It was a trip of a lifetime!! 42 days down under without a mishap. Every thing was working like clockwork. Every person was there to pick us up or to drop us off. If they were late (happened once, accident on a bridge in Sydney, they called and let us know) The side trips were well done, very informative and diversified. The accommodation was sometimes out of this world. Thanks Dianne and it was a pleasure meeting you and you taking the time to meet us in Sydney.
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.
When we were planning out trip to Australia, we contacted several different tour companies. From the beginning, Dianne really stood out. She spent a significant amount of time on the front end learning what we were interested in and what we did not like about previous tours. Her insights and recommendations were spot on, and she did not hesitate to caution against a plan if she felt it would not be a memorable experience. Her attention to detail and availability were unparalleled. I would definitely recommend GoWalkabout Travel to any of my friends and family. Thanks again for our trip! We had a fantastic time!
Dianne planned a fantastic honeymoon for us. We travelled to New Zealand and a Roratonga (Cook Island). We gave her an idea of the things and activities that we like to do and she just rolled with it! We didn’t really know much about either place, so didn’t have too much of a preference of where we wanted to go, but with her knowledge she was able to send us to some amazing places. We were also on quite a tight budget, but Dianne was able to make it work for us while still having us experience some great hotels/motels and do some fabulous tours. The itinerary she planned for us was so nice to have and so easy to follow. Since we were on our honeymoon, we just wanted to relax and didn’t want to have to plan anything. She detailed everything by day, when to pick up our car hire, when to go to the airport, times for tours and also reminded us to check in with our flights. She also provided us with numbers to call in case we had any issues, so we felt very secure. Thanks for planning us a wonderful honeymoon!
We really enjoyed working with Dianne in planning our trip to Australia. She was very efficient and gave us great recommendations. Prior to our departure, she ensured we had everything we needed including packing tips, in order to have a great trip. We would highly recommend using her services.
I just wanted to send you this email to thank you so much for all of your hard work with designing our trip to Australia and New Zealand.
The weather in both countries was unbelievable. We had some rain when we were on Doubtful Sound but that just made it even more beautiful!
Everything you planned went like clockwork. Your 24 hour emergency support company in both Australia and New Zealand called us upon arrival and welcomed us. They both went through the itinerary and made sure to answer any of our questions and let us know they were their to assist us in anyway needed. This made us feel very special and also very safe in a foreign country.
We had an amazing time and there were just way to many highlights for us to even list. We will be talking about this trip for many years to come.
We would not hesitate to recommend GoWalkabout Travel to anyone who wants an amazing experience with wonderful service when planning a trip to the land down under.
My husband and I have used GoWalkAbout Travel twice now, once for a trip to Australia, and another to New Zealand. In both cases they did an exemplary job. She listened to our wishes, and matched the activities, accommodations and travel agenda to us perfectly. Lots of helpful information, and follow up. Would highly recommend their services to anyone wanting a better quality of experience.
The trip was amazing – we all had a truly memorable time. We felt like we were on vacation forever, although we started to get a little tired of travelling towards the end. We did a lot of sight-seeing in New Zealand, and having to move so frequently it definitely was more hectic than our time in Australia. The weather was great the whole time, and surprisingly hot in NZ! Fortunately for us, the kids were wonderful travelers. The size of the mini-van was perfect because it allowed us to sit all three boys in the second row – perfect for the older ones to entertain the baby when he woke up and needed some attention. We also used the generous trunk space at the back as our own private changing room for all the beaches we went to.
Too many highlights to pick just one, but we really enjoyed Sydney (probably our favourite global city so far), the apartment in Mooloolaba was perfectly located for a nice relaxing stay by the beach and in NZ we were blown away by the beautiful scenery of the Coromandel Peninsula. The farm stay was also a nice relaxing touch at the end and we were able to have a late check-out allowing us to take our time packing up for the return flight home.
Thanks so much for all your help in making this dream come true for us! Who knows… we could go back again to catch some of the many things we didn’t get to see or do when the kids are older – will let you know if we do!
It is a pleasure to introduce you to Dianne Hall. Dianne has been my travel agent for the last 4 years and in my opinion is the consummate professional. This is most important to me as I am a very particular traveler. All details are important such as airline, seating, routing and hotel. Dianne has always worked very hard for me and has sometimes achieved the seemingly impossible. I am sure that Dianne has made the same commitment to all of her clients and that she will continue to do so.
Dianne did a great job of organizing our trip to New Zealand in November and December. The itinerary was extremely well-organized. Her attention to detail in all facets of our trip made for a smooth time with all hotels aware of our arrival and being prepared for us. The self drive tour was absolutely great! It included lots of places to see with all fees paid and also allowed for us to see things not on the tour. Overall it was a fabulous experience especially with Dianne making sure everything went smoothly in New Zealand and on the Cook Islands. Thanks for all the planning Dianne!