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Why use your itinerary when I can simply get a plan for free from the internet?

Your holiday plan is authentic, is it not a mass produced package tour nor is it written by a fleeting blogger who spent less than three months in Australia and New Zealand and posted a general guide to their road trip.

The itinerary is curated by a local for locals who live, work and holiday here.  Recommended accommodation or eateries have been road tested where I paid the bill.  I am not being paid a commission to write travel porn about how good a place or venue is. Local knowledge will give you accurate travel times and distances. 

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How does your itinerary work, and how do I go about planning the trip?

The purchased itinerary is a comprehensive plan of what is the proposed activity for each day.  The itinerary informs you of the distance you will travel each day,  you are given an online road map link which we recommend you download and make a paper copy of.  Any activity where you need to pay admission fees you directly contact the supplied website link and book admission.  Eventually we will streamline this service so that you can book within the plan.  Please note we recommend you do NOT book admission fees until you are at the destination.  Let’s allow for some flexibility.  You might be absorbed in the scenery or want to spend more time at the place you are now.  Only book prior to your arrival if we have flagged in the itinerary that it is a popular activity and could be sold out.  Your itinerary is organised with daily recommended stops (activities) including a detailed description of what you will see and do.  The plan includes where the best photo moments are, access to each stop and any weather related issues that might occur. 


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Tongariro River, New Zealand

National Trout Centre Turangi: what to see

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How can I access the itinerary easily when I am travelling?

The itinerary is mobile friendly, you simply download the itinerary and use it offline. We recommend you have an old fashioned paper copy as sometimes our hidden gems have only partial mobile coverage.