What a fasinating adventure in New Zealand! It is hard for me to pick a favourite -I think it was the guides!! The enthusiasm & delight you both excude is certainly contagious -we’ll be back, thank you!
Lyn & Maynard Ramsey
In mid-November, my husband and I took an 8-day custom private tour of the North Island of New Zealand with Doug and Jan, proprietors of Kiwi Dundee Adventures. Although booking over the Internet can be risky, this proved to be a most serendipitous choice. From their warm welcome at the Auckland airport to our regretful farewells in Wellington, we had a marvelous time. We had sent out a proposed (rather ambitious) itinerary on inquiry to several companies and, from our first contact, Doug and Jan worked with us to make sure that we could see all that we had wanted to see while keeping the logistics manageable and adding in many treats we hadn’t thought of. Every detail was taken care off, including procuring a wheelchair for me when my cane was not enough to allow me to cover the distance needed to enjoy an attraction. Furthermore, they worked hand in glove with Canterbury Trails tours to coordinate our subsequent tour of the South Island. Their both going on tour with us had several advantages: among them, they could switch off on driving, they could carry out two activities simultaneously (such as parking and ticket buying), and they could accommodate our different levels of physical fitness by taking my husband and me on different trails.
As biologists, we were especially interested in the natural history and ecology of the island. Because they have been active for many years in conservation of the native flora and fauna, Doug and Jan are expert in this area and shared many special natural features of New Zealand with us. They have lived on the North Island for all their lives, and the depth and intimacy of their knowledge added tremendously to our understanding of the society, culture, and economics of the area as well. Our fervent thanks to Doug and Jan—we could have been happier with this tour only if we had had the time to make it longer!
Thank you for helping us both see the wonders of New Zealand.
We have seen the beauty of N.Z. thru your eyes. The ocean. The mountains. The forests. We have seen paradise!!
Larry & Carolyn Townsend
Cumming, GA, USA
You gave us a fabulous trip -great knowledge & expertise.Saw everything that was promised & more!!
Charles & Dot Fernie
Best travel experience in your country! Friendliness, patience & willingness to educate us about New Zealand will be remembered forever, thank you so much!!.
Thanks for making New Zealand special. You & Jan are the greatest. You would make wonderful Texans if only you could learn good ‘English”! Thanks for a wonderful trip. We will be back for longer stay!!
Walter & Gvonne Johnson
I think that by educating people you are making a huge impact on the world. Thank you very much!
Heather Flint, Student
Syrocuse, Utah USA
What a great way to spend the day exploring the region. Peter was our outstanding guide who knew so much about the area, the plants, the wildlife and the natives it was unbelievable. After picking us up at our B&B he took us into the forest to explore. And that we did! We found a morepork (?) owl, frog and wetta bugs in the glow worm cave. Such great fun. Then it was off to a great hike to the hot beach and Cathedral Cove in the afternoon. We could have certainly done the afternoon on our own, but having Peter be with us made a good tramp into a great tramp! Highly recommend doing this if you have a day to explore.
We’ve travelled all over the world & this was one of the most interesting & entertaining tours we’ve ever been on.
Dave & Laura Bexfield
Kiwi Dundee Adventures – A unique and personable service. Jan and Doug ensure that their guests requirements are well communicated to the highest level prior to their arrival. Their attention to every detail is second to none. A most professional approach delivered with a genuine warmth and friendliness that New Zealander’s are renowned for.
Kathy Guy, General Manager
The Grand Chateau
A trip to New Zealand would not be complete without Kiwi Dundee adventure!
Fodors Travel Guide
What a wonderful experience with two wonderful people. With their knowledge & love of New Zealand we also fell in love with this country. Will recommend to all. Will miss you Doug & Jan
Spectacular time, but your personal knowledge & your love for the land comes through in your talks & presentations. The combination made this opportunity to share time with you very special!..
B & B Becker
You came to us very highly recommended & we will highly encourage others to take your informative & entertaining tour
Charlie & Patricia Delekey
Memorable tour again. Will never forget.Will be back for yet anther visit with you both
The grass was never greener nor the sky more blue. Thank you for a fantastic 3 days. We truly appreciate your love of N.Z. and passion for nature.
Theresa & Leonard Wilfert
Lake Charles, LA, USA.
My wife and I just spent a week touring the north island with Jan and Doug–and we had a blast! It was our second visit to New Zealand but first to the north. Jan and Doug are knowledgeable, fun, informative, quirky, and more. They helped design a terrific week full of great, long hikes, great short stops at scenic wonders, delightful hotels and great food. They both know and love the north island and you cannot go wrong with them. It was lovely, and they are lovely. Would love to make it back to see them again! Highly recommend them.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Thank you for helping to perserve Mother Earth. I’ve been around the world many times and you’re the best guide we ever had.
My wife and I recently spent a day with Doug Johansen in the Coromandel and highly recommend his company’s services. His knowledge of the area and its history helped our understanding of New Zealand more in one day than all the rest of our trip. The day included a hike to a Maori defensive position, a visit to a long abandoned gold mine, some time on a hot water beach and a close look at glow worms. While all the places were interesting, it was Doug’s combination of commentary and personal experiences that made the day memorable. Plus the spot at which he arranged lunch was great.