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Australia & the Pacific Tour Reviews - Summary
96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 199 Great 63 Average 8 Disappointing 3 Terrible 0
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Trekking New Zealand August 2018

5.0

Trekking in New Zealand

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was an excellent trip to genuinely experience a great variety of tracks
in NZ. We were able to tick off 4 of 9 of the Great Walks. Two of them,
Tongariro Northern Circuit & Abel Tasman, we had a longer closer look at.
Those & the Siberia Valley at Mt Aspiring NP will be enduring memories. So
many activities everyday with very little down time. A fair amount of time
spent in the van getting from place to place but unavoidable. Flights from
Wellington to Nelson by a small Cessna, helicopter ride into the Siberia
Valley & numerous water taxis helped conserve our time. All in all a great
trip!
Many but probably completing tracks when absolutely exhausted or perilously
returning down tracks in pelting rain & realizing I could conquer that fear.


We actually had 3 on this trip. All were good & had so very different
personalities/styles.


Don’t take a lot of clothes as there are opportunities to wash them a few
times along the way. They are dead serious about the weight limit on the
flight from Wellington to Nelson. Take a break from the internet because wifi
coverage is spotty & poor. The hotel in Queenstown is your best opportunity
to download a few pics. Go with an open mind & try to complete the entire
itinerary even if the weather is not the best.


Glad that the trip notes are now updated. The ones I worked off were copied
just before the trip & were inaccurate. Not so sure that the single
supplement is worth the money as there are only 6 nights where you actually
have your room ensuite. Didn’t expect it in the huts or camping but was
told I was to have it for 15 nights. I see in the the new trip notes that
ensuite isn’t likely on nights 2,3,8,10 & 11.


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AWESOME NEW ZEALAND April 2018

5.0

Trails of New Zealand

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip is one of the best we have experienced with Exodus. The varied
walking, landscape and experiences on the trip make it an amazing adventure.
Beware though there are many long distances to cover (we did over 3500 Km in
the 19 days), but Ian and Sonya made it very interesting with their local
knowledge and frequent rest stops at interesting places. The highlight of the
walking was of course the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which on the day we did
it was truly spectacular with the Emerald lake just like the Guide books. The
Abel Tasman Coastal walk again like the guide book pictures. The Diamond Lake
and Rocky Mountain walk was tough but well worth it for the views. Other
experiences met all our expectations – Sailing on Tasman sea, Jet boat on
River Motukituki where at times we were in 5 inches of water, Helicopter to
Fox Glacier (paid locally) and overnight on Milford Sound in Fiordland.
Christchurch was sad to see but it is good to that they are beginning to get
the city rebuilt. It is important to note that a few walks and experiences
can be affected by weather. Although it was summer we dodged Storm Fehi –
Tongariro was closed the day after we walked it, Windy Wellington was stormy
Wellington, roads near Fox Glacier were closed due to landslides and they had
had no electricity for 3 days before we arrived. However we managed all the
planned itinerary except walking to Fox Glacier due to landslide. All in all
an AWESOME trip
Reaching the summit on the Tongariro Alpine Pass and seeing the Lakes as
shown in all the guidebooks


Ian was an excellent leader. He was a very confident and safe driver which is
important on this trip. He kept us up to date with weather and reasons for
his decisions in view of Storm Fehi. We had plenty of rest stops mostly in
very interesting places.


Take note of distances travelled in order to cover the area - New Zealand is
a huge country
Be aware that although summer itinerary might be changed due to weather


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Awesome Trip to Australia February 2018

5.0

Sydney to Great Barrier Reef Tour

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I had an amazing time traveling to Australia, we started in Sydney and moved further exploring the coast to Surfers Paradise. The highlight of this tour was no doubt sailing to Whitsundays islands! Whitehaven beach was absolutely breathtaking, you can never get sick of white sand and turquoise waters! And diving there was beyond all expectations! I had truly great experience, we stayed in very good hotels and had an unforgettable time in Australia.
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Operator Discovery Nomads

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Wonderful Tour With Heart January 2018

5.0

Australia & New Zealand Adventure

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was my best trip to date. Jeremy Elsasser was the most Professional, patient, informative and kind Tour Guide that I have ever traveled with. I would gladly recommend Smartours because of the excellent guide and the wonderful tour. It was everything I had hoped for. Thanks to all. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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The best of New Zealand January 2018

5.0

Trails of New Zealand

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What an amazing trip! I cannot recommend it highly enough - it showcasts
everything that New Zealand has to offer, and despite travelling for 3 weeks
it is not enough. We wanted to stay longer, explore further, be stunned by
the mindblowing views. From the rolling hills on the North Island to the
majestic mountains and fields in Middle Earth and Milford Sounds on the South
Island - it is impossible to choose a favourite spot, and certainly calls for
another trip in the near future. I loved, loved, loved it, the country, the
people and how happy it made me.
I cannot pick a most inspirational moment, but Mount Aspiring National Park,
Milford Sound and Mount Cook left quite an impression - I am in awe. The
views! Simply stunning.


Fantastic leaders. I very much appreciated having two leaders, both very
friendly, approachable, fun and entertaining and of course, knowledgeable
about flora and fauna. Both were a treasure!


Be prepared for mindblowing views.


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