I booked a private day tour with Charles so I could combine various aspects of his tours into one full day. As a Kiwi who's travelled extensively overseas, and also here within NZ, I was overwhelmed with the stunning scenery I saw during this unique tour and actually felt quite proud of our great wee country. From Paradise Valley, to Mount Earnslaw Station (to which Charles has exclusive access!), and a taster of the Routeburn track, the scenery is truly second to none! Charles pinpointed our various spots on a map and pointed out the vistas, which lay before us, in a Lord of the Rings book he'd brought along. It is so obvious why this part of the world was chosen for such movies as The Hobbit, Narnia, Wolverine and even a Lindt Swiss chocolate advert!
I was really taken by Charles' knowledge in general and genuine interest, and would not hesitate to thoroughly recommend Charles from Private Discovery Day Tours if you are after a fantastic day out, which is truly small group (or a private tour as I did).