began planning a trip to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary and Judy's Birthday in the Fall of 2017 for June 2018. Despite it being early winter and off-season, our longtime dream holiday was a driving tour of New Zealand. A contact in New Zealand put us in contact with Jane Turner of Active Downunder. After written and phone interviews, Jane planned and scheduled a tour that made our dream come true. We flew from Las Angeles to Auckland and spent a week driving and touring the North Island, ferried to the South Island and spent two weeks there. The timing and driving distances were ideal for us. Our accommodations were consistently some the best in each area, the food and drink were also very good even in small towns, the locals were delightful and very helpful, and the scenery was breathtaking. Mother Nature did not give us three weeks of perfect skies, so, to our surprise, we are already talking about going back during a New Zealand spring. And we will certainly contact Jane to assist with the planning and scheduling. We made some incredible memories in New Zealand and will be eternally grateful to Jane for helping make this happen.
Bill & Judy McIntire, CA - June 2018
"Mega-thanks” for the superior land/sea/rail tour of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island. The 24 folks (a subset of The Cruising Club of America) who you planned this tour for seek the best of the best. You didn’t let us down! From the moment we landed in Christchurch to our departure 11 days later, our needs weren’t simply met, but were anticipated at every turn. Our guides were the best – so tuned into each of us, highly intuitive and personable. They became our friends and part of our group’s fabric. The tour itself was exceptional, from the trans-Alps train ride, a jet-boat ride on the Dart River, a helicopter ride to a Mt. Cook glacier, a tour of the Yellow-Eyed Penguins of Dunedin, and even the copious quantities of NZ’s signature Pinot Noirs. You packed it all in with unsurpassed attention to detail. This was a trip of a lifetime, thank you!
Peter C. Pallette (& Harriet) – March 2018
Rear Commodore | The Cruising Club of America
Care-free organization which exceeded our expectations in all matters. The planning for the trip, car rental, hotels, activities ... was done with no effort from our side. Everything turned out as expected with no surprises. I am definitely using Acrive Downunder for a repeat visit to that great nation and its lovely and accommodating people.
M. Balaa, CA - March 2018
We had a wonderful month in NZ. We adored all the wonderful small places you put us in. The hospitality, locations and venues were lovely. All in all, we really loved everything you set up for us. You've changed my mind about the value of using an area (destination) specialist....I've always just spent hours and hours planning in the past. One of the best parts was that everything was paid for in one flat fee....we really had no idea what each thing cost.....so we couldn't walk away from something great just because we might have thought it was too expensive. Thank you so much for a job really well done!
P. Bacich, CA - March 2018
Active Downunder was recommended to us by a couple recently returned from New Zealand and they couldn't say enough good things about the lodges that Active Downunder had found for them......and they were right. We didn't stay in any hotels but rather first rate, comfortable, luxurious, accommodating, friendly and intimate lodges. These lodges greatly enhanced the overall experience of touring this beautiful county. We altered our itinerary a number of times during the planning stage and Jane went beyond the call of duty to satisfy our needs with wonderful recommendations.
R. Randall, CA - Feb 2018
We wanted to let you know how much we truly enjoyed our New Zealand adventure you planned out for us. Everything worked out perfectly, from our upgraded flights with Air New Zealand, to the most comfortable accommodations and the wonderful people who hosted them, as well as the professional and knowledgeable guides who introduced us to the many treasures of New Zealand. If we ever get a chance to return to New Zealand or venture to Australia, we would definitely hope you’d once again be our guide.
Our sincere thanks,
D & R Maidlow, ME - Jan 2018
This is a great organization that provides superior service to its clients. Very responsive and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Active Downunder to anyone desiring to experience the best New Zealand has to offer.
P. Befanis, FL - Jan 2018
A thousand thanks from Anne and me on a FABULOUSLY well planned trip! We had a perfect vacation. Everything went like clockwork, the accommodations were wonderful, transportation seamless, scenery breathtaking, food delicious, people warm and friendly. You did a great job setting everything up for us, and our memories of our time in Australia and New Zealand will be the topic of fun conversations and ear-to-ear smiles for years to come. Thank you for all you did for us, it really was a superb effort.
M. Margulies, MA - Jan 2018
I travel frequently all over the world and decided this time to take my honeymoon in New Zealand. I picked Jane at Active Downunder as I thought she might provide a little more insight vs the travel agent I typically use or me putting something together. Well, I was correct. She listened to what we wanted from this trip, type of accommodations and activities and put something together that really worked for us. There were no surprises or let down and by the time we were finished it exactly what I wanted. I would most definitely recommend her to others. If you have an opportunity to work with Jane, she won’t let you down.
C. Singer, CA - March 17
We took a leap of faith by booking this trip without first doing our own research into New Zealand and what we'd want to do and see. However, after talking to Jane, we were astonished to have this fabulous trip, where we felt that we got to see all the highlights and then some. Jane listened to us and booked us at just the kind of places we like to stay in: small luxurious boutique hotels and B & B's. The activities suggested were amazing, with just the right amount of hiking and free time and relaxation. Everything worked perfectly smoothly, without any glitches. I can't recommend Jane and Active Downunder highly enough - as a matter of fact on our return flight we already handed Jane's card to a fellow passenger.
K & J. Stanigar, CA - Mar 2017
Hands down best Travel Agent ever is Jane Turner. We decided to travel to Australia and New Zealand and gave Jane 2 weeks notice! Not only did Jane provide a perfect itinerary but she listened to everything we wanted to do for our 30 day vacation. She maximized our time in both countries, our activities were amazing and the places we stayed were perfect! I would highly recommend anyone looking to travel in this part of the world to use Jane. She is so knowledgeable, experienced and executes flawlessly. She was so much fun to work with and oh...BTW everyone we met complimented her endlessly. She is well liked by all those who work and know her.
Thank you Jane!
Shannon and Rod, CA - Nov 2016
We took a bigger than usual trip (3 weeks with two countries) and the flight research alone would have been a nightmare. The best thing we did was leave it to Jane at Active Downunder. Everything was taken care of, from booking flights, to tours, to transportation, to lodging. We had a wonderful time. Thank you Jane!
D. Duong, CA - Nov 2016
We are travelers who usually plan our own trips based on research. But we could not have done this without Active Downunder. From first contact and getting the questionnaire to begin the process. All through the planning Jane responded quickly and answered all questions well. During the trip, Jane notified us of changes via email about weather related cancellations. Her knowledge and contacts were exemplary. The best thing we can say is we will call Jane for our next trip to New Zealand and/or Australia. All of the innkeepers and other service providers during the trip also spoke quite highly of Jane. Any individual, couple or family will have the trip of a lifetime.
V. Gaskins, CA – Mar 2016
What a unbelievable trip you planned for Debbie and I. This trip was on our "bucket list". Something we had wanted to do all our lives and Jane and her staff made it absolutely perfect! We had a vacation of a lifetime without any glitches. Going in their late summer was a perfect time. Less crowded and the temperature was perfect. Once again, thanks for planning our trip of a lifetime.
M. Baird, CO - Mar 2016
Every day on our trip I have mentioned how I wanted to email you. Now that we are in Melbourne, I am finally sending you that email. I want to tell you how much Hank & I have so thoroughly enjoyed our trip to New Zealand. Every day brought a new adventure for us. We loved spending so much time outdoors, walking the wonderful tracks, kayaking through peaceful waters, and experiencing as much of the beautiful landscape and scenery this country has to offer. We met some wonderful people and were hosted by many genuinely warm and helpful Individuals who added more interesting twists and turns to our journey. I especially want to commend Lisa from Camp Estates in Dunedin, Ian & Sandy at Queenstown Country Lodge, Jan at the Breakers, Kerri at Radford's (she was amazing!) and Wayne & Val at Shelbourne villas. Everywhere we lodged was unique and charming in its own way. All of our excursions went well and we particularly enjoyed our day with Willy, our Maori guide, while staying in Lake Taupo. I really can't say enough about this trip. We are so appreciative for your help and expertise in creating a lifetime of amazing memories for us in New Zealand. Warm regards,
Maryann & Hank, OH - Feb 2016
We were very impressed with Active Downunder. They were very easy to work with to plan our trip. Jane was right on with how many days to stay in each location. The rental car company did a great job of setting us up and helping us on our way with a reliable car that fit our needs. The New Zealand people are happy and friendly, helpful people. The country is very clean and we always felt safe. We had a wonderful trip that couldn't have gone any smoother. We would recommend it to anyone.
B. Purdy, AL - Feb 2016
Lou Reed has a great song called Perfect Day. Every day of our trip was a Perfect Day.
S. Wehrenberg, MN - Dec 2015
Jane did a wonderful job of fitting all our wishes into an excellent 18 days in New Zealand. She worked with us to design a personalized itinerary that made the most of our time in this stunningly beautiful country. The activities she booked for us were well run and well worth our time and money. During our trip I found myself repeatedly saying, "Jane was right on, again!"
S. Wehrenberg, MN - Dec 2015
Active Downunder created a fantastic itinerary for us. They removed all of the stress of planning the trip and picked great places for us to visit and stay. We'd love to do it again!
J. Myers, CA - Dec 2015
Our itinerary was terrific and was competitively priced. People we met from New Zealand said that we were well advised. We appreciated that you arranged a good trip to New Zealand, with all the right highlights, and did the leg work of finding our accommodations and arranging activities with the best guides. It was a terrific trip!
S. Keydel, CA - Nov 2015
Our greatly anticipated trip to New Zealand far surpassed our expectations largely due to Jane at Active Downunder. Initially she inquired about our wishes/priorities and she produced an itinerary that was truly perfect. She knew what we would enjoy better than we knew ourselves!! She coordinated amazing accommodations with breathtaking views and amicable NZ hosts, truly exciting and memorable adventures with terrific guides, and plenty of suggestions for excursions, meals, and places to stop along the way. Our car rental was easy, as were our internal flights.
We are ever so grateful to Jane for making this trip so enjoyable.We thought this was a 'trip of a lifetime', but now we are thinking---with Jane's help---we may want to visit New Zealand again! We saw a lot in three weeks, but I'm sure we didn't see it all.
The Townsends in Delaware – Nov 2015
Active Downunder planned the perfect trip! The activities, accommodations, and pacing were seamless! Our wants and wishes were listened to, and the attention to detail was impeccable...it was a trip to remember!
D. Blackney, CA - Oct 2015
Active Downunder provided us with a perfect mix of detailed planning and free time, so we were able to customize our vacation just as we liked it. We appreciated the high degree of expertise on Jane's part, and her patience and guidance throughout. We worked cooperatively with her to hit everything on our wish list, within our time constraints. Without the help of Active Downunder we would never have come up with such an interesting and fun itinerary.
M. Brewer, MD - Mar 2015
Our group did not have any idea about what to do in New Zealand. I called Jane and WOW. She sure knows the best of the best in New Zealand. All I had to do was call and email! It was so easy and we had the best time ever!! Every hotel was perfect. Every guide was on time and eager to share this wonderful country with us. They took us to out-of-the-way places that were just wonderful. They got to know us as a family and made the effort to cater to our wants and needs. All the planned activities were beyond expectations. We saw and did as much as we possibly could. I LOVE NEW ZEALAND! When I go back I will call Jane with Active Downunder. I also heard from others that everyone wants to get on Jane's list! Thank you Jane.
K. Harris, CO - Mar 2015
We had an excellent experience working with this company, and would recommend Active Downunder without hesitation to anyone. Jane Turner was fantastic to work with and even though we had given her limited notice at a busy time of the year she was able to accommodate all our needs and book a fantastic and memorable trip for us!
L. Spens, WA - Feb 2015
To locate a website that 1)met our needs for a trip involving enjoyment of activities, 2) provided multiple options and locations for such a trip, then 3) provided personal and consistent contact with Jane to tailor the specific trip to our personal desires was exceptional to start with. Then, to have each accommodation provide exceptional comfort and support from host and staff, each activity conducted by personal and professional organizations made this one of our most memorable trips. I can't recommend Active Downunder any more highly.
M. Conlon, CA - Feb 2015
Jane provided us with a trip of a lifetime, although I truly hope we return to New Zealand again using her expertise. The trip that she arranged provided wonderful attention to detail, the activities that we desired, spectacular accommodations, and at what I feel was a great value for the cost. We loved the Kiwi's and everything their beautiful country provided us the opportunity to experience. As said by one of our hosts, "good on ya mate" to Jane for her service!
J. Berg, MN - Jan 2015
Active Downunder was very easy to work with and created a custom itinerary for us. For anyone not familiar with the country or who does not want to have to research every part of their vacation themselves, I recommend booking through Active Downunder. We had a great time and felt that our itinerary matched what we requested. New Zealand itself was a beautiful and friendly country. It was easy to get around. The most amazing thing to us what that the country was not crowded at all compared to other types of vacations we had been on. Even when doing the most touristy of activities, it was not over crowded. This made experiencing the amazing sites and the nature more even more enjoyable and intimate for us.
M. Machado, MD - Jan 2015