Private Driver Hire
Private Driver Hire
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Private Driver Services,New Zealand wide.We provide Tours and Transfers in quality vehicles just for your own personal group or couples with experienced drivers at affordable prices. You can start and finish a tour in any city in New Zealand, you don't have to finish in the same city you started in. We do tours from Auckland,Rotorua,Wellington,Nelson,Christchurch, Greymouth or Queenstown,or ask if anywhere else you want to start or end in. We also provide daily tours and one way drop offs and pick ups around the Nelson Tasman region,including the Abel Tasman National Park,Golden Bay,Takaka,Te Araroa tramping trail Nelson/Marlborough section. We do Wine Tasting Tours in Nelson and Marlborough,Site Seeing Tours,or Tours to suit your interests and time available. We do Cruise Ship day excursions from Picton,Nelson,Lyttelton,Wellington,Tauranga or Auckland,and we can follow the ship and give you same driver in each port. Transfers between cities in both islands. Check our website out.
Tasman, New Zealand

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Kiwitravelduo
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A very enthusiastic recommendation for a terrific private driver in New Zealand.

We hired Paul Newton to drive us back and forth from the Nelson airport (close to an hour each way), and while this is certainly a small job for Paul, he was everything you'd want in a reliable, honest and reasonably priced private driver. His communication was spot on before the appointed pick-ups, and when our return flight was delayed by half an hour, he patiently waited for us at the airport to make sure we wouldn't be left hanging. When we offered to pay him for the extra time, he refused and said it was just good that everything worked out well. Paul is also a very interesting fellow to have a conversation with -- a definite bonus especially on longer drives. He knows the best hidden gems to take people to as opposed to only following the often very large tourist crowds these days in NZ during the peak season. Paul is a pleasure to deal with in every way.
Written January 5, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review.We appreciate your business and do our best to give all our clients a quality experience.Whether just a transfer like this or a tour for weeks together around both islands of New Zealand we try to provide you with the best service we can.Hope to see you again sometime if you need us.
Written January 6, 2020
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Adam E
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wayne was very professional and showed up 10 minutes early ready to go. Local guide with lots of regional knowledge to share. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting to do a personalized wine tour at a more affordable price point then other tours we looked at.
Written January 9, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time to give us a review,we do know our stuff as locals and enjoy sharing our knowledge of the places we know who also provide good service to our clients we take on our wine tour journeys.Glad you enjoyed your day in our care.
Written January 18, 2020
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Charles
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
New Zealand is finally open to tourists again after 2 years of pandemic! After checking out a number of group tour, private tour, free and easy options with different companies, we decided to go with Private Driver Hire.

When we checked out with them, within a day, they came back to us with a quote and answered all our questions. They are extremely patient to reply all our questions. We found the quote to be reasonable and we went with them. After we paid the deposit, they came back with the itinerary for a 11 days 10 nights tour across South Island. They tried to put in everything for us, including Dunedin and Central Otago etc but because we wanted the tour to be more relaxing, we requested to take it out. So we covered Hortilika, Franz Josef Glacier (with helicopter ride), Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mount Cook and Tekapo. 

We are from Singapore and it was truly a memorable journey as it was our first time to New Zealand. We took so many beautiful pictures that we would keep for a lifetime.

Our driver was prompt, always punctual, reliable and responsive. There wasn't a moment that we needed him that he wasn't there. 

We saw the best of South Island with private driver hire! With lots of yummy food recommendation and nice scenic spots perfect for photos!

For anyone looking to have a customised tour in New Zealand, do check out them out. Highly recommended!
Written June 11, 2022
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Thanks for the review it was a pleasure to show you guys around the best scenic spots in the south island in the time you had available.FINALLY TOURING NEW ZEALAND AGAIN and having absolute enjoyment in showing people how much we love our countries best scenic spots,and sharing them with our clients. Hope to see you again sometime perhaps to see the north island one day.
Written June 14, 2022
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John S
West Fargo, ND3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We had a great travel experience in the South Island of New Zealand with Private Driver Hire. Prior to arriving on the South Island, Paul was responsive to our emails and provided a detailed itinerary with options that we customized with him in advance or our arrival. During the trip, he was an outstanding source of information about NZ and it's history, culture and sights. We visited Nelson, Abel Tasman, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo and Christchurch. Paul was punctual, professional and friendly throughout the trip, and this vacation was a smooth and memorable one for us. We recommend Private Driver Hire to anyone looking for a private tour of New Zealand.
Written March 7, 2023
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Thanks so much for giving us a review,it was a pleasure to show you some of the best scenic nature spots in the south island in the short time you had available here.Im glad our restaurant recomendations were on point,and glad you enjoyed the experience with us.Looking forward to experiencing some of your recommendations myself when touring your country in July.
Written March 11, 2023
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Brydon
Hamilton, New Zealand5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We booked with Private Driver Hire for transfers between Nelson and both ends of the Abel Tasman Track. Leading up to the trip, Paul was very accommodating and communicative with our group. He picked us up promptly from the airport.

A number of our group experienced motion sickness on our drive from Nelson to the start of the track. When we mentioned this to Paul before starting our return journey and asked if he could take this into account when driving back to Nelson, he immediately became rude and dismissive. He said he'd never being asked to adjust his driving and didn't want to take any heed of our feedback.

We feared for our safety on the return trip. Paul sped, crossed the centre line multiple times (when there was no reason to do so) and gave us a very tense and uncomfortable trip. Upon arrival back in Nelson, Paul roughly handled all our bags, dumping them outside the van. This experience led to a very sour end to our Great Walk experience.

We would definitely not recommend use of Paul or this company. We will not be booking with them again.
Written July 18, 2023
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Over 7 months since our last trip to Abel Tasman yet he takes this long to decide to place a damning review?,i can recall a group of young travellers late teens early twentys one of which complained of feeling car sick.The Takaka hill is winding both ways,the centre line may be crossed on occasions as you drive it but only if safe to do so. A pretentious young man we wouldnt want to transport again was part of the group,his fellow travellers seemed content.Our vans are luxury mercedes sprinters with comfortable reclining leather seats,he is the first to complain in 8 years of business! Most clients tour with us/me for weeks at a time around the entire country not just a 2.5 hour trip and the reviews speak for themselves.
Written July 21, 2023
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Peter R
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We booked a private tour with Private Driver Services for 2 couples on a NZ cruise. From start to finish, the booking was easy, communication was excellent and we are very happy with the full day Auckland tour. Our driver Phillip, did an excellent job of explaining some NZ history with good humour while he drove. He also managed to make the best of a rainy day in Auckland - the tour was tailored to suit us and our likes, and the ever changing weather in Auckland. Happy that we found Private Driver NZ and we recommend them.
Written December 24, 2023
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It was a pleasure to have your group on board and show you around Auckland on an average weather day. Thanks for taking the time to give us a review on your day with us.
Written December 24, 2023
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valkrie1235
Dallas, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My family booked a 3 day journey up the west coast from Queenstown to Greymouth. The booking process and communications with Paul were excellent. We had some particular stops we wanted to see and some specific time constraints and it was all easy to arrange. Wayne was our driver and was an absolute delight. He had our itinerary memorized and basically read our minds the entire trip: constantly one step ahead in terms of our needs and wants. Thanks to him we had some lovely meals at each stop. He knew exactly where to send my mother for green stone. He even managed to negotiate a last minute helicopter tour for my brother and I. Just an amazing experience. My family had a great time getting to know him and his conversation helped melt away the miles from stop to stop. We really hope we get to join him again on another visit to NZ.
Written April 10, 2024
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Thanks very much for the review,we are glad you enjoyed your experience in our care,and we would love to show you some other parts of our country on either island should you come back again.
Written April 17, 2024
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Jay T
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Paul was easy going and accommodative & an excellent driver. You ought to be an excellent driver to steer those never ending winding curvy roads. He was keen to show off his beautiful country to us & that's what every tourist wants. He was courteous & he made sure we had an enjoyable experience right through. We can recommend him to anyone who is looking for a private hire car with a driver.

Thanks Paul :)

Saroja, Jaya and Prasadi
Written July 23, 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to give us a review,it was a pleasure to show you a few of our favourite spots.
Written July 23, 2022
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stngrj
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We had a lovely experience in New Zealand with Private Driver Hire. Before the trip, Paul was responsive to our emails and provided a detailed itinerary to suit our travel schedule (we're from Singapore and went in early Dec!) During the trip, he shared lots of interesting things and was pretty accommodating to our preferences. We covered Christchurch, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Queenstown and Tekapo. Our favourite experience was at Milford Sound, and again Paul gave us more than enough info on what to expect prior to it. He was professional and friendly throughout the trip, and this vacation was a smooth and memorable one for us. Would highly recommend Private Driver Hire!
Written December 12, 2022
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Thanks very much for taking the time to review us,it was a pleasure to share some of the best scenic nature spots around the south island with you on this 9 day trip,and hope you remember it forever! merry xmas guys and the best for the coming year.
Written December 20, 2022
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Dale
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We had a wonderful experience traveling from Greymouth to Queenstown with an overnight in Franz Joseph. A beautiful country and thanks to Paul we saw a great deal of it. He was professional, did not rush us and was very knowledgeable. So much better than getting on a bus with 50 other people. Much more personalized with greater flexibility.
Written March 23, 2020
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Thanks for taking time to review us.We love showing clients that route after getting off the Tranz Alpine train there is some beautiful spots we show our clients between there and Queenstown.Glad the dolphins played their part on your day with us.It was a pleasure having you both on board.
Written March 24, 2020
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