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Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

Fantastic family day out. From start to finish the Real Journeys staff have been friendly and energetic for the people and passionate about their piece of paradise. Highly recommend this wonderful day out!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

We took the ferry for a day return. It’s very quick and comfortable but the prices are very high. They offer free tea and coffee

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FabAndy
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Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

The seas were modest today with 20 knot winds and 2m seas so the ride was very pleasant. We traveled under partly sunny skies so the scenery was lovely. I'm prone to seasickness but did not have any trouble. I enjoyed fresh air at the stern and it was easy to keep my eyes on the horizon with lovely island scenery. The ferry is a catamaran so makes for more comfortable and smooth ride across Foveaux Strait. There is a lot to see and do once you arrive in Oban.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

We had such luck with our cruise: we got to do it on a beautiful sunny day, clear sky, no clouds on the horizon. The boat was comfortable and despite being high season, it wasn’t fully crowded. Looking at the other Real Journeys’ ships, I had the feeling they simply don’t pack their boats with as many tourists as possible (as opposite to others I’ve seen on the same day). As a result, it was easy to move around and get a nice spot to take pictures. Our luck stayed with us as we saw twice dolphins and had a good look at a group of about 10 seals sleeping on the rocks. We had ordered lunch as well (1 obento and 1 picnic) and we found it tasty. All in all an amazing experience!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Erica00B
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Reviewed 22 December 2018 via mobile

Glowworm Cave

We booked a trip to the glowworm cave at 19:00. We thought we arrived the visitor centre on time but found out we missed the boat, as real journeys required us to arrive 20 minutes before departure. This came as a shock as we only noticed this in the small print in the confirmation letter. We requested if we could be put on the next trip but only heard the reply “you would have to pay again”. Understand that real journeys is obliged to follow their T&C but for a visitor who travelled a long way to Te Anau it seems this company put profit making ahead of customer experience. We wasted the day at Te Anau.

Milford Sound same day trip from Te Anau

Checked that pick up time from hotel is 9:30, we arrived at the pick up location 15 minutes earlier. The pick up shuttle arrived at 9:32, the bus drove round the town to pick up a few more people until we arrive at the visitor centre around 9:40. We checked in and was told the departure time is around 10:00, but the ticket says the departure time is 9:50... very confusing. The visitor centre is cery crowded with visitors for different trips. We saw a real journey bus passing by the visitor centre around 10:02 so we ran out and chase the bus and it stopped. Seems like they were going to leave us if we didn’t went out the visitor centre. The whole pick up arrangement is poorly organised and communicated. There were a few photo taking points on the way to Milford Sound, but always crowded with people and time is very rush. Commentary was average. Boat trip was around 1hour and 20mins. Again, always crowded with people and cannot enjoy the view fully.

Highly suggest to self-drive to Milford Sound and take some walking tracks instead as time is more flexible.

Everything went well before we meet this travel agency, will recommend others not to waste money with this company.

Date of experience: December 2018
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