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Guest Reviews

Below are some comments from previous travellers (we receive some lengthy emails, so some of these have been abridged).

November 2020 – Mrs Martin & Mrs Brown, Auckland

South Island Grand Tour

We would like to say what an amazing experience we had on our Gold Club South Island Best of Rail Tour. From the time we were picked up at our homes in Helensville on November 23 to the time we were returned to our homes on Sunday, December 6 we were so impressed by how well we were taken care of, especially considering the changes that had had to be made due to Covid 19. Everything was so well organised and we were shown all the wonders of the South Island that anyone could wish to see. Absolutely fabulous!
Our tour guide, Dylan Derin, and our bus driver, Paul Brown, could not have been more helpful, amiable and informative. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was always done with a smile and a good sense of humour! Please convey to them our appreciation.
A memorable tour – friends and acquaintances who we tell about it are suitably impressed – and looking thoughtful!
Thank you so much again.
So looking forward to the next trip we take in the not too distant future!

November 2020 – Mr & Mrs McNeil, Tauranga

South Island Grand Tour

We recently participated on the 14 Day Tour of the S.I.,we had a great time and enjoyed ourselves immensely, the facilities and vehicles being first class, what made the trip so exceptional was the skill, commentary and endeavours of the bus driver Paul Brown and guide Dylan Gerin, can you pass on our thanks.

November 2020 – Mr & Mrs Reid, Porirua

Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

My Husband and I have just done the above Tour, that started Saturday 21st November 202 and finished Friday 27th November 2020.
From the time we where picked up from our home in Titahi Bay, Porirua City to the time we where dropped of at home, it was enjoyable and very well organized.
All accommodation was great, meals where also great but very disappointed with the breakfast at Russell (due to a lack of cereal options other than muesli).
Also a big Thank You to Chris Douglas Coach Driver and Guide for all his interesting information he could give us all.
We would like to say Thank You to you and your Team for a very well organized Tour Can you please pass on our Thank You to Chris Douglas also.
We are also interested in doing the South Island Tour from Wellington sometime next year. Can You please send a brochure of it to us .
Thank You for a wonderful Tour.

November 2020 – Mrs Smith, Rangiora

Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

Hi just want to tell you we had a great time on the north isle tour in November from pick up to drop we could not fault it Chris our driver was great full of knowledge which he imparted to us as we travelled The hotels were lovely all different. We would like to receive brochure for another north isle tour and a south isle one too please. Look forward to our next Gold tour holiday. Thanking you on a great job 👍😊

November 2020 – Mrs Phillips, Kapiti

Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

The above tour ended last Saturday. A great time. Really memorable. A tour I did only because I was unable to do any international travelling!
The comfortable coach with wifi with a very confident, friendly and helpful driver/captain — Chris Douglas.  I found all the accomodation to be up to standard.  The one important comment to make is in relation to meal timing. At one place the meal was to be at 6.30pm and it was 7.30 before the entree arrived.  The transfer service was supreme and such a relief that such transfers are taken care of.

October 2020 – Mr L & Mrs R Evans, Greytown

South Island Grand Tour

We completed our Grand Tour of the Sth Island booked originally over 12 months ago and travelled 28 Oct – 8 November.
We were rapt with the experience and compliment you on your Tour Leader Richard and his amazing coach captain, Paul Brown. They worked so well together and managed to fit in a little more than the itinerary indicated along with tons of fun and entertainment. They were wonderful.
We would book further tours with you, this being our very first.
It was wonderful to be with a great group of kiwis exploring kiwiland once more. Especially on the trains…a highlight.
Thank you for a great time….we are looking at the North Island next year hoping to work the Wgtn/Auck train into the journey.
Kind regards and happy organising for 2021.

October 2020 – Mr L & Mrs A Evans, Rotorua

Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

Thank you for organising our wonderful trip up Northland in October.
We thoroughly enjoyed it and all ran smoothly, except being late at the start but we didn’t know we were late😊
Trent was very good, nothing too much for him and his knowledge of everywhere we went was great. I was a bit worried the first day as we couldn’t hear the commentary down the back of the bus but he had it fixed on day 2 so all was good.
We were made to feel so welcome everywhere we went and often told we were the first group through since covid which made us feel special and pleased we were able to travel.
The weather was especially good to us and the slower pace worked well as Arthur had a pacemaker fitted on October 2 and we thought we were going to have to postpone again but all went well.
We enjoyed everything but a special mention of the young man who took us to the glow worms, Arthur isn’t comfortable in dark confined spaces but he was such fun and spoke so well.
Also the guides who took us to Tane Mahuta made it special too. Accommodations and meals all got a big tick too.
Four days after we arrived home we set off with Angela from Helloworld for a week in Dunedin which we also enjoyed very much. They wanted to know how we had enjoyed our trip with you as they promote your trips so I gave them a big thumbs up👍

October 2020 – Mr & Mrs Law, Palmerston North

South Island Grand Tour

We have now got our feet back on the ground.  Richard Gallagher and Paul Brown are the best of the best for us.
We enjoyed the tour rain wind sunburn and all bits between,
Thanks for keeping going through the differcult time in the year.
We now are looking for another tour next year up north, not sure yet though.
Thanks again

October 2020 – Mrs Hui-Chen, Auckland

South Island Grand Tour

I had a wonderful time at the South Island Best of Rail Tour on 26th OCT, thank you so much for the luxurious pickup and drop-off and allowing me to have my own room with my single room supple-ment charges, very appreciated of it.

That was the best tour which I have ever had, good food, excellent accommodations, fascinating scenery with great tour leader and coach driver.

Tour Leader Richard, and coach driver Paul, they are experienced, kind and warm, I felt been well look after, also they knew the the roads and routes so well, on the way, they tried to tell us everything about the areas we were travelling through and visiting, also their sense of humour, it was just like icing on the cake, they deserved well loved by everyone.

Gold club tours are great, I would like to try again next time.

 

October 2020 – Mr & Mrs Seator, Masterton

South Island Grand Tour

Just want to say thank you so much, for such a great tour of the South Island ( 26-8th nov) We can not fault a thing, it’s our first trip with Gold Club, Richard & Paul were so cool, with all there knowledge of the places we went, And Paul was a excellent entertainer and driver, he and Richard bounced off each other so good.  Once again thank you so, so much for all that you do, and I sure will not hesitate to recommend Gold Club tours when ever I can, And will call you when we are ready for our next adventure, Thanks again.

October 2020 – Mrs Mackay, Christchurch

South Island Grand Tour

Just a quick message to say what an enjoyable trip my friend Barbara and myself had on the tour from Christchurch.
From the time we got picked up from our houses and dropped off again after the Tour everything was well planned.
Our Tour Leader Richard and Bus Driver Paul were excellent we visited all the places we wanted to see plus Stewart Island.
Maybe a Nth Island Tour next year.
Once again thank you all for organising such a great Tour.

October 2020 – Mrs Findsen, Omokoroa

South Island Grand Tour

Noel and I give your tour of the South Island a 10/10. Pauline as a tour leader was great and Stephanie our coach driver was a very reliable driver and they worked in so well together.  The hotels and food were first class, we were really lucky with the weather. We will recommend your tours to others and hope we can join in again some time in the future. Thank you also to Carolyn for her help. We also thank you for our shuttle which was waiting for us at Tauranga Airport.  It was a really enjoyable trip, great people and well organised made easy by our tour leader and driver.

 

October 2020 – Mr Gomes, Auckland

South Island Grand Tour

This comes to express our gratitude and our appreciation for our experience on the recently concluded tour of the South Island. The planning was meticulous and the execution was flawless, which is evident from the encomiums and comments from the other people on the tour, many of whom have “done the South Island” before. For us first timers it was an exceptional and exhilarating exposure to the awesome sights of this land which is aptly called, “God’s Own Country”.
The high points of the tour were the visits to Olveston House, Walter Peak (with the BBQ dinner) and Bill Richardson’s automobile exhibition which was a chance find. The icing on the cake was the tour of Larnach Castle and the candle lit dinner – which is not to devalue or denigrate the other places of interest that we visited.
Special mention must be made here of the contribution of Pauline and Stephanie who are storehouses of information which they did not hesitate to share, in their own inimitable styles of delivery. Do convey our gratitude and appreciation to them as well – and I am sure we echo the sentiments of all 40 of us on the tour – for their care and concern and solicitousness.
It also transpires that we have the distinction of being the first conducted tour in these ‘Covid Times’, which is a feather in your cap and I hope this is a harbinger of good days ahead for the tourist industry. The folk down there need it badly.
Thank you once again on behalf of Loretta and myself.

October 2020 – Mr & Mrs Kent, Christchurch

Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

We have recently returned from touring the Far North and Northland with Gold Club Tours. What better way to gain experience this region with both stunning scenery and steeped in areas of historical significance relating to the early days of NZ settlement? The friendly, flexible and knowledgeable tour guide/driver had personal experience of the area & gave outstanding commentaries throughout the tour from start to finish. We appreciated the excellent location and standard of the 2 night stopovers and the quality of the guided tours of historic sites and locations along the way. We would highly recommend this tour, not only as excellent value for money but also as an extremely enjoyable & informative way to experience this region of NZ.

October 2020 – Mr Burton, Dunedin

Northland Coasts & Cape Tour

Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed the recent Northland Coasts and Cape tour. As I think I told you, I have quite a lot of experience as a tour leader and tour go-er!
The accommodation venues were each very different but all of them were excellent in their own way. It was particularly nice to have two nights at each venue and not have to be on the move every day. At Opononi we were welcomed with a haka and the reason for this, we found, was that we were the first group to visit since the Covid lockdown! The food at all three venues was outstanding. The only slight concern that I had was with the coach itself, which may well not have been the usual one. The seats were described as ‘ergonomically designed’ but some of them were not at all comfortable. 
All things considered, though, this was an excellent tour and Chris and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone unfamiliar with the far North.  Our thanks to you for making it available.

March 2020 – Mrs Thorburn, Auckland

South Island Tour

Hello Karl, Thank you and your staff for all the hard work to get us all home safely and ahead of lock down, a huge undertaking. Well Done. I do not know where you found Tour Guide Pauline Norrish ,what a gem, hold on tight to that wonderful asset, Pauline left no stone unturned and helped each and everyone of us, with people like me getting extra help, which was greatly appreciated.  I would love to do another tour someday  with Pauline at the helm, her knowledge was so good of each place we visited.  Thank you. 

January 2020 – Mrs Heatley, Christchurch

East Cape Tour

January 2020 – Mrs Blazey, Christchurch

East Cape Tour

January 2020 – Mrs Wineera, Porirua

East Cape Tour

 Hi Carolyn, Happy New Year.  Thank you for organising our tour I so enjoyed it and what a nice touch being picked up from home in the lovely cars – – wow.  Ian our tour leader and driver was amazing so enthusiastic, knowledgeable, organised and patient he made the tour so enjoyable.

 

November 2019 – Mr Walker, Auckland

South Island Tour

I have a very good report. I would unreservedly recommend this tour.  Dillon was very efficient. humorous and relaxed. Also Carolyn was a very good backup, and with a very clear voice (good for us oldies who have impaired hearing!)  I wish you every success with your future tours.

November 2019 – Mrs Bates, Kerikeri

South Island Tour

An overdue letter of appreciation Carolyn to you, Dylan and the company for organising and giving us such a splendid tour. D and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing our country through your eyes, having room keys dangled in front of us (bliss not doing the checking in) excellent menus and even good weather well not much rain.  We’ve had a heat wave on our return so am busy gardening and watering and D back in orchard growing mode and losing the overindulgence of cooked breakfasts.

November 2019 – Mr & Mrs Piper, Gisborne

South Island Tour

Returned safely from the trip to the south and it was a very busy trip!!  Mostly it went well and we were very lucky with the weather, none of that nasty stuff that the south can and is dishing up.    Very disappointed to find out on the second day from one of the group that the Stewart Is trip was not going ahead (due to the ferry being out of service – Gold Club Tours).   3rd time unlucky, we must be jinxed. I checked with Richard (tour leader) and he said “true” and that we would get a complete refund.   Richard was excellent.  Thank you again for your help in organising us to get to the tour and we are now dining on our memories!!!

November 2019 – Mr Johnston, Christchurch

South Island Tour

We wish to thank your organisation for a great 14 day tour of NZ. We were very lucky with the weather, which does make a huge difference, we did miss Mt Cook but lots of tourists have that problem, but we have seen it many times before. Highlights for us Train trip threw Nth. Is and the view Mt. Ruapehu when we stopped at National Park, a beautiful sunny day at Milford Sound and the view of Stewart Is. from the top of Bluff Hill. A good tour director, Richard, and bus driver, Ian, good accommodation and meals help to top things off. Thanks again for a great trip

November 2019 – Mrs Dawson, Porirua

South Island Tour

Dear Karl and Caroline:  I write to thank you for a wonderfully organized tour.  Apart from our little hiccup the night before we left, the rest of the tour went without a hitch.  I particularly wish to thank you for the way I was catered for – all our rooms had walk in showers – some hotels better than others, which is to be expected. I was also delighted to be met and driven to my daughter’s house in Christchurch and then met again in Wellington on my return and ferried to my home in Whitby.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was wonderful to go back to the South Island where I originally came from.

 

November 2019 – Mrs Pirihi, Auckland

South Island Tour

 

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