Our trip to New Zealand started as a credit with Air New Zealand from a European trip cancelled by the pandemic in 2020. Since the travel restrictions were lifted and the credit was expiring soon, we decided to change destinations and head to NZ instead! We quickly realized that we were in over our heads trying to plan our trip. With a little research, we found Go Walkabout, and instantly felt that we had made the right choice. Dianne was such a pleasure to work with from start to finish, and almost all of the stress of planning our trip melted away.
She was very proactive in determining what we wanted out of the journey and what our preferences were. From there, she really delivered on crafting the itinerary! I can only imagine some of the logistical strategizing that must have taken place securing lodging and activities after a 2-year national lock down, as we sometimes were able to get the last room or ticket available!
Our 16-day visit to both islands was the bare minimum amount of time I would recommend to anyone wanting to explore New Zealand. Dianne deftly made it all work somehow, though! We never felt rushed or crammed with too many (or two few) activities, and the whole trip had a wonderful flow to it. We also felt her choice of accommodations were perfectly inline with what we were looking for. We wish we could have stayed longer and done even more. There’s always next time, and we would love to work with Dianne and her support team again someday (special thanks to Nienke as well)!