It is always exciting to see new and interesting tour companies popping up around the world, mostly because it means more options for curious travelers!? We recently stumbled across a great new tour company in New Zealand called The Road Trip.? What we like about the Road Trip is the fact that they are a small company owned and operated by locals, which runs PRIVATE tours throughout New Zealand.? These tours are a great option for people traveling with friends or family who want to ?do it on their own? but don?t want to deal with the hassle of planning the itinerary, booking the accommodation, researching the ?must-sees? etc.? And the best part about The Road Trip, is that their tours are very affordable!? We were fortunate enough to interview the founder of the Road Trip, Chris, and pick his brain about his new tour company, and what The Road Trip offers adventure travelers in New Zealand:
Q.? What inspired you to begin running adventures tours in New Zealand?
A.? I was always inspired by travel from a very early age. When I was a child I?used to plan our family holidays down to the very last detail. I would always choose the hotels, where we were going to stop along the?way and?what activities and walks that we would undertake.?I decided that I wanted to be a tour guide after leaving university and obtaining my degree in French, Spanish and German. This gave me the ability to also guide trips in these languages. I always loved the fact that I was showing people my back yard and doing it for a job. After a few years of guiding for other companies, I took the knowledge that I had gained of customer service, best locations, activities and accommodation providers that I had researched over the years and started my own company, The Road Trip which really focuses on tailor made trips?down to the very last detail of what the client wants to experience. What inspires me the most is that The Road Trip has introduced me to clientele from all over the world and I am always learning something new from my travelers.
Q.? Can you tell us about some of the unique features included in your tour packages?
A.? In our tour packages there are many unique experiences that you would not be able to experience on a?coach trip or may struggle to find on a self drive holiday.?Because we are registered with the Department of Conservation which is a government body in New Zealand dedicated to protecting our environment, we can take you to idyllic photo spots on Dept of Conservation land which coach tours are not allowed to access. These?hidden jewels as I like to call them are majestic opportunities for those perfect holiday photo spots.?We have package itineraries on our website.? Examples of some unique features on our tours are:
On the Bay Of Islands 5 day Winerless North Explorer you will see ancient kauri trees, stunning beaches of the Northland region, learn all about the history of New Zealand with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and have your own private?VIP tour of Auckland city with a driver guide.
On the North Island 8 day tour from Auckland-Wellington you will encounter the marvels of the Coromandel?Peninsula including a ride on?a miniature railway?built over years by the owner in his backyard featuring stunning views of the coast, ?visit Hot Water Beach and its geothermal waters (we dig our own pools and relax in the 40 C thermal waters), get up close and personal with the Maori Culture in Rotorua, see geysers, volcanoes and bubbling mud pools in the Rotorua area and discover our capital city Wellington.
On the South Island Adventurer 9 day tour you will see mountains, glaciers, rainforests and isolated beaches as well as a journey on the Tranz Alpine Train, and stay in Queenstown known as the adventure capital of the world with stunning backdrop made famous by Lord Of the Rings.
On the 16 day South Island Supreme Adventure you will see the best of everything. Penguins, Dunedin City the scotland of the south and spend a night on the Fjords in Milford Sound with an overnight boat cruise on the luxury Milford Mariner.
Q.? You currently run your trips for private groups. What is the minimum number of people needed to book a tour with you?
A.? We run trips with a minimum of just 2 people. Because our tours are so niche they are perfect for couples, families, corporate groups and small groups of friends. For small groups we use SUV vehicles and larger groups we use spacious modern private vans. This enables us to reach those backcountry spots.
Q.? What is your favorite destination in New Zealand and why?
A.? My Favourite destination in New Zealand is the South Island’s West Coast. There you can experience glaciers surrounded by rainforest, towering mountains and beaches all within 15 km of each other!
Q.? If people are interested in booking a tour with you, where can they find you?
A.? People can find more information on our website located at www.theroadtrip.co.nz