In 2016 I had the opportunity to explore New Zealand with Travel2 and it was amazing. Absolutely, positively my favorite destination to date! I arrived in Auckland and immediately headed to Hobbiton-a must see for anyone, but especially all the “Lord of the Rings” fans.
Queenstown was my favorite city, located on the South Island and a favorite ski destination. It was the beginning of ski season, but still not crowded. Many hikes and trails start right in the city; anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours, and offer breathtaking views from every angle. I did two river excursions in Queenstown: Shotover River and Dart River. I highly recommend both. The Shotover is great if you do not have a lot of time: Shotover is 10 minutes from town and about a half hour ride. The Dart River is about an hour ride from Queenstown where you begin at the quaint town of Glenorchy, and you have several tours to choose from. The Dart includes a 30 minute forest walk where they show you where many movies filmed their outdoor scenes.
I visited several resorts on both the North and South island and know where to stay, dine and what to do. Please call me to assist with your New Zealand adventure - you'll love it!