top of page

Departures + Arrivals: Summer 2021/22 in Review

☀️ Summer in New Zealand is December, January + February each year. You'll find us all flocking to our favourite beaches and lakes to cool off during the summer months. With the coast never being too far away almost everyone will find time to make the most of the sun, sea and sand given the chance.

Today marks the last day of Summer, and our third edition of Departures + Arrivals - a seasonal recap which encapsulates recent trips we've been working on, offering an inside look at where we have been sending adventurers over these very busy months.

Our travellers differ in where they come from, their personal likes + interests, and where they want to stay, but are connected by their love of adventure.

Despite the omicron variant and the 'traffic light' being set to red over the season, we continued to send travellers flying, road tripping, and discovering lots of fun corners of Aotearoa - many choosing to find out all their trip details only after they'd already left home!



A said: “We hadn't seen each other in months because of lockdowns - friends reunited! The airbnb selected for us was perfect!

J said: "Just wanted to say that despite the rain, our day has been perfect, especially the Italian you recommended for dinner - it was absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for everything"

Travellers: J + A Trip Type: Completely Surprise Me! Surprise Destination: Nelson opting to Fly + Drive but from different places. They were surprised in two parts - firstly at their departure airport they found out they were bound for Nelson, then once re-united at Nelson Airport they sent us this selfie and we revealed the rest of their itinerary!


"Thank you for organising our trip. We had a fabulous fun packed adventure. Just wanted to say a massive thank you. Can't wait for our next surprise trip 🤗"

Travellers: Van Rhoon family Trip Type: Surprise Me in Rotorua opting to Road Trip


These 2 wanted a 6-night trip over New Year's Eve - so we gave them not 1 Surprise, but 2 Surprises of 3 nights each! Of course, we didn't let them in on this double surprise until they'd already left home! "Thank you for another wonderful trip! Just what we needed. Perfect mix of adventure and chill vibes - a good reset for 2022."

Travellers: Q + O Trip Type: Completely Surprise Me! opting to Fly + Drive

Surprise Destinations: Christchurch City + the Hawke's Bay


"Top marks for a great trip thank you so much. 10/10 for every suggestion. Recommendations were prefect! The highlight had to be our wine tasting experience at Craggy Range" (pictured).

Solo Traveller: Anna + David

Trip Type: Completely Surprise Me! opting to Road Trip Surprise Destination: the Hawke's Bay


"The Tree House accommodation was a real surprise and somewhere we definitely wouldn't have found on our own. It was beautiful.

We were really impressed with the level of detail and care that you took with staying in touch. It felt like this trip was really personalised for us. We've literally told about 30 people about your concept and that was before we even left. We want to do another one so will be back in touch in a few months."

Travellers: J + A

Trip Type: Completely Surprise Me! opted for a Road Trip Surprise Destinations: Ruapehu + Taranaki


We recently joined LINKEDIN

so, feel free to follow us for more insight into New Zealand Insight!


With more than 125 destinations across New Zealand and different trip types, you never know exactly where you may end up!

Find out where you will explore next on your very own New Zealand Insight trip.


Explore Aotearoa New Zealand

Great Kiwi Trips provide the best of each region in bite-sized travel packages

Combine several trips together to create the ultimate experience!

bottom of page