Travel Planning & Fees



Your life is busy. When it comes to planning a trip to New Zealand, it shouldn’t feel like a second job.

New Zealand Travel Solved (NZTS) started as a way to help friends and family visit New Zealand, see the incredible sights and do the amazing activities, but also experience the local food and culture by staying one step beyond the tourist scene.

New Zealand has a lot to offer and the people are incredibly friendly, but can still be overwhelming for first-time visitors.

As a travel planning company, (NZTS) is here to help the independent traveler who needs help bringing the ideas you have about New Zealand into a logical and personalized itinerary that fits your vision and your budget.

New Zealand Travel Solved (NZTS) will help you minimize the hassle that comes with traveling planning and maximize your limited vacation time.

New Zealand Travel Chart


After creating a detailed itinerary,
we’ll recommend and book accommodations that are available on your dates, meet your needs and preferences and are within your budget.  Our travelers like a variety of accommodations from luxury 4-star hotels to seaside tiny-homes and cabins or rustic huts deep in the rainforest.

Tours & Logistics

We book private guides, small group tours, mountain biking, and hiking tours, and we’ll set up your equipment rentals as well. We will supply digital hiking and biking maps, travel tips, book drivers, rental cars for a smooth and relaxing trip.

Food & Wine

We will also recommend and book delicious meat-lover, seafood and plant-based restaurants, cafes, wine tastings and tours, and local farm-table experiences. We’ll even give you our favorite coffee shop, sweet treat, and must-try local delicacy suggestions.

THE JADE CUSTOM ITINERARY ($125 per trip day planning fee)

When you purchase the Jade Custom Itinerary Package, we will recommend all of the day-to-day essentials: the pace of the trip, accommodations, ground transportation, activities, and restaurants.  We will share a written daily itinerary with links to all of the above and we will book your accommodations and half-day activities for up to 6 people.


  • We will book your accommodations, and chosen half-day activity.
  • We will provide detailed information and links to help you with your transportation and other logistics so that you can book those yourself.
  • We will provide personalized recommendations for local tracks, insider tips, shopping and cafes to try. As an independent traveler, you will need to feel comfortable following a pre-planned itinerary and getting from A to B.


Fill out the questionnaire so we can learn more about you, your travel style, and your trip ideas.

For a low-stress planning process, 3-4 months advanced notice is ideal. We’ll contact you via email for more detailed information on your interests, must-see, must-dos, and what is your vision of an ideal day while on vacation? Do you have a budget?  This process takes the longest and may require a scheduled phone call to discuss the details.

When the deposit and contract are received, New Zealand Travel Solved will start the process of putting together a recommended overall itinerary that will incorporate the things you wished for, plus a few extra recommendations. After your review and flights are booked, together we will start with accommodations, then activities, logistics, and finally, food and wine.  There may be things to discuss, items to be tweaked, or compare different options along the way. That is no problem. This is all about you and your ideal vacation. We will also look at the pace, balance and travel logistics to be sure that the itinerary is geographically realistic.

The New Zealand Travel Solved has a 5-step travel planning process to create the New Zealand trip that is the best fit for you and your travel companions. This process has been honed and used to create hundreds of personalized itineraries for more than a decade. It is our goal to save you time and create a memorable vacation for you and your travel companions.

The Jade Custom Itinerary cost: $125 per trip day planning fee.

OPAL CUSTOM ITINERARY ($225 per trip day planning fee)

Our Opal Custom Itinerary Package is for travelers who need a bit more services than what we offer in the Jade Package. Due to the amount of work involved with Opal Travel Planning, we accept only a limited number of Opal trips, so please book early if you are interested in this service.


  • Are planning your trip 4-6 months before departure.
  • Like VIP treatment
  • Want us to do the planning and the booking.
  • Are a large, multi-generational group
  • Are traveling with a group that wants to do different things on different days. E.g., you need to split the kids and adults activities after lunch; or you have a large group with some people who want to go on an adventure, and some people who want to go on a hike, etc.
  • Havent traveled a lot, and being an independent traveler in New Zealand makes you a bit nervous. You need extra resources and attention, and more time before departure to go over your one million questions. (We understand!)

Need any additional services not offered in the Jade Custom Itinerary Package



  • Fill out our questionnaire so we can learn more about you and your travel style.
  • Know that for a low-stress planning process, 4-6 months advanced notice is ideal. We’ll contact you via email to schedule a phone consultation to discuss where you are in the planning process, your goals for the trip, and much more.
  • Well follow the process of the 5 Step Planning Process, but with much more attention to detail as it pertains to your specific needs or your groups specific needs.

The Opal Custom Itinerary cost: $225 per trip day planning fee.

"Highly recommend this company! Courtney helped my two friends and I plan our 3 week trip to North and South New Zealand. She provided us with great recommendations, answered all of our questions and got back to us quickly with the information. She was able to cater the itinerary to our preferences and our budget as well. Would recommend to anyone planning a trip!"

Hailey D.

"Courtney put together an outstanding trip for my 16 and 18 year olds and my cousin and her 20 year old who live in Melbourne. Australia. It was a verv busv time this vear in NZ and there were quite a few challenges with availability of accommodation and attractions...We indeed had a once in a lifetime experience that we could never have planned ourselves with the timeframe and flexibility we needed."

Sanjay J.

"Courtney was great. Very knowledgeable and easy to work with!"

Brent M.

"Our 1 month South Island, New Zealand trip was full of adventure and relaxation. We traveled all over the South Island and enjoyed an overnight camping/kayaking trip in Abel Tasman, Canyoning near Wanaka and 2 nights on The Routeburn Track …. all planned and booked by Courtney at New Zealand Travel Solved. Our lodging was comfy, artsy and in great locations. We love the people, views, birds and activities on New Zealand. We can't wait to visit the North Island and will use NZTS for our next trip."

Jeff W.

Travel Planning
Certified Travel Expert New Zealand

Courtney Kenady is a Silver Certified Travel Expert.  The designation Certified Travel Expert is awarded by Travel Beyond the Obvious after a rigorous set of assessment tests. Certified Travel Experts have demonstrated destination expertise, travel planning skill, and professionalism in their travel planning business, creating exceptional trips for travelers. She creates authentic experiences for travelers to New Zealand.

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