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Client Comments and Testimonials

Throw yourself off a bridge with GoTouNZ.com, we’ll be right behind you!

If you really want to know what happens when you ride with us, take a gander at what some of our clients think of their tour experiences.

If you’d like to speak to somebody who’s been on one of our tour packages – email us and we can send you contact information.

These stories were unsolicited and have not been “edited”. It’s a case of “the good, the bad, and the ugly”. One thing that’s certain we’re always learning new ways to improve our service and give you a better experience.

 

Truly the trip of a lifetime

John, Terry and I had truly the trip of a lifetime. Andrew and Shelly were great hosts and ambassadors. Next time we’ll spend more time in NZ. Thanks again.

Jim & Terry Coleman
Customised Guided Tour

I would unreservedly recommend GoTourNZ to anyone considering renting a bike or doing a tour with them

We have just hired two bikes from GoTourNZ. In all my dealings I found John to be extremely professional and he’s one of those people who always respond to emails and phone messages immediately – an absolute pleasure to deal with. The condition of the bikes were good and both ran perfectly on our 2,000km… Read more “I would unreservedly recommend GoTourNZ to anyone considering renting a bike or doing a tour with them”

Rob Kimble
Self Guided Tour

I can’t thank you enough for making Joe’s birthday experience the one I had hoped for

Hi John… We just wanted to write to tell you what an amazing experience we had and it was because of 2 things… Your beautiful country…and YOU!!! We could not have asked for anything better. It was so well layed out…so many little details thought of and over the top service you provided. I can’t… Read more “I can’t thank you enough for making Joe’s birthday experience the one I had hoped for”

Kim & Joe Fiske
Self Guided Tour

We were blessed with good weather throughout and the scenery is breath-taking

Hi Guys, I would like to take this time to thank you both for providing Jackie and myself with an experience we will treasure forever. The entire trip was completely hassle free and everywhere we stayed the people were delightful and very helpful. We were blessed with good weather throughout and the scenery is breath-taking.… Read more “We were blessed with good weather throughout and the scenery is breath-taking”

Alan & Jackie Naylor
UK
Self Guided Tour

The experience in NZ was everything it was advertised to be, plus more

Thanks again Ian for a wonderful tour. The experience in NZ was everything it was advertised to be, plus more. I especially appreciated your thoughtful selection of rides that showed off the South Island and your choice of first rate B&Bs at every stop. The side trips you recommended were also right on target. It… Read more “The experience in NZ was everything it was advertised to be, plus more”

George Hrdlicka
Best of the Best Tour

I want to thank you for the trip of a lifetime

From: Carolyn Kusler
To: Ian Fitzwater
Subject: Re: thank you
Ian and all, I want to thank you for the trip of a lifetime. I have many cherished sites stored in my mind that I can return to and find peace amidst the hectic lifestyle we can’t seem to escape here in… Read more “I want to thank you for the trip of a lifetime”

Carolyn Kusler
USA
Self Guided Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and describe our holiday to all as an awesome experience

From: Celia
To: Ian Fitzwater
Subject: thanks Hi Ian An enormous thank you to you, Ian jnr and Jesse for everything you did to make our holiday an unforgettable experience (for all the right reasons this time!) We take on board and appreciate the attention to the many small details you quietly organise… Read more “We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and describe our holiday to all as an awesome experience”

Richard & Celia Parker
UK
Best Value Guided Tour

Just when we thought we had seen the ultimate view we turned a corner and found another

From: Bob Jennings
To: Ian Fitzwater Jnr
Cc: Ian Fitzwater
Subject: Thank you. Ian, John and Ian Jnr, Sally and I have been back at home for half a day and are already missing the freedom and freshness of New Zealand. We have had a superb 4 weeks in your beautiful country… Read more “Just when we thought we had seen the ultimate view we turned a corner and found another”

Bob & Sally Jennings
USA
Self Guided Tour

The bikes were new, accommodations were first class, meals and wine selection excellent as well

My wife and I toured the South Island of New Zealand for 12 days with GoTour New Zealand Bike Tours. It is very hard to describe everything we saw; but it was like driving thru a giant photo album. The tour company was top notch and it turned out to be an excellent decision to… Read more “The bikes were new, accommodations were first class, meals and wine selection excellent as well”

Bill Bassett
UK
Self Guided Tour

It was a real dream come true for the both of us to ride in the South Island on such a beautiful bike!

We both wanted to say a big thank you again for everything you did for us on our honeymoon! It was a real dream come true for the both of us to ride in the South Island on such a beautiful bike! Vic has always been keen on motorcycles and to ride a luxury machine… Read more “It was a real dream come true for the both of us to ride in the South Island on such a beautiful bike!”

Hannah & Vic Berry
Self Guided Tour

Not enough words to express what a wonderful time we had

We would like to say Thank You for everything. There are really not enough words to express what a wonderful time we had, how perfectly everything worked out – even the weather. The BMW was very comfortable and rode the corners very well – despite its enormity!! South Island is a stunning place and we… Read more “Not enough words to express what a wonderful time we had”

Caroline & Mike Clews
UK
Best Value Guided Tour

Unbelievable the whole way round

This article was first published in www.motorcyclenews.com Hi I’d like to tell you about the 4,000km Tour of a lifetime we have just completed and are still buzzing about! This was a holiday to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary and my wife’s 50th Birthday and we wanted to do a good job of it! We booked… Read more “Unbelievable the whole way round”

Russ Quinlan
Scotland
Self Guided Tour

Perfect in so many ways

I wanted to take a few moments to thank you for what we felt was the perfect trip….perfect in so many ways: the accommodations, the care and the patience you showed us and the weather, yes I am convinced you exerted your influence… Please always feel that you may use us as a reference.

Bob & Mary Beth Van Dine
USA
Customised Guided Tour

The most magical moment of all was swimming with the dolphins in Kaikoura

You’ve met the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with, you’ve had the most fantastic wedding day imaginable and now you want to mark it with the trip of a lifetime. This is your chance to fulfil all those travel dreams of visiting exotic Pacific Islands, walking the Great Wall of… Read more “The most magical moment of all was swimming with the dolphins in Kaikoura”

Caroline & Mike Wilkins
UK
Self Guided Tour

Liz and Mark Jones, USA – Best Value Tour

I wanted to write you a note to thank you for planning such a wonderful trip for both Mark and I.
I must admit that when my husband suggested that we tour New Zealand on a motorcycle, I was a bit reluctant. I didn’t know how I would feel after twelve days of riding on… Read more “Liz and Mark Jones, USA – Best Value Tour”

Liz and Mark Jones
USA
Best Value Guided Tour

IT WAS AN AWESOME TRIP!

IT WAS AN AWESOME TRIP! Ian, I know you kept telling
me the trip would exceed our expectations and our expectations were
pretty high and – as promised – YOU EXCEEDED THEM!
From the preparation and quality of the bikes, to quality of the food,
the layout of the itinerary, the accomodations and your constant
 attention to… Read more “IT WAS AN AWESOME TRIP!”

Steve Ganz
US
Best Value Guided Tour

I had a fantastic time and would love to repeat the experience

Now that I’m at last back in
the UK – and more wind and rain!! – I just wanted to drop you a quick note to give some feedback on my trip. I have to say that I found your organisation, attention to detail and choice of accommodation of the highest order. I was… Read more “I had a fantastic time and would love to repeat the experience”

Bert Martin
UK
Self Guided Tour

One of the best trips we have taken on the motorcycles,bar none.

part of the conversation centered on our great trip to NZ with you. It obviously is one of the best trips we have taken on the motorcycles,bar none.

Don Brooks
USA
Self Guided Tour

The scenery was incredible

Thought I’d drop you a note to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our time in New Zealand, all
thanks to you. The scenery was incredible, and the people even more so! I thought I’d send you a critique of the trip (things that could have been better) but I can’t come up… Read more “The scenery was incredible”

Tom Drew
USA
Self Guided Tour

Your knowledge of the country and of motorcycles was a big plus

Thanks so much for making our vacation to NZ all that it could be. Your country is spectacular and would be very special even if one were to fly over and rent a car and wing it so to speak. But!!! without your guidance we no way could have had anywhere near the fabulous time… Read more “Your knowledge of the country and of motorcycles was a big plus”

Art & Suzy Carroll
USA
Guided Tour

We had a great trip, thank you very much

Ian , we had a great trip, thank you very much. I kind of wish I had the bike for the north island as well. As a testimony Sharon has agreed to similar trips in the future where we split motorcycle and car time. Please feel free to use us for reference for those folks… Read more “We had a great trip, thank you very much”

Richard Carroll
USA
Best Value Guided Tour

Dale and Judy Knuth

Just wanted to drop a line and let you know How much we enjoyed the trip, the country and your hospitality. I have not traveled to many places that I would not like to call home as was New Zealand. The South Island is a must for the first vacation to NZ. We are glad… Read more “Dale and Judy Knuth”

Dale and Judy Knuth
USA
Self Guided Tour

I had a wonderful time and many thanks.

Now that I’m back home I just wanted to drop a line and tell you how much I enjoyed the tour…short as it was. I’ve been “talking up” your service since arriving home, maybe a few more will head down your way now. I had a wonderful time and many thanks.

Dennis Apland
USA
Guided Tour

Bob Clarke

British journalist Bob Clarke joined us for a Best of The Best guided tour of the South Island in Feb 2004, and has written up the tale of his tour over 16 pages and 4 issues of the British custom biker publication ‘Back Street Heroes’ . He has that typical Brit dry style of humor… Read more “Bob Clarke”

Bob Clarke
UK
Best of the Best Tour

I highly recommend Ian and GoTourNZ!

I highly recommend Ian and GoTourNZ! I took a tour last year in the first two weeks in February and had a blast. Ian and his son (Ian Jr) led the group I was on. Our group was a few couples, most riding tandem, one couple riding a bike each, an other single rider, and… Read more “I highly recommend Ian and GoTourNZ!”

Don Barr
USA
Guided Tour

I had great fun with the whole group

I’m sitting here in Auckland waiting for the shuttle to the airport. I’ve turned in the key to the Tiger, and packed my bags. This was the trip I’d hoped for. We, the “noisy boys”, did over 5000 kilometers, and all our bikes will need new tires. I had great fun with the whole group,… Read more “I had great fun with the whole group”

Bill Murphy
USA
Best Value Guided Tour

Many thanks for all the effort you and Carly put into making it such a special and successful trip.

Coming home to snow, sub zero conditions, and being back to work, we are really missing NZ.
I visited a Rotary club last week and the guest speaker was a Kiwi scholar who showed slides of her home, where she studied and worked, and then finished off with a travelogue of the South Island.… Read more “Many thanks for all the effort you and Carly put into making it such a special and successful trip.”

David and Davina Robertson
UK
Best Value Guided Tour

The BEST vacation we have ever taken.

The tour with Ian was much more than a tour, it was a fantastic adventure and we became good friends with Ian. We could not have had a better and more enjoyable person as our guide. Ian quickly became a friend first and a guide second. Ian and John have done an exceptional job of scouting out the best… Read more “The BEST vacation we have ever taken.”

Kim and Pam Cashmer
USA
Guided Tour

I think your efforts and planning were exceptional,

The trip was just fabulous. We and I had just a great time. I think your efforts and planning were exceptional, and I surely benefitted from them and appreciated your efforts. Your staff – and your son, Ian, were very gracious and accomodating and helpful. The bikes were splendid, and mine was just great (road king).The people in NZ were… Read more “I think your efforts and planning were exceptional,”

Gene Du Boff
USA
Customised Guided Tour

Attention to detail, high quality bikes, instantaneous and more than satisfactory responses to issues that might come up (invariably but very few) were the hallmark of my experience with GoTourNZ’s operation.

I have been to NZ touring on a motorcycle twice. The first time was with the GoTourNZ competitors (there are really only two large firms offering high quality guided and self-guided tours dependably in NZ), the second time with the Fitzwaters. As a result, I think I’m in a pretty good position to assess the two firms; I can tell… Read more “Attention to detail, high quality bikes, instantaneous and more than satisfactory responses to issues that might come up (invariably but very few) were the hallmark of my experience with GoTourNZ’s operation.”

Jeff Luftig
USA
Self Guided Tour

came halfway around the world for the motorcycle adventure of a lifetime and I believe each of us found it!

I recently returned from a motorcycle tour of New Zealand with my wife and her mom. It’s an amazing place full of terrific vistas and even nicer people. I felt sufficiently compelled to share my very positive experience with Adventure New Zealand Motorcycle Tours and Rentals (GoTourNZ.com). I hope others will be encouraged to take… Read more “came halfway around the world for the motorcycle adventure of a lifetime and I believe each of us found it!”

Jim Chamberlin
USA
Fun and Funky Guided Tour

I had a wonderful time. That was one of the best holidays I have ever had!

I had a wonderful time. That was one of the best holidays I have ever had! The bike, the roads, the people, the places, the weather – I’m not sure it could be better even if written into a fairy tale. You were all very helpful and thorough in
making sure all the pieces… Read more “I had a wonderful time. That was one of the best holidays I have ever had!”

Jonathan Rutschky
USA
Guided Tour

Thanks again to you and Carley for such a wonderful lifetime experience.

Thanks again to you and Carley for such a wonderful lifetime experience. It was just fabulous from start to finish. I hope the “fun and funky” tour is going well for yourself and the tourers. We are now dieting so our clothes fit right again.
We also had a good time in Australia inspite… Read more “Thanks again to you and Carley for such a wonderful lifetime experience.”

Merle Schneblin
USA
Guided Tour

What is it you want, do you really, really want, to make that wonderful biking day?

What is it you want, do you really, really want, to make that wonderful biking day? You get up to a lovely breakfast, put on the shades and the summer riding suit, leave the baggage (no not that one) to be transported onward and set out on an empty, winding road with terrific scenery that… Read more “What is it you want, do you really, really want, to make that wonderful biking day?”

Neil and Maggie Hardwick
UK
Best Value Guided Tour

Thanks for organising such a brilliant tour.

We had a great three weeks, thanks for organising such a brilliant tour. We’ve seen enough of NZ to know there’s plenty more to come back for. We’ve got lots of memories (and photos) to keep our imagination and enthusiasm alive. Keep doing what you’re doing ‘cos we’re coming back!

Peter & Elizabeth Bell
UK
Self Guided Tour

We had a great time and will always remember the hospitality of you guys out there.

We had a great time and will always remember the hospitality of you guys out there. Collingwood was a wonderful introduction to the Island, somewhere that was very special, not that far from Nelson, and was not overly inhabited. This is an area that Chris liked very much. The trip onto Farewell Spit with The Original Tour is a… Read more “We had a great time and will always remember the hospitality of you guys out there.”

George and Chris Eltherington
UK
Self Guided Tour

Thanks for everything!

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for making my NZ experience one of the best vacations I have ever had. Your knowledge of your country as well as an infinite number of other topics certainly added to the ‘Total Experience’. Your friendly and responsive replies to my questions and concerns was a major… Read more “Thanks for everything!”

Ron Block
USA
Deluxe Guided Tour

Stefan & Manuela Zuend

ir, Manuela und Stefan
verreisen gerne mit dem Motorrad in die Ferien. Normalerweise sind dies Touren in Europa von Spanien bis Finland.
Dieses Jahr sollte es aber etwas besonderes sein. Manuela war bereits in Australien und ich wollte schon immer einmal Neuseeland bereisen. Was liegt da näher, als das Land auf der anderen… Read more “Stefan & Manuela Zuend”

Stefan & Manuela Zuend
Switzerland
Guided Tour

You do live in paradise. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Last night we reviewed the NZ pictures, reliving the experience. I have only positive memories. Ian, your personal hands on leadership made this trip what it was: tending to everyone’s needs; pulling us all together as a group with your experience and charm. It was a fabulous trip down under and we are still talking… Read more “You do live in paradise. Thanks for sharing it all with us.”

Bruce and Liz Young
USA
Best Value Guided Tour