Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a trip to New Zealand Cost?
It’s tough to nail down how much a trip costs because they are all very different and very custom. I talk about cost in this 7 Day Custom Itinerary to one of the most popular regions on the South Island.
How much advance notice do I need to plan my trip?
It depends on when you are going and how flexible the itinerary can be. For trips in high season, the more notice, the better. For a low-stress planning process, 3-4 months is ideal. For Opal itinerary planning, we need 4-6 months to plan your trip. For coaching service, as long as you can get on my calendar, you can do it last minute.
When is the best time to visit New Zealand?
New Zealand is a year-round destination with skiing and snow sports in the winter months and biking, hiking, boating, and water sports in summer. The high season is during the summer (December – February) with a bump in tourism during the winter (June – August). The shoulder seasons are my favorite when there are fewer tourists and yet, it’s still a nice temperature and lots of things to do.
Can you book a Campervan for me?
We do not book Campervans for guests. There are many options, sizes, and different levels of comfort available. If you do rent a camper van be sure it is self-contained, meaning, it has a bathroom.
What is the exchange rate for the New Zealand Dollar?
This Currency Converter is a handy tool when researching currencies.
How long does it take to fly to New Zealand?
Of course, times vary based on where you are flying from, but a good rule of thumb is to plan a 13-hour flight from the west coast of the US (Los Angeles) and an 18-hour flight from the east coast (New York).
Are their fun, family friendly activities for children?
Yes! There is so much to do in New Zealand! From playing in the surf and sand to ski or sledding down scenic mountain terrain. There is a ton of biking options including road riding, bike parks, down-hill, and bike paths. New Zealand is a very kid-friendly country with just about anything your child wants to do!
I'm not super active, will I still enjoy visiting New Zealand?
Yes! You can visit the wine country, shop in some exclusive and unique boutiques, stroll through art galleries, and enjoy incredible culinary delights. In select areas of the country, you will find easy hikes in the mountains and along the beach as well as bike ride options. There is so much for you to do and see!
Are there luxury accommodations available for my Honeymoon?
Luxury accommodations are available in most of the favorite destinations on both Islands. There are also incredibly exclusive properties in secluded and remote areas of the country.
Can I reserve an Airbnb through your company?
We will review accommodation options that fit your needs including group size, location, amenities, and availability. Those options can include short-term rental properties. Our booking system is simple and transparent. The reservation is made in your name and on your credit card to avoid any confusion.
If you are not paid through commissions, how do you make money?
A very good question! NZTS is a custom itinerary service that creates unique travel experiences for guests. No two itineraries are ever the same! Unlike most travel agents who only book accommodations and tours that pay commissions, we have the flexibility to create itineraries at unique properties, small or large, book personal guides and transportation for your convenience without the need of a commission. This is because NZTS is a fee-for-service travel company. Learn more about our 5-Step Travel Planning Process.
Are you ready to plan your New Zealand Adventure?
Planning a trip can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It takes time and energy to figure out what country to visit, which cities to spend time in, and activities to plan. It also takes a great deal of knowledge and research.Â Let New Zealand Travel Solved sift through the many choices, and do the investigation work for you.
Courtney Kenady is a Graduate of the Travel Expert Training Program by Travel Beyond the Obvious. She creates authentic experiences for travelers to New Zealand, based on her many trips throughout the country. She works closely with her travel clients to create the trip of their dreams every time.