Most of the folks here DIY, it's half the fun!
I haven't heard of any of them.
Why not create your own itinerary?
Most of those supplied by a travel company are less than perfect - seeming to cram as many places in a short space of time at breakneck pace.
I used Ron Laughlin - www.ronlaughlin.net
Use the search feature below. Put in the number of days you have. Another time put in North Island and the number of days, or South Island and the number of days. Another time put in things of interest to you.
You will have a much better trip if you do a bit of work here.
Also go to a library or bookstore and get a guidebook so you can get an overall look.
Would you recommend Ron? Sounds like he requires you to let him book your rental car and/or accommodations? I'm not experienced with any companies offering to put together itineraries for your for "free" so I'm having a hard time jumping in and trusting that this is the way to do it. Any input I appreciate!
I've used Ron on two of my NZ trips. We were hiring campervans and I think he makes a small profit from the bookings. Although he has supplied me with two great itineraries -"free", I like to do my own research and planning too. If you don't want the bother of this, it is a good service that he provides.
I know Ron quite well... well enough to trust him with my pup for a few hours - however we do argue over itineraries.
I think with help here on the forum you can create better itienraries and anyone with an Internet connection or phone plus credit card can easily select and book accommodation and car.
We can help you through any sticky bits :)
Itinerary planning can often be a waste of time. The reasons for this include the weather at the time, for example there is no use visiting Mount Cook for the scenery if it is foggy or cloudy. Everyone has different interests so a useful itinerary for some may not be suited for others. If you find a place you like why not stopover and explore, a fixed itinerary can be very counterproductive and takes the fun out of travel.
For those travelers who are intent just to tick the boxes on places visited, i will concede that a rigid itinerary may be useful.Edited: 18 June 2014, 23:47
Bill, I agree no itinerary suits if you have several months to wander. But the reality of two week travel is that if you don't have a plan, you dillay dally around then find yourselves in Milford with just one day to drive back to Chch for your flight out.
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