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Christchurch Botanical gardens


We were fortunate to engage Mike Halliday for our recent trip to New Zealand. Mike’s charges were reasonable and he was detailed in the emails prior to our arrival at Christchurch. He brought us around the city and fetched us back safely from Arthur’s Pass when we took the TranzAlpine train. We then headed to Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki and stayed overnight in a villa there.


My young adult son and daughter were comfortable with his warmth and personality and the whole family of four even stayed overnight at Pukaki with him for the stargazing! We left for Glenorchy the next morning and en route we enjoyed the various stops like Lake Pearson that he brought us to. Mike had to endure a long day driving us around that day but he does not complain and we appreciate that. If you need someone reliable (Mike is never late) and agreeable you should engage Mike! He will make your trip a pleasant and enjoyable one!

Tan Family, Singapore

January 2020

Hello to the Tan Family from Singapore,


It is I who wish to say a big thanks for the opportunity to show you our beautiful South Island and being able to travel with such a lovely family. The stay at "Pukaki Lakeside Getaway" was a magnificent location waking up to the incredible views of Lake Pukaki and Aoraki Mount Cook were unforgettable. Your journey on the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass and with me picking you up from the station and returning to Christchurch by Mercedes Benz minivan gives you the opportunity to stop at our amazing lakes on the way and of course "Castle Hill" and the mountain scenery.


I wish to thank you again for contacting and looking forward to when you return. Kind regards, 

Mike Halliday

Mike is a very informative tour guide. We booked in advance for an all-day tour of Christchurch. He picked us up at the cruise terminal.


We chose a small group for just our family but he can accommodate larger groups if necessary. We are getting back on board our ship knowing that we saw each and every detail of Christchurch. Thank you Mike for an unforgettable day!!

Ann G, USA

January 2020

Thank you Ann G.

Yes our tour with your family from Akaroa village to Christchurch city was a great day and I feel with the 8 hours we had we maximised it completely even down to great seafood lunch at Beach Cafe. It's always good to have a family from so far away (the USA) come all this way to enjoy our beautiful country.


I wish you the best for your self-drive on the left-hand side (remember) from Wellington to Auckland and Allison's big wedding day on the 28th March 2020.


Thank you again for your great company.

Mike Halliday

As a regular chauffeur user, I can easily say that Mike was amazing and exceeded all expectations.

I had booked Mike to pickup my mother from the airport and take her to her hotel - she loved his friendly personality, and was so excited to get a mini sightseeing tour and commentary included.

Mike then picked me up from the airport the following day - my plane had been delayed by 3 1/2 hours, yet was still there to meet me (without any ill feelings!). Mike took us all back to the airport at the end of our holiday and walked us (and our bags) into the terminal. My mother farewelled him with a hug, just like she was saying good-bye to a family member.

Thank you, Mike - your friendly and professional service topped off our holiday. 

K, Australia

January 2020

From greeting us at airport arrival to the departure, Mike was more than on time, energetic, enthusiastic about the town and the country. 

He was flexible to our changing ideas and helped also with luggage and eating reservations. A totally positive experience

Haydon, USA

January 2020

After a succession of cancelled trips and excursions we asked Dr. Google to find us an alternative. Did he do well! 


We don't normally travel in a private up-market Mercedes but Mike was instantly engaging and rapport was established. 


The weather looked bad for our day trip to Akaroa, but by mid-morning the sun was out. We sampled cheeses at Barry's Bay, had a lovely detour to a little shoreside settlement and we were set for wonderful soup in Akaroa, then a dolphin watching cruise (lots of dolphins but also a great selection of birds including Arctic Skuas/jaegers, shearwaters, spotted and other shags and 1 penguin). 


This was bespoke, personalised and responsive touring at its very best! Thanks Mike!

Richard B

November 2019

Before our trip began we had booked in advance a private tour with Chauffeur NZ from Queenstown to Christchurch which was the return leg of our ski vacation in NZ. Upon our arrival into Christchurch on the very first day of our trip, our flight to a Queenstown was cancelled at last minute, and the 6 of us were stranded at the airport with a host of bookings for various activities, reservations and commitments at risk. Not knowing what else to do or who to call, I called Mike (owner of Chauffeur NZ) and in less than an hour, he picked us up from the airport and we were on our way to Queenstown. As we had more bags than passengers, there were logistical and administrative hurdles that Mike helped to solve (which he did). Not only did he manage to get us to Queenstown safe and in very good time, he made the journey light hearted (very important since we just had a bad start to our vacation) and enjoyable.


In some countries, I would have had to pay a “ransom” in that situation, but Mike is honest and reasonable in his pricing. 


A safe and considerate driver and a knowledgeable and interesting guide. We were brought around in a brand new vehicle. He pays attention to details as well to make the journey comfortable and enjoyable. It was our good fortune and blessing to have come across Mike and Chauffeur NZ.

Traveller from Singapore

We booked with Mike, our driver, through our travel agent after travel problems caused us to miss a train connection. I can't say enough about how gracious and accommodating Mike was to our needs! He took me shopping to get needed clothing since our luggage was delayed and also provided excellent tour guide commentary on the trip to our alpine hotel!


What a great person and stupendous company! Thanks Mike -- you made what was originally a bad situation a lovely, memorable event!

Traveller from USA

A very big thank you for all the work involved in looking after these services while travelling with “Robert Brydon” (Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist).


It was very straightforward in dealing with you for the quote and booking, and with updates on the day due to the flight change.  This is greatly appreciated!

Travel Manager Auckland

Mike was very jovial , friendly and very entertaining from the start of the journey which started from Christchurch and ended at Queenstown. He took well care of my family members. He was very professional too . His rates were affordable too for the things we managed to witness during our trip, especially within the tight schedule of three days.


My family and myself definitely enjoyed our trip with Mr Mike and I am sure we will be back soon !! Thanks Mr Mike once again, it was a pleasure knowing and travelling you!!!! 10/10 for your service !!

NZ Trip with Extended Family, May 2019

Thank you so much for the part you played on our special day. Everything was so professional and reliable- it just takes some of the stress away knowing you have a reliable and trustworthy person to transport you and your special people!

Mike was a joy to work with. We used his services for our wedding day- he transported the bridal party to the ceremony in his Lexus then picked up the bride, groom and family at the end of the reception in his Mercedes van. He was on time, warm, professional and well presented, and the cars were in stunning condition. He was also clear and quick with his communication leading up to the day, and even visited us months beforehand so that we could see the Lexus in person. I would highly recommend ChauffeurNZ for wedding transport- 10/10!


Thank you so much again- We will certainly recommend you to anyone who asks!

Kind Regards, Tessa (Hope!)

April 2019

Great service

Mike was really responsive and helpful in our trip preparation. He provided valuable suggestions based on our needs as well as actual conditions to make sure we can have most memorable journey. He himself is joyful, caring, very polite and truly love to accommodate his guests. The van itself is very nice as well. We are really happy to book our trips with him in the South Island and absolutely recommend his company to other travellers.


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

November 2018

Punctual, safe and Friendly

Mike Halliday (owner and driver) was consistently punctual and pleasant, from booking over email and all the way up to the end of the trip. The car was clean, new, and accommodated perfectly for our ski bag (as requested). Mike was extremely friendly, kind and knowledgeable. He offered insightful commentary and conversation throughout the journey and was also a skilled, safe driver. We arrived at our destination in Tekapo (from Christchurch) in no time and, because Mike was also staying the night in Tekapo, he offered pick us up from our accommodation and drive us a drive to our restaurant (that he helped us book) that night free of charge. Certainly would recommend to anyone, it is worth what you pay and Mike will go above and beyond for you. Thanks Mike!

Thanks Lachie and Steph from Australia.

July 2018

Dear Mike,

Thank you for your assistance and service during our trip on south island. We appreciate your great insights and as well as the off beaten paths during our trip. We will be back to New Zealand and looking forward to be assisted by you again. 


Michelle Wijaya

Dear Mike,

Perfect. Thank you so much.

Berto informed me that it was a pleasure to meet you as well. We will definitely contact you again next time we need assistance in New Zealand. You provide excellent service!

Best regards, Met vriendelijke groet,

Iris Donker, Executive Secretary, Magna Tyres Group, MB Waalwijk

Thanks Mike for our wonderful experience in NZ, specially Milford. We all are impressed and touched by your remarkable sense of hospitality. Thanks again for everything .

Sourajyoti Datta India.

Trips in Queenstown & the way to Christchurch was simply awesome. Thanks a ton Mike for being an excellent tour guide.Beautiful sceneries of Milford Sound, Bobs Peak, Arrowtown,Lake Tekapo could not be forgotten.

Rita Rosa India


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