Stones From NZ Sculpture

‘Stones from New Zealand’ – by Sheila Oettinger.

Most feedback we receive is in words. The image on the right is a unique visual impression of New Zealand inspired on one of our chauffeur driven tours, as seen through the eyes of our guests.

‘Stones from New Zealand’ was created by figurative sculpture artist Sheila Oettinger from Evanston, Illinois after a week exploring the South Island of New Zealand on a private small group tour with us. The stones were collected from beaches and river beds on the West Coast of the South Island. It captures the essence of a journey around New Zealand.

You can also read more conventional written testimonials from our guests below:

We got home on Wed. night and back to work on Thurs (difficult!) Had an absolutely fantastic time on your beautiful island – we took the sunshine with us the whole way around, except for SNOW in Queenstown which was just what we ordered! Wonderful people, fabulous accommodation and amazing sights, we couldn’t have asked for more. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the helicopter flight in Queenstown but apart from that we achieved everything we wanted to do. Thank you so much for your very pleasant and informative tour around Christchurch it gave us some insight into the horror you all suffered and how very resilient and ingenious you Kiwis are. It was lovely meeting you and I am so glad I learnt about your service. I strongly recommend anyone to use your service and what a lovely considerate lady you are.”
M L & L S – Western Australia

We just wanted to thank you for a wonderful tour of the exquisite scenery between Akaroa and Christchurch as well as Christchurch itself. Your professionalism and clear communication beginning with our initial contact via email is very much appreciated. We were delighted to see you waiting for us as we exited the tender in Akaroa…right on time (and I’m sure you were there early). Truly, the views on our drive to Christchurch were some of the most beautiful in New Zealand, and the vehicle used was extremely comfortable. Thank you again for your service. You can be assured that we will recommend you to any friends who might be traveling your way.

Our best to you.
S S & M A – USA

Greetings from India.
Well, we are back home in India after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. I thought I would write to you and personally thank you for all the personal attention you paid to us during our stay in Christchurch. Believe me, I have travelled a lot around the world but never seen a better limousine service than yours. And we were all very touched by your friendly & helpful nature. Thanks.

New Zealand is a beautiful country and we can’t wait to return. If you ever travel to our country, do let us know. It would be our pleasure to guide you.”
Dr Jamal Ashraf – India

My husband and I arrived in Christchurch exhausted after traveling for 30+ hours. Lyndal met us at the airport, exactly where she said she would, with a smile on her face. What a relief it was to put ourselves in the hands of a true professional. She guided us out of the airport quickly and settled us into a very comfortable car for the two hour trip to Kaikoura. Along the way she relayed helpful and interesting information about the area that made the trip fly by. Truly I could not have been happier with the service she provided. Just top notch all the way.”

Thank you so much for booking my client Ms. XXX ‘s car service. You have made this seamless. Thanks again. In the future when my clients need car service in New Zealand I will be sure to contact you again.”
Travis – TravelLeaders, High Point, North Carolina

Thank you for your services. Yes, we did manage to spot a kiwi in the nocturnal exhibit at Willowbank and were privileged to do so. If we happen to return to New Zealand, we will surely use your services again and would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends. Best wishes.”
A D – Cincinatti, Ohio

Good Morning – just a quick email to express our delight at the service provided by Limousine Tours during our South Island visit last week.

Our driver was professional, informative and great company. He was the perfect choice and considerably enhanced our wonderful South Island experience.

Christchurch Touring Company exceeded our expectations and I can’t speak highly enough of your services.

Sincere thanks for all your assistance and the personal interest both you, and Brian, took in our recent trip.”
TP – Australia

Thank you for the kind follow-up letter. I’ve not received customer service this lovely in a long time. Unfortunately, my partner and I under-estimated the cost of travelling in New Zealand, and at this time are unable to afford your services. However, if we find ourselves with excess cash towards the end of our trip, we’ll be sure to give you a call.

Thank you so much for your advice and fast responses, it has been greatly appreciated.”
CW – Australia

Four of us made our first trip to NZ and Lyndal was very helpful in the planning of the trip, as well as providing exceptional service once we arrived. We took a one day tour of the Waipara Valley wineries early during our stay. Our guide was excellent in providing information about NZ, the region, and specific wineries. She even arranged a tasting at a winery that was closed for the season. She also suggested places for us to visit during the rest of our stay and took us to a store that was having a factory sale on fine NZ knit ware. Next time we come to NZ Christchurch Touring Company Tours will be on the agenda.”
MS & Friends – Illinois, USA

This is to express my deepest thanks to you. What a fantastic day we had. I know the scenery and all was a part of it, but your expertise and attention to detail, and concern just made it so wonderful…… please know you made one woman very very happy, and you gave two bushpeople memories we will carry with us always. ”
A & A – Gonn Crossing, Victoria, Australia

Thanks so much for a great day on Sunday. What a blast!!! …. your great service and willingness to meet our needs was outstanding. Your prompt email replies very helpful with our planning. Thanks again for doing such a great job…….Delighted to recommend you and your company. Thanks again and I wish you well.”
T M – Timaru, New Zealand

Just a note to say both Brian and our two day tour were wonderful.
You delivered and we had a great time. Will recommend CTC to all headed your way.
A T S – New York

I just wanted to take the time to let you know that our trip to NZ was fantastic and it started that way because of you and Murray Roberts. I can’t tell you enough how great Murray was. From the moment he picked us up at the airport to the minute he dropped us off, he was so informative, friendly and more importantly “FUN”. Yes it’s true, everyone we met in NZ were friendly, but it was such a relief to get off the plane and find someone who was so kind and seemingly excited for us to have a great time in a great country. If we had our way, we would of had Murray drive us around for the rest of trip. Unfortunately the budget always seems to get in the way.

Thanks for setting us up with Murray and planning our great day. Everything was flawless. It was a terrific day of Whale Watching and Wine Tasting. I will definitely recommend you and your company. I knew I was in good hands the moment I emailed you and you responded so quickly.
Thanks again for starting our vacation on a great note. ”
T G – U.S.A.

I just wanted to say thanks for a great trip out to Waipara today. You really looked after us, and we were made to feel special throughout the day.

If there’s anything I can do in terms of providing a testimonial or recommending your company to any sort of tourist association then just let me know and I will gladly provide it.

Thanks again for all your help….. ”
P L – United Kingdom

Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing us with a most memorable day… You are truly professional, and should be most proud of your business, we have and will continue to talk about you and your business. If you ever get to Western Australia, please do not hesitate to contact us, would love to show you our city’s unique features. Again Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ”
B & M – Western Australia

I would like to thank you very much for the sightseeing tour for XXXX on 7th May. They both absolutely loved your company, they had an amazing experience…….. you gave them a great insight into Christchurch, to parts you usually wouldn’t go if you don’t know the city. They were really impressed with you and said you are everything a good tour guide should be! ”
Seasonz Travel – NZ

We got back home just yesterday – overall we had a wonderful trip and Arthur’s Pass was certainly one of the highlights. We all enjoyed meeting you and were very pleased to have chosen Christchurch Touring Company. I’m not sure if we’ll ever be returning to the area, but we would certainly recommend you to anyone visiting Christchurch!
C M & Friends – USA

Thank you for the letter. We certainly enjoyed our time with you in Christchurch… and the glorious weather. If we had to pick our favorite place, it has to be New Zealand…….Our time spent with you on our outing is right up there at the top of our list of most enjoyable days.”
C S & Friends – Minnesota, USA

I just spoke with XXX this afternoon. They had a marvelous time in the Christchurch area and thoroughly enjoyed the tours with you. They said that Brian was a “gem”. In fact they are planning a return visit next year.
Thanks so much for all your help and hospitality.”
C H – Travel Consultant, California, USA

Working with these pictures has brought back fond memories of our great trip. I wish you much success with your company. It was a great pleasure working with you and you give an excellent tour.

I am hoping that I will be able to send some business your way someday. Your tours are so much better then those offered from the cruise line.

Thanks again for a great day in Christchurch.”

Just wanted to thank you for arranging a fantastic day for us. It was perfect and what great weather! Many thanks for your kind gift… we will of course tell all of our friends that visit Christchurch to book a tour with you. Thank you once again.”
T A and Family – U K

Many thanks for your assistance with our latest VIP transport
requirements in Christchurch another first class service and highly
professional job well done as usual, much appreciated.”
L J – Celebrity VIP Services

Thank you for a brilliant afternoon. We both had so much fun, and Christchurch is a truly beautiful part of the world. It was good to head over to the coast as well, I really enjoyed the drive through the hills.
I’ll definitely be heading back to Christchurch in the future, and I think I may just be up for doing another tour with you. It really was fantastic, and I’ll be telling all my friends about you. Thanks again.”
J & V – Sydney, Australia

We wanted to thank you for making our stop in Christchurch such a memorable one. We were all in agreement that it was our favorite port and we do attribute that to you and the wonderful day you planned for us… We wish you all the best, and again thanks for a perfect day, hope you will keep in touch from time to time. If you ever come to our area please look us up.”
D M & Friends – USA

A couple of things I want to add. The driver was fantastic! Everyone in my family loved her! She was very informative and chatted the entire way with us to Akaroa – we really wished we could have taken her with us! I can’t say enough good things about her. She is a fabulous driver, but also a wonderfully warm person….. ”

Remember us? We spent a delightful day and a half with you last month during our visit to Christchurch. I just wanted to say thank you for helping to make our stay so memorable and to tell you that we hauled that bottle of wine 10,000 miles without it breaking. Talk about a miracle. We drank it last week and of course, enjoyed it immensely. It just brought back all the memories of this remarkable trip.”
C & G – San Antonio, Texas, USA

Thank you for a most informative and customized tour in Christchurch. We look forward to sharing this memorable experience with our well- traveled readers in the States.”
Rusty Krause – Editor, Travel Today

We consider ourselves quite lucky that you were such a pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable guide – it is with a leap of faith that one entrusts part of one’s vacation to a driver/guide! – So thank you for your services and for the gift. We will certainly recommend your services to anyone we know traveling your way. And we hope that our paths will cross again!”
D & C – Philadelphia, USA

I have received an email from xxx & yyy in which they sing your praises – thank you so much for looking after them so well!”
New Zealand Encounters – Whitianga, NZ

We had a most memorable day thanks to you & of course the weather…. I’ll be passing your details on to my sister & brother in-law to network your name around the travel industry. Thanks again Lyndal & no doubt we’ll see you again.”
D W – Australia

Thank you for a brilliant day……we both really enjoyed the whole tour and your excellent company. It was very relaxing made all the better by your enthusiasm. We are already planning another outing with you……we will most certainly be recommending your service to our friends. Keep up the good work.”
J & K – Christchurch, NZ

Many thanks for looking after Mr xxx in such a professional and courteous manner, we don’t get many of our clients traveling to New Zealand but any that do in the future and require private limousine transfers I will certainly be using Christchurch Touring Company'”
Business Travel International (BTI) UK

It has been very nice journey. I my self and my clients back to Japan safely. It was really nice to travel with you. My clients are very very happy with you too. So we are already starting to talk about next trip, of course NZ perhaps similar course. I hope we will see you again same time next year.”
T A – Tokyo, Japan

Thanks again for your tour it was fantastic and a great start to our stay in NZ.”
Mr & Mrs W – Newcastle, Australia

We had such a wonderful time in your gorgeous country and one of the highlights was your tour. I’ve told many folks about how great you were, including our travel agents. You were one surprise after the other….”
D & S – Houston, Texas, USA

We thoroughly enjoyed NZ and all its glorious scenery. Hope to be back again some day……Thank you for taking good care of us. You have been fabulous!”
G-V Family – Singapore