee machine so the water pot was placed behind the TV in the sitting area but there were no cups. We went down to the lobby where they have a coffee machine, but the front desk attendant does not make coffee so we had to wait for the restaurant upstairs to open at 7am. There was a small refrigerator in the room but it would make a loud noise that wouldn't let us sleep so we had to unplug it and couldn't use it. Parking is limited and there is a fee if you are able to get a spot. However, you don't need a car as it's located walking distance from lots of great restaurants, stores and activities.

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Fullers Ferry Auckland to Rangitoto Island return trip
Auckland
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Milford Sound Full-Day Adventure
Queenstown (NZ)

Our guide Andy was amazing. It was a rainy day and yet everything about the drive was great despite the time and distance. Highly recommended.

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