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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
Tongariro National Park
10 Days in New Zealand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can comfortably explore four to five different destinations with ten days in New Zealand. Spend up to two days in each city, including the "Big Little City" of Auckland, geothermal Rotorua, and scenic Wanaka. There are also several opportunities to discover settings from the Lord of the Rings films in Matamata, Tongariro National Park, and Wellington. The itineraries below cover the North and South Islands with ideas for every traveler—from family-friendly excursions to hardcore outdoor adventures.

A road along Hawea Lake in New Zealand's South Island
Ultimate New Zealand Road Trip: Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch, & More - 14 Days

Spend two weeks in New Zealand on this eventful road trip. From Auckland, drive through the Coromandel Peninsula to Whitianga. Then, stop in Tauranga before hitting geothermic Rotorua, followed by Art Deco-inspired Napier. Drive through gorges and vineyards toward Wellington, and ferry to Picton prior to arriving in Nelson. Cruise through beautiful Te Anau before closing out the journey in Christchurch.

Redwoods Forest, Rotorua
5 Days in New Zealand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Five days may seem short, but allows for an eventful adventure through New Zealand. Since there is not much time, it is ideal to travel within the South Island or the North Island—which budgets for a successful road trip with a few scenic stops. Anchoring the itinerary in a major city like Auckland allows for day trips to go kiwi spotting, wine tasting, and island hopping (if you’re not on the open road). Explore geothermal Rotorua, Aoraki/Mount Cook, the Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, and so much more in the five trip plans that follow.