“My husband and I recently spent a week in New Zealand with Elite & Personal Tours. We had a marvellous time hiking, biking, wine tasting, and exploring portions of the South Island. Judy McKenzie does a great job in customising her trips to her guests' interests, and we have only nice things to say about this trip.”
— Liz Bullitt North Carolina USA, visited November 2016
“We are a family with four children between the ages of 6 and 12 and we had the most incredible holiday in Queenstown under the expert guidance of Judy from Elite & Personal Tours. From accompanied bike rides, river surfing, horse riding, helicopter landing on glaciers to amazing local restaurants, her advice was spot on and she had everything so thoughtfully planned, which meant our trip was exciting and everyday occurred seamlessly. The attention to detail and her wealth of knowledge on the area was invaluable to our trip. We cannot recommend her services more highly.”
— The Creswell Family Melbourne Australia, visited November 2016
“My family and I had a wonderful time in Queenstown with our guide, Paula Smyth. Paula took us on a tour of Queenstown and nearby sites. We stopped at a picturesque lavender farm for a chat with the owner. She later took us to Arrowtown, where she shared the history of the area and we had a delicious lunch. We visited a winery, went wine tasting, drove up in the hills where we saw deer and sheep farms and exquisite scenery. Paula took wonderful care of us and showed us some truly remarkable sites that we will keep as treasured pictures and memories. Paula is enthusiastic, demonstrates extensive knowledge of Queenstown and its environs, and is flexible. She also shows the utmost sensitivity to her clients in that she makes certain their experiences go above and beyond their expectations. It is without hesitation that we recommend Paula as a tour guide for any travellers who are going to New Zealand. ”
— Cheryl Zatkin-Steres California USA, visited December 2016
“My family of 10 took a trip to New Zealand and Australia over the 2016 Christmas and New Year holiday. Our tour guide during our 4-day stay in New Zealand was Paula Smyth. We were arriving in New Zealand from multiple airports and at different times. Paula was extremely flexible with setting up our itinerary briefing. We wanted everyone to be there to hear it – even though it meant doing it late in the evening and on a weekend. Additionally, she was very accommodating to our schedule throughout, for which we were greatly appreciative. From that first welcoming gesture, we continued to be so grateful working with Paula. She is extremely knowledgeable about all things related to New Zealand, and with our Australia questions as well. She was a delight to have with our group and we all enjoyed her immensely. She was value adding with her recommendations, and with her descriptions of things we were seeing. She was professional, friendly, and an all-round pleasure. She enhanced our trip and made the first stop of our 2.5 week journey quite magnificent. She also set the bar for how we evaluated our other guides. We highly recommend Paula to any of our friends who make the trek to New Zealand, and should we find ourselves back there again, we will most certainly want to have Paula as our guide. She is top notch!”
— Barger Jeutter Virginia USA, visited December 2016
— President, Donna Thomas New Zealand Travel, Inc
"New Zealand Travel Inc. would like to recognise Judy McKenzie of Elite & Personal Tours as one of the New Zealand Top Ten Experiences of 2009 and 2010."
“Phil Smyth spent the majority of the time with us during our stay in New Zealand. He provided articulate explanations of his beautiful country that we enjoyed learning from him very much. We would consider Phil’s zest and energy contagious. It’s admirable to see such young great talent in the company. Phil went above and beyond to make us feel special in every way. Every time we had a special request Phil made it happen.”
— Lilly and Leon Tejidor Florida USA, visited March 2017
“From planning through execution, our experiences with Elite & Personal Tours were exemplary. There were six of us, all very seasoned travellers, going together to New Zealand and its South Island for the first time and quite clearly needing help and advice in our planning and our travel. Elite & Personal Tours did a wonderful job of helping us define and coordinate our preferences. They then planned out a full itinerary, including, as the capstone, a helicopter flight to Milford Sound. This took us through the Southern Alps, including landing on a glacier and then later stopping at a high alpine lake for a wonderful picnic. In addition to all the planning, they also provided a very knowledgeable and terrific driver, Phil Smyth, as well as an exceptionally comfortable van to provide transportation. Everything was done with great care and effect and we certainly all felt that Elite & Personal Tours really made our trip a great success. We would all warmly recommend their services to anyone seeking to travel in New Zealand.”
— Rick and Carol Dowden Colorado USA, visited January 2018
"Our group of six has travelled together to many places around the world. When New Zealand came up on the radar, We were thrilled because New Zealand has been on the top of our bucket list. Elite & Personal Tours careful planning and attention to detail, whether it was a place to stay or dinner in a castle, made our trip all the more special. The highlight of the trip was certainly our helicopter trip to Milford Sound, which included a landing on the top of a glacier and then lunch by a lake in the mountains. Our Driver Guide Phil, was such an asset to our trip. His knowledge of places we should see and the history was excellent. He took a special interest in each of us. Phil took great care of us, was always on time and enjoyable to be with.
Thank you for all that you did to make this trip one that we will never forget!"