Plenty happening at NZ Adventures as our 2016 / 17 season gets underway or off to a somewhat shaky start.
After the Kaikoura earthquake our initial response was to postpone
our first trip of the season, a West Coast Explorer in November through until March 2017 and most of the customers booked on the November trip have been able to move over to the new dates. Not the best of starts to a season but compared to the trials many are going through with quake damage our difficulties are insignificant. We continue at the time of writing to face issues with blocked roads and tracks in the north east of the South Island but have shown ourselves ready to quickly adapt and are gratified by how readily customers have come with us through the changes. Worth pointing out that for all our tours the return trips to Picton for customers from further south will be much longer for the
next year at least with the West Coast Highway 6 being our firm recommendation.
Last season was about the best yet for NZ Adventures but 2016 / 17
is shaping up to busier yet. Safety for all involved in our tours continues to be our main priority. On the day of the earthquake we had the NZ Adventures team out in the hill country of Western Southland doing driver training and vehicle familiarization. Connie and I are very fortunate to have such a great team helping us and this is often reflected in the feed back forms we get back from customers
NZ Adventures trips continue to attract good levels of entries for the forthcoming season with all our tours full with the exception of the March West Coast ( 17th to 21st ) being the only exception with four places available. Amazing and again a gratifying situation. Our High Country Heritage 6 day remains the most popular tour.
Worth pointing out that all the High Country Heritage tours will start in Blenheim this coming season. In January we will if possible incorporate an east / west track on Molesworth but again the day will start in Blenheim.
Summer Newsletter 2017
Another trip that seems to have struck a chord is 46 South which was
our new tour in 2015 and now effectively full for a couple of seasons with quite a long waiting list. 46 South went very well in its first season and will continue with very few changes from the original format. Its encouraging to bring a new product to the business and have it so well received. Highlights of 46 South are the southern Catlins coastline, Richardson's magnificent Transport Museum in Invercargill, Fiordland and the Lake Wakatipu area.
For those disappointed by the lack of places available on any of our trips and especially 46 South and the High Country Heritage we have a couple of recommendations. Firstly get your entry in early. We already having a waiting list for 46 South in 2018 but our High Country Heritage dates will be out in early February so please don't delay getting your name down on the limited places available. We are unable to increase the size of the tours and so compromise the close group bonding that has become such a feature of our tours and likely a principle reason for our much appreciated high customer return rate.
We are also excited to announce a new trip for March 2018. “Big Sky”
will be a 6 day tour around Central Otago. It will be a standout guaranteed. Another new trip we will offer in 2018 will be “Molesworth Roundup” A two day in January taking in all that iconic Molesworth Station has to offer. The Roundup trip will start and finish in Blenheim with an overnight in Hanmer Springs.
So our fourth season is well underway or at least underway. Not without it's challenges but no one said the High Country was easy. With heat in the sun and plenty of rainfall so far this season is shaping up as a cracker. Watch out for February and our new dates and booking forms along with plenty of information on the new tours.
And then join us on an NZ Adventures high country 4x4 journey.
Robbie and Connie Crickett.
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