We have vetted accommodations, activities, and travel via dozens of trips to New Zealand. Some of us even have an accent still. You will not think that you can drive from Mt. Cook to Franz Josef Glacier in 30 minutes just because “they are 20 miles away from each other on the map.” The trip takes 6+ hours.
Leveraging our expertise will not cost
you more out of pocket than the retail prices direct on the internet. We have contracts and
relationships across New Zealand, and know which
the mountains vs those which face an alley.
We work with you to provide a custom itinerary- not a pre-packaged tour. When your itinerary is delivered it will have line by line itemized pricing, so you know exactly where your dollar is spent.
This is your time, so use it efficiently! We decrease the chance of you leaving the country having had an “ok” time, and increase the probability of having a “great” time.
Frank Krieger brings extensive technical and sales management experience to the Best of New Zealand after holding positions with IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers consulting and Sprint. In addition to being an avid skier and golfer, Frank spends his time as a budding angler. He has traveled extensively for both work and pleasure to destinations like India, Singapore, Japan, Europe and throughout the United States. However, no destination has inspired him with such vast untouched beauty as New Zealand and he says he counts his lucky stars that he has the opportunity to have joined our team.
Karen Miller is a Kiwi and has been with The Best of New Zealand since 1994. Karen has spent the last 30 plus years involved with the travel industry. She regularly travels to New Zealand to stay updated on current industry developments and to visit her family.
Karen left New Zealand to go travelling and prior to joining The Best of New Zealand she was employed by the New Zealand Tourist and Publicity Office and worked in their Los Angeles office (1986 -1989) where she assisted with consumer promotions, travel agent training and general trip planning for those interested in New Zealand as a travel destination. In England, she worked with an incentive travel company for nearly five years (1989 - 1994). While there she planned, administered, and escorted both incentive and conference groups worldwide.
Once again, Karen attended the annual TRENZ conference in New Zealand this year. Held annually in May, this 3-day event allows our team to build relationships, increase product knowledge and network with the New Zealand Tourism Industry. On her trip Karen also visited Coromandel, Taupo, Hawkes Bay and Auckland and discovered a few new delights for our clients.
Give Karen a call if you would like to start planning your next New Zealand trip or if you have questions about her recent discoveries!
Cristina Randall was born in Chile where she earned a degree in Tourism and Hospitality. She has worked in the travel industry since 1984. For the last 28 years she has specialized in helping plan and book trips to New Zealand and the South Pacific. She has made 27 trips to New Zealand; 11 trips to Australia; and has twice visited both Tahiti and Fiji. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Cristina joined “The Best” team in early 2005.
Cristina advises if you go to Queenstown in the height of the summer, make sure to pre-book your tours well in advance. Cristina also notes that “Wellington is a beautiful city and makes for a good stopover between the North and South Island.” While there,
don’t miss the Gallipoli museum done by Peter Jackson’s associates at Weta Workshop. The larger-than-life figures are both moving and amazingly realistic. Lastly, bike tours are getting more popular as tour companies feature one-way trips. 1-2 hour rides on flat paved roads can be enjoyed by all ages, even those that end with a wine tasting!
Georgina Zepeda, who coordinates our clients' air travel, has an Associates Degree in Travel and Hospitality and has over nineteen years experience as a travel agent (over fifteen years with The Best of New Zealand). She knows how to find the best airfares (cheaper than on the internet); obtain preferred seating on the flights; clear waitlists; and coordinate domestic flights within New Zealand. Georgina has made her eighth
trip to New Zealand this year.
Eta Lum was born in Levuka on the island of Ovalau in Fiji. Levuka was the capital of Fiji from 1874 to 1883 and today has a population of about 3,000 people. Her father, two sisters and a brother live in Fiji which she tries to visit every two years.Before joining The Best of New Zealand team she worked for Fiji Airways for 9 year followed by 12 years with Air New Zealand. Eta has experience in airport operations, ticketing, customer service, and sales. Her hobbies include travel and, of course, watching rugby. She has made over 20 trips to New Zealand and has also visited Cook Islands, Samoa, Australia, Hong Kong & UK
Contact us to plan and book your NZ fly fishing adventure.