Real Travelers’ Reviews
Latitude South Testimonials
Here’s a little about what our clients have been saying…
I just wanted to shoot you a quick e-mail and thank you for the wonderful honeymoon package you put together for us. We had such a great time in New Zealand, what an amazing experience! The highlight of our trip was the sea kayaking, our guide was incredible. We will definitely contact you if we have the opportunity to go back in the future!!
Trish Bishop and Rob Weldon, Minnesota, USA
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I want you to know how much we appreciate all of your help in planning each and every detail of our fabulous trip.
Barbara May and Les Schonbrun, New Jersey, USA
Neither Cinda nor myself had visited New Zealand before so we decided to find a Kiwi to help us with our plans. We were so fortunate to find you! In the beginning of our conversations, we explained that we wanted to do a self-drive, self-exploration, B&B holiday that allowed us to both see the country and experience the people and culture of New Zealand at our own pace. Well, you hit a home run. Your plans, accommodations, including a home-stay, and overall insight and knowledge of New Zealand, made for the best holiday we could have hoped for. I would recommend anyone going to New Zealand look no further than your company for all of their needs and arrangements. Your warm, friendly countrymen made us feel like we were visiting your family!! We are 100% satisfied.
Mark and Cinda Berman, Massachusetts, USA
I just wanted to drop you a quick line and say thank you for organizing a wonderful and very enjoyable vacation for Don and me this year. The accommodations that your arranged for us were just what we were looking for, and the welcome from our hosts was wonderful. And just when we thought the scenery could not get any better we made our way to Queenstown and enjoyed an amazing day on the Dart River trip!.
Don and Michelle Schima, California, USA
G'Day Mate! Hey Karen, great vacation. Everything went great and without so much as a single hitch. We loved New Zealand and are wondering who won the cricket world cup? I'm still working on the rules. New Zealand is beautiful. The dolphins sprayed us with water on the front of the boat trip and we saw penguins too! We really loved Queenstown where we jet boated, helicopter toured, white water rafted, parasailed and toured Milford Sound. All was just great. Can't thank you enough for a great trip!
Roberta and Tom Miller, Connecticut, USA
The trip kept getting better and better, from the first day to the last hours (I stumbled upon a bird sanctuary in Queenstown that feeds the kiwis at 11:00 a.m.) Your able assistance in pulling together the best itinerary for me (and I know I can be finicky), hugely contributed to the success of the voyage. If ever you need someone to go on record to sing your praise, please know you can call on me. I should also tell you that I met up with some wonderful Maori guides and teachers and I learned a great deal. So, thank you. I look forward to booking with you again--I hope soon!
Bill Engel, Tennessee, USA
I've been meaning to write you! We had a fantastic time on this journey. Thank you so much for helping us arrange everything. Our favorite place was the South Island. In fact, we want to return and spend a month on just the South Island next time! NZ is among the most beautiful places we've ever visited - and the people (Kiwis) are amongst the kindest and brightest we've ever had the privilege of meeting. Rest assured, I will refer anyone and everyone who is planning a trip to NZ to Karen at Latitude South!
Joe Horne and Tim Tankersley, Georgia, USA
Bonnie and I cannot even begin to express our thanks for the wonderful planning you did on our trip. Every detail of our vacation went exactly as planned, the hotel rooms were great, the tours were enjoyable. I have sung your praises to all my friends and will recommend you and your travel company without reservation to anyone interested in travel down under.
Randy and Bonnie Quillen, North Carolina, USA
In the winter of 2010, my wife and I enjoyed our second adventure planned for us your company. Our first, in 2004 was to New Zealand and this one was to Australia. We couldn’t be more pleased with the experience. Accommodations, time at each stop and driving directions were extraordinary. All the things that were supposed to happen – from airport pick-ups and returns, to hotel reservations to dining reservations – were outstanding. When any of our friends consider a trip to New Zealand or Australia, Latitude South is our strong recommendation.
Barry and Carole Forman, Virginia, USA
Our trip was fabulous!! Wouldn't change a thing! We enjoyed everything and there were so many highlights it's hard to pick just a few! Everything you arranged worked perfectly - there were no problems with anything. We really loved Tokoriki iin Fiji, and had a wonderfully relaxing time there before returning home. It was just what we needed after traveling thru NZ. I will happily recommend your services to anyone considering a trip to NZ, etc. You did a fantastic job, and we have many memories that will stay with us for a lifetime! Thanks so much for everything! Also, we really enjoyed meeting your dad - he does a GREAT job as a guide!!
Kathy and Harry Budge III, Illinois, USA
It was absolutely great from start to finish. Karen from this New Zealand/Australia tour operator did a 5 star job helping us plan and book our trip to Australia and New Zealand. We would recommend her to anyone!
Diana and Robert Delanoy, Alberta, Canada
My husband and I recently returned from our first trip to New Zealand, and it was everything we hoped it would be- a fantastic, fun, amazing experience! It was also our first experience with your company, and I sincerely hope it will not be our last. Everything, from planning to the actual trip, was entirely trouble free. I initially put our information onto the Tripology website, and was then contacted by three New Zealand travel experts. All three submitted itineraries, but I was most impressed with Karen Pettit. From the first few times we spoke, it was clear that Karen cared about our trip. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, she had excellent ideas, responded to every e-mail and phone call, and was willing to work with us to plan the trip we wanted, while keeping within our budget. When disaster threatened and we had to postpone our trip due to illness, Karen sympathized, and then took care of everything. Karen, we can’t thank you enough!
Lyn and Dan Boyle, New Jersey, USA
Given the amount of time we had on this trip, we made the most of it. Some days were long travel days getting from point A to B but we wanted to see as much of the South Island as possible. I appreciated Karen's suggestion for us to stay in hotel and apartments with kitchens to give ourselves the option of cooking if we wanted (which we did). We were thankful for washer and dryers. Especially on the very rainy days where our soaked clothes needed a dryer. Karen had an amazing list of restaurant recommendations for every city we visited as well. Karen was always available to answer questions by email or by phone. Days before the trip we had a long phone conversation going over every aspect of our itinerary. I highly recommend a family vacation to NZ and using this New Zealand travel company to help plan the trip.
The Coors Family of Five, California, USA
We had a fantastic trip to Australia. We covered a lot of the country in 4 weeks, but not so much that we felt like we needed a vacation from our vacation. Karen from Latitude South and her on-ground support in Sydney were excellent. Everything she arranged and planned for us went off without any glitches. We have already recommended her to friends thinking of traveling to the South Pacific in the next year or so.
Brad Thompson and Randy Booth, Alberta, Canada
We had an outstanding three week tour of Australia. I can truthfully say that we did not have a bad day the entire trip. Karen worked extensively with us in planning the trip, making several key suggestions that turned out to be exceptional. She selected excellent lodging at each location based on our criteria. The tours and guides she set up for us were the highlight of each stop.
Gary and Barbara Petersen, Minnesota, USA
We used this New Zealand travel company and couldn't have been happier with our choice. Karen was amazing from the first contact with her all the way through to when we were on our trip and had some random questions. She was buttoned up, completely understanding of what we were going for with the trip, the arrangements she made were perfect with no snafus (if she said someone would be there at 8:50am, they were), and the trip itself was incredible. Karen worked out budget hard and was able to put together an itinerary that allowed us to see a lot of NZ -- from Auckland to the Coromandel to Milford Sound and plenty more. It was the trip of a lifetime and there was no way we would have been able to do it without Karen and her company's expertise.
Paul Van Lewen and Courtney Jentzen, New York, USA
Karen at Latitude South was wonderful. She customized a great trip for us that included all the activities and sights we were interested in. The day before our scheduled departure (which was a Saturday), my husband came down with the stomach flu and we had to postpone our departure. Despite being a Saturday, Karen responded to my message almost immediately and worked with me to determine how best to proceed to salvage as much of our trip as we could. She re-booked all the air travel and made other special arrangements for us. She helped me file my travel insurance claim and worked to limit the additional fees and cancellation charges. She saved our vacation!
Wendy and Steve Yarno, Arizona USA
Our trip was all that we hoped it would be thanks to the careful planning and attention to detail we received from Karen. I was impressed right from the first contact. Karen asked questions about what activities we enjoyed and customized an itinerary that was tailored to our interest. I have never received such service - it was like having a caring sister arrange out trip. On this trip, we celebrated a milestone birthday for my husband. New Zealand is incredibly beautiful and all the Kiwis we met are incredibly welcoming and hospitable - not just at the Inns where we stayed, but in everyday encounters.
Virginia and Tom Gruendel, North Carolina
Karen's assistance to us was absolutely superlative. We appreciated how she was very caring and personable, as well as incredibly meticulous and professionally responsible in her work. She helped us have our 'trip of a lifetime' and I have already anecdotally recommended her to several friends, should they ever wish to travel to Australia or New Zealand!
Yana Watson & Rahul Kakar, New York
The trip was everything I expected and more…cannot say too many good things about Karen and her staff at Latitude South. Karen made every effort to see that all my expectations and more were met; alterations and special requests were never a problem for her, and I feel as if we are now family!! Extremely knowledgeable, always friendly, enthusiastic, and eager to please….cannot recommend Karen and her company too much..
John Fields, Tennessee, USA
Our trip to New Zealand was very well planned by Karen which made each stop stand out on its own. Our first stop on the Coromandel Peninsula was the perfect place to relax and get acclimated to the time change. New Zealand is everything you hear and more – the standouts were the Tongariro Crossing, the Milford Sound overnight cruise, paragliding in Queenstown and the Otago private wine tour. We stayed in B&B’s which was a first for us – very worthwhile a chance to meet locals and other travelers on a level that you do not experience in hotels.
Ray and Pam Guyer, New Mexico
We made a lifetime of memories. New Zealand is so amazing. It is like California, Hawaii, Switzerland, the Carribbean all packed into such a small amount of space. The topper is the people – so warm and friendly that meeting interesting and active people became one of the highlights of our trip. Latitude South's planning was spectacular. Although it is hard to match Hapuku and Tree Tops; we loved each place we stayed in different ways.
Lynne & Mike Pentecost, California