New Zealand Destination Expert
Experiencing the Maori Culture - New Zealand
As true lover of all things New Zealand, I am passionate about helping you design the perfect New Zealand adventure tailored just to fit you and your travel style.
Your time is precious - you can spend hours researching every element of your trip and still not know what or where you want to go. This is where I can take that stress/headache away from you.
As a 100% Pure New Zealand Certified Gold Travel Specialist and having experienced this amazing destination several times in a variety of ways and through many different experiences, I can help you create a unique journey that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
From fully guided coach tours or self-drive flexible touring, to staying in budget friendly accommodations or top of the line luxurious properties, to experiencing an epicurean food/wine journey or trying one of the many soft/extreme adventure New Zealand has to offer, we discuss exactly what your wants/needs are and get to work designing the perfect trip for you. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!
With so many amazing places to discover in New Zealand, what is on my personal Top 10 of things not to miss?
1. Sip and Swirl your way through Waiheke Island - North Island
2. Get your adventure on in Queenstown - South Island
3. Learn about the amazing culture at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand - South Island
4. Explore the Shire and home of Bilbo & Frodo Baggins in Hobbiton - North Island
5. Experience the majesty of Milford or Doubtful Sound - South Island
6. Seek out marine wildlife in the Bay of Islands - North Island
7. Go back in time to the art deco wonder of Napier/Hawkes Bay - North Island8. Heli-hike Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers - South Island
9. Play a round of golf in one of several world renounced courses such as Cape Kidnappers or Tara Iti - North Island
10. Visit Ponsonby for award winning restaurants & bistros that will enliven your taste buds with some of the best gastronomy in Auckland – North Island
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In the heart of New Zealands North Island, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™ with a guided tour of Hobbiton™, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Located outside of Rotorua, New Zealand on the North Island, this experience takes you through the Shire ... Read more from my The land of the Hobbits waits for you! story.
Most fantastic summer vacation!
So happy to help you and your family out. It sounds like an amazing trip and once that I would love to do with my family one day! Looking forward to seeing where your next adventure takes you!
Amazing Australian Adventure
She also suggested we change our itinerary to end our time in Sydney so we were able to enjoy the start of the Vivid Festival which was amazing to see. All the lights, the music and art was incredible to experience in person.
Thank you Ann for making our Australian Adventure one to remember! Looking forward to going back to see more.
G'day Mate! So happy that I could help you and your family have such an amazing Aussie adventure! It truly is a special place I'm glad that it worked out that you were able to see so much and even experience Vivid. I know that was a highlight of mine when I was in Sydney! Looking forward to seeing where in the world we can help you get to next!
An Amazingly Smooth Honeymoon!
Kia Ora Christopher and Erica - I am thrilled to hear how amazing your honeymoon was and that everything was truly unforgettable. New Zealand is a spectacular destination to celebrate the start of your life together and I'm looking forward to seeing where your next adventure takes you!
Orlando, here we come!!
Thank you Joel - so happy that you and your family had such a "magical" time in Orlando!
Kia Ora/la Orana Trevor and Melanie - I'm so thrilled that your New Zealand/Tahitian Honeymoon was incredible! They are both two amazing destinations and I'm glad that I could work with you to make it a memorable time in your lives! Looking forward to seeing where we can help you get to next! Cheers to the start of your lives together!
Thank you Lincoln for allowing me to help you with your New Zealand trip - I'm so glad that things went and that you were able to just relax and enjoy your time in this amazing destination. I look forward to working with you on your next adventure!
Truly memorable trip
Kia Ora Zahid - I am so happy to hear that your trip to New Zealand was a good one and that things were easy! Looking forward to seeing where you and your family head next!
Trip of a Lifetime to Australia and New Zealand
Thank you Ken and Sharon - it was truly a pleasure to work with you and follow along on your amazing journey! I can't wait to see where we can get you to next! Cheers!
Everything we wanted!
So glad that you had such an amazing Ireland experience! Loved that you had the balance of activities, golf and down time to truly enjoy. Looking forward to where your travels will take you next! Cheers!
Magically Good time
Disney can be a very intimidating and overwhelming experience. Ann took away the stress of planning and made it easy for us to just enjoy our trip. Thank you for all your help!
Thank you Robert for putting your trust in me to make your first visit to Walt Disney World a memorable one! Looking forward to seeing where your adventures take you to next!
The best trip of our lives... so far!
G'Day Keri and Chase - I am so happy that your Aussie adventure was amazing and without any hiccups. It was a pleasure to work with you both and I look forward to seeing where you are off to next and how I can help! Cheers!
25th Anniversary Trip ~ Unico ~ Mayan Riviera - S
Thank you Carolyn for allowing me to help plan your 25th Anniversary trip. I'm just thrilled that you and Wilson had an amazing time and loved that UNICO 20°87° delivered an amazing experience for you both! Looking forward to helping you plan your next getaway! Cheers and Happy Anniversary!
Colombia's coast visit. Cartagena and Santa Marta
Ann, did all the planning for this trip, and if I summarize my review, I could only say that she did a phenomenal job!!
We had all the places, hotels, tours, and guides that we wanted, pre- arranged though Ann, and on the ground all happened as we had planned, hard to believe we did NOT have any issues as we traveled. We were 5 in our group, my wife, two daughters and one of their friends. We all arrived at different times, and at the beginning we even travel at different hour, but as planned we all came together just fine.
The weather in Cartagena was fabulous, and we knew that back home temps were below zero, making the stay more enjoyable, the city is beautiful , an old Spanish town, walled by the Spaniards, with a huge castle to defend the city it is really a worthwhile place to visit. Nice beaches, and if you head north a bit, you will enco
I am so thrilled that you and your family had such a wonderful Colombian Christmas! It looked like an amazing trip and I can't wait to help you plan your next adventure! Thank you for allowing me to help you with your getaway.
Mexico - Spring Break 2020
Hola! Thank you so much for allowing me to help you and your family enjoy their Spring Break. I love hearing that you had a great time and I know it will be a memorable trip for your Seniors/Class of 2020 kiddos that were in the group. Looking forward to seeing where you all go to next! Cheers!
Class of 2020 Celebration!
Hola Duponts! I am so glad that you all had an amazing Spring Break. What a wonderful memory for your seniors to have to commemorate their last big hurrah together. I'm glad that you all had an amazing time, but most importantly, were safe and got home safely! Cheers to the Class of 2020!
Best spring break trip for family!
Hola Lloyd Family - I am just thrilled that your whole family was able to go and enjoy your spring break trip together. What an amazing memory for not only your high school senior, but your entire crew! Glad the cups worked out - one of our best kept secrets for all inclusive trips! Cheers to you and your senior and the class of 2020!
England bucket list
So happy that you and Kevin had an amazing English experience Stacy! England is such a fun country to explore and you certainly had a great mix of city and country on this trip! Cheers to a great adventure and looking forward to seeing where we can get you to next!
Perfect for the Overwhelmed Bride
Thank you Meagan and Ryan - I am so happy to hear that your honeymoon was everything you imagined and most of all, relaxing! I am looking forward to helping you with all your future travel plans!