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Kelly Fitzgerald

My name is Kelly and I am a travel specialist for New Zealand. I plan tailor-made trips based on my clients' desires. I like to get to know my clients so I can plan for them the perfect vacation in one of the world's top destinations, New Zealand.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in self-drive tours. I tend to work with smaller style accommodations such as bed & breakfasts, as well as lodges for a more luxurious experience, which gives the client a more personal and authentic experience, while giving them the chance to experience the wonderful Kiwi hospitality! For activities, I specialize in many different ones including glamping, easy biking (with the option of e-bikes). I also specialize and support wildlife activities, such as activities where you have the opportunity to see kiwis and penguins native to New Zealand. Lastly, to unwind after a long day, I specialize in spa activities including hot pools with the option to add massages."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My passion for travel started when I was younger. I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and when I was just 17 years old, I traveled to Paris, France on my own for the first time. I studied abroad twice in France and then worked as an English teacher there for two years. After becoming bilingual, I decided I that wanted to discover new things, so I packed my bags and moved to New Zealand. I worked for a national car rental company which helped me learn more about the country. After leaving the company, I was hired at a local tourism agency, where I get to wake up everyday and talk about what I love, tourism."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I have traveled all around New Zealand, but my favorite trip was in the Hawke's Bay region. As soon as you enter the region, you are greeted by beautiful vineyards and very friendly locals. The city of Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, with the architecture being very different from typical New Zealand buildings. I hiked Te Mata Peak, which is found in Havelock North and I tested wines in the region. I also was given the opportunity to experience the gannet colony as well at Cape Kidnappers, which is one of the largest ones in the world and provides the most spectacular view of the coast and cliffs. It was truly an amazing and relaxing experience."