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 and Richard Kenn, Worthing, England
Mary-Jo and John
Annette and Roger,
Thanks so much for the great tour of the Bay of Islands. We only had a few days and you reallyhelped 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 frest walks which wouldnt have been feasible otherwise. You also did a great job in finding Accessible B & B's like Bellrock Lodge in Russell where Lorraine and Peter were the perfect hosts.
The Kauri Museum at Matakohe was a real treasure - a history of early New Zealand infact, with a great gift shop.
I chose Accessible New Zealand/Accessible Kiwi tours becuase it specialises in Accessivle Touring. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend you to anyone who wants a tour even if there is no need to accommodate disabilities. In fact I'm paasing 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 - New Zealand. The small group 2 hour guided tour was such an awesome experience starting with the dramatic downward spiral entrance, breathtaking cave formations which were just spectacular, gl-worms up so close you could have touched them, hearing the distant thunder of the subterranean river and waterfalls along with the legends and tales about the Ruakuri Caves at Waitomo.
Thank you Annette and Roger for making this enjoyable and memorable day possible.
Cheryl Cresswell Papamoa, New Zealand
Hi Diane and Frank
We arrived home in the UK pretty jet lagged, to the COLD!!!!! Journey went well. Everyone went out of their way to help us.
Already I have enquiries for your web site etc. so fingers crossed.
I have burnt some pictures on a CD which I will be forwarding you.
We bumped into our next door neighbours in Christchurch, completely by accident. Our other close friends were staying in the same hotel as they were. So quite a reunion.
You seem to have given Tina a taste for extreme sports!!! I am wondering where she will head next Abseiling down the Grand Canyon? I have emailed Jim but have not heard from him. He left for the airport about 8 hours before his flight!! I assume he wanted to be sure not to miss it. We came back to a thick blanket of snow. Where Jim lives there have been several heavy snowfalls this week..
Finally I would like to say that we really enjoyed our holiday. It goes without saying that you provide an excellent service, and opens up opportunities for the disabled which would otherwise not be possible. Thank you so much. As for your country, the scenery is mind blowing.
Take care and best wishes and remember us to Kas.
Dear Frank & Diana
Arrived back in the UK safely after the best and most exciting holiday that I have ever had. The only problem the 24 days went too quickly. I will never forget the adventures that we had, such as the whale watching, the jet boat ride, the flight over a glacier in a small aeroplane to Milford Sound . To and from the boat trip, viewing yet more beautiful scenery, the waterfalls, dolphins, seals and orange breasted penguins, not forgetting the evening voyage on the vintage steam ship on lake Wakatipu Queenstown to Walters Peak, where we had one of the many good meals, followed by the sheep dog handling and shearing demonstration. One meal that comes to mind and the experience, is the one at the Maori village near Rotorua.
I would like to congratulate you both for planning such a great tour of the beautiful north and south islands of New Zealand. What’s more I want to thank you both for how you conducted the tour, and took care of the party.
It was fun from beginning to end, beyond my expectations - being a wheel chair user.
I am so glad that I was able to achieve a life long ambition to see New Zealand, which Kiwi Accessible Tours made possible.
I will be back - best wishes John (Banham)
Thank you for giving me a brief interlude in my life adventure.
You have created memories that will last me a lifetime and you have restored my faith in the male of the species.
I will treasure the time we have spent together and wish you well for the future.
I hope you enjoy the cd's as they are two of my favourites.
All my luv
Frank and Diane
Just returned from collecting John Banham from Heathrow.
I would like to thank you for making his holiday so successful. I have to say I really thought he may have taken on more than he could cope with. He is in great spirits although very tired from travelling and time differences.
He really sang your praises and said that you both made the holiday what it was and hopes you continue to build it up and he has the chance to return. All his comments about the places he visited really made feel I should overcome my fear of flying and come over to see for myself. We are going to have a viewing of all his pictures etc. in a couple of week (all your handy work I gather) and I'm looking forward to that.
Once again, Thank you for taking such good care of John. John said he will be in touch soon.
I had a week's leave available in the first week of July 2007 as I was going from one job to another, so decided to take a holiday in the South Island. I hadn't seen much of the South Island so I was keen to pack in as much as possible! I contacted Frank and explained that I use a motorised wheelchair and wanted to keep the accommodation costs down as much as possible... he had about five weeks to organise an itinerary... he rose admirably to the challenge.
The travelling party comprised of my friend Adrienne, my caregiver Maire, myself (and Frank). The journey began with an early rising to catch the Ferry to Picton. It was pouring with rain (well it was the middle of winter) but at least it was a smooth crossing. We then travelled to Nelson via Queen Charlotte Sounds Drive which was just gorgeous. On the way we stopped and collected mussels off the rocks (well I directed), which Frank cooked in white wine that night for dinner. It was our good fortune to discover that Frank is also a Chef!
The next day we went over the Takaka Hill. We stopped and Frank and Maire went on a tour of the Ngarua caves while Adrienne and I sat in a little shop enjoying the view and finding out about the region. The rest of the day consisted mainly of driving and sightseeing, going right around to Farewell Spit. Day 3 we spent looking around Nelson including a stop at the Higlund Art Glass Centre, and the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars.
From Nelson we went down the West Coast to Greymouth. The drive down the West Coast was spectacular! Stops included a seal colony and the Punakaiki pancake rocks. The next day we watched with fascination and admiration as a carver worked a piece of greenstone. Then it was off to Christchurch over the Arthur's Pass. The scenery was stunning! Our stop at the viaduct lookout was entertaining with the cheeky keas performing well for their adoring fans.
By the time we got to Christchurch our group was pretty tired so instead of having another day of travel we changed plans and spent the day looking around Christchurch (shopping of course!). Our itinerary (and Frank) was flexible so that we were able to decide day by day what activities we want to do and where we wanted to stop.
After a pleasant day in Christchurch (albeit that the weather was wet and bitterly cold) we made our way north via the east coast. When we got to Greta it was snowing and as I hadn't been in snow before we all piled out on the side of the road for a brief play. The snow made the area look really beautiful, just like a Christmas card! Next stop was Kaikoura (somewhat brief as it was very cold and wet. We did get to see another colony of seals where Frank and Maire got up quite close to them.
Our final stay was in Blenheim. The day was beautiful... clear and crisp. Just right for going to a market and having a look at the shops. Then it was off to a couple of wineries, having lunch at one... sitting in front of an open fire... ahh! This was topped off at the chocolate factory before finally heading back to the ferry for Wellington.
I find it difficult to get a holiday because of transport issues and needing personal care assistance. Frank made things very easy for me, organising the itinerary and accommodation. He gave suggestions of things we might do (and our group had ideas too). If we spotted something on the way that we were interested in he happily stopped. Above all, Frank was great fun to have as our travel guide and companion. I certainly would not hesitate to go with Frank again, and highly recommend him to people who need support to go on holiday!
Hi Diane and Frank,
Thank you for making our trip to NZ such a success and enabling us to visit venues we would never have got to otherwise. Also for your patience and energy. We would not hesitate to recommend you. You will be as relieved as I am to know that Patrick had a new watch for his birthday !! Hope to see you again.