The driver was a very good tour guide. He enriched us with lot of history along the way. He stopped at lot of scenic spots and gave sufficient time for photo shoot. However, his assistant for Japanese speaking tourists was rude. If you dont leave some of your belongings on the seat when you leave the bus for lunch then the assistant would take away your seat and give it to other Japanese tourists who join along the way. Our daughter lost her window seat for no reason this way. That ruined our mood during latter half of the trip. But the assistant had no regrets and did not apologize. It appears that Great Sights is more interested in Japanese customers.
So happy that I signed up for this trip. The only thing I wish is that we could have had more time in the Mount Cook region. We drove right past the Church of the Good Shepherd without slowing down for a photo and only had an hour at Mount Cook. I didn't have the ability to stay the night in the area since it was booked for the holidays, so this was my best option so that I didn't completely miss the mountain. If you have the option, stay in the area.