Tom & Kathy Dabbs - USA Second Trip

Craig and Jenny,

It's hard to believe our second trip to New Zealand has come to an end. Our two weeks went by so quickly. What an unbelievable adventure this has been, truly the trip of a lifetime. You and Jenny have again surpassed our expectations. Although I know we've only scratched the surface of what New Zealand has to offer, you've set the bar high for any future trips. You're going to be a hard act to follow.

I have to admit, when you wouldn't let me shoot my Red Stag on the first evening, it was a bit frustrating. You encouraged me that there would be more opportunities, to relax and enjoy the hunt. In the end, I'm glad you made me wait. That portion of the hunt would have come to an end much too soon, and I ended up with an incredible stag. The second stag, also a great animal, was just icing on the cake. The Arapawa Ram hunt was a lot of fun and you helped me to get a very nice ram. The waterfowl hunting was a blast. My favorites are the Paradise Ducks. Imagine what our total bag would have been if we could have hit them on a more regular basis. Obviously, I'll need to brush up on my wing-shooting skills before we do that again. The new duck blind has to be seen to believe. With the small game hunting in between the other hunts, what more could a guy ask for? I think I'm spoiled.

Kathy's tour with Jenny was amazing. Everything went very smoothly. She had a great time and came home with some awesome photos. It sounds like they were going non-stop, a new adventure each day. You just can't beat having your own personal tour guide, experienced with all of the best sites on the south island. It was also reassuring to me to know that she was off having as much fun sightseeing and shopping as I was hunting. Some of Kathy's favorite spots were the Cathedral Caves and McLeans Falls in the Catlins. She also enjoyed Te Anau and the glow worm caves, Arrowtown and the Lake Wanaka area. We both enjoyed watching the penguins come in from the sea in the evening.

Although I can't promise that we'll make it back to New Zealand again anytime soon, you can rest assured that if we do, Kathy and I will be contacting you and Jenny to assist in planning of our next adventure. We will recommend you and Jenny without hesitation to family and friends and anyone else looking for that trip of a lifetime.

Tom and Kathy Dabbs
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