Why Book Your Next NZ Holiday Package With Inspired New Zealand Travel
Here are some of the advantages of using Inspired New Zealand Travel, an experienced travel agency for your New Zealand vacation.
With so many online travel sites offering discounts these days for visiting New Zealand you may think you’ll get a better deal by booking your own hotels, car hire and activities. But this isn’t always the case. Using a travel agent to organise and book your travel doesn’t cost a whole lot more and in my experience, there are a couple of reasons why you should steer clear of booking online.
- Avoid Costly Booking Mistakes
Firstly, there is a lot to be said when planning your trip without expert advice – mistakes can and do happen. Over the years, I’ve seen the same mistakes made time and time again, these include clients booking for the wrong date or even the wrong country!
Case in point: I had some clients who wanted to join their friends, who were travelling to New Zealand. Their friends had booked all of their accommodation online and I asked for their itinerary so I could match their dates. However, after coming across a hotel I didn’t recognise, I investigated to find their friends had booked a night in Christchurch, United Kingdom instead of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Let’s just say, it was lucky that my clients had decided to work through an agent otherwise it could have been a costly mistake for them both, along with having to find alternative accommodation in our peak summer season.
- Maximise Your Time in NZ
Other mistakes that people make include poor time planning – New Zealand is a touring country and not like other holiday destinations where you can simply book airfares with a seven night resort stay and you’re done!
Instead, visiting New Zealand requires a lot of planning, research into which destinations to visit and more importantly – making sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy it, it is supposed to be your vacation!
I was once told by a client that him and his wife wanted to travel from Blenheim to Queenstown which would have them driving all night – I told him “sure if you want a divorce”! We know you want to tick off as much of New Zealand off as you can, but it’s more important to us that you enjoy our country and most of all, stay safe.
At Inspired New Zealand Travel, we literally take care of all your land arrangements from the moment you step off your international flight, right up until you board your return flight home. Though our service and planning for your New Zealand vacation starts long before you arrive.
About Inspired New Zealand Travel
As experienced travel consultants, who have been designing itineraries for over 20 years, we are here to listen and learn about what you like to see, do and experience while visiting New Zealand. We’ve been in the travel industry for a long time and we’ve experienced many hotels, B&B’s, luxury lodges, along with a range of activities and we’re happy to share our personal recommendations with you.
We work with a range of accommodation providers, suitable to all budgets – whether you’re after something comfortable, boutique or luxurious, you can rest assured you will experience some of our famous Kiwi hospitality.
Small Group Tours and Authentic Experiences
For sightseeing, we offer unique, authentic experiences and work with only the best. Our operators offer small group tours that provide a more personalised service with experienced, friendly drivers and guides.
We are also happy to custom design your itinerary and sightseeing to allow you to take in the best of the best – whether it’s meeting with a local chef, artist or a winemaker for a private lesson or tasting – we can even arrange for you to fly to a remote beach location to take in the flora and fauna, sketch the landscape and enjoy a gourmet picnic.
Our exemplary planning provides you with the best travel routes, whether you are happy to self-drive, take a coach or enjoy the flexibility of your own driver and guide – we will share our favourite spots to enjoy a snack and take in some memorable sites.
We know all the train, ferry and coach operating schedules so we are able to maximise your time, ensuring you get the most out of your visit to New Zealand.
Using an Agent vs Booking Online
Once we have your wish list, we design an itinerary specifically for your NZ holiday package along with our competitive quote – that’s just one price to consider and pay. Simple!
Compare this with booking online, where you’ll spend your days (and nights usually), researching hotels and sightseeing tours, and making sure their ratings and reviews all stack up. Then, you’ll have to find the best deals available, making sure to check whether the online rate is valid for your exact travel dates and not for low season dates, whether the rate includes all local taxes, along with booking and credit card fees.
You’ll also need to pay attention to the booking terms & conditions, particularly discounted prices that are non-refundable, which means you won’t be able to cancel your booking or change your dates. It’s also important to compare ‘apples with apples’ and make sure you’re comparing for the exact tour and its inclusions e.g. lunch and admissions, or for the same hotel room type.
Then there’s comparing rental cars and all their extra costs for additional drivers, 24 hour roadside assistance and damage waiver excess costs.
Of course, it doesn’t quite stop there – once you’ve booked everything, you’re busy making notes about what deposits or payments you’ve made and having to keep track of everything and everyone you’ve handed your credit card details to.
Why Inspired New Zealand Travel?
With Inspired New Zealand Travel, we are upfront with all our charges – we offer one easy price inclusive of local taxes. Our car rental rates are all inclusive, so there are surprises when collecting the vehicle. We work very closely with all our providers and can offer you flexible rates which allow us to cancel or amend your itinerary arrangements.
Once you’re on the road, we’ll provide you with a detailed itinerary sharing our favourite spots to visit, restaurant suggestions, driving times and also directions. We’ll stay in touch during your travels and ensure your arrangements all run smoothly.
In the event that bad weather causes road closures or flight cancellations which impact your itinerary, we will be on hand to give you advice about alternative travel routes and amend your itinerary accordingly. Since we’re locals and based here in New Zealand we are in the same time zone, so you don’t have to worry, just get back on the road and enjoy your trip.
Plus if you’re celebrating a special occasion – whether it’s a birthday, engagement or wedding anniversary then we are also happy to assist making the day more memorable!
We understand that a New Zealand vacation is a big investment, not to mention a long way from home, but it’s also your trip of a lifetime, so why risk booking it online and hoping for the best? Put your NZ holiday package in our hands, contact us now and take home some wonderful memories!