We recently experienced a true "trip of a lifetime" when we spent three weeks traveling the South Island of New Zealand in February. We couldn't have done it without the awesome team at PlanitNZ! Matthew spent time getting to know us - how we like to travel, what was important to us to see, etc - and then proposed an itinerary that punched all of our buttons! He helped us plan the perfect itinerary, where we saw enough of the different aspects of NZ - beaches, rainforest, towns, mountains - but without spending ridiculous amounts of time in the car. And the car time we had was always interesting and really just another fun part of the trip. We did have a couple glitches during our visit. One of our own making (be sure to take your drivers license if you plan to rent a car, even if you have an international license which you don't really need) and the other Cyclone Gita. In both situations, Matthew and his team were quick to respond and help us figure out how to proceed. Both "crises" ended up just adding a little more color to our travel stories! In addition to planning our itinerary the PlanitNZ team helped us reserve our rental car (and then cancel & refund that car when we messed up and then find us another rental car starting from a different town 5 days later) as well as a couple of excursions. All the arrangements were handled beautifully, with clear instructions on how to execute once we were in NZ. Really, using PlanitNZ was one of the best decisions we made about the entire trip. They know their stuff, are easy to work with and really care about their travellers! Thanks PlanitNZ for ensuring that our trip was every bit as amazing as we had imagined it would be!!
Recently arrived back from a trip to New Zealand on both the North and South Island. The team with PlanitNZ was incredibly helpful for two recent college graduates that had never planned a trip out of the country before. Responses were always very prompt and informative and we worked with Matt quite a bit. He was incredibly patient with answering all of our questions and providing his personal advice (even when we asked a million questions at times) and even provided feedback on a rough itinerary my partner and I had sketched out by telling us what would work and what things he thought would be impossible to try to cover in our time frame. Helpful yet realistic -- we definitely started off with more than we would have been able to accomplish, which Matt was great at helping us sort out. We booked our rental through them as well and from my observations (I was in NZ teaching for 3 months before my partner and I took this trip) the prices we paid for a rental seemed very reasonable.
The North Island is incredible and will 100% be back to do the South Island. PlanitNZ made it all so simple and highly recommend them. Thank you for all of your help and for such an amazing experience.
When I had the opportunity to book a one-week trip to New Zealand I jumped at it–and quickly realized I was in over my head figuring out where to go and what to see. Enter Planit NZ–Matt and Daisy were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and responsive, creating a tailored itinerary just for us. We were able to maximize our time and experience our own "Greatest Hits" tour, with prebooked activities and a great little rental car. On Planit's recommendation we spent our week in the South Island, driving from Christchurch to Queenstown via Arthur's Pass, Hokitika, and the West Coast. At every stop, Planit put together suggestions for things to do, see or eat, letting us focus on having fun and largely keeping the guidebooks in the suitcases. I highly, highly recommend anyone considering their own adventure reach out and see what they can offer.
I was trying to plan a 3 week trip to New Zealand and had no idea where to start! I emailed PlanitNZ and spoke primarily with Matt. He asked about my trip, what kinds of activities I'm interested and if I was hoping to see one or both islands. With that information he put together an amazing itinerary for me, helped me book my rental vehicle along with numerous excellent tours and gave me a number of other excellent recommendations. He also took the time to tweak parts of the itinerary based on my feedback. I had the most amazing time and couldn't have done it without Matt's help. Thank-you PlanitNZ!!!
Matt and Daisy were great. Every request, issue, or question I had was taken care of promptly and with kindness. I rented two vehicles while in NZ, and everything worked out very smoothly. I had no issues. The price was great, too, especially during the peak-season. I highly recommend using their service if you are new to NZ or looking for travel, food, and/or adventure suggestions. They'll take care of all your needs.
We used the car rental service and could not be more pleased. Our many questions were answered quickly and problems sorted out patiently. The service was friendly and competent. We got a good rate, an excellent car and a reliable agency. Thank you for your help! We had a great time.
I rented a car through Planit NZ and could not be more satisfied with my experience. Matt and Daisy are extremely prompt with email replies and were vital to my successful trip. The itinerary they helped me build took a lot of the stress of figuring out what was worth the time and what could be done when I come back to NZ. Use Planit NZ for your New Zealand adventure needs and you will not be disappointed.
Can't comment on accommodation or meals as we've arranged our own meals and stayed back in Queenstown. However, the premium Milford tour ex-Queenstown is one of the highlights of our stay in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. The bus trip was very restful with interesting commentary by our experienced bus driver, and the Milford Sound cruise is a remarkable experience that would be a must for every visitor. We've deeply appreciated the beauty of our nature, experienced a brief shower at the fresh rain-soaked waterfall by the edges of the deeply carved cliffs, came close to a herd of sun-baking seals, and even got to wave at a passenger cruise ship which was tiny by scale in comparison to the majestic peaks of the Milford mountains. As the weather improved more in the later afternoon, we were able to return home by air which is also another spectacular experience to view the amazing landscape (p.s. having done the helicopter tour a week before, the plane trip was less visceral but a quicker way to return home for dinner!). Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy the best of South Island.
I'm just back from a 3-week road trip with my 16-yo son and we had a blast. Matt and Daisy were fabulous at suggesting and booking many of the activities in the N and S Islands. A couple of the companies they suggested (Dart River Adventures and Glenorchy Air) were particular accommodating of our requests to reschedule activities because of the occasional bouts of wet weather we encountered on our travels, so top marks to them. And also to Jucy for giving us a free upgrade to a Champ, which is basically a Cabana with an extendable cubby-house on top, which tripled our accommodation space in one stroke and was a great hit with my son! All of these were Matt's original suggestions, so a huge thanks to the PlanitNZ crew for really making this a special trip.
PlanitNZ was as responsive and helpful as a company could possibly be. We rented a car through them for one month and were totally pleased. Picking up the car and dropping it off were easy and pleasant and the car was as agreed upon and described. Daisy's input on our itinerary was very helpful, especially as it confirmed the choices we had already made and added valuable input regarding drive times.
I cannot rate these guys highly enough, they went above and beyond to help me plan my perfect trip for myself and my friends. Always prompt with replying, and nothing was ever too much, 100% recommend!
My family and I did an impromptu trip to NZ in April so I did not have much time to research thoroughly about the place and what to do. It ended up being a great trip, especially the campervan experience which Planit NZ help book for me. Matt, Daisy and all are super efficient and helpful in getting things done and also providing suggestions on what to do based on the length of stay. Thanks guys, would definitely refer to you if I go to NZ again!
We had zero problems with our rental car experience. Customer service was quick and had no problems switching our car for one we could figure out how to drive. Returning the car was simple as well. The car was in good condition and there were no problems with driving in New Zealand.
Planit NZ was incredibly helpful in giving us advice on our itinerary. I'd already put together a 10-day itinerary of the South Island on my own, a hodgepodge of tips taken from various sites all over the web, but Planit NZ refined it so that we covered an optimal number of places without rushing overmuch. NZ is a beautiful place and my husband and I are so grateful to Planit NZ for providing us travel consultation and booking various tour packages and activities for us. It's so much time and hassle saved for very, very reasonable prices. The travel planners at NZ were very prompt with their responses, too. I'll definitely go to PlanitNZ again for a future trip :)
Recommend the knowledgeable, friendly staff @ Planit NZ, especially Matt for assistance with choosing tour to suit my needs, time available. Also assisted with discount, payment. Other staff provided updates about the Ronn Pass ( South Island include deep South)
Thanks, really enjoyed my trip. Dawn
Super trip of the North Island and all its glories. Our guide Grant was very relaxed and well organised. He made us feel very involved even though we were the older lemons in the group.
The whole experience made us feel like young ones again!!
I would recommend this trip to all ages.
Asking Planit NZ for help with planning your New Zealand trip is a wise choice. We were quite over challenged with where and when to go, and choosing a suitable car rental for our travel. The crew at Planit NZ made our travel much easier. The itinerary they suggested suited us well and the car rental was just perfect. It was delivered on time at our hotel in Auckland, check-in was easy and quick and giving the car back in Wellington was just as hassle free. I would use and recommend Planit NZ anytime. The price of the car rental was reasonable and the staff very friendly and helpful. Thank you Planit NZ crew.
In Queenstown ? This is a must do and see. An amazing ride on a vintage steamship across Lake Wakitipu, incredible New Zealand barbecue with local meats, vegetables and jaw dropping desserts with a view that is beyond description. Finish your trip with a sheep shearing demonstration and see how the herding dogs work. Then take your steamship back to beautiful Queenstown. This... will be a highlight of your trip to the South Island. Thank you Matt for arranging this for us.
This bus pass is well worth doing. You'll see some great things - the Deep South is an amazing place to be. I recommend spending some extra time in Queenstown (beyond the free day). If you're staying in Christchurch longer than 24 hours, I recommend hiring a car (otherwise you'll unfortunately see and do nothing).
We rented a car through Planit NZ. All of the paperwork we got was in order and we had no hassles getting the car. I also asked Matt to review our proposes itinerary and he gave some good feedback. Just know that to be able to get advice on your itinerary, you first need to book something through them.
We used Planit NZ to book a car rental for a 2 week trip on the south island. Matt and Daisy were both very helpful, and we got an incredible deal on a car that met all our needs while travelling. It was the best value for money, and was far cheaper than any other rental sites we explore before our trip.
I would very much recommend Planit NZ to anyone travelling to NZ, for their knowledge and great customer service.
I had the task of planning a 3.5 week tour of New Zealand for our family of 4, and I didn't have a lot of time to do research. Matt's guidance was super helpful -- with his recommendation, we adjusted our itinerary, booked the right campervan, and made the most of our time in NZ. He answered all of my questions with his trademark patience and good advice. We had a truly spectacular trip -- and we are very grateful to have worked with Matt. I enthusiastically recommend Planit NZ!
We rented a compact car for a camping and driving trip around NZ. Daisy got us a great deal and when we later needed to changed the dates of our rental, Matt sorted it out for us efficiently. He also gave us great advice for planning our 2 week itinerary. I would not hesitate to contact Planit NZ again the next time I travel to NZ (This time for the South Island!) Thanks for all your help guys, you made our trip a lot less stressful ! :)
The Maori village trip is a must do. Our family of 5 loved it. My husband was even chosen as "chief" for our bus. It was a super simple affair which began by our being picked up at our RV park. Our bus driver was utterly AMAZING. I cannot remember his name but he knew how to say hello in 57 languages and knew probably half as many country national anthems. Emmy children were amazed by him. It was a really fun experience and a definite highlight to our short 7 day trip. Thanks for recommending it and arranging everything for us.
We took our family of 5 to New Zealand for a week and had no idea where to begin. Planit NZ was extremely helpful in giving us some ideas on places to visit, activities our wide range of children would enjoy, and planning an route that was doable in a short amount of time. We were very pleased with their efficiency and thoroughness. It was super easy to work with them and encountered no problems along the way. They also helped us in booking our campervan for the stay. They were patient with our many questions and gave us lots of feedback when we had our own ideas. Thanks so much. Will definitely recommend you!
When we were first starting our trip, we happened on this site and were surprised when the chat window opened and there was a real person behind it. Matt was very helpful answering questions about our travel, even though we hadn't really done anything with them yet. We did end up hiring a car through them, which was great. Good pricing, good car. Why wouldn't you want to support such nice people?
On our recent trip to NZ we used Planitnz to answer questions about the different sights and help me pick the ones that would be most suitable to our interest and fit the best in our itinerary. Over all it was a great experience working with Matt and Daisy. They were both very responsive and helpful. I must have asked a million questions, but they would get back to me promptly and help speed up the process. We booked a tour through them on the north island to Hobbiton. We had a bit of a struggle finding the location where we would board the bus, but other than that everything went very smoothly. The bus driver was very informative and kept us on schedule. We enjoyed the trip. Over all very happy with the services from Daisy and Matt and would definitely use Planitnz again if the situation arises.
Daisy and her team were just fabulous. My husband and I never rented a car so we were a bit apprehensive. However, Daisy and her team provided us all the answers during the booking process and we had no issues whatsoever during pick up or drop of. We were so glad we hired the car in Queenstown. Thanks a lot Planit NZ, we have brought some great memories back home.
Had a wonderful experience with Planet NZ and car rental services. Very easy transition from airport to rental and return. Friendly, helpful and provided a great price for a month rental! Matt and the planet NZ crew were fantastic to work with, and I will definitely plan my travels with them again next time! Thanks for making the logistics of my trip low stress!
PlanitNZ was so helpful with our booking, and providing information and recommendations for our trip. The car was clean and we didn't have any issues the entire time. I also highly recommend the Milford Sound tour - it was very informational and an enjoyable trip.
Matt & Daisy helped me prepare my trip to south Island. I rented a car from PlanitNZ and even booked glacier hike and bungy jump .Matt & Daisy were very professional and responded to all my queries instantly. It was a great experience dealing with them. I would recommend talking to Matt & Daisy if you are planing to visit Zealand . Thanks :)
We used Planit NZ for our car rental for our 3 week trip through both islands, and highly recommend! Matt and Daisy got us a crazy-good rate and were so helpful with all of my (many) questions. I would not hesitate to use this service again - for the next time! I loved NZ and needed so much more time!
Planit NZ provided the easiest travel planning experience I've ever had. My wife and I just returned home to the US after a 10 day campervan rental. They were able to walk me through all of the available options, working to get us the package/van with the specific features we needed (for a great price as well!) Of course, I had several follow up questions in the weeks leading up to the trip. Planit NZ had all the answers, and more importantly, they were SUPER FAST in getting back to me. In a world where it often takes several days to hear back from your inquiry, Planit NZ is setting a great standard for thoughtful and effective customer service. I couldn't possibly recommend them more for your NZ travel planning needs.
I recently traveled solo in NZ and rented a campervan from Planit NZ! Words cannot express how grateful I am for everyone at Planit NZ! Leading up to my arrival Matt and Daisy were so helpful with any questions I had. Once I landed in Auckland, I took a short cab ride over to their shop and instantly was greeted with smiles and any travel guide/routes, activities, amenities, and places to stay I would need. The campervan itself was great for my 2 week stay across the 2 islands. I recommend getting full insurance coverage just in case anything happens while you're on the road. Most likely you'll be doing a lot of driving to get to your set destinations and the roads are often windy and unpredictable. Better safe than sorry! I plan on coming back and I will not hesitate to use PlanitNZ again!
This was such a great trip! I wish I could have made it longer. I had only a little over 2 weeks in NZ but feels like I've been here for months (in a good way) because I was able to do and see so much!! It kept me constantly excited with so many new and exciting activities to do and so many new things to see every day. I felt like doing a loop of the south allowed me to see every single thing that I wanted to, and so much more. The people were great, the atmosphere was great and they couldn't have made it any easier for me to travel, being that I had a strict time schedule. With that being said, I would have loved to hop off and spend more time in some of the places if I could've, and would recommend anyone thinking of doing this trip to do the same. This trip gives you just enough guideance to take you easily through the south and just enough freedom to do whatever your heart desires!
Just back from our trip to NZ. In love with the place. It has it all. And Thank God I stumbled upon planitnz blog!! Their blog is so informative. These guys are really helpful. I asked them so so many questions regarding itinerary, accommodation, tours...and they answered it all with patience!! Booked rental car with them. They got us a good deal. Being a tour operator myself here in India, I would be more than happy to recommend you guys to all! Thanks again for all the help for my best trip!!
I just came back from my solo trip to South Island (16-27 Sep). It was a very memorable and enjoyable experience seeing the natural beauty of New Zealand and doing some of the iconic activities like Skydiving and Bungy Jumping. This was made possible by the help of Matt and his PlanitNZ team! Being my first time visiting NZ, I didn't know initially how to get around and what are beautiful places to visit. PlanitNZ has helped me to plan my itinerary and booked all the tours and activities. Yes, it is highly recommended to book the tours and activities as most of the attractions are highly in demand. During the Milford Sound tour, I decided to take a flight back to Queenstown last minute, but they ran out of space. :(. Should I had listened to PlanitNZ to book it before hand, I wouldn't have missed such opportunity. But I knew, I will surely coming back to NZ and will engage PlanitNZ again to plan my itinerary!
Rented a Toyota Hatchback through PlanitNZ and couldn't be happier. They answered all my queries promptly and gave us good suggestions of places to visit and must try foods. The best part was the price quoted for our rental car was so much cheaper than the car rental giants out there.
Have already strongly recommended PlanitNZ to my friends who are visiting NZ.
I cannot recommend this bus pass highly enough for the solo traveler to New Zealand! Fantastically knowledgeable, fun, and friendly drivers, adventurous and welcoming fellow travelers, and excellent itineraries for seeing the best this gorgeous country has to offer. If you're traveling alone or with a partner or small group, you couldn't find a better traveling family! Booking through Planit NZ is definitely the way to go, as Matt and his team are extremely knowledgeable, very quick to respond to messages, and absolute pros at taking care of every last detail so you can relax and enjoy your holiday, confident that everything from your transportation to your accommodation is well in order. Huge thanks to Matt and the Planit NZ team for introducing me to New Zealand; I'll be back soon!
PlanitNZ got me the best deal on a car rental! Everyone we talked to who was travelling paid much more. The supplier was extremely accommodating, even bringing us a GPS to an after hours site. Would absolutely recommend!!
Rented our car through planitNZ, Matt and Daisy were also absolutely wonderful in helping my family and me plan out our winter trip around the South Island. They were patient in answering all of my questions and any doubts I had. My family and I truly enjoyed NZ because of you guys! Thank you so much!
This was a great experience. The places we visited were amazing and the activities were a lot of fun. The whole thing goes very quick, but it makes sense, there is just so much to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and fun to hang out with.
Terrific tour with loads of information. It poured rain the entire day of the tour, and I was dreading it because visibility was so limited. But the incredible bonus was thousands of waterfalls that only occur when it is raining. So the tour is a win regardless of weather. Bus is comfortable and stops are adequate. Well worth the price.
Nice and unique experience. Never expect to see such beautiful glowing creature.
Downside on the tour is that the time to see the glowing creature is very short. We were seated on a boat and we did not have any opportunity to be up and close with the creature. Within the next couple of mins, we are already out of the cave and the tour ended.
I will recommend going to Ruakuri cave as you can be really close to the glowing worms. But do note that there will be about 1 hr of walking in the cave. But is worth trying.
I rented a Nissan Wingroad through PlanitNZ. PlanitNZ was able to beat the lowest price i found online and even added full coverage on the car while still keeping the cost below anything else I could find. Matt and Daisy also helped me with general questions I had regarding NZ which helped my girlfriend and I plan out our two month trip abroad. The car worked great and the service was always friendly. Highly recommend. -Jordan Mitchell
Planit NZ was SUCH a huge help! My husband and I came to capture our friends' elopement at Lake Tekapo, and wanted to plan a nice route for the remaining 21 days. The Planit crew helped us plan the perfect path to explore both the South and North Island! It was incredible! They helped ensure all of our questions were answered, and went above and beyond to actually listen to what we wanted on our NZ adventure. Having the insight of locals was invaluable! We were in such great hands!
You can see yourself! South Island: http://tinyurl.com/wrsnz North Island: http://tinyurl.com/wrsnz2
The North Island 7 days tour was great! I'll never forget the stunning New Zealand's landscape! Our guide was always ready to make our experience unforgettable and exploit the time we had in the best way possible. Travelling with a small group of people means you can really feel part of the group from the beginning and make new friends easily. I liked very much the possibility to choose among different activities.
I definitely recommend future travellers to use Planit NZ for their New Zealand adventure.
I had an amazing experience. I got to meet about 4 different drivers and they were all amazing. Nipper especially :)
The East cape is definitely an underrated destination that I encourage people to visit. I didn't think NZ could get more laid back until heading to the East Cape.
Definitely do not skip the culture nights, I know you'll save money but you're losing out big time. TumuTumu caving was one of my best highlights as well as Hobbiton, and the Lord of the Rings tour in Wellington. I would suggest hopping off in Wellington if possible. One night is not enough and the museum is free and you can spend all day there. This was definitely worth the money and I wish I could've stayed longer.
New Zealand I will be back!
- Kaela - A happy Canadian traveler
I had a good time in my holiday in NZ . In planitnz not only booked the tour but Matt also taking time to helping me to review my itinerary and make it more enjoyable. Respond given prompt and no hassle booking. Keep on the good n friendly work guys .
I used PlanitNZ's car rental service about 6 months ago and was very pleased! I had no idea how to get the best deal on car rentals in New Zealand, and Matt was extremely helpful and responsive via email. I felt that I got a really great deal, especially after talking with other travelers during my two month trip. Great service from PlanitNZ and an overall great experience with the rental agency too!
We rented a car through PlanitNZ to travel the beautiful South Island for 11 days. Matt and Daisy provided us with an excellent service - highly professional, always prompt with our queries and happy to provide expert advice re bookings and must see sites. I would highly recommend using PlanitNZ when planning a NZ trip for best routes to take, accommodation suggestions, car rental and bookings for adventure trips e.g. Franz Josef Glacier. THANK YOU!!!
One of the better informational and scenic tours I've experienced in any trip that I've been in. The tour guide (driver) was extremely knowledgeable and truly made it a great experience. I recommend this to everyone who is in Queenstown.
We had our honeymoon in NZ for over a Month.We explored both islands, it was a journey that we will never forget. Beautiful places, stunning views, nice people. None of this wouldn't be possible without Matt's help. He was the guy who helped us to find a car, because we ran out of time, he gave us helpful informations about where to buy food, which places to visit even he suggested the hostel where we had our first night. He is a great guy, helpful I would recommend for everybody to ask help from him. He is the BEST! Thank you Matt!
We rented through Matt and PlanitNZ and found them to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We were trying to decide on whether to go for a camper van or car and they were helpful in pointing out the pros and cons. In the end we decided on a car (and would do so again) and the prices they sourced for us were extremely competitive for our 7 week trip.
We also used Matt for advice on routes etc and his extensive knowledge of travelling in NZ helped us firm up our plans.
We would have no hesitation in using Matt and PlanitNZ again!
My wife and I used PlanitNZ to book our camper and they got us the best possible price. They were a pleasure to deal with and Matt was helpful when it came to planning our road trip from Auckland to Christchurch. Thanks!
I used their car rental service last year and I could not be happier with. Every question was answered and Matt was very quick to respond. The service was friendly and competent; and we ended up with and excellent car and a reliable agency. Thank you for making our trip so much easier!
Hi We did this trip last year mid feb to march
As we are an older couple we opted for the extra payment for our own accommodation not sharing which was a great decision. Our group was mixed age wise as young as 20 and up to 60 not a problem at all.
The advise that matt gave me prior to booking with them was excellent any questions he answered and I asked a lot!
Doubtful sound was fantastic, Helicopter up to Franz Joseph just brilliant and white water rafting in Queenstown for me was the best I even got in to swim twice. Our Guide Gollum was really good lots of information . Otago biking the old railway line was great especially the tunnel where you cannot see for a few seconds. The lodge in Rangatata was the best place ever. the supposedly haunted house in Otago was not !!!!! Just do it
We used the Car Rental Service to for our 10 day trip around the South Island. Great car / great deal and Planit NZ answered our (many!) planning questions which made deciding on our route much easier. Thanks a million!
I was travelling solo and this trip was the perfect way to see the South Island. The group on the bus was heaps of fun. Would do it again if I could! The TranzAlpine trip from Christchurch to Greymouth was incredible
Too many highlights to list them all, but thanks heaps to Planit and Mat for helping organise.
I rented a Spaceship campervan through PlanitNZ. Matt and PlanitNZ promptly responded to all my emails and was able to get me the best possible price for my 2 month campervan rental. I would recommend using their car/campervan rental service to anyone considering doing a trip across the amazing two islands that make up New Zealand! -Matt Brown