We are back into the reality of life and I think fully recovered. We had a fantastic time! Thank you so much for the great itinerary. New Zealand was absolutely beautiful! Our first week on the South Island we kept saying it couldn’t get any better and it kept getting better. We did a couple of our tours in the pouring rain but even with that we loved it. Our overnight on Doubtful Sound was one of the rainy ones but as a result we saw so many waterfalls and were able to kayak in the rain which was a great experience. I loved the Te Anau Glow Worm tour. Our favorite of all was the Moreaki Wilderness Lodge. Everything about it was fantastic. We hiked, we kayaked, we took a late night walk with the host who is a naturalist and his insights enhanced the experience. We saw glow worms and stars like we never had seen before. It was a great place in the middle of nowhere with lots of birds and the sound of water outside our window. We would highly recommend it. We really enjoyed both our farm stays. The tour in Auckland was good because it showed us the city and the countryside and the dinner cruise was a great way to end our time in New Zealand.
The itinerary was set up with enough time that we could fit in some things that weren’t on the list but we were glad we didn’t miss like a drive through the Crowne Range and the Catlins Coast Drive. We adjusted quickly to the driving and we both kept saying how glad we were that we didn’t do a bus tour and had our trip designed instead! We liked the B&B’s because we got to visit with other people from around the world.
Thank you again, Dianne. It was a fantastic trip and we felt we could have stayed a couple more weeks.