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Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo - New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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About Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo - New Zealand
Kia Ora. We are David and Cathy and we operate Luxury Touring a boutique private drive company catering to couples planning their holiday to NZ. We specialise in delivering unique and personal experiences that will inspire and enthral. We plan and book every part of your visit. For us it’s not just about the scenery it’s about the experience and meeting ordinary and extraordinary kiwis.
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Adwik wrote a review Jul 2020
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions1 helpful vote
What a phenomenal trip with wonderful guides and a great Mercedes SUV as well! Huge thanks to Cathy and David for being flexible with our routes and moulding our itinerary in a manner that was personalised to us, and what we wished for. Travelling around the South Island was a truly enjoyable experience with a smooth, worry free ride with small details such as ensuring we were comfortable in regards to temperature, water etc. We loved the local recommendations and routes that take us through paths that maybe slightly off the beaten track. We highly appreciated the wonderful and caring service as well as having genuine, sincere conversation, and we hope to use your service again should we travel south!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from CathyH2362, Owner at Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo - New Zealand
Responded 15 Jul 2020
It was our pleasure to be of service to you. Your family was a delight and we thoroughly enjoyed your company. So glad the weather was on your side so that you could see and enjoy our South Island scenery at its best! We look forward to seeing you all again.
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William C wrote a review Apr 2020
13 contributions6 helpful votes
World-class tour with Cathy and David! Still feel that way even this is the second time tour my wife and I had with Cathy and David. It’s just like meeting with your good old friends, who happen to be extremely familiar with South Land and have a nice SUV, to go for a tour together. Totally trustworthy and worry free. Like there was one day we don’t feel like to go dinner because we want to enjoy the beach, Cathy prepared two amazing cold cut platters. It’s so delicious and we could enjoy the new dinner while appreciating the view and have fun at beach in this excellent ocean front property that they booked for us. :) Beyond Covid19, it’s a good idea to upgrade the travel a notch. I think a very efficient and effective way is to go private tour. Thank you Cathy and David!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Quest768985 wrote a review Apr 2020
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World-class tour with Cathy and David! Still feel that way even this is the second time tour my wife and I had with Cathy and David. It’s just like meeting with your good old friends, who happen to be extremely familiar with South Land and have a nice SUV, to go for a tour together. Totally trustworthy and worry free. Like there was one day we don’t feel like to go dinner because the beach is so nice, Cathy prepared two amazing cold cut platters with 1 day notice. It’s so delicious and we can enjoy the new dinner while appreciating the view and have fun at beach in this excellent ocean front property that they booked for us. :) Beyond Covid19, it’s a good idea to upgrade the travel a notch. I think a very efficient and effective way is to go private tour. Thank you Cathy and David!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from CathyH2362, Owner at Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo - New Zealand
Responded 8 Apr 2020
Thanks William and Nancy Both tours have been a pleasure to design for you! It was wonderful to show you a different part of the South Island to your last tour. A great way to travel and enjoy our beautiful South Island - a bit at a time! Stay well through these unprecedented times. Who knows, third time lucky might mean we get to take you down the West Coast!
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Little Piggy wrote a review Dec 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia224 contributions150 helpful votes
My family of four embarked on a two-week tour of New Zealand's South Island, and wanted some expert intervention as we explored everything that existed between Christchurch and Queenstown.  We knew we were in for some fine company when we received a letter from Cathy Hemsworth, one of the co-owners of this company, on the last night of our stay at The Heritage in Christchurch.  The letter was well-written and was befitting of someone who really cared about their clientele. On a rainy morning, we met Cathy and her husband David, and they were some of the most positive, heart-warming, and sincere people who have met during our travels to any country up to date.  (FYI: We have been to 7 continents and 49 countries, so that is saying a lot!).  David hauled our luggage into the attached trailer, and we were whisked off in their ultra-modern vehicle.  It was spacious, comfortable, and relaxing, and had all of the bells and whistles of any vehicle from any guided tour who have taken so far!! The weather gods were unfortunately not on our side, but they made the most of it.  As we drove past what appeared to be mountains, valleys, and sheep, we had a delicious lunch at Café Verde and then shopped around briefly.  We also managed to squeeze in a special visit to a garage art gallery by a renowned local artist.  Once again, we were met by the angry weather gods as we stopped at the Church of the Good Shepherd, which apparently closed early, and saw the submerged lupin due to the recent floods that devastated many in South Island.  Cathy made the most of the experience by taking us to some of the shops in the area and then with her beloved David, took us up to Mount John Observatory for views of a bit of lake and mountain.  Day One concluded with driving us to The Hermitage, our accommodations for Aoraki / Mount Cook.  Cathy took us to reception, while David drove to the loading dock for the Aoraki wing, ready to unpack our bags and load them onto a cart for our easy access.  They actually only left after they hauled our cart into the elevator and saw us go to our room.  That's what I call stellar customer service!! After one day in Mount Cook on our own, which included a heli-hike on Tasman Glacier, the Hooker Valley walk, and the Kea Point walk, we were warmly greeted again by the loving couple.  We drove for over 2 hours to Rippon Winery, an exclusive winery just minutes away from Wanaka's center.  Everything was almost ready to go when we got there.  Although the weather conditions changed constantly, with high winds, blue skies, and stormy clouds, we thoroughly enjoyed our semi-private tasting session, including some of the best pinot gris in the world.  After that delicious tasting, we headed to Wanaka to walk briefly around the waterfront and to shop for some quintessential kiwi knickknacks.  Cathy and David accompanied us on our walk, and besides enjoying the scenery and pace of life, we really enjoyed their company and perspectives on life.  We then had a later lunch at the Cadrona Hotel, sampling some of the best fish and chips on this trip.  At the restaurant, we felt like we were dining with our closest friends as opposed to our tour guides.  Our last stop was in Queenstown and specifically to our hotel, Hotel St. Moritz.  Both Cathy and David exited the car, provided us with our luggage, embraced each of us warmly, and even bestowed us with keepsake gifts on our magical two-day journey. I'm not sure if we have ever experienced such pampering and spoiling in our lives.  Sure, we have had some awesome tour guides on our global travels, but having a dedicated wife-husband team who excelled in hospitality, local know-how, and exceptional customer service is definitely one for the record books.  When you are visiting Christchurch, Mount Cook, Queenstown, and many other key spots on South Island, make sure you give the Hemsworths a buzz.  You will not only have the best time of your life, but also gain two new lifelong friends in an absolutely stunning part of the world.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from CathyH2362, Owner at Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo - New Zealand
Responded 25 Dec 2019
Wow! We just loved the company of your amazing family! Thank you for this wonderful review which sincerely brought tears to our eyes. The joy of our business is meeting amazing people like you who make it worthwhile showing off our wonderful part of the world. We hope you enjoyed the remainder of your time in NZ and we look forward to your return one day soon!. Safe travels and all the best for 2020! Cathy and David
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eshowfety wrote a review Jun 2019
Summerfield, North Carolina3 contributions3 helpful votes
Where do I begin??? To say that we felt like we were leaving old friends in NZ after 4 days with David and Cathy would be putting it mildly. Although our entire trip to the country was amazing, the time spent with them, ‘made’ the trip. We felt important, cared for and we were treated like royalty! From opening our car doors, to practically buckling us in, to making sure we had water, bathroom breaks, pit stops for coffee, drinks, sweets and photo ops, to making sure our daughter had a fresh supply of gummy ‘jets’ and chocolate fish, our needs were more than met! Cathy even contacted a sheep farmer that she didn’t know, asked him if we could come visit his farm AND if he and his wife would serve us lunch!! What a very special day with lovely kiwis and delicious farm to table food! David and Cathy were both so incredibly knowledgeable and full of fun and interesting facts and could answer, even anticipate, our questions. Never felt a moment of discomfort with David’s driving. Excellent chauffeur! Thanks for sharing your beautiful island with us! Kia Ora😎
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from CathyH2362, Owner at Luxury Touring Lake Tekapo - New Zealand
Responded 2 Jul 2019
Wow! So pleased you had such a great time with us - we also loved having you all on board. We love going the 'extra mile' for our guests as we get as much pleasure from their enjoyment as they do! Thank you for choosing to travel with us and I sincerely hope that you come back and visit again.
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