QueenstownOn Monday I came back into the office after my two weeks in New Zealand. I’ve been going through my holiday photos – here’s one of Queenstown, in the alpine region of South Island where a lot of The Lord of the Rings was filmed. The scenery is amazing, especially if you take a trip up the mountain on the gondola cable-car. We also managed to go whitewater rafting, jetboating and on a helicopter ride all in the same day!

We covered a lot of miles on our trip – renting cars from the local Avis offices, of course. In all the places I flew into (Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington) there were Avis stands in the terminal buildings. I didn’t even have to look for them, as the familiar red and white sign was there waiting for me. Sometimes if a car hire company gives the option of booking from an airport, it doesn’t necessarily mean the rental office is actually in the airport, so it’s worth checking. Generally, Avis is right in the airport buildings. You can find details of our locations worldwide on the Avis UK site.

Being on holiday, I decided to stay anonymous and not let on I’m with Avis in the UK. It was a bit like being a ‘mystery shopper’! I’m pleased to report that everything went very smoothly. Both the pick-up and return were really quick and the staff I dealt with were friendly, and willing to offer advice and directions when I asked them. So thank you, Avis New Zealand!

Now I’m back at my desk, and missing the sunshine and opportunities to go for long romantic walks on the beach. Because of being away, Valentine’s Day kind of crept up on me, but I did cook a special meal for my girlfriend last night!

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2 Responses to “My travels in New Zealand”

  1. Aarvee Says:

    Hi Stephen,
    Glad to read that you had a delightful trip around Queenstown, the jewel in the SOuth Island’s crown.

    Hailing from Auckland, I would like to add my 2 cents worth of info on travelling in equally enthralling North Island. You must drive up along the Coromandel where you can see the sea play with the land by describing such delightful intrinsic patterns as you drive along. You will love it


  2. Stephen Spiers - Avis UK Customer Services Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Aarvee. We also did a fair bit of travelling around the North Island and Auckland and Napier were definite highlights. I’m planning to go back to NZ in the future so will definitely bear your comments in mind.

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