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Samantha Hartman

Roseland, New Jersey Travel Agent

Active Adventures in New Zealand

About a year and a half ago I went to New Zealand with my two brothers. It was a great trip for our family because we are all active and love outdoor adventures. Sure, New Zealand has museums and nightlife, but that was not what we flew halfway around the world to do. We wanted to experience the amazing things that you can only see and do in New Zealand, and there is plenty of that!

New Zealand is comprised of two islands: the North Island and South Island. It is important to plan your trip carefully because the traveling times are much greater than they seem on the map. We used planes to cover the longer distances so that we wouldn’t spend all our time getting from one place to another and not have time to get out and enjoy. Then, we chose several areas to explore by car where we wanted the to freedom to drive at our own pace. 

We rented a car and drove around and enjoyed a lot of hiking. Everywhere you turn, there is another amazing view and another awesome scene that feels like something out of a movie. We’d be driving through towering green mountains along a coastal road, where the cliffs overlook beautiful stretches of ocean, and it was almost unbelievable how spectacular it was. Since we had rented a car, we could stop wherever something called to us. Often, locals would recommend a particular spot for a hike or a photo op, or a favorite adventure. Everyone we met was incredibly helpful and friendly.

One of the most spectacular places we went was Milford Sound. Formed by glaciers, its deep fjords are framed by towering mountains. You can go on a boat trip, but we went kayaking along the shore and felt dwarfed by the peaks towering over us. The immense scale is hard to comprehend. 

Another incredible experience was driving through the Malborough wine lands. After crossing from the North Island to the South by boat, we continued our drive south through the Malborough Region. We drove through hundreds of miles of beautiful landscapes dotted with vineyards, mountains, and valleys. We stopped and visited different wine cellars throughout, tasting the Marlborough Region's different varietals, predominantly Sauvignon Blanc. 

For active explorers, New Zealand offers unique opportunities. As a New Zealand specialist, I can customize a trip that brings you everywhere you want to go.

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17 of 27 people found this review helpful

Trip was amazing!

Reviewed By Amanda - New York, NY | Traveled to New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
Samantha planned our trip to New Zealand, and it was so amazing!!! She knew that we wanted to include some wine tastings in the Marlborough region and she picked the perfect cellar tastings and even arranged a hot air balloon ride over the region. She booked the entire itinerary. We felt confident knowing that we had her first hand recommendations. She was a pleasure to work with throughout and we've already started brainstorming ideas for our next trip. I would definitely recommend using her to book a trip!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Samantha Hartman responded:
Thank you for your review! I can't wait to plan your next trip!
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14 of 26 people found this review helpful

The best trips of our lives!

Reviewed By Louise - Parsippany, NJ | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
Samantha has booked our last three family vacations. She’s sent us to Spain & Portugal, Vancouver BC and Puerto Rico. As a family we love spending time outdoors, hiking and exploring. She suggested amazing excursions, places we never would have found on our own. We've gone to rainforests, to beaches, to wineries and mountaintops.
We recommend Sam to everyone. She gives 100%, her passion for travel is contagious. I can’t wait to see where she sends us next.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Samantha Hartman responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words! It is always a pleasure planning your family trips!
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15 of 30 people found this review helpful

The best trips of our lives!

Reviewed By Louise - Parsippany, NJ | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
Samantha has booked our last three family vacations. She’s sent us to Spain & Portugal, Vancouver BC and Puerto Rico. As a family we love spending time outdoors, hiking and exploring. She suggested amazing excursions, places we never would have found on our own. We've gone to rainforests, to beaches, to wineries and mountaintops.
We recommend Sam to everyone. She gives 100%, her passion for travel is contagious. I can’t wait to see where she sends us next.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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