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Consultant Profile: Diane de Jong « Orewa Outlet Page

Personal Details

 

Personal Travel Manager

ddejong@hot.co.nz

9-424-4250

Unit C
316 Hibiscus Coast Highway
Orewa

Why ME?

Image Gallery

 
  • Sunflowers - Tuscany, Italy Sunflowers - Tuscany, Italy
  • My private tour of Paris in a 2CV6! My private tour of Paris in a 2CV6!
  • Antique Market - Arezzo, Italy Antique Market - Arezzo, Italy
  • Gondola Repair Workshop - Venice, Italy Gondola Repair Workshop - Venice, Italy
  • Souvenirs - Seville, Spain Souvenirs - Seville, Spain
  • Keukenhof Flower Show - Holland Keukenhof Flower Show - Holland
  • Dordogne, France Dordogne, France
  • Ferrari Museum - Modena, Italy Ferrari Museum - Modena, Italy
  • Flag throwers - Lucca, Italy Flag throwers - Lucca, Italy
  • Tuscan Countryside - Italy Tuscan Countryside - Italy

Where on Earth do you still want to go?

  • Oman
  • Israel
  • Cuba
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Turkey

Useful Apps & Gadgets for Travel

  • Camera & charger
  • Phone & charger
  • iPad or Laptop & charger
  • Kindle
  • International Power Adapter
  • House of Travel APP

HOT Awards & Qualifications

  • National Certificate in Travel Level 3 & Level 4
  • Cruise Lines International Association Australasia Accredited Cruise Consultant
  • House of Travel Bronze Sales Award (2008)
  • ASB Awesome Service Award (2008)
  • Globus Family of Brands - high selling agent - top 10 NZ (2018)

What I always take on holiday

  • TSA approved padlock
  • Packing cells
  • Travel journal, glue stick and pen
  • Sense of humour and an open mind....
  • Water Bottle
  • Re-sealable plastic bags
  • Hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues
  • Bubble wrap
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pashmina/Wrap/Scarf

Where I've Been

 

Favourite Holidays

 

Portugal Spain & Morocco - May 2015

In May 2015 I spent 3 weeks travelling through Portugal, Spain and Morocco.  It was a fantastic experience and I loved it all.  Some of the highlights for me- driving through the Atlas Mountains, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert, having lunch at Ricks Café Casablanca, sampling the delicious custard tarts in Lisbon, tapas, beer and Sangria in Spain, wandering the old town in Marbella, seeing the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville, visiting Alhambra Palace in Granada, wandering the hillside village of Mijas, visiting the Royal Palace in Madrid, getting stuck in a thunder storm in Toledo......I saw so many wonderful things and sampled some delicious food - it's hard to choose just one highlight.  I can't wait to go back.

January 2015 - AUSTRALIAN OPEN MELBOURNE

I love watching the Australian Open and this year I travelled with my youngest son to watch it live.  What a great time we had.  We were so excited to be able to see our favourite player "Rafa" compete alongside other greats such as Federer, Djokovich, Sharapova.  And when we weren't at the tennis, we made sure we visited Adriano Zumbo's café in South Yarra for a macaron and other sweet treats.  We also had a spectacular lunch at The Press Club.  A definite foody highlight for both of us (we are Masterchef Australian fans...)

March 2013 – MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX – MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Like all motor racing fans, the Melbourne Grand Prix was on my bucket list and in March of this year I was able to fulfil that dream – it didn’t disappoint!  The noise is incredible – there’s nothing else like it.  The whole experience was wonderful as not only are the Formula 1 cars racing at Albert Park but so are many other car classes – V8s, Porsche, Classic Cars etc.  And there are many other interesting things to see and do for all ages at the Grand Prix (like an area designed just for kids and air displays put on by the Australian Air Force).
 
Nitro Circus also performed and Jimmy Barnes and other musicians also had concerts throughout the day (if you wanted a break from racing or wanted to explore the area in between races).
 
While I was in Melbourne I also enjoyed a Sports Tour of Melbourne that included a visit to Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Tennis Centre as well a visit and tour of the MCG and the National Sports Museum.  The display of Olympic Games torches and memorabilia is really wonderful and the whole museum is a must do for any sports fans visiting Melbourne.
 
The Melbourne Grand Prix is so well organised from the free trams that run from the city to Albert Park to the numerous officials helping around the city, making the whole experience really enjoyable and seamless.
 
So, if it’s on your list, make sure you get there – it’s a really wonderful experience!  And don’t forget your airplugs.......

June/July 2014 - Italy, Paris and Dubai

Italy is one of my favourite places.....I love all things Italian!!  Travelling there in summer with my mother was a very special trip for me.  We travelled independently by rail and rental car. A highlight was a wonderful week in Tuscany in an old farmhouse on a vineyard - a dream come true.  Venice is a magical place and we loved exploring all the lesser known places and meandering the back streets.

April/May 2013 – APT RHINE RIVER CRUISE – NETHERLANDS/GERMANY

At the end of April I travelled to Europe to experience an APT Rhine River Cruise from Amsterdam to Nuremburg.  Before I embarked on the cruise in Amsterdam I had a couple of days to explore.  I decided to visit Keukenhof as I particularly love gardens and I’d never travelled to Europe in spring time before.  What a wonderful place to visit – the colours were amazing and the gardens were beautiful.  I also visited the Museum of Purses and Handbags in Amsterdam as I do love a good handbag!  Such a unique and wonderful place to visit – I really loved my visit there.
 
But the cruise - wow – what a wonderful way to travel.  It was so relaxing and yet there was plenty to see and do whilst cruising up the Rhine.  The scenery is ever changing and it was just magical to be able to step off the ship straight on to land and enjoy a walking tour of the village or town we had stopped at to explore. There were many highlights but a couple I will mention are the cycling trip from Freudenberg to Wertheim (28kms) following the path of the Rhine – this was a wonderful way to see the countryside, river and see the small villages dotted along the river banks (the bikes are aboard the ship for passengers to use at certain places where guided biking tours can be arranged between towns).  Another highlight was the beautiful Palace at Wurzburg  - the room of mirrors was amazing and the garden was so pretty in spring time.
 
I really enjoyed the experience and also the fact that all meals, drinks, shore excursions, tipping etc was included in the cruise price before I left home.  This meant that I didn’t have to think about having to spend any additional money while enjoying the cruise (although of course I did as I couldn’t resist the wonderful gift shop aboard the ship or the lovely shops ashore – such as the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Shop at Rudesheim). 
 
I would love to do another River Cruise as it truly was a wonderful travel experience.

September 2014 - CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

I escorted a group of teenagers on a cultural trip to Chiang Mai Thailand.  We visited the local kindergarten and school and trekked in the beautiful national park.  Our time in Chiang Mai together was truly memorable.

March & May 2013 – DUBAI, UAE

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Dubai twice this year.  I love Dubai as a destination – it really has everything!  Fabulous weather, lovely beaches, fantastic shopping and it’s culturally different too.  A highlight for me was playing Camel Polo – this is an experience I will never forget and something I’d love to do again in the future.  Another must do for me is the Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari – this is a fun experience and the dinner at a Bedouin camp with the opportunity to ride a camel, have a henna painting done on your hand, try shisha or just relax and watch the beautiful belly dancer is something not to be missed.  The markets are also good to wander through and the shopping in the air conditioned mega malls is also wonderful.  Not only for the array of clothes and shoes and general wares but also for the huge variety of food available – truly something for everyone!

February/March 2013 – WAIKIKI, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

For my 20th wedding anniversary earlier this year, my husband and I chose Hawaii to celebrate this very special occasion in our lives.  We combined a relaxing beach holiday with a bit of sightseeing too – including hiring a car and driving to the North Shore beaches (where the Banzai Pipeline is), visiting the Dole Pineapple Plantation and of course visiting Pearl Harbor.  We also visited the local Drag Raceway where a test and tune event was on and one evening we also had tickets to a college basketball game between the Hawaiian Warriors and the Santa Barbara Gauchos – wonderful to soak up the atmosphere and hoopla that goes with an American sporting event.
 
The weather was beautiful and it was a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion – can’t wait to go back!

August 2011 – PHUKET, THAILAND

I love Thailand!  It’s such a great place for a holiday and it’s so affordable for a family holiday.  We’ve been to Thailand a couple of times as a family and we would all happily go back there again.  The weather is great, the accommodation is beautiful and food and drinks are cheap for the whole family.  And of course the shopping is good too!!
 
But really, it’s just such a relaxing and friendly place to visit that it’s one of my favourite places for a family holiday.

September/October 2012 – ITALY

I travelled with my husband and 2 teenage sons throughout Italy for 5 weeks in September/October 2012.  We started our adventure in Rome and then headed in a northerly direction staying at Assisi, Greve in Chianti, Lucca, Levanto (Cinque Terre), Maranello, Venice and Milan before heading home but of course we visited many cities, towns and villages along the way.  We combined self drive travel with rail travel (one of my favourite ways to travel throughout Europe) and stayed in a combination of hotels and self catering apartments.  There were so many highlights it’s hard to choose but a few that stand out was our time in Rome – what a wonderful city, our day trip to San Gimignano and the wonderful hot pizza we bought on a cold and wet day, stopping at Pienza for cheese and wine and our wonderful weeks in Greve in Chianti and Lucca.  One of the most memorable things was the display one Sunday afternoon in the square right outside our apartment in Lucca by the town flag throwers – it was amazing and something I will never forget.  Also our visit to the Lamborghini museum and factory tour,  the Ferrari museum and factory tour and Ducati museum tour were all wonderful things to do.  Venice was also lovely to visit and a gondola ride there is a must as is a guided visit of Ducal Palace and St Marks Basilica.  Another highlight was our cycling trip from Lucca to Pisa – 32kms – wonderful scenery and you can’t beat the stop halfway for a coffee and cake at one of the small towns on the way.
 
We saw many wonderful things and had some great family experiences.  I loved the food in Italy and staying in self catering accommodation gave us the opportunity to shop in the local market for fruit, veges, ham, cheeses, bread etc and get to experience a bit of the local way of life.  The cake shops are amazing and we tried all sorts of wonderful little cakes and pastries whilst travelling throughout the country – yum!
 
Italy is a place I will go back to time and again – it really is a wonderful place to visit and travel through.

May 2012 – WHITSUNDAYS, AUSTRALIA

I’ve travelled to Australia many times however it’s such a vast country that there’s always something new to see and do no matter how many times I’ve been there. 
 
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Whitsundays.  The islands are beautiful and it’s so easy to get from the mainland to the islands or between islands.  I also enjoyed driving north to Bowen where the movie Australia was filmed – the scenery on the drive north was typically Queensland with cane sugar growing along the side of the highway and cheap mangoes and fruit available for sale at roadside stalls.
 
So if you like the tropics but want to experience somewhere other than a South Pacific island, why not consider a holiday in the Whitsundays?

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