We would like to thank Annette & Roger for an amazing week touring the Northland of New Zealand. From the moment their smiling faces greeted us at Auckland airport, their friendliness and understanding of our needs made for very relaxing trip. They were always on hand to answer our questions and give assistance to my disabled wife. Their knowledge of the area, and particularly about places accessible for those with disabilities was invaluable. We visited a great variety of places that will always stay in our memory, including the beautiful Bay of Islands, giant Kauri forests, Waitangi Memorial Grounds with their impressive new museum and the stupendous 90 Mile Beach. We saw breathtaking scenery, fascinating insights into the interplay between Maori and White culture. In addition we we able to see & learn more about the unique flora & fauna of New Zealand. Annette & Roger found for us a variety of extremely well positioned,disabled friendly accommodation, and excellent places to eat. They drove us in a very comfortable vehicle with plenty of room for a disabled person affording great views of the scenery. This was topped off by a week of almost unbroken warm sunshine. We really felt we were travelling with friends. All this amounted to a fantastic experience we shall never forget.
Diana & Richard Kenn Worthing, England
Annette and Roger,
Thanks so much for the great tour of the Bay of Islands!. We only had a few days and you really helped us maximise them. You even organised very nice weather in the dead of winter.
John really loved the electric scooter you rented for him. The scooter made it possible for him to do things like the forest walks which wouldn’t have been feasible otherwise. You also did a great job of finding accessible B&B’s particularly Bellrock Lodge in Russell.
The Kauri Museum at Matakohe was a real treasure - a history of New Zealand in fact, with a great gift shop.
Though I chose Accessible Tours New Zealand because it specializes in accessible touring. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone who wants a tour even if there is no need to accommodate disabilities. In fact I’m passing your name along to another friend here in the U.S since she is contemplating a visit to New Zealand with her husband.
Thank you again for all you did and to make our tour so smooth and memorable.
Mary Jo and John U.S.A
I am very fortunate to have one of the few wheelchair accessible caves in the world right here in my homeland of New Zealand. The 2 hour small group guided tour was such an awesome experience starting with the dramatic spiral entrance, breathtaking cave formations which were just spectacular, glowworms up close, hearing the distant thunder of the subterranean river and waterfalls along with legends and tales about the Ruakuri Caves.
Thank you Annette and Roger for making this enjoyable and memorable day possible
Cheryl Anne Papamoa New Zealand
Pace was perfect.
Hotels were phenomenal with gorgeous sceneries.
Food was exquisite.
Beautiful scenic drives.
Tour guide (Murray) was creative in finding quaint places to eat. Wonderful choices.
Tour guide (Murray) coordinated one-on-one tour with Shane in Te Puia. Excellent for my communication needs.
NZ is just breathtakingly beautiful regardless of the weather. Can’t go wrong. Will send photos soon.
Rossana Reis – USA - April 2014
I loved everything about the tour and the wonderful kind assistance provided to those with special needs like my mother and I. Thanks to Kas and Nick. We managed to do things and take rides that would not have been possible. The biggest highlight for me would certainly be the amazing skiing experience! I never thought I would be able to experience it. Thanks also to Sam, Haimish and the Cardrona Adaptive Ski services. I also enjoyed the Gondola rides and of course the Shotover jet boat ride which was so much fun! None of us had the courage to do bungy jumping but the zipride was certainly a thrilling experience especially for the younger ones. The steamship trip to the farm was very enjoyable, minus the part where my mother’s wheelchair ran out of battery power! But you guys were always there to help (and to push!). Thanks again Nick!
All in all, we had a wonderful time in New Zealand. Wish we could have a longer vacation there. But all good things must come to an end. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts to Kas and Nick for going to great lengths to make sure that our stay in New Zealand was as comfortable, memorable and as enjoyable as possible. Keep up the wonderful work that you guys are doing and all the best with the baby!
Ruzita Mohd Amin – Malaysia – Aug 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour in New Zealand it was a great way to spend my 30th birthday and I much appreciated the bbq! I don’t think there is any way you can improve
Toyah Wordsworth – UK – Feb 2011
I’m so grateful to having found you and your father because without you it would not have been a success! Frank did a fantastic job of facilitating the guest’s dynamic and managing the day to day excursions – not an easy take by any means. Thanks again for extending an outstanding service to our guests… this is definitely one trip that they will never ever forget I look forward to hopefully having the opportunity to work with you both again in the future.
Toni Bell – Exclusive Travel Group NZ – Nov 2011
We are still a bit jetlagged, but I think we’re almost back to normal Eastern Standard Time now. Melissa and I agree: This has been the most incredible trip of our lives. I make a decent living, but a lot of that has been sucked up in medical costs since Melissa was diagnosed with ALS. We’ve always made room in our budget for a vacation every year, but we’ve had to scrimp and save just to get a basic experience, and even that is tempered by her handicap. By your great planning, we experienced many things that were by their nature already handicap friendly, or at least open for modification.
This trip did so much for us! Having you planning it and Frank worrying about the driving and the logistics made this an actual vacation for ME, when I can put aside my CareGiver hat and actually relax myself. Many of these activities and especially the hotels were far above anything we’d experienced before. The Solitaire Lodge was the best resort experience we’ve ever had. Such a lovely view and the staff were incredibly helpful. We had 30 seconds of difficulty getting Melissa’s chair into the dining room, and the next morning the concierge informed me that they were constructing a better ramp RIGHT THEN, and it should be complete by dinner.
New Zealand is such a beautiful country, and we saw a great deal of it, but still want to come back and see the South Island. We can’t thank you enough for putting together such a great itinerary on short notice. Frank was a great driver and guide – he was very patient and sociable. You have made Melissa so very happy and given us a whole-country experience when we only bargained for a short visit to Matamata. Thank you so very much for all of your work.
Chris Kern- USA – Nov 2011
You guys were really helpful! I was really happy with the length of it, I’ve seen so many tours overseas catering for disabilities that only last 7-10 days and wonder what is the point of going all that way for that short amount of time, especially like a number of your clients I am guessing, you are coming from the other side of the world.
I’ve been showing the Steve Vs Croc Vs Stingray rock off around.
Here are a few good Aussie bands, I hope I don’t double up with Heather- Empire of the Sun, The presets, Sunset circus, Airbourne, Megan Washington, Dan Sultan, Faker, End of Fashion, Kisschassy, Jet, hilltop hoods, the herd and Evermore (just joking on the last one)
I’ll keep an eye on the website to see what you have planned in the future! Thanks so much again for an amazing experience.
Katherine Simmons – Australia – Feb 2010
Hi Kasteel, We’re back home safely. Fantastic trip and really enjoyed our 4 days in South Island. Whale watching was the highlight of our trip. The hotel in Nelson was superb. Excellent facilities of a very high standard and very hospitable hosts, and a good spot to walk into the centre and to travel further afield from.
Keith & Cindy Jansz – USA Feb 2011
Thanks again for the Herculean effort with my parents on the recent trip. My dad said he had an “awesome” time.
Neal Lemmerman – USA – Nov 2012
The scenery from the motel in Kaikoura was beautiful. I have a comment in my journal that I felt like I was living in a postcard. The whale watching trip was excellent and the Lavender Farm/gift shop/tea room. The drive to Queenstown and especially the drive down the road into Queenstown was one of my favourite views of the trip. It was amazing to see ferns and palm trees beside the road and see mountaintops with snow not that far away. Also the outing on the TSS Earnslaw and dinner was one of the highlights of the trip. Thank you
Vicky Brooks –USA Nov 2012
Now as to the trip…it was wonderful!!. You did a very nice job in listening to our many inputs and requests and constructing a very memorable “trip of a lifetime”. It was all that I had hoped it would be. As I said, the sights and scenes of New Zealand were wonderful and Darren was a very thoughtful and accommodating host, driver and tour guide. Please do let him know how much we enjoyed our time with him.
The provided meals were enjoyed by all…now if you had just picked up the bar tab The fish lunch on the beach was an unexpected and delightful surprise. By the way, we very much enjoyed meeting your father in Queenstown, please give him my regards. I have lots of photos…here are a few that I thought you might enjoy.
Best regards to You and Darren and best wishes.
Cress Barber – USA Nov 2012