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Louise Barrett

After moving from Australia to New Zealand back in 2009 I absolutely fell in love with the country. Leaving behind the busy city for little Wanaka was the best move I made. My passion is to listen to your interests and building your holiday (not just a predetermined route) as we know that every person is unique and has their own interests when it comes to holidays.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"New Zealand wildlife and coastal destinations. Being a wildlife and birding enthusiast I love being able to share our "locals" with you. From Tiritiri Matangi Island in the North to Ulva Island in the South.
I have also had the pleasure of trying each of the cultural dinners and performances within Rotorua, each with its own beautiful story and tradition. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Moving to New Zealand and seeing so many beautiful locations. I started out on the ski fields of Treble Cone and fell in love with the beauty of my "outdoor office". Listening to many journeys around New Zealand made me want to see and explore myself.
Seeing more of the country I knew I had to share it with more people both domestically and internationally. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"On my trip to Dunedin 2018, having my parents travelling with me to explore a city full of history, architecture, and wildlife we embarked on a trip to Larnarch Castle followed by a wildlife cruise on the Peninsular. Being only a small amount of guests onboard we had the pleasure of watching a seal enjoying a meal of Octopus and delightfully tossing around. Something which is only seen in the wild. "

Louise is part of the following groups: New Zealand Travel Agents
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Fiordland National Park
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Wai-O-Tapu in Rotorua
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Fiordland National Park
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Stunning view of Lake Tekapo on New Zealand's South Island
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