So I just got back from tour with an out-going, full of energy family of 6 from New Jersey. These guys were so much fun, it was Mum, Dad and children which were aged 17, 10, 8 & 5. We started off bright & early (well not really bright as it was still dark when I picked them up) and headed towards the train station to hop on the train bound for Arthur’s pass where I was to meet them. It was definitely crispy cold up there with fresh powdery snow everywhere, which I think always makes this area magical. Once I had collected them we set off to do our first walk, we got to the Bealey Chasm and the family all decided they wanted to go further and enjoy the sunshine, snow and the views of the mountains. We spent about an hour and half soaking in all the beauty around us before heading back to the vehicle and on to the West Coast. We made a stop in Hokitika for some yummy lunch at Stella cafe before hitting the road again. Next stop a short walk at Mananui, (by the way, I really recommend this walk it only takes about 10 minutes) you walk through lush west coast forest and come out in front of the Tasman sea. The kids had fun treasure hunting for stones along the beach. I dropped them off at their accommodation in Franz Josef just in time for dinner and a well deserved rest. Pick up time the following morning was 8am and our first stop was walking up to the view point of the Franz Josef Glacier face, we were the first ones there, which was nice and we took our time along the way. One of the best things about my job is watching my guests reactions as they enjoy seeing all the beauty that New Zealand offers. I truly love sharing these moments and it makes me proud to call New Zealand my home. As we pushed on, we had all worked up an appetite (even after a big breakfast), so I decided that the Salmon Farm, lake Paranga would be a good place to take these guys, not only is it delicious fresh salmon, but the kids can also feed the salmon which is usually a hit. We still had a bit of ground to cover before our destination of Queenstown and I still wanted to show them so much more, we stopped at ships creek and walked through the giant ancient Kahikatea & swamp forests where we were greeted by a nosy little fantail which flitted around us and even landed on the hand of the 17 year old twice. I took them to a secret waterfall and the Thunder creek falls, and we stopped as they were amazed to see the biggest, brightest rainbow they said they have seen. We didn’t arrive in Queenstown till about 7.30pm but we had a fantastic day exploring, discovering and spending the day in full amazement, we went from rain and world heritage forests, glaciers, the ocean, sunshine and snow. I had a wonderful time on tour with these guys and hope they enjoyed the rest of their adventure here.