Book a New Zealand Travel Consultation

Are you feeling overwhelmed planning your New Zealand itinerary?

Have you pencilled in a rough route that you’d like some feedback on?

Want to bounce ideas and talk to a Kiwi?

Keen to make the most of your time in Aotearoa?

Let us help!

In addition to the information on this site and in our Facebook community, we are also available for private travel consultations.

These meetings are the perfect opportunity for you to receive 1-on-1, tailored advice about your upcoming adventure in Aotearoa — especially if it’s your first time visiting New Zealand.

Already know you want to book? Request a suitable appointment on our calendar… this will be the time in your timezone.

My daughter and I did a one-hour Zoom consultation with Sarah to help us plan our first-ever trip to NZ in March of 2024. BEST MONEY I’VE EVER SPENT! Sarah was very nice and INCREDIBLY helpful! I’m feeling more confident about planning and starting to get really excited about the trip. Thank you, Sarah!

Heather Sutherland

I’ll vouch for the 1:1 consultation! We did one last week to finalize our itinerary. Sarah gave some us great suggestions, and now when we land in NZ next month, we’re confident in our plan. It was money well spent!

Melanie Johnson

Big recommendation: Book a consultation with Sarah Chant!

If some of you feel overwhelmed by the endless possibilities, excursions and attractions, struggle to put everything in a proper timeframe or just have no time for planning, book a private consultation with Sarah! She put not only everything in order, structured it in a very useful excel sheet, but she also listened to our interests and adjusted the whole itinerary to our wishes.

Besides that, it was so very nice chatting with Sarah, asking questions and having a good time!

Considering all the costs that are involved with such a New Zealand trip, we feel Sarah’s reasonable compensation is the best investment we could do!

We are really looking forward to our trip and believe just due to the consultation sessions we’ll get the most out of it!

Thank you so much, Sarah!! 

Monika Marschuetz

Book a Private Travel Consultation with a New Zealand Expert

This could be you in Aotearoa New Zealand!

What is Included in My Consultation?

Your consultation will include:

  • Uninterrupted time with Sarah, the founder of NZTT – an experienced tour guide and travel writer. This session will be private for you/your travel group. You’ll be provided with a link that will allow others in your party to join, even if they’re based in a different location. We’ll use this time to plan a personalised itinerary, share local knowledge and answer your questions. I do not book on your behalf, but can help get you ready to book independently.
  • A recording of our consultation — perfect if you’d like to rewatch it in the future.
  • A Google Sheet with your personalised itinerary/notes.
  • Discounts for applicable activities.
  • A 30% discount code for our NZ travel planners.

We are from the United States and we recently used the travel services of Sarah Chant from New Zealand Travel Tips NZTT for a private one hour consultation to help us with our 4 month stay we are planning in 2023. Sarah was cheerful, thoroughly organized, a good listener, full of valuable information from lodging, unique experiences and just daily living tips. She compiled maps, resources, an itinerary, a copy of our video travel chat and sent all this to us promptly the next day so we have a permanent record. We certainly endorse her and give her 5 stars. You will not be dissapointed!

James and Peggy Lingwall

We dumped our agent and had two sessions with Sarah!! So worth it. Sarah is my hero!! Can’t wait for our trip!!

Catherine Bush

What Do I Need to Do to Prepare?

To make the most of your consultation, we suggest you come prepared with a few questions… chances are you’ll have no shortage of those.

If you have a rough itinerary, you’re welcome to email it through. Please note though, we cannot guarantee this will be read in advance of our meeting due to time constraints.

Though we don’t expect you to come prepared, the more organised you are, the more you’re likely to get out of our session.

Thank you so much for your time and help, Sarah!  We’re grateful you were able to spend the extra half hour with us at the last minute!  You input was exactly what we needed to finalize our itinerary and plans.  Thank you!!!

Julie Joyce

Thanks so much, it was very informative and so helpful meeting with you. You are so well versed in NZ and all its parts and communicating them!

wendy Tessler
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What Can I Ask?

Nothing is off limits — we’re here to help!

You might want to know about:

Though we can’t guarantee we’ll know all of the answers, we are experts in New Zealand travel and have broad general knowledge.

If there’s anything we’re unsure of, we’ll be honest and will do our best to help point you in the right direction.

Sarah went over and beyond in her service! She is knowledgeable, positive, and a good listener. We had our itinerary pretty much laid out and we went through it day by day. Sarah offered suggestions on lesser-known places to stop at, as well as places to eat along the way. Afterwards, we received an adjusted itinerary with links to assist us in finalizing our details. Loved that our consultation conversation was recorded and sent to us so we could re listen to it! We would not hesitate to recommend her services.

Phil and Susan Hathaway
Perhaps you’d like to relax here? We can help you plan an incredible itinerary!


Private consultations are charged at a rate of USD150/hour.

Payment is required in advance of your booking and is charged by credit card.

Having a consultation with Sarah was the best decision! We are planning a once in a life time trip to New Zealand over Christmas this year and have never done a trip like this before! Sarah was so so helpful and informative. Sarah gave us great ideas and realistic expectations of what we could achieve in our time frame. It has been so invaluable!

Jen K

The time we spent with you was our best investment in our trip, hands down!

Amy H

We are frequently told that our advice saves people significant money.

Our local knowledge ensures that your route makes logistical sense, avoiding any doubling back. We also suggest amazing free sightseeing and can direct you to paid activities that offer the best value for money (often with discounts).

We practically guarantee that we’ll save you money by talking to us!

Looking for a lower-priced option? Download our travel guides. These are designed to help you plan a personalised itinerary in a snap – and they’re filled with my personal tips and knowledge!

How Long Should I Book For?

Your booking length will depend on a number of factors including:

  • How long you plan to be in New Zealand
  • How prepared your itinerary already is
  • The level of detail you’d like to discuss
  • The number of general questions you have.

You might choose to book one appointment initially before going away to do some more research and reflection, and then book a follow-up call.

Alternatively, you might prefer to walk away with a finalised itinerary so you can begin finalising accommodation and transport.

If starting from scratch:

  • 1 hour for an itinerary that is up to 7 days long
  • 1.5 hours for an itinerary that is between 8 days and 12 days
  • 2 hours + for an itinerary over 13 days.

We did the 1.5 hour consultation with Sarah Chant and found it to be SO helpful and worth every penny. She created an excel doc with an itinerary and links to places to visit and her knowledge of the island was invaluable in helping us decide how to narrow down our priorities for the short trip based on our own preferences. It saved us time, energy, and stress having her help us with our road trip route and activities.

Jen Romanoff-Crichfield

Mini consultations

We also offer an introductory consultation for up to 30 minutes.

This time can be used to answer your questions or to create a draft route based on your interests and timeframe.

We suggest you also pick up one of our travel guides, allowing you to self-select your activities in each of the main locations you will visit.

I just wanted to thank everyone for their recommendation to schedule time with Sarah Chant. She has been incredible. We have met with her twice and now feel like we have a doable and exciting tour planned. She has been a blessing to work with. If anyone is planning a trip and has any questions, I highly recommend scheduling some time with Sarah. It is so worth the money. In my humble opinion she needs to charge more!!

Catherine Bush

Choose a Time

Please request your preferred time below.

We will reach out to you via email to confirm your appointment ASAP.

Once we’ve confirmed that time is suitable, we will send you a link to make payment, along with a Zoom link ready to use during your call.

Please ensure you have a stable internet connection and that you have granted Zoom access to your microphone before our session.

This calendar shows my general availability (in your timezone) but it differs a little from week to week. All times will be confirmed before booking.

Please be aware that last-minute requests might not be filled due to timezone differences and other commitments.

Book with Sarah

Book with me – the founder of New Zealand Travel Tips.

Book with Lucy

Lucy is available for bookings too – and at an even more affordable price.

She’d love to help plan an incredible trip to Aotearoa!

If these times do not suit you, please email us requesting an alternative time.

We look forward to discussing your New Zealand travel plans shortly!

As a travel consultant, I will help organise a personalised itinerary for you. I do not, however, book on your behalf. You’ll be free to finalise your itinerary and to book wherever you like. We’ll provide you lots of discounts to help keep the cost down though.

Please double check the dates and information provided before booking your itinerary.

Though we’ll do our very best, we are not liable for your vacation.