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Testimonials

Thinking about booking your holiday to New Zealand with Silver Fern Holidays?

We’re different from other travel agents. We specialise in 100% tailor-made holidays to New Zealand; it’s what we do, and it’s what we love.

We have over 25 years’ experience planning and booking trips to New Zealand for our clients and customers. With a team who have lived, worked, and traveled the land of the long white cloud, you’re in great hands when it comes to tailoring your perfect holiday. No matter what you’re interested in, from walking to wine, and skiing to exploring New Zealand by campervan we’ve done it all; and more!

We work hard to get to know each and every one of our clients so that we can plan the perfect holiday to New Zealand, every time. Don’t just take it from us, though. Here are a selection of stories and experiences from our clients.

Our Client Testimonials

And Just a Few More Stories from our Clients

Here are a few more stories and pictures shared with us from our happy customers…

Barry & Maggie Westby

We had a great trip to New Zealand. Everything had been very well organised so we had a trouble-free experience, giving us the chance to visit some great places with a mixture of cities and beautiful scenery.

Silver Fern Holidays arranged excellent accommodation for us, with a good mixture of hotels, B&Bs and a farm stay.

There were many highlights but some stand out: a walk through the rainforest in Abel Tasman National Park, with stunning views of the sea; a night on a boat on Doubtful Sound, and watching the sunrise over Mount Cook reflected in the still waters of Lake Matheson at Fox Glacier.

Silver Fern Holidays gave us excellent guidance and advice and we have no hesitation in recommending them to others planning a visit to New Zealand.

Barry and Maggie Westby

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T14:35:49+00:00

Barry and Maggie Westby

We had a great trip to New Zealand. Everything had been very well organised so we had a trouble-free experience, giving us the chance to visit some great places with a mixture of cities and beautiful scenery. Silver Fern Holidays arranged excellent accommodation for us, with a good mixture of hotels, B&Bs and a farm stay. There were many highlights but some stand out: a walk through the rainforest in Abel Tasman National Park, with stunning views of the sea; a night on a boat on Doubtful Sound, and watching the sunrise over Mount Cook reflected in the still waters of Lake Matheson at Fox Glacier. Silver Fern Holidays gave us excellent guidance and advice and we have no hesitation in recommending them to others planning a visit to New Zealand.

Brian & Nicky Dale

Brian and NickyWe had a fabulous holiday...not sure I can pick out the best bits! Tiri Tiri Matangi trip, Bay of Islands (dolphins), Kauri trees, Cathedral Cove, Tongariro, Queen Charlotte Sound in to Picton, Kaikoura Peninsular, Lake Matheson, Glaciers, Wanaka, Milford Sound, shotover jet in Queenstown, Mt Cook Hooker Valley walk.....all of it really!

The accommodation was all superb and we loved the book of prepaid vouchers...I know we've paid but not having to think about how much we were paying as we went along  made things more enjoyable somehow, especially given the excellent B&B's and hotels you found us and the 5 star nature of some of them!

I also want to say that directions to the various accommodations given in the final itinerary were spot on and took us straight there every time..I don't think we ever got lost which is impressive! Everywhere we stayed we found ourselves ideally positioned for whatever we were there for which was much appreciated and well thought out.

We loved the scenery everywhere we went...as one fellow tourist commented at the top of Mt Ruapehu it doesn't seem fair that one country should have everything! We never felt it was time to go home since there was always something special to look forward to the next day and the one after that...the four and a half weeks just touched the surface but we're so lucky to have been able to make the trip and will remember it for years to come.

Thank you for helping us to have the holiday of a lifetime. We are certainly recommending Silverfern to everyone we talk New Zealand to!

 

Brian & Nicky Dale

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T12:33:17+00:00

Brian & Nicky Dale

We had a fabulous holiday...not sure I can pick out the best bits! Tiri Tiri Matangi trip, Bay of Islands (dolphins), Kauri trees, Cathedral Cove, Tongariro, Queen Charlotte Sound in to Picton, Kaikoura Peninsular, Lake Matheson, Glaciers, Wanaka, Milford Sound, shotover jet in Queenstown, Mt Cook Hooker Valley walk.....all of it really! The accommodation was all superb and we loved the book of prepaid vouchers...I know we've paid but not having to think about how much we were paying as we went along  made things more enjoyable somehow, especially given the excellent B&B's and hotels you found us and the 5 star nature of some of them! I also want to say that directions to the various accommodations given in the final itinerary were spot on and took us straight there every time..I don't think we ever got lost which is impressive! Everywhere we stayed we found ourselves ideally positioned for whatever we were there for which was much appreciated and well thought out. We loved the scenery everywhere we went...as one fellow tourist commented at the top of Mt Ruapehu it doesn't seem fair that one country should have everything! We never felt it was time to go home since there was always something special to look forward to the next day and the one after that...the four and a half weeks just touched the surface but we're so lucky to have been able to make the trip and will remember it for years to come. Thank you for helping us to have the holiday of a lifetime. We are certainly recommending Silverfern to everyone we talk New Zealand to!  

Julie Rhoney

Julie Rhoney picI had been to a presentation and met Laura. She came across as very knowledgable and confident and she inspired me to seriously consider booking a once in a lifetime holiday.

The attention to detail given by Laura Ling was second to none I would have no hesitation in booking another holiday through Laura.

I cannot wait until I am able to return to NZ. Well, that was indeed the holiday of a lifetime… but we want a re run! There is still so much we want to see and do.

Many thanks for all your efforts, it all went swimmingly.

Julie Rhoney

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T14:28:06+00:00

Julie Rhoney

I had been to a presentation and met Laura. She came across as very knowledgable and confident and she inspired me to seriously consider booking a once in a lifetime holiday. The attention to detail given by Laura Ling was second to none I would have no hesitation in booking another holiday through Laura. I cannot wait until I am able to return to NZ. Well, that was indeed the holiday of a lifetime… but we want a re run! There is still so much we want to see and do. Many thanks for all your efforts, it all went swimmingly.

Mrs Manning

The trip was very enjoyable - just what we hoped it would be. Thank you for organising everything for us.

 

Mrs Manning

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T14:26:59+00:00

Mrs Manning

The trip was very enjoyable - just what we hoped it would be. Thank you for organising everything for us.  

Brian & Melanie Atkinson

Atkinsons at Mou WahoWe are seasoned world travellers who generally travel independently and make all our own arrangements. However as we had an extended trip of the Far East culminating in a road trip round New Zealand we were delighted to be recommended to Silver Fern.

Both Barbara and John spent a considerable time with us finding out what we wanted to do and then imparting their considerable local knowledge to put a wonderful itinerary together for us.

The accommodation they recommended was exactly as we had requested according to the budget we have given them, driving distances were well planned and we were even met at the airport and given a detailed itinerary and plenty of local information about getting around New Zealand.

Suggestions were also made for places to visit that we would otherwise not have considered. Just before we were due to leave we had to change our travel dates and Barbara seamlessly rearranged the accommodation where required. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

Thank you John and Barbara.

Brian and Melanie Atkinson

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-26T16:07:40+00:00

Brian and Melanie Atkinson

We are seasoned world travellers who generally travel independently and make all our own arrangements. However as we had an extended trip of the Far East culminating in a road trip round New Zealand we were delighted to be recommended to Silver Fern. Both Barbara and John spent a considerable time with us finding out what we wanted to do and then imparting their considerable local knowledge to put a wonderful itinerary together for us. The accommodation they recommended was exactly as we had requested according to the budget we have given them, driving distances were well planned and we were even met at the airport and given a detailed itinerary and plenty of local information about getting around New Zealand. Suggestions were also made for places to visit that we would otherwise not have considered. Just before we were due to leave we had to change our travel dates and Barbara seamlessly rearranged the accommodation where required. We cannot recommend them highly enough. Thank you John and Barbara.

Mr Richardson

As you know this was my first holiday since the death of my wife, and when she was alive we had talked about adding a trip to New Zealand onto one of our visits to see our son and his wife in Sydney.

I was not sure whether I was ready to do it on my own.

I decided that the first move was to talk to someone so I spoke to John on the phone and arranged to come and have a chat. We had a long meeting and it all sounded ideal. All I needed to do was convince myself.

Once I made the decision everything was so easy thanks to you. You kept in touch right up to me going and I always felt that I had a good contact if I had a problem.

Now onto the tour. Not much to say. It was even better than I had expected. The coach and driver were top class, the hotels and food were very good and the itinerary meant we visited everywhere we needed to see New Zealand.

However, as you know the highlight of my 6 weeks away was meeting my 5 month old grandson in Sydney.

That said, I am so pleased I made the trip and even more pleased that I arranged it through Silver Fern Holidays; everything was first class.

“wonderful”
“exceeded expectations”
“exceptional driver – very experienced”
“the mix of people only added to the enjoyment”

Richardson

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T14:29:45+00:00

Richardson

As you know this was my first holiday since the death of my wife, and when she was alive we had talked about adding a trip to New Zealand onto one of our visits to see our son and his wife in Sydney. I was not sure whether I was ready to do it on my own. I decided that the first move was to talk to someone so I spoke to John on the phone and arranged to come and have a chat. We had a long meeting and it all sounded ideal. All I needed to do was convince myself. Once I made the decision everything was so easy thanks to you. You kept in touch right up to me going and I always felt that I had a good contact if I had a problem. Now onto the tour. Not much to say. It was even better than I had expected. The coach and driver were top class, the hotels and food were very good and the itinerary meant we visited everywhere we needed to see New Zealand. However, as you know the highlight of my 6 weeks away was meeting my 5 month old grandson in Sydney. That said, I am so pleased I made the trip and even more pleased that I arranged it through Silver Fern Holidays; everything was first class. “wonderful” “exceeded expectations” “exceptional driver – very experienced” “the mix of people only added to the enjoyment”

Chris and Joyce Brill

Small Group Journey testimonial

We travelled with Silver Fern on one of their Small Group Journeys tours.

Very much enjoyed the superb Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

Our train journey from Auckland to the Capital City, Wellington was brilliant and we loved the jet boat trip on our day out to Arthur’s Pass and the caves at Charleston.

A wonderful holiday!

 

Chris & Joyce Brill

Silver Fern Holidays
2016-04-29T09:16:14+00:00

Chris & Joyce Brill

We travelled with Silver Fern on one of their Small Group Journeys tours. Very much enjoyed the superb Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa Museum, Wellington. Our train journey from Auckland to the Capital City, Wellington was brilliant and we loved the jet boat trip on our day out to Arthur’s Pass and the caves at Charleston. A wonderful holiday!  

Healey & Callow’s

walking-abel-tasmanThe organisation through the whole trip was marvellous – much better than if we’d planned it ourselves.

Healey & Callow's

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T13:04:30+00:00

Healey & Callow's

The organisation through the whole trip was marvellous – much better than if we’d planned it ourselves.

David & Yvonne Cartwright

We were introduced to Silver Fern through Hyde Barker, both companies based in Southwell.  We were planning a trip to New Zealand with some stopovers there and back and Laura at Silver fern was able to put together an excellent draft itinerary.  After making a few amendments, the result was a seamless trip which went absolutely according to plan.  The attention to detail by Laura was excellent, all hotels, cars, flights, campervans and trips were booked in advance and one great thing about this was taking away the worry of getting it right ourselves and days of searching for information on the internet.  It was wonderful to be met in Auckland by the resident Silver Fern representative and being presented with all tickets and information required for the four weeks ahead.

David & Yvonne, Nottinghamshire

David & Yvonne Cartwright

Silver Fern Holidays
2016-07-15T12:52:32+00:00

David & Yvonne Cartwright

We were introduced to Silver Fern through Hyde Barker, both companies based in Southwell.  We were planning a trip to New Zealand with some stopovers there and back and Laura at Silver fern was able to put together an excellent draft itinerary.  After making a few amendments, the result was a seamless trip which went absolutely according to plan.  The attention to detail by Laura was excellent, all hotels, cars, flights, campervans and trips were booked in advance and one great thing about this was taking away the worry of getting it right ourselves and days of searching for information on the internet.  It was wonderful to be met in Auckland by the resident Silver Fern representative and being presented with all tickets and information required for the four weeks ahead. David & Yvonne, Nottinghamshire

Bev & John Blackham

Mount CookWe thought we’d email you to express our thanks to you for organising the holiday, it went like a dream.  Right from being met at Christchurch airport by your representative and being handed the book of vouchers and road atlas (which was priceless).  Every voucher worked without a hitch (amazing).

The Milford track, Abel Tasman, Muller hut at Mount Cooke, Tongariro crossing and many of the other walks you suggested were stunning.  New Zealand is such a well organised country and the people so friendly and the roads so empty.

The car hire worked well and we’re pleased we decided not to have a camper van with the mileage we were travelling a car is so much easier.

Again many thanks to you for the hard work you have put in to making our holiday a success and the link up with Emma and Josh went really well.

 

Bev & John Blackham

Silver Fern Holidays
2015-08-20T12:27:59+00:00

Bev & John Blackham

We thought we’d email you to express our thanks to you for organising the holiday, it went like a dream.  Right from being met at Christchurch airport by your representative and being handed the book of vouchers and road atlas (which was priceless).  Every voucher worked without a hitch (amazing). The Milford track, Abel Tasman, Muller hut at Mount Cooke, Tongariro crossing and many of the other walks you suggested were stunning.  New Zealand is such a well organised country and the people so friendly and the roads so empty. The car hire worked well and we’re pleased we decided not to have a camper van with the mileage we were travelling a car is so much easier. Again many thanks to you for the hard work you have put in to making our holiday a success and the link up with Emma and Josh went really well.